Teaching as a Foreign Language - Academics

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Have you dreamed of traveling the globe after graduation, teaching English to people in different countries and learning about their cultures along the way? A TEFL certificate can help make that dream a reality. There is a huge demand for English language teachers in far-flung countries such as China, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Lesotho and South Korea. Pair this certificate with a major in linguistics, communications or business and set yourself up for a job right after getting your degree!


of master's degree can be completed as an undergrad at WOU


of students who apply to WOU are selected for admission

student clubs and organizations are waiting to welcome you in

NCAA Division II student-athletes want to see you in the stands, cheering for the Wolves

Learning outcomes

  • Prepares students for professional opportunities to respond to and take advantage of the new challenges of a global economy
  • Positions students to work with English language learners who are learning English for educational, business or leisure reasons
  • Help provide students with pathways to a career teaching in their first international/cross-cultural position

Career opportunities

  • English teacher in foreign countries
  • English teacher in the United States
  • Social services worker
  • Linguistics program designer


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