Choosing a TEFL Course: What to Consider - TEFL-Certification

Choosing a TEFL Course: What to Consider

When it comes to choosing a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course, it can certainly feel overwhelming to make the right choice with so many options available. Whether you’re taking a gap year to teach English abroad or you’re a licensed teacher seeking a new professional opportunity, a TEFL certification prepares you for the foreign classroom and can put you a step ahead of other candidates.

Here’s our list of what you should consider when choosing a TEFL Certificate.

  1. Length – The basic requirement for most TEFL jobs is a 100 hour certification. Anything less than 100 hours will not qualify you for a TEFL position. We recommend a TEFL course that’s between 120 – 150 hours to be fully prepared for teaching abroad.

  2. Online vs onsite – This depends on your preferences, schedule and of course, your location. If you choose an onsite course, consider the costs associated with accommodation and expenses on top of the course fees. An online certification is a great option for people with busy schedules who want the convenience of earning their certificate from the comfort of home.

  3. Assessments – Make sure you choose a course that tests you! Assessments and assignments are important to show your teaching ability and knowledge, especially in online learning. Ensure that you’re challenged to apply your learning and that the assessments are graded by real people, like professors or TEFL specialists.

  4. Accreditation – There is no accrediting body for TEFL courses. This means that TEFL courses can be offered by an accredited organization or university, but there are no truly accredited TEFL courses because there is no existing governing body to accredit these courses. With so many TEFL courses available, it’s important to choose one that is reputable and internationally recognized by employers.

  5. Price – TEFL courses range significantly in price, but this can also reflect the quality of the course. Good quality TEFL courses are between $1,000 – $2,500. When it comes to professional development, it’s best to invest. Don’t cut corners when it comes to your education and teaching career!

  6. Placement Services – With an internationally recognized TEFL certificate, you are already a step ahead of the competition and should be able to find a job easily as long as you’re flexible. It’s a huge decision to move your life to a foreign country for a job, so make sure the job is a good fit for you. Carefully assess TEFL courses that “guarantee” job placements upon completion.  Research the schools and partnerships first to assess their credibility and any conditions that may apply.  It’s best to choose a TEFL course that’s partnered with a credible recruitment agency to provide you with support and guidance on your quest to find a teaching job abroad

So there you have it, our list of what to consider when choosing a TEFL course.

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15 thoughts on “Choosing a TEFL Course: What to Consider

  1. I have some specific questions regarding the basic 100 hr TEFL program:

    1. Can I take the basic plus the Business English?
    2. Can I complete the 100 hours in a month if I wanted to?
    3. Can I take the online course anywhere in the world; providing I have access to the Internet?

    Please respond,

    Thank you,

    Amaru Yupanqui
    613 501 3556

    • Hello Amaru,
      Great questions! Yes, for an additional charge you can add Business English as a specialization if you enroll in the 100-hour course. For detailed pricing information please send us an e-mail at [email protected]. The average completion time for the 100-hour course is 8 weeks, however because the course is self-directed and 100% self-paced you can finish in one month if you wish. You may work through TEFL Online from anywhere in the world you have access to a reliable internet connection.

  2. Hi Christie

    I have some question about this program . I am teacher for many years in Chile , and I want to improve my professional skills in education and diversify my opportunities in the future. Is the complete program online? How is the final test procedure?
    Another personal detail.. I will be in Winnipeg for my vacations in January, so I need to know if I register both address ?
    I addition Do I need a English proficiency with an Internacional certification?
    And This program include speaking skills ? How does It work?
    Thanks a lot

    • Hi Marcela,

      It was a pleasure following up with you last month, as discussed the TEFL Online program is 100% online and there are no in-class, scheduled or live components to the course. There is a final assessment which is taken online in multiple choice format comprised of 70 questions testing students on all materials covered in the course. There are no prerequisites or English proficiency requirements to enroll in the course. Teaching speaking is addressed in the course as one of the 6 language teaching skills.

      Good luck in your future endeavours!


  3. What if you have no background experience, have no bachelors degree and you complete the TEFL certification? How would you be able to teach English abroad if you have no degree nor experience?

    • Hello Kevin, thank you for you question. The widely accepted minimum requirements to teach English abroad are a bachelor’s degree in any area and a TEFL certificate. This is not to say, however, that teachers with less than a bachelors’ degree don’t continue to be hired abroad, but you that will face a high-level of competition in your international job applications. If you would like further information please provide us with more detail regarding your educational background and work experience via email at [email protected] so we can advise you further. Best, Christie.

  4. I have completed my Graduation and post graduation and also professional Degrees in Indian classical Music.I am applying to post of Music Teacher in abroad country’s.
    Is also required TEFL for me ?
    Vikas Patil

    • Hello Vikas, A TEFL certification is recommended for teachers of all subjects who are teaching in the English language in countries where English is not the first language. Some positions may not list TEFL as a requirement, however a TEFL is always highly valued as it will give you the foundations to succeed as a teacher in the foreign lanauge classroom. If you have any more questions regarding TEFL or teaching abroad please email [email protected]

  5. I have an interest in teaching abroad,in particular either in an Asian nation or islands of the west. I have two degrees but appear to be not a candidate without your certification. What is the minimum that I need to teach abroad , the timing and the cost. I am likely best suited to teach english having practiced law for thirty years. Please advise.

    • Hi Kevin! The widely accepted minimum requirements to teach English internationally are a bachelors degree in any area and a TEFL certificate. Having previous teaching experience or a degree in education or English is not always required. The TEFL Online course is 100% online, and you can enroll in and begin the course at any time. All students are given one year to complete the course at their own pace and the average completion time is 2-3 months. If you have any questions about how our course could help you achieve your teach-abroad goals, please do not hesitate to send us an email at [email protected] Best, Christie.

  6. Hi there,
    1. I wanted to listen to your webinar but I’m in the middle of teaching at that time. are there any other times you broadcast?
    2. I have an MA in Special Education and a BA in Communication/Journalism. My teaching credential is from California and it is in General Education, English w/ CLAD Certificate. The CLAD stands for The English Learner (EL) Authorization and Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development Certificate authorization instruction to English Learners. With that, do I need a TEFL certificate as well?
    Thank you

    • Hello Larry, thank you for your question! The TEFL Online course is 100% online and there are no practical or in-class components to the course and no option to add a teaching practicum. If you have any further questions about TEFL certification and the requirements to teach abroad, please let us know! Best, Christie.

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