Certificate in TEFL

Why this Certificate

The goal of the Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFL) program is to enhance the professional knowledge and practical skills of in-service and pre-service classroom teachers in Armenia and the region. It is designed to meet the needs of those current and future teachers who may not have the time or aspiration to pursue a Master’s degree, but who do want to keep up with the latest developments in the field, and expand and improve their own teaching.

Career Paths

CTEFL is perfect for those interested in starting a career in teaching English and for teachers who want to continue improving their own teaching but do not have time to pursue the two-year Master’s degree in TEFL. Typically, CTEFL graduates secure English language teaching positions in language centers around the country. For teachers already working in the schooling system, CTEFL enhances their teaching skills and boosts confidence leading to more challenging and rewarding work opportunities and contributing to potential promotions on the job.

Those who complete CTEFL successfully and reside outside Yerevan including Artsakh are eligible to apply for a teaching position to start a new or support an existing branch of the AUA’s After-school English Program in their home towns or villages.

‘Being one of the first graduates of CTEFL totally changed my whole approach towards teaching a foreign language. It also paved a path to open-mindedness and cross-cultural understanding. Forever thankful to my AUA teachers’.

Armine Kocharyan, CTEFL 1995 Alumna

Language and Cross Culture Coordinator, Peace Corps Armenia

Certificate Completion Requirements

To complete a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFL), students must successfully complete the CTEFL courses/modules with a grade point average of 3.0 or above. CTEFL graduates who wish to pursue further study towards the MA TEFL program, may transfer their CTEFL courses towards the MA TEFL Program.


CTEFL courses include three courses of a total of 9 credits:

Teaching Language Skills (3 credits)

This course introduces the underlying theories and classroom practices for teaching ESL/EFL reading, writing, listening and speaking. The course highlights the nature of literacy and oral language development, beginning language skills (phonemic awareness, phonics, pronunciation), and meaning-focused language instruction. This practical course focuses on developing students’ technical abilities to effectively design classroom activities that target language skills and integrate them into coherent lesson plans. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.

Classroom Assessment (3 credits)

This course will lay the foundations for the students to learn about various principles and issues regarding research methods in second or foreign language teaching and classroom research. The course will look at the various viewpoint involved in research, the issues raised by quantitative and qualitative research, how the research program is to be structured and carried out, and how to report findings. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.

Teaching Practicum (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to consolidate the theory and practice of teaching EFL and engage students in reflective practice. This course combines face-to-face classes on topics related to practical aspects of teaching EFL classes (e.g., lesson planning, classroom management) and fieldwork experience including EFL class observations and supervised teaching.

CTEFL Format

Students may select one of two formats in pursuing the CTEFL Program:

  • Year-round format: In this format, CTEFL students take their courses with Master’s in TEFL students during the fall and spring semesters. Classes are scheduled once or twice a week during morning and afternoon hours.
  • Summer intensive format: In this format, CTEFL courses are scheduled within 6-7 weeks during the months of June and July. Classes take place in the mornings and afternoons every day at the AUA campus.

Enrollment Requirements

To be considered for acceptance, applicants must:

  • Submit a complete Application for Enrollment in Certificate Programs at im.aua.am including all required supplements as outlined in the instructions.
  • Present valid and official results confirming English Language Proficiency typically through the TOEFL iBT (target score of 79*) or IELTS Academic (target score of 6.5*). Native and near native speakers are eligible for a waiver.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited or licensed institution of higher education having obtained an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher on a 5-point scale. Students in their final year of studies are also eligible to apply.
  • Demonstrate interest and potential to become a successful TEFL professional.

*The Admissions Committee may, at its discretion, admit an applicant who does not meet the target requirements but who otherwise demonstrates the potential to successfully pursue a degree at AUA.

English and TOEFL iBT Preparation 

For English and TOEFL iBT classes, contact AUA Extension http://extension.aua.am, which offers subsidized courses in the regions of Armenia and Artsakh.

AUA Extension centers:
  • American University of Armenia, 40 Marshal Baghramyan Ave. Yerevan;
  • “Knowledge for Development” Center, 63 Myasnikyan str. Dilijan;
  • Gyumri Technology Center, 1 Gai str.;
  • Vanadzor Technology Center, 12 Shinararner str.;
  • School N3, “Giteliq” University, 5 Momiki str. Yeghegnadzor;
  • 6 Azatamartikneri str. Stepanakert

Fall 2019 CTEFL Application Submission Deadlines

If a deadline date falls on a non-working date, the deadline will be moved to the following working day.

  • Early Admissions – February 15, 2019
  • Regular Admissions – May 15, 2019

Fees are calculated per credit unit, as per university policy.

Application Procedure

For information regarding application to CTEFL, visit the Admissions website.