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The 120-hour Online TEFL/TESOL Certificate course is offered entirely online on a self-paced basis, which means that students can start and finish the course at any time throughout the year.

This course has been designed by CESL faculty with many years of experience in ESL/EFL teaching and teacher training.

This course is suitable for those who need to obtain their TEFL/TESOL Certificate in a short period of time or by a specific date.


The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), University of Arizona, has developed this 120-hour Online TEFL/TESOL Certificate course with the aim of introducing aspiring English teachers to the field of English language teaching. This course provides essential theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to plan, develop and teach English successfully in a variety of instructional settings.

About the Course

  • Convenient

    The self-paced, 100% online format enables you to easily access and complete the course on your own schedule, from anywhere in the world.

  • Internationally Recognized

    Designed by faculty from the Center for English as a Second Language at the University of Arizona, the course reflects the standards of one of the world’s top-ranked universities, recognized as a global leader in academic excellence.

  • Authentication for China Work Visa

    As the only official Chinese partner, we recommend this online TEFL course not only because it is a globally recognized program, but also because it includes a convenient TEFL authentication service, which is a requirement to obtain a legal China work visa.

Course Information

  • START TIME Anytime
  • CREDIT Not for University credit
  • DURATION 120 hours
  • TIME COMMITMENT 8-12 Hours/Week
  • PREREQUISITES two years of college-level coursework
  • LOCATION Anywhere with internet connection
  • COURSE TYPE Non-degree professional certificate
  • SUBJECT AREA Teaching English as a Foreign Language

120-hour Online TEFL/TESOL Certificate Curriculum

CESL's 120-hour Online TEFL/TESOL Certificate course consists of 18 modules organized in 8 units. Each module starts with a short introduction presentation and consists of a series of videos and readings. At the end of each unit, students are required to take a quiz and complete an assignment in which they apply the knowledge acquired in the different modules. At the end of the course, a Final Portfolio with the collection of assignments and a Reflective Essay will be submitted and reviewed by a CESL faculty member.

  • Unit 1: This unit introduces broader issues related to the English language, such as English as an International Language, fundamental concepts related to linguistics, how language and culture are intertwined and affect identity, and how first and second languages are acquired.

    • Module 1: Language Fundamentals
    • Module 2: Language and Culture
    • Module 3: Second Language Acquisition
  • Unit 2: This unit introduces students to topics such as what skills are needed to become an effective English language teacher, what roles teachers can have in the classroom, and how to manage classes successfully in order to promote effective language learning.

    • Module 4: The Teacher and the Classroom
    • Module 5: Classroom Management
  • Unit 3: This unit begins with an explanation of what a curriculum is and how it affects syllabus creation and course design. Then, it focuses on the most important elements and steps to consider when designing a course.

    • Module 6: Curriculum and Syllabus Fundamentals
    • Module 7: Course Design
  • Unit 4: This unit explains how to create lesson plans, select and adapt materials; it then transitions to technological resources that can be used to teach the different skills as well as current trends in language teaching.

    • Module 8: Lesson Planning and Course Materials
    • Module 9: Trends in Language Teaching
  • Unit 5: This unit starts with an explanation of the tools and techniques needed to deliver a lesson effectively, and then transitions into teacher development through reflective practice.

    • Module 10: Teaching Tools and Techniques
    • Module 11: Teacher Development
  • Unit 6: This unit starts with a review of most popular approaches, methods and principles associated with second language pedagogy and methodology, and then discusses the interconnection of assessment with language teaching and learning.

    • Module 12: Pedagogy and Methodology
    • Module 13: Assessment and Student Evaluation
  • Unit 7: This unit focuses on the best techniques to teach and assess the productive language skills.

    • Module 14: Teaching Speaking
    • Module 15: Teaching Writing
  • Unit 8: This unit starts by focusing on the best techniques to teach and assess the receptive language skills, and then discusses different approaches to teaching and assessing Grammar.

    • Module 16: Teaching Reading
    • Module 17: Teaching Listening
    • Module 18: Teaching Grammar

Why TEFL Certification is Important

A Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification is a commonly required qualification for new and experienced teachers who want to teach English language learners (ELLs). With a TEFL certification, teachers can:

  • Qualify to teach English in China

    The minimum requirements to teach English in China are a Bachelor's degree, in any area, and a TEFL certification with a minimum of 120 hours of study.

  • Gain the skills required to teach ELLs

    A TEFL certification prepares you to teach English language skills, plan lessons for foreign language learners, refresh your understanding of English grammar concepts and more.

  • Stand out in job applications

    Even in situations where the hiring school has not explicitly listed a TEFL certification as a requirement, it is always considered a strong asset and could help set you apart from candidates who are not TEFL certified.

  • Earn a higher salary with more reputable schools

    Teachers with a TEFL certificate qualify for teaching positions with more reputable schools, which means better benefits and higher salaries.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do I need a TEFL certification to teach English in China?

    A TEFL Certificate with a minimum of 120 hours of instruction is required in order to obtain a work visa to teach English in China.

  • What are the prerequisites to enroll?

    A minimum of two years of college-level coursework is required; however, applicants do not need to have a Bachelor's degree. For students whose first language is not English, proof of English proficiency must be submitted.

  • Can I apply to enroll if I’m not a licensed teacher?

    Absolutely. This course is intended for applicants who have no prior experience teaching.

  • How do I register to enroll?

    Applicants need to complete an online application with CESL and they will have access to the course immediately after paying the course fees.

  • What technology/software programs do I need to install when taking the course?

    A desktop or laptop with a recent version of the operative system and browser is needed to view documents and watch videos. In addition, a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) is required to complete assignments. Students do not need to download or install any software.

  • What platforms does the course work on?

    This course uses D2L, which is compatible with most electronic devices, including tablets and cell phones. We recommend that quizzes and assignments be completed in a desktop or laptop.

  • Are books or materials required?

    Students are not required to buy any books or materials. All course content is available in the course site.

  • How long do I have to complete the course?

    Students are given up to six months to complete the course, but given that this is a self-paced course, completion will depend on time availability. We estimate that students will take about 8 weeks to complete the course, but they can certainly do it faster.

  • Can I retake tests or assignments if I don’t pass the first time?

    Yes, students can take quizzes twice and only the higher grade will be recorded. Similarly, if by any chance they fail the Final Portfolio, they can resubmit it one more time.

  • Does the certificate expire?

    No. A TEFL Certificate never expires.

  • Are there any physical classes or seminars to attend for this course?

    No. This course is offered 100% online.

  • Is the course accredited?

    CESL and its TEFL/TESOL Certificate Program are accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA). In addition, our TEFL/TESOL certificates bear the University of Arizona logo and seal.

  • Who are the course creators?

    This course was developed by CESL faculty with many years of experience in ESL/EFL teaching and teacher training. Our curriculum meets the standards issued by TESOL International Association for Independent Short-Term TEFL/TESL Certificate Programs.

  • How much does the course cost?

    The cost of the 120-hour Online TEFL/TESOL Certificate for Career China students is $540. This includes cost of tuition and course fees, as well as issuing the certificate, having it notarized and authenticated, and then mailed it to a visa processing company. Career China applicants benefit from a 34% ($215) discount.

  • Can I pay in installments?

    Unfortunately, no. Full payment is due with the application in order to have access to the course.

  • What is the refund policy?

    The course fee is non-refundable.

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