CESL 120-hour Online TEFL/TESOL Certificate

Welcome to the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), University of Arizona!

We appreciate that you have decided to complete the 120-hour Online TEFL/TESOL Certificate with us. Please make sure you read the course information and admission requirements below before you start the application process. Payment is required with this application. You will have access to the course upon submission of the application and payment.

Course Information

The 120-hour Online TEFL/TESOL Certificate course consists of a series of modules offered completely online and on a self-paced basis; furthermore, you can start and finish the course at any time as there are no pre-determined sessions. Modules consist of a series of videos and readings that are organized into units. At the end of each unit, you need to take a quiz and obtain a minimum score of 75% in order to progress to the next unit. You will also complete an assignment for each unit in which you apply the knowledge acquired in the different modules. You will have up to 6 months to complete this course and you are expected to spend about 120 hours completing all readings, quizzes and assignments.

Upon completion of the coursework, you will be required to submit a Final Portfolio with the assignments prepared and a reflective essay. The Final Portfolio will be reviewed by CESL faculty, who will determine if a TEFL/TESOL Certificate should be awarded. Your TEFL/TESOL Certificate, which bears the University of Arizona logo and seal, will be mailed to you via FedEx; a $15.00 mailing fee will be charged with this application to students with a U.S. address (or a $60.00 international mailing fee if your address is outside the United States).

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the 120-hour Online TEFL/TESOL Certificate course, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Provide an official identification document;
  • Have at least the equivalent of two years of college coursework;
  • Have access to up-to-date OS/browser and reliable internet connection;
  • Be proficient in English. If your first language is not English, you need to prove that you have at least a B2 English proficiency level according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This proficiency level can be demonstrated with a score report from an internationally recognized English exam, such as TOEFL (>71), IELTS (>6.0), Cambridge (>160), that is not more than two years old. Other accepted documentation includes proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, copy of a degree from or proof of current enrollment in an American university. Otherwise, you will need to take CESL’s own CEPT Full Academic Test.