(Olathe, Kansas – Nov. 17, 2015) – Individuals who want to teach English abroad or domestically, in settings where English is not the first language, have a new educational option. MNU’s new Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) online certificate program begins in January 2016. The 12-month, 18-credit-hour program is taught by highly qualified university professors with experience in TEFL and advanced degrees in education and English.

Students do not need a teaching certificate or teaching experience to enter the program. A desire to teach English and work with culturally diverse populations, however, is vital to one’s success.


Through a combination of real-time webcasts and work completed on a flexible, asynchronous online platform, students learn elements of effective TEFL instruction. The program’s design provides students an opportunity to understand elements of effective TEFL instruction, multicultural considerations, linguistic structures, and assessment. A TEFL Certificate is an important qualification that may put one ahead of the crowd when seeking assignments in a foreign language environment.

“There is a demand for native English teachers in foreign countries,” says Ramona Stowe, PhD, chair, Department of Professional and Graduate Studies in Education. “Teachers of English as a foreign language can work in a variety of settings with different age ranges. This can include commercial language schools, schools and institutions of further and higher education and areas serving immigrant populations.”

Students in the TEFL program should have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. For more information on program classes and requirements visit mnu.edu/tefl.