Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate

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Department of Education

150 EduE
412 Library Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
United States

Program Type
College of Education and Human Service Professions

About this Program

The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate is designed for undergraduate students and community members who are interested in teaching English while living abroad. This program includes a unique first-hand practicum where students can work with non-native speakers of English. If you think you might want to travel overseas, you should consider completing this certificate program as a way to fund your travels along with developing marketable skills such as resilience, adaptability, and interpersonal communication.

  • The TEFL Certificate at UMD can be completed during your undergraduate studies 
  • The TEFL Certificate is the only of its kind offered in the Northland
  • This program meets the highest standards for TEFL certification: 160 hours of instruction, practicum experience, and accredited curriculum from a world-recognized university

Acquired Skills

  • Learn about teaching methods and the relationship between culture and language
  • Gain transferable skills that employers are looking for such as increased problem-solving and intercultural communication skills

Program Learning Outcomes

Career Possibilities

Countries around the world are looking for someone like you to teach English and share your culture. Many private companies are constantly hiring native speakers of English to teach in a wide range of settings including schools, business organizations, and one-on-one tutoring. Individuals with a TEFL Certificate can also be hired through government-sponsored programs in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and South America.


Students must complete 30 credits before admission to the certificate program.