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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the TEFL Certificate for?

The TEFL Certificate is for an individual who wants to live and work abroad. The TEFL Certificate will provide you with the credentials to get a job and teach English confidently and competently. (Remember: most employers also require a college or university degree in addition to a TEFL Certificate.)

The TEFL Certificate also provides the skills and knowledge for those working with English language learners in U.S. nonprofit organizations (NGOs), community groups, translation services, and other support services. A TEFL Certificate has become a valuable and important skill for those assisting speakers whose English is not their first language in multicultural cities and towns in the U.S. and abroad.

How long is each course?

Each course is six weeks in length. There are four online courses. One course, Material and Methods for Teaching EFL, includes a classroom observation component. The four courses are:

  • Issues of Culture – Language and Learning
  • Language Acquisition and Learner Development
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching EFL
  • Instruction, Professionalism, and Assessment for Teaching EFL

How many months will it take to complete the TEFL Certificate?

Less than six months.

Will faculty and staff in the TEFL Certificate program assist me with my job search?

Yes! Faculty and staff in the TEFL Certificate at the University of North Georgia (UNG) will assist you in your English teaching job search. English teaching opportunities abroad include: China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and many other countries.

Is there technical support for the online classes if I need assistance?

Yes. Online assistance is available as well as telephone support and face-to-face assistance on any of the five UNG campuses. Desire to Learn - or D2L - is the learning management system (LMS) that the courses will be delivered.

Approximately how many hours each week should I plan to devote to the course?

Students are expected to spend spend between 3-5 hours each week. Some weeks may be busier than others; other weeks may be less demanding.

Are there scholarships available?

Full scholarships are available to pay the total tuition ($1500) of the TEFL Certificate. Students apply for a scholarship before the start of the first course of the TEFL Certificate.

Are the course instructors accessible?

Yes, the course instructor is available by email and can also be contacted by telephone and Skype. There will also be interactive, video-conference classes to talk about topics, issues, and lessons with the course instructor and other students in the program.

Program Dates

Fall 2016!

Course One: October 3, 2016 

  • Course One: October 10 – November 18, 2016 (Skip: Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – 25)
  • Course Two: November 28, 2016 – January 20, 2017 (Skip: Christmas and New Year's Holiday: December 19 - 30)
  • Course Three: January 30 – March 10, 2017 (Skip: Spring break: March 13 - 17)
  • Course Four: March 20 – April 28, 2017

Spring 2017!

Registration Deadline: May 1, 2017

Course One: May 8, 2017

  • Course One: May 8 – June 16, 2017
  • Course Two: June 26 – August 4, 2017
  • Course Three: August 14 – September 22, 2017
  • Course Four: September 25 – November 3, 2017

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