TEFL Certification from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Education|Career China

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The University of Toronto TEFL Online course was designed by the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto, the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE). The course provides teachers of all experience levels with the necessary skills to successfully teach in the foreign language classroom.

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 expert instructors from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Education, 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 TIMEAnytime
  • CREDITNot for University credit
  • DURATION120 hours
  • TIME COMMITMENT10 -15 Hours/Week
  • PREREQUISITESNo prerequisites
  • LOCATIONAnywhere
  • COURSE TYPENon-degree professional certificate
  • SUBJECT AREATeaching English as a Foreign Language

120-hour TEFL course curriculum

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

    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 Mandarin Speakers

    In this 10-hour module, participants will become familiar with the common difficulties 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 2: 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 to 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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

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?

    An authenticated TEFL certification, with a minimum of 120 hours of study is required in order to qualify for a working visa to teach English in China.

  • What are the prerequisites to enroll?

    None. Participants are not required to hold a Bachelor’s degree or teaching license in order to enroll.

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


  • How do I register to enroll?

    Participants can enroll in the course on the University of Toronto TEFL Online website.

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

    A word processor, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs, is required when taking the course as you will need to download materials and submit assignments.

  • What platforms does the course work on?

    The course is compatible with most electronic devices. While the recommended device is a laptop or desktop, the course can be accessed via a browser on most smartphones and tablets.

  • Are books or materials required?

    No. Books and physical materials are not required for the course. All materials needed to complete the course will be available online through the course platform.

  • How long do I have to complete the course?

    You have up to one year to complete the course. Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but, on average, participants are able to complete the certificate in as little as 10 weeks or even shorter.

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

    Yes. In the event that participants fail a test or assignment they can re-attempt as many times as needed to achieve a passing grade.

  • Does the certificate expire?

    No. A TEFL certification is a lifetime certificate and never expires.

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

    No. There are no in-class components to the course.

  • Is the course accredited?

    TEFL courses are not accredited. Institutions or universities can be accredited, but there is no official external accrediting or evaluation body to govern the standards of TEFL courses. The University of Toronto TEFL Online course was designed by expert instructors from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, ranked among the top 20 universities in the world. Upon completion of the course, participants receive a certificate issued by the University of the Toronto.

  • Who are the course creators?

    The course was created by a world-renowned and respected group of policymakers and school specialists from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Education, a leader in educational research and teacher training programs.

  • How much does the course cost?

    The 120-hour course is $1,295. Candidates who are accepted into Career China’s job placement program may be eligible for full tuition reimbursement on the University of Toronto TEFL Online course.

  • Can I pay in installments?

    No. Payment for the course is due in full at enrollment and payment plans are not available.

  • What is the refund policy?

    This course is non-refundable.

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