Teacher Training Program

TEFL Certification

Get certified to teach English overseas with our 5-week teacher training program!

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Choose WESLI Teacher Training Program (WTTP) for:

  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification
  • professional English language teacher training
  • hands-on learning; communicative classes
  • contacts with English schools abroad
  • overseas job search orientation

WTTP offers an international learning experience with the convenience of studying in the US. As you walk down the halls, you’ll hear WESLI students speaking languages such as Korean, Arabic, Chinese and French. Teaching students from many countries in their Practicum gives trainees experience that can be taken to all corners of the world.

Our comprehensive course provides graduating trainees with a TEFL Certificate that gives them an edge in finding quality English as a Foreign Language (EFL) employment overseas. Graduates teaching in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe often write to us about the importance WTTP has had in their language teaching positions.

Trainees at WTTP value the balance of a professional, focused program with a welcoming atmosphere. The challenging, yet supportive learning environment allows trainees to feel engaged and able to build teaching confidence. Most trainees, both previously trained teachers and those without any teaching experience, notice substantial improvement in the effectiveness of their teaching.


Program Overview

WESLI Teacher Training Program is an intensive five-week, 90, 110, or 130-hour TEFL certification.

  • Courses use a hands-on approach giving trainees the chance to try out new methods and techniques in a supportive learning atmosphere.
  • Class size averages eight trainees, allowing for individualized instruction.
  • Trainees have professional and experienced instructors, with access to many other WESLI teachers.
  • WTTP instructors have years of professional ESL (English as a Second Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teaching experience. Most have master’s degrees in the field of English language education.
  • WTTP graduates have found jobs teaching English in over 45 countries.

Overall Program Goals

The 130-hour WESLI Teacher Training Program is designed to train aspiring teachers, or current practitioners, in the fundamentals of English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) in an environment that encourages collaboration, critical thinking and cultural competency. This goal is achieved by a balance of theory and practice, with particular emphasis on practical, hands-on experience. The program will provide candidates with the opportunity to apply and reflect upon theoretical knowledge of language acquisition theory, ESL/EFL methodology, and assessment theory in a real ESL classroom. (Note: The curriculum is designed to meet the TESOL International Association ASEG Draft Short-Term Certificate Program Standards (2014).)


Program Structure

This certificate course program is designed to have 90, 110, or 130 contact hours over a five-week session, including: Course Instruction, Observation of experienced WESLI teachers, Practicum Teaching Experience, and Peer Observation & Feedback on teaching from experienced observers. Candidates are also expected to spend additional time outside of the classroom completing required reading, research, reflections, assignments and lesson planning.

Total Program Hours = 130 hours

Core Course Hours = 100 hours

Practicum = 30 hours

Foundations (60 hours)

Practice Teaching & Obs. (20 hours)

Skills (20 hours)

Tutoring (5 hours)

Grammar Review (20 hours)

Observations (5 hours)

Program Level Options





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Program Details

Classes are Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 3:00pm with the majority of classes in the morning. 

WTTP’s intensive TEFL certification is considerably longer than the industry standard of 100 hours. It includes 10 hours of practice teaching. Each trainee works with a partner to develop cohesive lesson plans which are implemented during practice teaching. Trainees are observed practice teaching five actual classes of ESL students, and receive both written and oral feedback after each observation. In addition, trainees practice tutoring for five hours.

The WTTP offers more training and practice than the average four-week TEFL certification. Because of the wide variety of TEFL certificates on the market, reputable employers often ask for TEFL certification details to ascertain quality.

Trainees should expect to spend 8 – 10 hours per day attending classes, observing classes, practice teaching and tutoring, preparing lesson plans, and doing homework. There is about two hours of homework per day. 


Part-Time Option

Some graduates have taken the WTTP over two or more sessions. This may be an option if you are in need of a flexible schedule. 


Program Facilities

WTTP is located in an historic brick building designed in 1872. The view from the front windows is of the Capitol Square with its stately trees and graceful State Capitol dome. 

Comfortable classrooms, a computer lab, and a teaching resource room encourage active learning. The student lounge is a good place to relax and meet international students studying English at WESLI. You will be immersed in an international cultural experience, with a friendly and supportive, yet professional, atmosphere.


Admission and Tuition

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma
  • Four-year undergraduate degree preferred (This is a work visa requirement for some countries.)
  • Application form and a 1-page essay which explains your reasons for obtaining a TEFL certificate. (We want to make sure the program can help you achieve your goals.)
  • For non-native English speakers: Proof of English proficiency (550 TOEFL, 213 CBT, 80 iBt, TOEIC 800, or IELTS 6.5) and an oral interview
  • International Students: Further down on this page are additional admission requirements

Fill out and submit the application online!


A $200 deposit is required with your application. The balance of your tuition is due the first day of class.

WTTP is approved for Veteran’s Benefits and offers a 10% discount to returned Peace Corps and Americorps volunteers with proof of service.


International Students Applying From Overseas

U.S. immigration regulations require people who will be in the U.S. for the purpose of full-time study to enter the U.S. with a student visa. If you will apply for a student visa, please submit a copy of your financial documentation along with your WTTP online application. The financial documentation is required to show that you will be able to support yourself while you are in the U.S. on your I-20.

 This documentation can be any of the following:

  • A copy of your personal bank statement
  • A copy of your parents’ or other sponsor’s bank statement AND a signed letter stating that this person or institution will pay for your tuition and living expenses (Request this letter by emailing wttp@wesli.com.)
  • A letter from your government or its scholarship agency stating that they will pay for your tuition and living expenses

The minimum you will need to show for our program is $5,000. When we receive these documents and you are accepted into the program, we will send you an I-20 form, which you will use for your student visa application.

If the mail service is not reliable in your country, we suggest having the I-20 sent by DHL, which costs $75. You can pay this by credit card, personal check drawn on a U.S. bank, or money order. If you choose this option, add the $75 to your $200 deposit at the time of application.


Applying for a Student Visa

Once you receive your I-20 and WTTP Acceptance letter from WESLI, you can apply for a student visa at the U.S. Consulate in your country. Before you go to your visa interview, make sure that you pay all the fees required for your visa application, including the SEVIS fee (I-901). You can pay this online at the U.S. government’s website. You can read about this and pay online.

When you go to the U.S. Consulate in your country to apply for a student visa, you must take the following documents:

  • Your I-20 from WESLI
  • Your WTTP Acceptance Letter from WESLI
  • Your SEVIS Fee receipt (Form I-797)
  • Proof that you have enough money to live and study in the U.S. (This can be a copy of your bank statement, a copy of your parents’ bank statement, or information from the person or organization that will support you.)
  • Proof that you plan to return to your country after you study in the U.S. (This can be evidence that you have a job, or that you will go to school in your country, or that you have family (a husband, wife, or children) in your country, or that you own property or a business in your country.)
  • Proof that you are a serious student (If possible, bring copies of your high school or university transcripts with you.)
  • A copy of your WTTP application essay that explains why you want to obtain a TEFL Certificate

A Very Important Note About the I-20

  • Students may NOT enter the U.S. after the start date on the I-20. (If you need to enter later, please tell us so that we can put that date on the I-20, allowing you to enter later.)
  • Students may enter the U.S. up to 30 days BEFORE the date on the I-20. (For example, if the start date on your I-20 is 5/31/2018, you may arrive in the U.S. between 5/01/2018 and 5/31/2018.)