English As a Foreign Language (EFL) Degrees

English as a Foreign Language (EFL) or a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) degree programs include education and language studies and prepare students to teach at adult education centers or schools abroad. Keep reading to learn more about these programs, what you'll learn and where you could work. Schools offering Spanish degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Types of English as a Foreign Language Programs Can I Find?

EFL degree programs are generally not available, but you can instead enroll in an EFL or TEFL certificate program. These programs provide you with the postgraduate training you need to teach English to a variety of non-native speakers. You usually need a bachelor's degree before beginning a certificate program. Schools might also impose a GPA requirement. Many schools accept both recent graduates and experienced language instructors.

Certificate LevelsEnglish as a Foreign Languge (EFL) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Common Topics Discussed Language foundations, English grammar, technology and education, teaching English globally
Online Technology Requirements A computer with Internet access that meets the desired hardware and software specifications of the institution
Potential Mean Salary (2014) $52,830

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Learn?

EFL and TEFL certificate programs typically consist of 4-5 classes. During a program, you'll examine English grammar, syntax and speech. You'll learn how to use computer technologies to aid language development in the classroom. Programs also emphasize cultural awareness and sensitivity, since EFL teachers work with students from different backgrounds. Common topics that you'll explore include:

  • Teaching English globally
  • Language foundations
  • Teaching English grammar
  • Technology and language education

Can I Take Classes Online?

You can enroll in an entirely online EFL or TEFL certificate program. You'll usually need to devote a set number of hours per week to the online coursework. You can conduct readings, view lectures and participate in academic discussions online. To participate, you'll need a high-speed Internet connection and a Web camera to interact during lectures. You also might need a printer, a headset and a microphone.

Where Can I Work?

With your EFL or TEFL certificate, you can find jobs overseas as an English language instructor. You can also work in adult education as an English for Speakers of Other Languages teacher. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teaching jobs were predicted to increase seven percent from 2014-2024, which was average for all job sectors (www.bls.gov).

If you work at a public school as an ESOL teacher, you usually need to earn your teacher's license, which requires you to complete a bachelor's degree and a training program, according to the BLS. The BLS reported that adult literacy and high school equivalency teachers and instructors earned a mean salary of $52,830 as of May 2014. If you wish to pursue continuing education, some schools allow you to apply your certificate credits to a master's degree in education or language studies.

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