TEFL Certification

TEFL Certification from the University of Toronto OISE

Designed by the University of Toronto’s world-renowned education faculty, this TEFL certification provides teachers of all experience levels with the necessary skills to successfully teach in the foreign language classroom.

Earn your TEFL certification online from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Education (OISE) and teach abroad with industry-leading training in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

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No Prerequisites
Not for credit
100 - 150 Hours
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Non-degree professional certificate
10-15 hours/week (based on an average completion time of 10 weeks)
Teaching English as a foreign language

TEFL Certification from the University of Toronto OISE

100% online and self-paced

Enjoy each course module at your own pace from any connected device.

Created by a top 20 university

The TEFL Certification course reflects the reputation of a world-class, top 20 university that is globally recognized for its academic excellence.

Customizable specializations

Tailor your certification to meet your teaching goals. Choose from a 120 and 150-hour course, and select your own specialized modules.

Who is a TEFL certification for?

  • University Graduates

    A university graduate, or soon to be graduating student, seeking an exciting opportunity to work, travel and broaden their horizons all at the same time

  • Aspiring Teachers

    New teachers - with or without a teaching license - and no formal teaching experience looking for qualification to teach English as a foreign language

  • Experienced Educators

    Educators with a teaching license seeking a professional development certification to prepare for teaching English language learners

Find out which course is right for you!

Course Curriculum

Explore the course curriculum

Module 1: Introduction to English Language Teaching

This 10-hour module discusses the function of English as a global language and the structure of the language itself. Why does English function as it does? Which learning methods work best around the world?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • The role of English as a global language

  • Principles of second language acquisition

  • Teaching methods


Module 2: Teaching Language Skills

This 25-hour module covers the basics of teaching language skills to English Language Learners. The unit focuses on creating student-centered lesson plans. Which elements of English, specifically, can be difficult for students to learn, and how can these difficulties be addressed in the classroom?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • The Dos and Don’ts of ESL/EFL

  • Introducing activities, giving instructions and assessing student comprehension

  • Providing feedback and correcting student errors

  • Teaching the six major elements of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar and pronunciation


Module 3: Adapting Subject-Specific Content

This 10-hour module focuses on practicing flexibility with content, and identifying the situations in which lessons should be adapted. How can a teacher adjust the curriculum to bridge gaps in students’ abilities? How will this vary in different regions?

During this module, participants will learn:

  • Ways to adapt curriculum content

  • How to adjusting expectations

  • How to use subject content to teach English language skills


Module 4: Structuring and Delivering Lessons

This 20-hour module guides participants through the process of developing the components of a successful lesson. Participants will learn how to identify classroom themes and channel student attention into productive learning. How can educators assess their own lessons in order to improve?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Identifying individual needs

  • Defining learning objectives

  • Using supplementary resources


Module 5: Managing Your Teaching Environment

This 25-hour module covers classroom management, and teaches participants how to adapt to the needs and learning different styles of students. Classroom techniques vary substantially across the world. Which techniques remain constant in all regions?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Adapting to different learning styles

  • The importance of planning

  • Setting and maintaining high expectations of behavior


Module 6: Resources and Materials (10 hours)

This 10-hour module introduces methods of finding, adapting and personalizing teaching materials. How can teachers adapt materials to meet the needs of English Language Learners?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Selecting and adapting a wide variety of text-based and digital resources

  • Building a varied toolbox of teaching materials

  • Engaging in basic teaching reflection and research


95% percent of graduates would recommend TEFL Certification to a friend.

“One of the best things you can do is realize that the students you had in your home country are not like your new, foreign students. The OISE University of Toronto TEFL course will help you to understand why and teach you how to reach them.”

OISE TEFL graduate and licensed teacher currently teaching in Saudi Arabia

“I wouldn’t be in this wonderful country with the great job I have right now if it wasn’t for this course, and it was easy, informative, and helpful and there’s no reason not to add it to your resume if you have the time!”

OISE TEFL graduate and licensed teacher currently teaching grades 4-6 in Seoul, South Korea

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a TEFL certification required to teach English abroad?

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.

Is the TEFL course taken online or in person?

The OISE TEFL course is 100% online and self-paced. This means you can begin at any time, study at your own pace and complete the course alongside your work, school or family schedule!

How long does it take to complete the TEFL course?

While you have up to one year to complete the OISE TEFL course, graduates usually complete the course, on average, within 6 - 12 weeks.

For more answers to common questions related to the OISE TEFL course, check out the full TEFL Certification FAQ or request a callback from a course advisor today.

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