Coursework & Practicum

The TEFL Certificate program requires 18 credit hours to be completed: 12 credit hours of coursework and 6 hours of practicum. The practicum must be completed in Florence, Italy*. 

*If you are an Education major/minor, please discuss the practicum requirement with your academic advisor.

I. Coursework (12 credit hours)

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There are four required courses as part of the TEFL Certificate. In these courses, you'll learn fundamentals of English grammar, linguistics, and language teaching. NOTE: ENG 31007, TESL Pedagogy, is a practicum prerequisite and must be successfully completed before you schedule your spring or summer Florence teaching practicum.

Required Courses:

Fundamental English Grammar

ENG 31001 (3 credit hours)


ENG 31003 (3 credit hours)

TESL Pedagogy*

ENG 31007 (3 credit hours)
*practicum prerequisite

Grammar for TESL/TEFL

ENG 31008 (3 credit hours)

View TEFL Course Descriptions

II. Practicum (6 credit hours)

Two 3-credit hour sections of course ENG 41292 must be taken in Florence, Italy

What is the practicum?

  • The practicum exposes you to hands-on training through classroom observations, assisting, and teaching your own classes.
  • You will observe and assist English classes at elementary school, middle school, high school, or university in Florence.
  • You will plan with an advisor, and teach your own course in a local school or company in or nearby Florence.
  • You will observe, assist and critique your peers' teaching, and they will observe and assist in yours..
  • The practicum can be customized to meet your educational goals. For instance, if you are more interested in a TEFL career teaching children, we will build your practicum schedule accordingly.

Attend an Information Meeting to learn more about the practicum.


When do I take the practicum?

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You will complete the practicum in Florence, Italy during the 4-week Florence Summer Institute.

Learn More About Practicum Dates




TEFL Certificate: Contact Jo Leigh Lyons,

Florence Study Abroad: Contact Amber Cruxton,