Frequently Asked Questions   

1. Why should I choose this program?   

If you want to open a door to the international job market and travel, this is the perfect certificate program for you. We offer a face-to-face program with personalized instruction, innovative programming, individualized feedback, and a practice-oriented curriculum. You will have many opportunities to engage with your instructors and with others in the field of English education. We also offer job placement assistance, which is a resource that can help you decide on where you’d like to begin your teaching journey abroad.   

2. I have a busy life! Is it possible to complete the requirements for this program and maintain a busy life schedule?  

Yes, you can. It will be important to manage your time to meet the needs of this program. You will be in classes for most of the afternoon on weekdays, and you may be assigned to teach one or two evenings per week and/or one or two mornings per week.  Besides the classroom and teaching requirements, we recommend you plan on spending 1-2 hours per day outside of class to work on homework assignments. You will have weekends off.  We are happy to work with you to help you maximize your time and reach your potential!  

3. I am nervous about teaching on my own. Will I have guidance in the observation and teaching process?  

Absolutely!  As part of our program, you’ll have the opportunity to observe experienced instructors as well as your peers. As part of your teaching, you’ll have the guidance of an instructor to help you prepare to teach, and an instructor will always be in the room while you are teaching. You’ll attend workshops and debriefing sessions specifically geared towards helping you prepare and reflect on what worked well and what didn’t and how to improve for next time. The instructors and the material will provide a guide even if you have never taught before!  

4. Does having a TEFL certificate make my profile more appealing to hiring units?  

Yes, a TEFL certificate provides you with training you need to begin your journey as an English teacher. This certificate is recognized around the world as an entry-level qualification for a position teaching English.  It will increase your chances of being hired by a school or language institute and can provide you with a higher starting salary.   

5. I think I would like more training in education. Are there other programs in which I could participate?  

Obtaining a TEFL certificate and teaching English abroad can serve as pathways to a career as a teacher. At the School of Education at the University of Kansas, you could earn a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement, M.A., or M.S.E. You can find more information here.   

6. I don’t exactly know where I want to teach. Should I figure that out first before joining the program?  

It’s okay to allow for flexibility in terms of where you want to teach. Our program is designed to provide you with training that you can then adapt to various teaching contexts.  The world will be open to you with a TEFL certificate! 

7. I need a job ASAP after finishing this certificate program. Can you provide job placement assistance?  

As part of our professionalism standards, we will provide you with information about jobs and with resources that can help in finding a job. Although we do not provide automatic job placement, we do have resources and instructors who will share information with you and help support you as you decide on where you want to embark on your teaching journey.   

One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester year, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents.
Start working on your degree now! You can take university classes for credit at the same time you are taking English classes.
Earn university credits now! You can use 9 AEC credits as elective credits toward your KU degree in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business, and Architecture.
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