Time Commitment

Our TEFL Certificate Program is a seven-week program.  The program consists of 100+ hours related to classroom instruction, 10+ hours related to observations, and 10+ hours related to teaching.  By the time you finish the program, you will have a solid foundation on which to continue to build your TEFL skill set.

Classes will be online with both autonomous modules and synchronous class meetings. There will be approximately 4-6 hours of synchronous meetings each week. Specific class times have not yet been scheduled. If you are concerned about conflicts, please email aec@ku.edu.

Besides your scheduled classes, observations, and teaching opportunities, you will have homework.  This is an intensive program, and we have a lot to share with you to prepare you for your teaching abroad adventure!  You should probably expect an hour or two of homework every day.

Program Structure

You will be enrolled in three classes: TEFL Fundamentals, Grammar for TEFL, and Skills Teaching.  Classes will include the following modules:

TEFL Fundamentals:

  • Teaching & Learning
  • Methods and Approaches
  • Language Acquisition
  • Types of Learners
  • Lesson Planning
  • Classroom Management
  • Adapting Materials
  • Professionalism
  • Error Corrections
  • Using Textbooks
  • Using Technology
  • Testing & Assessment
  • Culture
  • Language-Specific & Culture Specific Teaching
  • Job Opportunities
  • Professional Development Opportunities

Grammar for TEFL:

  • Language Overview
  • Part of Speech
  • Sentence Structures
  • Pronouns & Demonstratives
  • Adjectives & Adverbs
  • Nouns & Quantifiers
  • Articles
  • Verb Forms
  • Verb Tenses

Skills Teaching:

  • Teaching Vocabulary & Reading
  • Teaching Writing
  • Teaching Listening
  • Teaching Speaking
  • Teaching Pronunciation


You will clock over 10 hours of observations. You will observe experienced instructors teaching in the Applied English Center’s Intensive English Program, and you will also observe your peers. You will submit journal entries to reflect on what you observed.


You will accrue a minimum of 10 hours related to teaching. These hours include teaching preparation, meeting with mentors to go over your plans, actual teaching, and de-briefing sessions. Your teaching will be done under the supervision of experienced instructors. You will submit journal entries to reflect on your teaching experience.

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.
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