How do I get a TEFL certificate?

Your TEFL certificate is your proof to schools and potential employers that you have been trained in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) To get a TEFL certificate you need to successfully complete an accredited TEFL certification course.

There are three main types of TEFL courses that lead to a TEFL certificate:

  • Fully online TEFL certification courses are the cheapest and most flexible way to get your TEFL certificate. They’re great for covering TEFL theory in depth and studying at your own pace
  • Classroom based TEFL certification courses are more expensive than online courses – but can be a good way to get your TEFL certificate if you want to study with a group of fellow TEFL certificate students and get lots of practical experience
  • Combined TEFL certification courses offer a blend of online and classroom learning. Combined TEFL courses are a fantastic option for getting your TEFL certificate if you want the flexibility of online learning but with added practical sessions in the classroom.

Regardless of which option you select to get your TEFL certificate, make sure you choose an accredited TEFL certification course that:

  • Lasts 120 hours or more (the entry-level TEFL certificate for most paid TEFL jobs around the world)
  • Is delivered by a reputable TEFL provider
  • Is regulated by an official body, such as Ofqual in England
  • Gets good reviews
  • Offers ongoing support with job searches and career development.

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