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* or in Murcia, Spain.

*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 4 required courses for the TEFL Certificate. In these courses, you'll learn fundamental English grammar, linguistics, and language & grammar teaching methods. NOTE: ENG 31007, TESL Pedagogy, is a practicum prerequisite and must be successfully completed before scheduling your spring or summer Florence or Murcia teaching practicum.

Required Courses:

ENG 31001 Fundamental English Grammar* (offered fall & spring semesters)

ENG 31003 Linguistics (offered fall & spring semesters)

ENG 31007 TESL Pedagogy** (offered spring semester only)

ENG 31008 Grammar for TESL/TEFL (offered spring semester only)

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* Prerequisite for ENG 31008, but these 2 courses can be taken simultaneously
** Practicum prerequisite - this teaching methods class must be complete before practicum teaching in Florence, Italy or Murcia, Spain

II. Practicum (6 credit hours)

Two 3-credit hour sections of course ENG 41292, TEFL Practicum must be taken in Florence, Italy or in Murcia, Spain.

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 or Murcia.
  • You will plan with an advisor, and teach your own course in a local school or company in or nearby Florence or Murcia.
  • 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.

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How to apply to the KSU TEFL Certificate program

There are three things you need to do to apply for the TEFL Certificate:

#1 Declare the TEFL Certificate: In Flashline under “Advising & GPS” choose “Change my Major.”  Scroll down to “Certificate.” This is where you can add the TEFL Certificate to your major & minor. After declaring the TEFL Certificate, you can add and take the 12 credits worth of TEFL Cert. core classes. 

#2 Apply for the TEFL certificate Practicum in Florence*, Italy (offered in Spring or summer terms): Follow this link to the application page:

#3 Apply for graduation from the TEFL Certificate—just as you must do for your major—the semester before you graduate.  In Flashline, please find “Graduation” & “Apply for graduation”



TEFL Certificate: Contact Jo Leigh Lyons,

Florence Study Abroad: Contact Amber Cruxton,