The Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language requires 12 s.h. of graduate credit and is offered completely online. The certificate program is open to students enrolled in University of Iowa graduate degree programs and to individuals who are enrolled in the Graduate College as nondegree students.

The certificate is organized around four competencies in foreign language teaching: theory, curriculum, assessment, and methodology. The competencies cover theoretical, conceptual, and sociopolitical foundations in second language learning and teaching; language education program design; fundamentals of second language assessment; and English language teaching methods and ethics.

Students begin certificate course work in the fall semester and complete their course work in the spring.

The certificate requires the following course work.

EDTL:4465Methods: Teaching English as a Foreign Language3
EDTL:6400Fundamentals of Second Language Assessment (section EXW)3
EDTL:6483Second Language Classroom Learning (section EXW)3
EDTL:6497Principles of Course Design for Second Language Instruction (section EXW)3
Total Hours12


Applications for fall semester should be submitted by April 1.

Students who apply should:

  • hold a baccalaureate degree;
  • have a minimum grade-point average of 2.50 in undergraduate course work;
  • have a minimum TOEFL score of 90, with a minimum of 20 in each of the four sections (reading, writing, listening, speaking); and
  • meet the general requirements of the Graduate College.