Graduate Continuing Studies
Where in the world would you like to teach?
Experience another culture while living and working overseas after earning a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate from Hamline University. Our nationally recognized program was established in 1991 and more than 1,200 Hamline graduates have taught in more than 40 countries worldwide. Join them!
Our instructors follow an interactive and hands-on approach that enables you to discover the principles and practices of teaching English as a foreign language. During the workshops and lectures, you'll learn teaching methods and techniques. You will then apply what you learned, as you and your peers work together to plan and teach lessons with a class of non-native English speakers.
While preference is given to applicants with a bachelor’s degree, students must have at least an associates degree or equivalent. Non-native English speakers with a TOEFL score of at least 80 (IBT) / 213 (CBT), who successfully complete an oral interview and essay, may also be admitted to the program. Hamline undergraduates who wish to enroll must be junior or senior status at
start of the course and they must also contact Betsy Parrish
(firstname.lastname@example.org; 651-523-2853) for an interview. Interviews are not required for graduate students.
The Context of Language Learning
Language Teaching Practices
All individuals successfully completing the course receive an internationally recognized TEFL certificate as well as eight semester credits (graduate credit for those holding a BA; undergraduate credit for others).
An advanced certificate is granted to individuals completing a TEFL certificate course in addition to:
These three advanced TEFL classes can be taken before or after the TEFL course and can be completed online from anywhere in the world.
TEFL and advanced TEFL credits may be applied toward the MA/ESL degree at Hamline (admission by application).
For complete admission requirements and to fill out an online application, visit our Apply page. There is no application deadline. We accept students who meet admission criteria throughout the year.
For information about on-campus housing, contact Residential Life at 651-523-2061. On-campus housing is not available in August. Housing other sessions is based on availability.
Hamline University's School of Education programs are accredited by the Board of Teaching of Minnesota and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Advanced TEFL courses are part of the ESL Licensure Program, which has received national recognition from TESOL.
View disclosure tables for the TEFL certificate
8 semester creditsFrequently asked questionsAdvanced TEFL option Program Disclosures
Financial aid is available to students enrolled in this program.
The following TEFL courses are offered each year:
Daytime, Year-long Program
September 9-December 16, 2013 Mondays, 12:40-3:40 and February 10 - May 12, 2014; Mondays, 12:40-3:40 plus a weekly 3-hour practicum (during Spring semester) times to be arranged. Enrollment limit 24
Evening Extensive options:
Fall SemesterSeptember 5 - December 17, 2013 Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-8:30 andSaturdays, 9:00-3:00: September 28; October 12 and 26; 10/26; November 2, 9 and 23 Enrollment limit 24Spring Semester February 6 - May 8, 2014 Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-8:30 andSaturdays: 9:00-3:00 Feb. 22, March 1 and 15; April 5, 12, and 26 Enrollment limit 24
Summer Intensive option:June 30 - July 31, 2014Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.Enrollment limit 18
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