TEFL / TESOL Certification Program

144 Hours (class, observation & practicum hours)

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare individuals to teach English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) to adult students. Our praxis-based curriculum covers various theories of learning as well as classroom management, lesson plan development, student feedback, and self-reflective teaching. Some course topics include sociocultural and cognitive theories, communicative language teaching (CLT), gamification, computer assisted language learning (CALL), and affective activities. You will work with experienced, certified teachers who will give you real-life, timely feedback after observing you teach ESL students. Accredited schools (national and international) require TESOL/TEFL certificates with an in-class teaching or "practicum" component as an entry-level qualification for employment. It will provide invaluable insight into the challenges and rewards that come with teaching ESL.

Prerequisites to Entry

  1. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or equivalent
  2. Submission of a 500-800 word essay answering the question: Why do you want to be an ESL teacher?
  3. One of the following requirements must be met:
  • be a native English speaker
  • present a score of 85 or higher on the TOEFL exam
  • show a score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam
  • score 85 or higher on the Oxford English Placement Exam available at Evergreen Academy

Class Schedule

12 Week Schedule:
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday - 5:30 - 10:00 PM

8 Week Schedule:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Included during class hours:

  • 24 hours of in-class observation
  • 8 practicum teaching hours

Alternative schedules available upon request

Book Price: $120

Requirements for Certification

  • an average score of 80% on all graded assignments
  • an 85% attendance rate

Course Instructor

Stephanie Gollobin started her teaching career when she traveled to Germany with a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship. She has since earned her MA in Teaching at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. She has spent the past 16 months expanding Evergreen Academy’s new curriculum while the school was achieving CEA accreditation. In addition, she has dedicated the past year to presenting the findings of her action research paper entitled, “Increasing Learner Autonomy and Motivation through Blogging” at both regional and international conferences. Over five years of English language teaching experience has shown her how language learning can profoundly affect students’ self-efficacy, identity formation, and metacognitive skills. She continually relishes the chance to foster students’ confidence and critical thinking skills by encouraging them to converse, experiment, and self-evaluate with their peers. Her own professional goal is to continually innovate and self-evaluate by developing action research opportunities in the classroom, using significant results to consistently engage in cutting-edge conversations in the TESOL field.

Evergreen Academy

Ever­green Acad­emy was estab­lished in 2007. Our goal is to pro­vide qual­ity ESL instruction. Ever­green Acad­emy's use of the com­mu­nica­tive method is a prac­ti­cal and results-oriented way of learn­ing to com­mu­ni­cate effec­tively in Eng­lish. It is a highly flex­i­ble sys­tem where our stu­dents are closely sup­ported and encour­aged. Our adap­tive mix­ture of learn­ing methods and activities enable our stu­dents to reach their goals. Please read our Mis­sion State­ment to under­stand how com­mit­ted we are to you and our school.