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TEFL Certification from Manhattan College

Earn an internationally recognized TEFL certificate from Manhattan College and gain experience in the classroom with a 2-week practicum in New York City!

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Why TEFL from Manhattan College?

Over half of our TEFL grads received job offers in 3 months!

Schools that have hired our TEFL alumni

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About Manhattan College

A person-centered educational experience. Established in 1853, Manhattan College views teaching as a vocation as well as a profession. It is committed to providing a person-first education approach that encourages personal development, professional success, civic engagement and community service.

Broad learning and rigorous technical training. Manhattan College seeks to combine a comprehensive education in all subjects alongside technical training to ensure professional success after graduation.

With a focus on providing education to those most in need, Manhattan College is proud to have many students in their diverse student body be the first in their families to attend university. The dedicated faculty impress upon their students the importance of giving back to the community.

We’re here for you every step of the way

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Enroll in TEFL

There are no prerequisites to enroll in this TEFL course, so enrollment can be completed at any time and you can begin the course instantly!

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Complete the online training portion of your course

On average, students finish in 6 - 12 weeks with 2 - 3 hours of study a day.

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Select and complete your two-week practicum in NYC

If you choose the practicum you will work in an English language classroom for 10 days alongside highly qualified and experienced ESL instructors.

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Who is a TEFL certification for?

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Current university students and recent graduates

A university graduate, or soon-to-be graduating student, seeking an exciting opportunity to work, travel and broaden their horizons.

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Job seekers and career changers

People new to teaching with no formal teaching experience, with or without a teaching license or qualifications.

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Online Teachers

New and experienced teachers looking to supplement their income from home or university graduates seeking a remote work opportunity while traveling.

120-hour Course Curriculum + 20-hour practicum

This course is a blended format comprised of a 120-hour 100% online training plus a 20-hour in-person practicum. The course curriculum introduces you to the fundamentals of teaching, equips you to teach English and prepares you to become an active member of your international community. You may choose to complete the online training independently or register for the full 140-hour course which includes the practicum.

120-hour course curriculum

Core Curriculum

Module 1Intro to TEFL10 hours
Module 2Components of Language5 hours
Module 3The Role of Teachers5 hours
Module 4Lesson Planning Foundations10 hours
Module 5Effective Classroom Skills and Management10 hours
Module 6Teaching Reading7.5 hours
Module 7Teaching Listening7.5 hours
Module 8Teaching Writing7.5 hours
Module 9Teaching Grammar7.5 hours
Module 10Teaching Speaking7.5 hours
Module 11Resources, Games and Materials7.5 hours
Module 12Teaching Pronunciation7.5 hours
Module 13Teaching Vocabulary7.5 hours
Total Hours100 hours


Culturally Responsive Teaching

Module 1What Is Culture?1.5 hours
Module 2The Teacher’s Perspective1 hour
Module 3The Student's Perspective1 hour
Module 4The Home-School Connection1.5 hours
Total Hours5 hours


Digital Literacy

Module 1What are Digital Literacies?2 hours
Module 2Integrating Technology into Instructional Strategies3 hours
Module 3The SAMR Model2 hours
Module 4The Flipped Classroom2 hours
Module 5Using Social Media in the ESL Classroom2 hours
Total Hours11 hours


Social-Emotional Learning & Classroom Community Building

Module 1Developing Relationships2 hours
Module 2Holistic Practices1 hour
Module 3Your Classroom Environment1 hours
Total Hours4 hours


20-hour practicum (optional)

Upcoming program dates: July 12–23, July 26–Aug 6

Day 1Classroom Management & Technology
Days 2-10Classroom teaching w/co-teacher & observation feedback sessions

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! As an internationally recognized qualification to teach English abroad, a TEFL certification is a common requirement set by most international employers. While you may come across the occasional job posting where a TEFL certification is not explicitly listed as a requirement, being TEFL certified will help you stand out among other candidates when applying for jobs teaching English abroad.

This course is a blended format. Your first 120-hours of TEFL training will be 100% online and self-paced. You can then choose to gain in-person classroom experience with a two-week practicum on the Manhattan College campus in Riverdale, NYC.

There are no prerequisites for the online course and it is completely self-paced so you may begin at any time.

The upcoming in-class practical experience dates are July 12 to 23 and July 26 to August 6 of 2021. You must complete the 120-hour online portion of your course before you can register for your practicum. Future dates will be announced here.

A TEFL certification is the ESL qualification of choice for hiring schools all around the world, however, there’s no single international accrediting body in place (yet) to govern TEFL course standards.

No accrediting body also means there is no single organization regulating the quality of TEFL courses, so anyone can create and sell a TEFL course. This accounts for the huge range in both price and quality of the sometimes overwhelming number of TEFL course offerings currently on the market.

As a general rule, a reputable online TEFL course should come in around the $1,000 USD mark. A reputable TEFL practicum should be at least 20 hours and should cost approximately an additional $1,000.

On average, this TEFL course takes approximately 6-12 weeks to complete. However, the course is completely self-paced and students are given one year to complete it.

The practicum may be completed anytime after completion of the online course.

Yes! The course fee for the 140-hour program includes the cost of on-campus accommodation in New York City.

For more answers to common questions related to getting TEFL certified, check out our guide to TEFL certification.