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Whether your aim is to teach adults, children, or both, the ACP Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program at the University of California Irvine (UCI) content carefully addresses these unique audiences.


  • Choose from a 3-month program of TEFL coursework or a 6-month program of TEFL coursework plus TEFL internship
  • Learn best practices of various current and traditional methodologies from distinguished teacher-trainers
  • Study together with native-English speakers in integrated classes
  • Attend local and/or regional professional CATESOL conferences to explore the most recent trends and developments
  • Further your career as an English teacher while networking with professionals in the TESL/TEFL field
  • Observe teachers in American ESL classrooms and then plan and conduct a lesson at an American school
  • Practice your teaching skills in a classroom setting
  • Develop the skills you need to succeed in further post-graduate studies in TEFL and related fields
  • Gain a competitive edge in the global English teaching job market with opportunities for TEFL internships within our own industry-leading ESL programs


For an optional last course and for an additional fee, you have the opportunity to apply academic theory and gain practical experience in UCI’s industry-leading ESL programs for up to three months.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 3 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories Survey
  • TEFL Practicum
  • Teaching English as a Career
  • Methods of TEFL
  • Teaching the Skills
  • Teaching Pronunciation Skills
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Language Diagnostics and Assessment

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • Evidence of a university degree and/or substantial academic or professional experience
  • Demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age or older

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7900 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7900 USD for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
  • National

    7900 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7900 USD for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Approximate total cost: $12,900 USD, excludes airfare
  • Internship tuition: $2,900

Living costs for Irvine

  • 1560 - 2590 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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