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How a TEFL certification can help you land a teaching job abroad

A TEFL certificate is an internationally recognized certification to teach English as a foreign language. TEFL certification is the best designation for teachers looking to teach English in countries where English isn’t the primary language.

If you’re seeking an ESL teaching position overseas in a non-English speaking nation, then TEFL is the certification for you. Read on for the lowdown on how a TEFL certificate can help you land that dream job teaching abroad.

TEFL certification is a common requirement for most teaching jobs abroad. When researching ESL teaching jobs abroad, it’s likely that you’ll find job requirements vary across countries. For the most part, though, an internationally recognized TEFL certification is a requirement to teach at most reputable schools abroad. A Bachelor’s degree is a common requirement, but you don’t need to possess a degree in education or previous teaching experience in order to teach English abroad.

A TEFL certificate shows prospective employers you’re qualified to teach English. When interviewing for teaching jobs abroad, you‘ll be expected to demonstrate a strong grasp of fundamental English teaching skills – skills that can only be gained through getting TEFL certified. A TEFL course covers the ins and outs of ESL teaching, including lesson planning, classroom management and how to teach English language skills like reading, writing, speaking, listening, pronunciation and grammar. A TEFL certification equips you with essential skills for the foreign language classroom, like how to identify different learning styles and adapt lessons to suit different student needs.

A TEFL certificate lets you tailor your resume to your desired international teaching job. Select TEFL courses, such as the OISE University of Toronto TEFL course, offer the option to specialize in areas like business English and teaching English to children. You can even specialize in teaching English to students whose first language is, for example, Arabic or Chinese. These specializations all allow you to tailor your certificate to certain locations or types of teaching positions. Depending on the country you want to teach in, having a relevant specialization under your belt can really make your resume stand out, strengthen your job prospects and improve your abilities in the classroom.

You’ll have a competitive edge over other candidates who lack a TEFL qualification. The ESL job market is highly competitive. Without a TEFL certificate, you’ll be at a distinct disadvantage; good schools are looking to hire teachers with proper training so will not consider you to be a viable candidate without a TEFL certificate. Even for job openings where the hiring school has not explicitly listed a TEFL certification as a requirement, it is always noticed and could be the distinguishing factor between you and another teaching candidate.

Make 2018 the year you qualify to teach abroad. Find out more about our TEFL course options today!

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12 thoughts on “How a TEFL certification can help you land a teaching job abroad

  1. I am interested in doing this course. How long does it take for one to complete this course? Where will I write my examinations since I leave in South Africa?

    • Hello Life, thank you for your comment! All students have one year to complete the course (this is the deadline) however as the course is self-paced, many students complete it sooner, in 2-3 months on average. There are no in-class components in the course, therefore you will not be required to write any exams in person. 100% of the materials, test and assignments will be completed online. After you are finished your course, your certificate will be mailed to you. If you have any further questions please respond to this comment, or email us at [email protected] Best, Christie.

  2. Hello! How much does it cost, I mean the course?!) and how can we register for that? Does it have spesific time to start?!thanks

    • Hello Aizada, thank you for your comment. Prices are listed on our enroll page, here.As the program is 100% online there are no specific start times. You will be able to start your TEFL course as soon as your course fee is processed. If you have any further questions please let us know! Best, Christie.

  3. Does paying for the more in depth cours guarantee me a. Enter job or position?

    If specific place I was hoping to go isn’t avail can I tranf placements half way through

    What is the pay like for th as positions

    Also where exactly can you go with your placement

    Thank you

    • Hello Samantha: The 150-hour program in comparison to our 120-hour program will provide you with a strong foundation. In addition, completing a program that gives you a strong foundation, you can walk in with confidence to your classroom and show your employers that you are ready for your classroom. I recommend you to grab a copy of our teach abroad guide (you will find salary, country information & some pro-tips) here :

      • Thanks for all the infos! Made me more interesting! May I just ask about my case, no teaching experience but my course in collage was English Language Teaching (ELT) Not graduate but I love English & Teaching is my passion. What’s the best course could you advice for me. & how fast it is to get into a job right after finishing the course.thanks and have a nice day!

        • Hi there!

          The 150-hour course certainly provides the strongest foundation for teachers with little to no experience in education. That said, I recommend downloading our brochure to find out about which option is best for you:

          As for your job search, upon completion of the TEFL certificate, candidates will be invited to create an account at Teach Away, search for job postings and start applying to the jobs they qualify for and are interested in. You will be able to search through ESL teaching job positions, find something that sparks an interest and apply to it. We will be there along the way to assist you if you had any questions about the process and application.

          Do keep in mind that TEFL Online does not guarantee job placement for their graduates via Teach Away and all candidates will be assessed for positions based on their individual experience and education.

          If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]


    • Hi John! Thanks for your interest in the course. Teach Away and the University of Toronto OISE don’t currently offer scholarships for this TEFL course, but we encourage you to reach out & inquire about private scholarship opportunities.

  4. Hello,
    I have a Master’s in Social/Cultural Anthropology with a Collaborative in Diaspora and Transnational Studies, as well as a B.A in Anthropology with a minor in Sociology. Which English Teaching certificate would you suggest?
    Thank You,

    • Hi Julie,
      The TEFL certificate you choose depends on where you want to teach. Each country has it’s own requirements, but in general, a bachelor’s degree in any subject + a reputable 120-hour TEFL certificate will land you an English teaching job. Your Master’s degree is another way to help your resume stand out, but won’t exempt you from requiring a TEFL certificate. I hope this helps answer your question!
      – Elspeth at Teach Away

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