What Can a TEFL Certificate Do for You?

A TEFL Certificate is your passport to a world of global connections.  As you embark on your English language teaching journey, make sure you take a TEFL Certificate along with you.  This certificate is recognized around the world as an entry-level qualification for a position teaching English.  Having a TEFL Certificate will increase your chances of being hired by a school or language institute and can provide you with a higher starting salary.


Why Study at KU’s Applied English Center?

The Applied English Center is located at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.  As one of the oldest Intensive English Programs in the country, we have been teaching English language and culture classes to international students since 1964.  Let us share our teaching expertise with you to help you become a qualified TEFL instructor!  We offer you:

  • Personalized instruction
  • Innovative programming
  • Individualized feedback
  • Practice-oriented curriculum
  • Job placement assistance in certain countries


Our Mission

The Applied English Center’s TEFL Certificate program is rooted in the power of English language education to enhance and change lives.  The program trains future teachers of English to be professionals and to engage in best teaching practices in the field, providing language instruction and assessment in ways that are culturally responsive and centered on student needs. Having advanced degrees in the field and years of experience in both teacher training and English language instruction, our highly qualified instructors are poised to empower you on your teaching journey. 


Our Program

  • Is a 120-hour, 6-week program
    • 100+ hours in the classroom
    • 10+ hours of observations
    • 10+ hours of teaching
  • Is taught by instructors with advanced degrees in the field and many years of experience
  • Adheres to the Standards for Short-Term Certificate Programs developed by TESOL International Organization
  • Gives you practice-oriented instruction and hands-on training

Program details

  • Fulfills both your coursework and practicum requirements




Session Application Deadline Deposit Deadline Paid in Full Deadline Session Dates
Summer 2020

May 8

May 15 June 1 June 8 - July 17

Fall 2020

TBA TBA TBA September 28 - November 6


Tuition (all Sessions)


Tuition $1575
Deposit deadline To hold your place in the program, you must pay $500 by the Deposit Deadline listed above.
Paid in full deadline The remainder of the program cost must be paid by the Paid in Full Deadline listed above.


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