Build skills and confidence as an international educator.

Are you a teacher in a non-English speaking country and you would like to broaden your opportunities by being trained to teach English? This non-credit professional specialization certificate is offered as a three-week, immersive, summer session held on campus at the University of Victoria, followed by nine weeks of facilitated online learning that can be completed once you return to your own country.

(Note: if you are a native speaker of English and are interested in teaching English abroad, see the TEFL course.)

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Program description

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

Providing a stimulating, interactive learning environment, the PSC in TEFL focuses on guiding participants to develop their ability to teach more effectively in English in 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.

Who is this program for?

The PSC in TEFL program is designed for teachers in non-English speaking countries who would like to learn how to teach English in their home country.

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Estimated fees

Fees vary depending on the details of your customized program. We can work with you to create a program that works with your budget. 

Application information

Admission requirements

The intensive nature of this program requires potential candidates to:

  • be international, non-native English speaking education professionals with a current teaching or leadership assignment, or pre-service instructors in an accredited graduate program
  • provide evidence of fluency in English:
    • TOIEC 700
    • TOEFL iBT 71
    • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
    • or a document supporting their participation in the program by their district administration plan

How to apply

Programs are initiated through partnership agreements with international education universities.

For more information, please contact Margarita Coppard, Program Assistant, International Education at

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