Teaching English Certification

Interested in Teaching English as a Foreign Language? Get funding to take the UA TEFL Certificate Course held each summer. 

Application Deadlines

The application period for Summer 2019 has closed. Please check back soon for Summer 2020 program and funding information.

About the Program

The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL/TESOL) Certificate Program helps those who wish to teach English. The University of Arizona Center for English as a Second Language offers teacher training programs to expand and update English language teaching skills depending on one’s career goals.

The School of Government & Public Policy and the Center for English as a Second Language are proud to offer SGPP students an $800 scholarship toward the UA 100 Hour Summer TEFL Certificate Course. This certification may be of particular interest to students planning careers in international relations or foreign affairs. 


The total cost of the 100-hour TEFL program is $995 tuition + $50 application/technology fee. SGPP will provide a payment of $800 directly to the TEFL Summer Certificate Program. Recipients will be responsible for the remaining $245 tuition/application fee. SGPP will notify funding recipients, and then they will need to formally apply to the program and pay their portion. After they have paid their portion, SGPP will pay the remaining $800 directly to TEFL.

Program Dates

Students can choose the session for which they want to enroll:

  • Summer 1: May 31- June 29, 2019
  • Summer 2: June 26- July. 27, 2019

Benefits of TEFL Certification

  • Once certified, you can get international experience by seeking opportunities to teach English abroad
  • Teaching experience looks great on a resume (shows leadership, communication and organizational skills, not to mention to ability to successfully work with people who might not speak your language)
  • Become more competitive for international careers and/or Peace Corps

The TEFL certification does not place students in teaching positions. 

Requirements for Funding

  • You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, be in junior or senior standing, and be majoring in one of the undergraduate programs in the School of Government and Public Policy.
  • You must be actively enrolled in classes during the spring and summer OR spring and fall semesters in order to be eligible. Students graduating in May 2019 are not eligible for funding
  • You must have at least two years of University experience and be competent in written and spoken English.
  • The funding will be given on the basis of financial need, academic achievement and/or potential for educational and career success.
  • You must be able to demonstrate an interest in a career in international relations, foreign affairs, teaching English, and/or Peace Corps.

How to Apply for Funding

Complete the online application (Applications are currently closed; check back for summer 2020 applications later in the academic year).

As part of your online application, you will be asked to upload the following:   

  • A brief statement answering the following question (500 words): Please explain how this TEFL training will help you with your academic and career aspirations as it pertains to your major course of study.
  • Current Resume