The TEFL Certificate is designed for students who are interested in a career in English language teaching and administration outside of the United States in primary and secondary school settings (K-12). The TEFL Certificate is offered within the Foreign Language and ESL Education program in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and is intended for post-baccalaureate international students. All of the 12 semester hours (s.h.) are offered entirely online. 

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the TEFL Certificate, applicants must:
  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree.
  2. Have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 in undergraduate coursework.
  3. Have a minimum TOEFL score of 90, with a minimum of 20 in each of the four sections (reading, writing, listening, speaking).
  4. Meet the general requirements of the graduate college.

General information for graduate admission to the University of Iowa as a non-degree student can be found on the Applying as a Non-degree Graduate Student page.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

FY 2015-2016 Tuition & Fees

Tuition costs per semester:

  • 1 credit hour: $554
  • 3 credit hours or 1 course: $1662
  • 6 credit hours or 2 courses: $3324

Technology fee per semester:

  • 1 credit hour: $119.25
  • 3 credit hours or 1 course: $119.25
  • 6 credit hours or 2 courses: $179

Total costs per semester for full-time enrollment: $3503
Total costs for the TEFL Certificate (1 year full time enrollment): $7006

Application Deadlines

Applications for Fall 2015 are accepted on a rolling basis. For Fall 2016 admission, submit all application materials by April 1, 2016.

Application Procedures

To complete the application process for the TEFL Certificate:
  1. Complete the University of Iowa non-degree online application form (first-time users will need to create an account). Under the “admission information” section of the application, make sure you choose “Graduate or Professional Credit” and apply to the Graduate College. Under “purpose of attending”, choose “Certificate” and then the TEFL Certificate. With this application you will have to pay a $40 admission fee and submit an official transcript.
  2. Submit TOEFL Scores (if required).
  3. Given submission of the appropriate materials, your enrollment application will be reviewed and the Coordinator of the TEFL Certificate will be informed of your intentions.
  4. Complete and submit the TEFL Certificate Enrollment Form to the TEFL Certificate Coordinator at You may complete this form at the same time as you submit the non-degree online application form.
  5. After review of your application and enrollment form you will be informed of the status of your application.
Any questions about the application process should be sent to


If you Apply Online, the $40 application fee is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa. If you cannot pay by credit card, you may Download and Print an Application (PDF) and pay the fee by check or money order in U.S. currency made payable to "The University of Iowa."

Contact Information

Foreign Language & ESL
N259 Lindquist Center
Iowa City, IA 52242
319-335-5324 (phone)
319-335-5608 (fax)

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396