TEFL Certification from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Education

TEFL Certification

TEFL Certification from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Education

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 and teach abroad with industry-leading training in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

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100 - 150 hours
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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's Faculty of Education

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 100, 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
Core Modules

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

 

Elective modules (choose from two of the following specializations)

Elective Module 1: Teaching English to Korean Speakers

In this 10-hour module, participants will become familiar with the common difficulties native Korean speakers face when they enter an English language classroom, as well as activities and techniques to help students overcome these difficulties.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Recognizing common phonological errors to help improve Korean speakers’ pronunciation of English vowels, diphthongs and consonants

  • Counteracting the problems caused by differences in syntax and morphology between Korean and English

  • Improving students’ use of English tenses and verbs

  • Adapting teaching style and classroom management techniques to better suit the culture of Korean-speaking students

 

Elective Module 2: Teaching English to Arabic Speakers

In this 10-hour module, participants will become familiar with the common difficulties native Arabic speakers face when they enter an English language classroom, as well as activities and techniques to help students overcome these difficulties.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Recognizing common phonological errors to help improve Arabic speakers’ pronunciation of English vowels, diphthongs and consonants

  • Counteracting the problems caused by differences in syntax and morphology between Arabic and English

  • Improving students’ use of English tenses and verbs

  • Adapting teaching style and classroom management techniques to better suit the culture of Arabic-speaking students

 

Elective Module 3: Teaching English to Mandarin (Chinese) Speakers

In this 10-hour module, participants will become familiar with the common difficulties native Native Mandarin speakers face when they enter an English language classroom, as well as activities and techniques to help students overcome these difficulties.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Recognizing common phonological errors to help improve Mandarin speakers’ pronunciation of English vowels, diphthongs and consonants

  • Counteracting the problems caused by differences in syntax and morphology between Mandarin and English

  • Improving students’ use of English tenses and verbs

  • Adapting teaching style and classroom management techniques to better suit the culture of Mandarin-speaking students

 

Elective Module 4: Teaching English to Young Learners

Teaching young learners presents its own set of challenges, no matter what the language of instruction. Traditional language learning principles are often geared towards adults. Participants in this 10-hour module will learn how to apply these principles with approaches that work best in young learners’ classrooms.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Designing a balanced lesson aimed at young learners

  • Engaging young learners through a variety of media, activities, and teaching techniques

  • How to effectively teach the major language skills as well as grammar and vocabulary to young learners

  • Strategies to properly incorporate technology in the classroom

  • How to assess young learners

 

Elective Module 5: Teaching Test Preparation Courses

In this 10-hour module, participants are introduced to the structure and function of English language tests worldwide.. Participants are taught strategies to provide students with useful study tools for major English language tests.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Identifying and teaching key features of major proficiency tests

  • Planning and organizing a test preparation course

  • Preparing students for reading, writing, speaking and listening tasks

  • Teaching vocabulary and grammar in a way that meets test requirements

  • Teaching successful test-taking strategies

 

Elective Module 6: Teaching Business English

This 10-hour module covers the foundations of Business English teaching. English is the language of international business. As the world grows increasingly smaller, the role of English in business grows even larger. Professionals around the world use English either as a first language or as a common second language.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Designing and implementing a Business English course

  • Teaching business language and industry jargon

  • Helping students practice communicating in a business environment

  • Properly adapting material to be culturally appropriate

  • Assisting students in writing business correspondence

 

Elective Module 7: Digital Technology in the Classroom

In this 10-hour module, participants will explore the use of new technologies and meaningful ways in which these can be used to improve students’ learning practices.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Incorporating a wide variety of technology into the classroom to positively impact the learning process

  • Using technology tools to teach reading, writing, speaking and listening

  • Using social media to teach English

  • Establishing a project-based learning strategy using digital tools

  • The positives and negatives of incorporating digital tools, learning management systems and social media within the classroom

 

Elective Module 8: Learner-Centred Lessons

In this 10-hour module, participants will learn how to give students control of content and language output. This module also covers how to teach discovery and noticing techniques to help students become more independent learners.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Creating a friendly learner-centred classroom

  • Teaching behavior structures

  • Using student choice activities

  • Introduce cooperative and collaborative learning structures into the classroom

  • Teaching noticing skills and use language exploration activities

 

Elective Module 9: Teaching Abroad

This 10-hour module equips new teachers with the knowledge to research destinations, organizations and work environments overseas. International contr
acts and business norms may differ vastly from those in the teacher’s home country. By learning to address common difficulties and misconceptions when teaching overseas, participants are prepared for all aspects of teaching abroad.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Researching destinations and work environments for teachers abroad

  • Resume and interview preparation
Core Modules

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 students through the process of developing the components of a successful lesson. Students 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 7: Resources and Materials

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

 

Module 8: Teaching Abroad

This 10-hour module equips new teachers with the knowledge to research destinations, organizations and work environments overseas. International contracts and business norms may differ vastly from those in the teacher’s home country. By learning to address common difficulties and misconceptions when teaching overseas, participants are prepared for all aspects of teaching abroad.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Researching destinations and work environments for teachers abroad

  • Resume and interview preparation

 

 

Elective Modules (choose from two of the following specializations)

Elective Module 1: Teaching English to Korean Speakers

In this 10-hour module, participants will become familiar with the common difficulties native Korean speakers face when they enter an English language classroom, as well as activities and

 

Elective Module 2: Teaching English to Arabic Speakers

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Recognizing common phonological errors to help improve Korean speakers’ pronunciation of English vowels, diphthongs and consonants

  • Counteracting the problems caused by differences in syntax and morphology between Korean and English

  • Improving students’ use of English tenses and verbs

  • Adapting teaching style and classroom management techniques to better suit the culture of Korean-speaking students

 

Elective Module 3: Teaching English to Mandarin (Chinese) Speakers

In this 10-hour module, participants will become familiar with the common difficulties native Native Mandarin speakers face when they enter an English language classroom, as well as activities and techniques to help students overcome these difficulties.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Recognizing common phonological errors to help improve Mandarin speakers’ pronunciation of English vowels, diphthongs and consonants

  • Counteracting the problems caused by differences in syntax and morphology between Korean and English

  • Improving students’ use of English tenses and verbs

  • Adapting teaching style and classroom management techniques to better suit the culture of Mandarin-speaking students

 

Elective Module 4: Teaching English to Young Learners

Teaching young learners presents its own set of challenges, no matter what the language of instruction. Traditional language learning principles are often geared towards adults. Participants in this 10-hour module will learn how to apply these principles with approaches that work best in young learners’ classrooms.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Designing a balanced lesson aimed at young learners

  • Engaging young learners through a variety of media, activities, and teaching techniques

  • How to effectively teach the major language skills as well as grammar and vocabulary to young learners

  • Strategies to properly incorporate technology in the classroom

  • How to assess young learners

 

Elective Module 5: Teaching Test Preparation Courses

In this 10-hour module, participants are introduced to the structure and function of English language tests worldwide.. Participants are taught strategies to provide students with useful study tools for major English language tests.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Identifying and teaching key features of major proficiency tests

  • Planning and organizing a test preparation course

  • Preparing students for reading, writing, speaking and listening tasks

  • Teaching vocabulary and grammar in a way that meets test requirements

  • Teaching successful test-taking strategies

 

Elective Module 6: Teaching Business English

This 10-hour module covers the foundations of Business English teaching. English is the language of international business. As the world grows increasingly smaller, the role of English in business grows even larger. Professionals around the world use English either as a first language or as a common second language.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Designing and implementing a Business English course

  • Teaching business language and industry jargon

  • Helping students practice communicating in a business environment

  • Properly adapting material to be culturally appropriate

  • Assisting students in writing business correspondence

 

Elective Module 7:  Digital Technology in the Classroom

In this 10-hour module, participants will explore the use of new technologies and meaningful ways in which these can be used to improve students’ learning practices.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Incorporating a wide variety of technology into the classroom to positively impact the learning process

  • Using technology tools to teach reading, writing, speaking and listening

  • Using social media to teach English

  • Establishing a project-based learning strategy using digital tools

  • The positives and negatives of incorporating digital tools, learning management systems and social media within the classroom

 

Elective Module 8: Learner-Centred Lessons

In this 10-hour module, participants will learn how to give students control of content and language output. This module also covers how to teach discovery and noticing techniques to help students become more independent learners.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Creating a friendly learner-centred classroom

  • Teaching behavior structures

  • Using student choice activities

  • Introduce cooperative and collaborative learning structures into the classroom

  • Teaching noticing skills and use language exploration activities

Reviews

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

Byron

“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 University of Toronto TEFL Online course will help you to understand why and teach you how to reach them.”

Byron
TEFL Online graduate and licensed teacher currently teaching in Saudi Arabia
Gregory

“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!”

Gregory
TEFL Online graduate 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 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 TEFL course, graduates usually complete the course, on average, within 6 - 12 weeks.

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

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