English teaching jobs for recent graduates: Everything you need to know about TEFL certification

English teaching jobs for recent graduates: Everything you need to know about TEFL certification

When you enroll in anything, whether it’s a college course, fitness class, or cooking seminar, standard procedure is to make sure the course content and intended application are aimed at people like you.

For example, as a linguistics major in college, you likely wouldn’t enroll in a biology course for bio majors. If you’re just learning to run distances, you probably wouldn’t opt to jump into a training program for elite marathoners. And if you were an experienced chef, you likely wouldn’t take an evening cooking seminar for people who don’t know the difference between sugar and salt.

The same goes for TEFL certifications.

Prior to making the decision to enroll in a course that could impact your life plans for the next year, two, or further into the future, it’s vitally important for prospective TEFL students to ensure they’re the right person to be taking the course.

Right off the bat, it should be understood that the TEFL Certification from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Education is a dynamic course that can be put to use in meaningful ways by a wide spectrum of people with different backgrounds, levels of education, work experience and ages!

But there are some audience types we tend to see more often. We’ve outlined two of these – the new grad and the current college student – and how they most often apply their TEFL course below.

TEFL certification for new grads

If you’ve recently wrapped up your college or university studies and are ready to get out of the lecture hall and into the big wide world, a TEFL certification can be a major stepping stone to help get you where you want to be.

Since you already have your bachelor’s degree in your back pocket, your TEFL certification is the only thing standing between you and a plethora of English teaching jobs in countries all over the globe. As a quick example, here are a handful of links to currently open positions for candidates with both a bachelor’s degree and a TEFL certificate:

Teaching English abroad is a brilliant option for the new grad. You can explore the world while collecting a real income and gain work experience that will surely help kickstart your job search when you return home.

A bachelor’s degree and a TEFL certificate from a reputable top-20 university will help you land your first English teaching job just about anywhere you’d like.

TEFL certification for university students

If you’re in the midst of the latter half of your undergraduate studies, teaching abroad – and TEFL – should absolutely be on your radar. Maybe you loved the experience you had studying abroad, or perhaps you never had the chance to study overseas. Either way, you can make an adventure abroad happen after you graduate by teaching English overseas.

There’s a big difference between studying abroad and teaching abroad, though…

One costs money and one puts money into your pocket.

By completing a TEFL course while you’re still in school, you set yourself up to complete your studies, grab your degree, and immediately get on a plane to head to a brand new destination where you can live, travel, and make some money right out of school.

Are you a current student or recent college graduate looking for your next adventure?

If you think teaching English abroad might be the route for you, you’ll need a TEFL certificate to make it happen.

If you’re not 100% sure you’re ready to enroll in the course, but think you might be a good fit based on what you read here, check out our TEFL Certification Readiness Quiz!

Identify goals, personal strengths and important facts about your potential teaching career abroad so you can make an informed decision about your future. It takes just a few minutes!


Hi l am from Uzbekistan

Hi, I would like to teach English in Costa Rica and need a school near me where I can get a TEFL. Can you help me? I live in Deland, Fla.



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