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The Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language is designed for EFL teaching professionals who are non-native speakers of English.

The PSC in TEFL is a non-credit professional development certificate traditionally offered as a three-week immersive summer session on campus at the University of Victoria, complemented by nine weeks of facilitated online learning when international teachers return to their own country.

Providing a stimulating, interactive learning environment, the PSC in TEFL focuses on the ability of participants to develop their ability to teach more effectively in English focusing on six skill areas:

  • listening
  • speaking
  • reading
  • writing
  • viewing
  • representing

With a strong professional development focus, this program will present a variety of teaching methodologies, curriculum-planning strategies and experiential classroom techniques that will enable participants to plan, design and develop effective EFL lessons that can be successfully applied in their own classroom environment.

Successful completion of both the on-site and online components ensures participants of a Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, as well as alumni status at the University of Victoria.

Program outcomes

Participants in this program will develop their skills and knowledge in teaching English to English Language Learners (ELL) with a particular focus on:

  • enhancing their ability to provide effective and efficient instruction to English Language Learners in a K–12 system
  • reviewing key principles of second language instruction and acquisition, including methodologies, assessment and evaluation strategies, and curriculum development
  • participating in a stimulating, interactive professional development experience
  • acquiring language which will enable them to more readily communicate with colleagues in a K–12 system
  • introducing current research and trends in the area of primary and secondary education
  • reflecting on their own professional practices

Admission and completion requirements

Admission requirements

The intensive nature of our program requires potential candidates to:

  • be international, non-native English speaking education professionals with a current teaching or leadership assignment
  • hold a first degree or a teaching certificate from an accredited university or post-secondary institution
  • provide evidence of fluency in English
    • TOEFL score of 530 (197 CBT; 71 iBT)
    • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
    • or a written document supporting their participation by their school administration
  • normally have two years of related teaching experience or be a pre-service teacher registered in an accredited teacher education program

Completion requirements

Successful completion of both the on-site and online components (150 hours) earns participants a Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, as well as alumni status at the University of Victoria.

Estimated fees

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How to apply

Programs are initiated through partnership agreements with international education universities.

For more information, please contact:

Chris Fevens
Program Coordinator
tefl@uvic.ca