What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Students can complete the certificate in a year or less.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Students may enter the program in fall, spring or summer semester.


Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Undergraduate Certificate

The certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) equips students with skills that will enable them to teach English as a Foreign Language abroad. The TEFL certificate is designed as a credential for those who plan short-term stays overseas and is open to Georgia State University students in any undergraduate major.

The program requires students to complete a series of five undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Applied Linguistics & English as a Second Language.

Students who are likely to be interested in the certificate program include:

  • Those in disciplines where an extended stay abroad would enhance their skills, employment or graduate school admission possibilities upon their return.
  • People who are simply interested in the adventure of living in another culture and of gaining knowledge of the world.
  • Individuals with a bachelor’s degree who are interested in working abroad but do not want to make the long term professional commitment involved in earning a graduate degree.
  • Majors in Language Studies interested in further graduate study in applied linguistics. For these students, earning the certificate as part of their undergraduate degree requirements can enhance their graduate school potential.

Georgia State also offers a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This certificate is likely a better choice for students interested in continuing on to earn an MA. For more information go to the TESOL program page.

Program Details

The TEFL certificate is intended for Georgia State-admitted students who take the required courses as part of their undergraduate coursework, or as post-baccalaureate students. It is not available as a continuing education program.

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application.

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International students
International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

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Transfer students
If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation.

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The TEFL certificate requirements consist of the following five courses:

  • AL 3021 — Introduction to Linguistics
  • AL 3041 — Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
  • AL 3051 — Teaching English as a Foreign Language I: Methods and Approaches
  • AL 3101 — English Grammar in Use
  • AL 4161 — Teaching English as a Second Language II: Practicum and Classroom Practices

For more details, visit the course catalog.

For general tuition information, check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

The certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) provides students with appropriate skills and a credential that will enable them to teach English abroad. This certificate is an entry-level credential for those who plan short-term stays overseas. Students who are interested in a career in teaching English as a Foreign Language/English as a Second Language will need to have more extensive education and certification at the master’s degree level.



This certificate is an entry-level credential for those who plan short-term stays overseas. It can also help students interested in further study in applied linguistics improve their graduate school application.


Undergraduate Director
Stephanie Lindemann
Email: lindemann@gsu.edu 

Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL
25 Park Pl NE
Room 1500 (15th floor)

25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.