What is a TEFL Certification?

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What is a TEFL certification?

If you hold a TEFL certification this means you’re qualified to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). It’s one of the most highly-recognised international teaching certificates you can find (if it’s fully accredited) and is respected by employers worldwide – amazing! If you’re looking to land your dream teaching job, be part of an incredible community, and open up a world of adventure, then you’ve come to the right place! Getting a TEFL certification is your passport to a world of opportunity!

As one of the fastest-growing educational fields in the world, your skills will always be in demand- sign us up! Whether you use your TEFL certification as a full-time career or as an extra way to make money, you’ll definitely be kept busy.

Who can get a TEFL certification?

Anyone who speaks English fluently can become TEFL certified, whether that’s as a native or near-native speaker. You just need to be able to pass your TEFL certification and be able to prove to employers that you can read, write, and speak English fluently.

TEFL is also open to everyone, which means there’s no upper age limit, especially for online teaching roles – awesome! It doesn’t matter if you’re 22 or 52, you can easily land a top TEFL job. As long as you’re over the age of 18 and have enough time to complete a TEFL course, you’re good to go!

Why do I need a TEFL certification?

To teach abroad or online you’ll need a TEFL certification from an accredited company– like us! It’s essential, as it proves to students and employers that you’re serious about the role and have all the necessary skills needed to be a fantastic English teacher. Teaching English is quite different to mainstream teaching, as there is a lot more focus on grammar and pronunciation and you and your students won’t speak the same language (usually). So, even if you have teaching experience, it’s recommended that you get a TEFL certification to ensure you have all the necessary specific skills to be able to teach the English language to non-native speakers.

Although you don’t always need a degree to land a TEFL job, it can sometimes boost your chances of employment. In countries where competition is fierce and there are strict visa regulations, you might need a bachelor’s degree on top of your TEFL certification. This is worth bearing in mind when applying to your dream TEFL role.



Where can I get a TEFL certification?

There are lots of different places offering to help get you TEFL certified but take our advice! As tempting as it may be to opt for the cheapest TEFL courses you can find, from say a coupon site, you should try and stay away from them if you can! If you want to become TEFL certified, and have that certificate be recognised by employers around the world, you should look for reputable companies that are accredited by government-associated regulating bodies (like Ofqual in the UK and DEAC in the USA) and have great reviews from their students. This information should be displayed on the course provider’s website and will often be shown on the regulating bodies website as well. Here at i-to-i, we offer a selection of Level 5 courses, and a Level 3 course, to suit your needs. You’ll be given support, guidance, and advice on passing your qualification and will gain detailed feedback from our DELTA qualified tutors. Plus, we’re UK government regulated, DEAC approved, and our students have scored us 4.7 out of 5 stars on an independent review site, which means you’re in safe hands with us!

Need help choosing a course? Then why not speak to one of our friendly advisors! Our lovely team are on hand to answer any niggling questions you may have. Request a call with them here.

When can I book my TEFL course?

You can apply to one of our TEFL courses any time, day or night!

And the best part? Our certifications never expire which means that, once you’ve qualified, you can use your certification for years to come – perfect!

How do I find work after I’ve completed my TEFL certification?

One of the easiest ways to find a job, once you’re TEFL certified, is by looking at online job boards. Our sister company LoveTEFL is a great place to start as it advertises a wide range of incredible teaching positions, both online and abroad, and is constantly being updated! All you need to do is find a job you’re interested in, send off your CV, and wait to be invited for an online interview- easy! And if you need any help with your application or interview prep, our amazing Jobs Team is on hand and they are very happy to assist!

Want to know how much you could be earning as an English teacher, before you apply? Take our quick TEFL quiz to find out in under 5 minutes!

Good luck with your TEFL adventure and welcome to the club!

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