Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate Program

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate* Program at Spring International Language Center at the University of Arkansas is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). It is designed for:


  1. Native English speakers who plan to teach English abroad and
  2. International non-native English speakers with advanced English skills interested in learning new creative teaching strategies and becoming better EFL teachers in their home countries.



This program will  include 120 hours* (30 additional hours required for pre-service teachers) of courses and workshops in:


Language Teaching Methodology

Reading and Writing Skills Workshops

English Phonology and PronunciationThis program will prepare you for the exciting adventure of teaching English overseas.  Learn how to teach English in an engaging way. Get hands-on practice. Study with international students. Assistance with job placement available.

Technology in the Classroom

Teaching English Grammar Interactivity

Self-Inquiry and Reflective Teaching

Oral Communication

Testing and Assessment

Cross Cultural Communication

Educational Lectures and Professional

  Visits to English as a Second Language




TEFL Certificate Program Mission Statement


Spring International Language Center’s Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate Program mission is designed to teach and train both prospective and in-service English teachers, to learn and review a wide range of approaches, materials, and techniques for teaching English as a foreign language, to discuss current issues, choices, challenges, and solutions in the field, to expand and enhance teacher’s ability to use technology for teaching, and to renew and revive in-service teachers’ enthusiasm and energy for teaching.


A peripheral benefit to our approach facilitates teachers’ professional development by connecting and collaborating with their colleagues from home and abroad by creating professional support networks. This in turn fosters respect and sharing amongst the variety of cultures of our participants. The faculty endeavor to help develop teacher leaders through reflective, experiential activities focused on interpersonal skills, communication, and leadership. Knowledge, application, confidence-building, and creativity are the cornerstones of the program.


The TEFL Certificate Program provides opportunities for participants to develop a deeper understanding of American culture and its inextricable relationship to language through a variety of socio-cultural experiences and reflective activities.

The TEFL Certificate mission and goals statement clearly states the academic, professional, leadership, and cultural goals of the program. Our highly experienced faculty hold these goals as paramount. They are reflected in the curriculum, the context in which we teach, and in the resources allocated to the program. The TEFL Certificate goals support and reflect the SILC mission of respect, professionalism, cross-cultural awareness, and language acquisition.





Program Application Application for Pre-Service Teachers Application for In-Service International Teachers

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If you have any questions about this program that are not answered on this website or would like more details, please contact Cindy Rauth (crauth@uark.edu).


You may also visit us at our address on-campus shown on the left, at the SILC TEFL Facebook page, or by phone or fax.


*This certificate is not a teaching license. It is designed for personal improvement in the field of language learning and teaching.

Spring International Language Center (SILC) at the University of Arkansas is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and continues to uphold the highest standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation is recognized by the United States Department of Education. SILC is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.