TEFL Certificate Specializations


Earning a TEFL certificate through the University of Toronto allows teachers to customize their courses of study.

TEFL Certificate Specializations


The University of Toronto’s 120- and 150-hour TEFL certificates allow ESL teachers to select areas of specialization. Choose the TEFL certificate that will best suit your future career goals as you prepare to Go Global with TEFL Online.

Teaching English to Arabic Speakers

Teachers will learn to overcome specific L1 interference (first language interference) when teaching Arabic speakers. Learn more about specializing in Teaching English to Arabic Speakers.

Teaching English to Korean Speakers

Teachers will learn to overcome specific L1 interference (first language interference) when teaching Korean speakers. Learn more about specializing in Teaching English to Korean Speakers.

Teaching English to Chinese Speakers (Mandarin)

Teachers will learn to overcome specific L1 interference (first language interference) when teaching Mandarin Chinese speakers. Learn more about specializing in Teaching English to Chinese Speakers (Mandarin).

Teaching English to Young Learners

TEFL teachers can specialize in working with children by learning methods of integrating ESL pedagogy into classrooms for young learners. Learn more about specializing in Teaching English to Young Learners.

Teaching Test Preparation Courses

Teachers will learn to prepare students for the English language exams commonly required by schools, business, and governments. Learn more about specializing in Teaching Test Preparation Courses.

Teaching Business English

Teachers will practice designing and implementing Business English lessons appropriate for all cultures. Learn more about specializing in Teaching Business English.

Digital Technology in the Classroom

ESL instructors will explore the use new technologies and ways of utilizing them in the classroom. Learn more about specializing in Digital Technology in the Classroom.

Learner-Centred Lessons

Teachers will learn to give their students control over content and language output, developing them into more independent learners. Learn more about specializing in Learner-Centred Lessons.

Teaching Abroad

TEFL teachers will learn to research destinations and organizations overseas, and will address common difficulties and challenges in international work environments. Learn more about specializing in Teaching Abroad.

TEFL Certificate Course Options


Choose between three TEFL courses:.

The 100-hour TEFL Online certificate contains six core course units developed by OISE faculty at the University of Toronto. It does not include the option for specialization.

The 120-hour TEFL Online certificate contains the six core course units, plus two additional units of specialization chosen by the teacher.

The 150-hour TEFL Online certificate contains eight core course units, two units of specialization chosen by the teacher, and one additional unit on teaching abroad.

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Go Global: Enroll with the University of Toronto’s TEFL Online.