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TESOL certification: the basics

TESOL certification: what is it, why do you need it, and how do get it? In this guide, we’re going to cover all you need to know about getting TESOL certified, so let’s dive in first with the essentials!

What is TESOL?

TESOL is an acronym that stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. It concerns teaching English to non-native English speakers both abroad and in English-speaking countries.Every year the number of English language learners grows rapidly. The

British Council

has estimated that in 2020 the number of English speakers and learners globally will hit a staggering 2 billion. As this number increases so does the need for qualified TESOL teachers!

What is the difference between TEFL and TESOL?

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESOL are terms that are usually used interchangeably. The only slight difference is that TESOL encompasses teaching English language learners who are residing in English-speaking countries – but it is by no means only concerned with this. When it comes to applying for jobs it doesn’t matter if your qualification says TESOL or TEFL, employers will regard them the same.The TESOL world loves acronyms, so here are a few more you may come across:

  • TESL: Teaching English as a Second Language
  • ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • ESL: English as a Second Language
  • ELT: English Language Teaching
  • EFL: English as a Foreign Language
  • EAL: English as an Additional Language
  • CELTA: Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • ENL: English as a New Language

TESOL Certification Courses

Completing your TEFL/TESOL certification online is by far the most popular option for those who are time-constrained and looking to fit study around their existing schedule and commitments.Our online TEFL/TESOL certification courses come with full tutor support throughout so you are never alone, plus we also include all required learning materials so you can enrol and get started on your course the same day.With over 140,000 fully TEFL/TESOL qualified alumni worldwide, The TEFL Org has become a trusted and recognized TESOL course provider by schools overseas and online.Browse TEFL/TESOL Courses

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Which TESOL certificate is the best?

There are a lot of different TESOL certification courses out there so it can get a bit confusing. Here’s what to look out for:

  • Accreditation from external bodies
  • Length of course
  • International reputation
  • Tutor support

Let’s take a closer look at each of these points.

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Accreditation is quality assurance and it really is key when choosing a TESOL certification provider. There is no over-arching accrediting body for TESOL, so while many course providers can claim to be accredited it’s important to do a little digging yourself.What you’re looking out for is accreditation from established external bodies. An easy way to spot less reputable accreditation is if the body only appears to accredit TEFL providers or other course providers that you can find advertised on budget sites like


.When you look into an accrediting body you want to easily be able to find two things: 1) the list of providers they accredit, and 2) information about their criteria and processes. Most good providers of TESOL certification programs seek out accreditation from established bodies that will accredit a wide range of different course providers.

How many hours of TESOL do I need?

With most employers – both abroad and online – requiring teachers to have a 120-hour qualification it’s recommended to take a TESOL course with at least these hours.The more hours the better, right? Not necessarily. If you want to boost your CV the best way of doing this is to complete a 120-hour TESOL course and add on specialist training in areas you’re aiming to go into. Doing a course that consists of hundreds of hours of TESOL training is unnecessary if it isn’t tailored to your aims.

International reputation

This very much ties in with accreditation. If a provider is suitably accredited then the qualification should be recognized internationally.You also want to check out how long the course provider has been around for. New TESOL courses are popping up all the time (often for extremely low prices) and may not have much standing with employers abroad or online. Choosing a provider that is well known in the industry will give you the best chance of finding work.

Tutor support

A good TESOL course should come with full tutor support. And these tutors should be highly experienced English teachers.It’s really important to be able to get feedback throughout your course from someone who knows their stuff. And if you’re studying online this couldn’t be more important; without this support and feedback you’ll have no guidance throughout the course and little idea of whether or not you’re on the right track.

What can you do with TESOL?

Qualified TESOL teachers can find teaching opportunities across the globe. And there’s a diverse range of jobs out there! You can work with children and adults, with beginners and advanced speakers, in language schools and universities, online and in classrooms – the possibilities go on.Find out more about TESOL Certification

Career paths in the TESOL industry

There are so many different paths you can once you’re TESOL certified. With TESOL you can teach English from home or travel the world – but within both of these options there’s a wide range opportunities for teachers. In this video, TEFL Org tutor Carl talks through some of the paths teachers can take. Find out:

  • Where in the world TESOL has taken Carl
  • How most people get started in TESOL + tips
  • About specialist areas of TESOL, such as Business English
  • What opportunities are out there and how to boost your CV
  • + lots more!

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Online vs. Classroom TESOL certification

Do you need to study in a classroom or can you complete your training completely online? Contrary to what some providers will claim, completing classroom training or a practicum isn’t necessary for the overwhelming majority of teaching jobs.Classroom courses can be costly, with some requiring you to commit to a month of full-time, in-person study! Studying online – provided it’s with a reputable, suitably accredited provider – can be the most ideal way of getting started in TESOL. It’s cost-effective, allows you to fit studying in around existing commitments, and you can study where and when suits you.

How much does it cost to get TESOL certificate?

How much your TESOL course will depend on the provider and type of course.Around $200 – $500 will bag you a good quality online 120-hour TESOL course. Courses priced lower than this should be approached with caution. The reason being that budget courses can often cost you a lot more than the incredibly low price advertised. Often there are hidden fees and if employers don’t recognize the qualification because of lack of accreditation then it’s a waste of both time and money.Course priced above this typically involves classroom training, which hikes up the cost. These courses are usually in the $2,000 – $3,000 price bracket, so they’re quite a significant investment both in terms of time and money.

What are the TESOL certification requirements?

To sign up for a TESOL course the only requirement is fluency in English. It’s as simple as that.When it comes to applying for jobs there can be additional requirements depending on the employer and country. Visa requirements are very important to research to establish where you’re able to secure work. Requirements can stipulate a degree (in any field) and particular nationality (typically US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa), which can be a barrier for some teachers.If you’re a non-native English speaker, you can still teach English but it’s important to have evidence of proficiency when applying for jobs. Most employers will require non-native English speakers to have at

C2 level


Where to teach english abroad with TESOL?

Wherever there are English language learners you can find opportunities to teach English! Check out the below table for information about some of the most popular TESOL destinations in the world, including requirements and how much you can expect to earn.

Country Avg. monthly salary Degree required Start of term Teaching experience Housing & flights included Suitable for non-native English speakers Age restrictions
Teach in Cambodia £680 - £1,000
($900 - $1,300)
No November No No Yes Under 65
Teach in China £1,000 – £2,000
($1,300 – $2,575)
Yes September No Yes Yes, if degree obtained from an English-speaking country Under 55
Teach in Hong Kong £1,550 – £6,300
($2,000 – $8,380)
Yes August No Not usually Yes Under 60
Teach in India £120 – £775
($150 – $1,000)
Yes April Yes No Yes None
Teach in Indonesia £565 – £1,030
($745 – $1,355)
Yes July No Not usually No Under 60
Teach in Japan £1,600 – £2,000
($2,100 – $2,675)
Yes April No Sometimes Yes Under 65
Teach in Kazakhstan £360 – £470
($465 – $600)
Yes August Yes Yes Yes None
Teach in Malaysia £550 – £1,450
($720 – $1,900)
Yes January Preferred Sometimes Yes Under 65
Teach in Myanmar £600 – £1,500
($800 – $2,000)
Yes June Preferred Sometimes No Under 52
Teach in Mongolia £630 – £1,000
($875 – $1,400)
Yes September Yes Sometimes Yes None
Teach in Nepal Voluntary No April No Sometimes Yes None
Teach in South Korea £1,280 – £1,600
($1,670 – $2,000)
Yes March No Yes No Under 62
Teach in Taiwan £1,335 – £1,735
($1,700 – $2,220)
Yes September No Sometimes No Under 65
Teach in Thailand £740 – £980
($1,000 – $1,280)
Yes May No Sometimes Yes None
Teach in Vietnam £920 - £ 1,500
($1,200 to $2,000)
Yes August No No Yes Under 60
Country Avg. monthly salary Degree required Start of term Teaching experience Housing & flights included Suitable for non-native English speakers Age restrictions
Teach in Austria £700 - £2,600
($850 - 3,200)
PreferredSeptemberPreferred No YesNone
Teach in Belgium £1,455 - £1,780
($1,800 - $2,200)
PreferredSeptemberPreferred No YesNone
Teach in Czech Republic £500 – £1,285
$600 – $1,450)
Preferred September Preferred No Yes None
Teach in Denmark £2,900 - £3,900
($3,600 - $4,800)
PreferredSeptemberPreferred No YesNone
Teach in Estonia £720 - £900
($920 - $1,150)
PreferredSeptemberPreferredAccommodation sometimes included YesNone
Teach in Finland £700 - £3,050
($900 - $3,850)
PreferredAugust/SeptemberPreferred No YesNone
Teach in France £926 – £1,852
($1,082 – $2,164)
Yes September Preferred No Yes None
Teach in Georgia £185 - £760
($240 - $1000)
Preferred September No Sometimes Yes None
Teach in Germany £1,1123 - £1,872
($1,297 - $2,162)
Preferred August No No Yes None
Teach in Greece £630 – £900
($790 – $1,100)
Yes September No No Yes None
Teach in Hungary £390 - £650
($500 - $830)
PreferredAugust/SeptemberPreferred No YesNone
Teach in Italy £1,054 – £1,229
($1,312 – $1,531)
Preferred September No No Yes None
Teach in Netherlands £1,300 - £2,600
($1,600 - $2,800)
Preferred September Yes No Yes None
Teach in Norway £2,100 - £2,500
($2,580 - $3,090)
PreferredAugust/SeptemberPreferred No YesNone
Teach in Poland £400 – £700
($480 – $850)
Yes September No Accommodation sometimes included Yes None
Teach in Portugal £616 – £880
($756 – $1,080)
Yes September Preferred No Yes None
Teach in Romania £200 - £460
($260 - 580)
Preferred September No Accommodation sometimes included Yes None
Teach in Russia £800 - £1,300
($1,000 - $1,600)
Preferred September Preferred Sometimes Yes None
Teach in Slovakia £330 - £900
($400 - $1,120)
Preferred September No No Yes None
Teach in Slovenia £550 - £950
($700 - $1,200)
Preferred October Preferred No Yes None
Teach in Spain £614 - £1,317
($758 - $1,623)
Preferred September No No Yes None
Teach in Sweden £1,100 - £2,400
($1,400 - $3,000)
Preferred September Preferred No Yes None
Teach in Switzerland £1,850 - £2,475
($2,260 - $3,015)
Preferred August/September Preferred No Yes None
Teach in Turkey £170 - £575
($220 - $730)
Yes September No Accommodation sometimes included Yes None
Teach in Ukraine £215 - £920
($260 - $1,125)
Preferred September No Accommodation sometimes included Yes None
Country Avg. monthly salary Degree required Start of term Teaching experience Housing & flights included Suitable for non-native English speakers Age restrictions
Teach in Argentina £500 - £950
($600 - $1,200)
No March Preferred No Yes None
Teach in Bolivia £400 - £550
($500 - $700)
No February Preferred No Yes None
Teach in Brazil £650 - £900
($800 - $1,100)
No February No No Yes None
Teach in Chile £550 - £800
($700 - $1,000)
Yes March No No Yes None
Teach in Colombia £400 - £800
($500 - $1,000)
No January/February No No Yes Under 62
Teach in Ecuador £400 - £650
($500 - $800)
Preferred May Preferred No Yes None
Teach in Guatemala £400 - £550
($500 - $700)
Preferred January No No Yes None
Teach in Mexico £400 - £800
($500 - $1,000)
Preferred August No Sometimes Yes None
Teach in Peru £325 - £650
($400 - $800)
Yes March Preferred Sometimes Yes Under 70
Teach in Uruguay £325 - £800
($400 - $1000)
Preferred March Preferred No Yes None
Country Avg. monthly salary Degree required Start of term Teaching experience Housing & flights included Suitable for non-native English speakers Age restrictions
Teach in Algeria £550 - £900
($700 - $1,100)
Yes March No No No None
Teach in Bahrain £1,200 - £2,500
($1,500 - $3,000)
Yes January Yes Yes No Under 60
Teach in Egypt £400 - £700
($500 - $900)
Yes September Preferred No No None
Teach in Jordan £500 - £950
($600 - $1,100)
Preferred August No No Yes None
Teach in Kuwait £1,200 - £2,000
($1,500 - $2,500)
Yes September Yes Yes Yes Under 60
Teach in Lebanon £650 - £1,200
($800 - $1,500)
Preferred August No No Yes None
Teach in Morocco £400 - £800
($500 - $1,000)
Yes September No No Yes None
Teach in Qatar £1,200 - £2,800
($1,500 - $3,500)
Yes September Yes Yes No None
Teach in Saudi Arabia £1,600 - £3,200
($2,000 - $4,000)
Yes August Yes Yes No Under 60
Teach in UAE £1,600 - £4,000
($2,000 - $5,000)
Yes August Yes Yes No Under 65

TESOL certification FAQs

Do I need TESOL certification to teach English?

The simple answer is a big YES! Long gone are the days when it was possible to find work teaching abroad just because you’re fluent in English. These days the vast majority of employers require teachers to have a 120 hours TESOL certification, and it’s usually a red flag if you come across a job application that doesn’t ask for any qualifications or experience at all. Find out more about how to

keep yourself safe from scams and bad employers


How long does TESOL certificate take?

When you do your TESOL certification online the course will likely be self-paced. This means you’re able to study in your own time and at your own speed.A 120-hour online TESOL course will take most people around two to three months to complete working at a comfortable pace. But it’s all about the time you have to devote to the course, meaning it’s possible to complete it quicker or take your time with it!

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How long does a TESOL certificate last?

The good news is that TESOL certification does not expire. However, if there’s a bit of a gap between getting certified and applying for jobs it’s advisable to ‘top up’ your qualification.You can do this by taking an

advanced TESOL course

, which will focus on a specific area of TESOL. Not only does this serve to refresh your previous studies, but it also helps to boost your CV by furthering your training.

Do I need to speak another language to teach English?

Being able to speak another language isn’t necessary for TESOL. While it can certainly be beneficial to speak the local language when living and working abroad, it’s not needed for the job because only English is used in the classroom.

Can I get TESOL certification without a degree?

While it’s possible to teach English without a college degree the truth is that your options are limited. For US citizens without a college degree, you can find work teaching in South America but in Asia the only exception is Cambodia. And when it comes to Europe it would be extremely difficult to secure work.Don’t let it put you off TESOL, though – just be aware that you won’t be eligible for as many positions as someone who does have a degree. And there are plenty of options for

teaching English online

as well!

Will a TESOL provider find me a job?

Good TESOL course providers will provide a level of assistance to help you find work but they won’t place you in a job. The best colleges in the world can’t claim to guarantee you a job after graduation! In fact, TESOL courses that claim to “guarantee” you a job after completion are usually best avoided. Our post –

Should you take a TEFL course with a guaranteed job placement

– delves further into this.

Can I teach English without prior work experience?

No previous teaching experience is required to get started in TESOL. The global demand is so high that there are plenty of entry-level positions to be found that don’t require previous experience.

Are there age restrictions for TESOL?

You can teach English at any age, but it’s important to remember that some countries (particularly in Asia) do have upper age limits. If you’re over 50 don’t let that put you off getting started in TESOL, you just need to be aware of those countries that have strict retirement ages. You can find more information about age requirements by country over on our

Definitive Guide to Teaching English Abroad



Will a TESOL certificate help me get a better job?

In this industry salaries are typically determined by experience. This means that one TESOL course isn’t going to get you a better paid job than another. But that certainly doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter what course you do! We’ve already talked about why it’s important to ensure your certification is done through an accredited and internationally accredited provider. Remember, cheaping out on a course can actually end up leaving you out of pocket and out of work!

Where to find TESOL jobs?

You can find thousands of TESOL jobs online. Good TEFL course providers will have their own

jobs boards

where students and graduates can apply for positions. There are also a number of large jobs boards specifically for TESOL jobs, such as

Dave’s ESL Cafe




ESL Base

, and




Is the TEFL Org legit? ›

Overall, if you are eager to teach English as a means to travel the world and work abroad, The TEFL Org is definitely a solid choice for your TEFL certification. Since the courses are flexible and mostly online, it's simple and convenient to get your certification from anywhere in the world.

Are online TEFL certificates Recognised? ›

Are online TEFL courses recognised? The answer is yes if your online TEFL certificate is either a Trinity CertTESOL or a CELTA. They are the only two TEFL certificates recognised and accepted by the Brtish Council and most employers worldwide. The Trinity CertTESOL goes way above the minimum required 120 hours.

What is the best online TESOL certification program? ›

Best TEFL Certification Programs of 2022
  • Best Overall: International TEFL Academy.
  • Best Online Program: Premier TEFL.
  • Best Budget-Friendly Option: ITT.
  • Best for Student Support: TEFL Org.
  • Best Hybrid Program: ITTT.
  • Best for Specializations: Teach Away.
  • Best for Overseas Job Placement: TEFLPros.
  • Best for Online Teaching: i-to-i.
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Is TEFL Org accredited in us? ›

We're always striving for excellence, whether that's in the course itself, our customer service, or the support our staff give our students and graduates at all stages of their TEFL journey. Gaining DEAC accreditation is very much a part of our quest to provide you with the best TEFL training on the market.

Can you fail TEFL Org course? ›

It is possible to fail a TEFL course. If you have a degree already and are a native English speaker, you will absolutely be able to handle the course load.

Do online TEFL jobs pay well? ›

There are a lot of benefits to teaching English online, such as good pay and the ability to work from almost anywhere in the world. Online ESL teachers tend to make between $10-20 USD/hour getting started before being able to charge higher rates of up to $40 USD/hour with credentials and experience.

Can I get a job with online TEFL? ›

You can certainly get a teaching job with an online TEFL certificate. In fact, you can probably get a teaching job without any kind of qualifications or experience whatsoever.

Can I get I visa with TEFL certificate? ›

Visa Service. If you are a non-EU TEFL student, you can apply for a 3 month tourist visa, and you are free to study during this period. For candidates from the United States, the 90 day tourist visa is automatic and there is no need for paperwork.

How do I know if my TEFL is legit? ›

To protect the authenticity of The TEFL Org certificates, each student is given a unique ID which can be used to verify their certificate details. This can be found in the lower left corner of their certificate.

Can I teach in USA with TESOL certificate? ›

Not typically. Most states and public school districts require a state teaching license or certification that entails earning a degree in education and completing a specific program of training and extensive practice teaching.

How long does it take to get a TESOL certificate? ›

Most people choose to take a TEFL/TESOL course of 120 hours in order to qualify for the most teaching jobs, and this type would take about six weeks to complete, working on it part-time. Classroom-based TESOL courses, on the other hand, are almost always four weeks long since they are intensive, full-time training.

How much does it cost to get TEFL certified online? ›

Online TEFL Certifications: $250-$600

Online TEFL courses can be very affordable, some as low as $250. An online certification is a great option if you can't afford to go abroad or have no onsite TEFL courses in your hometown.

Which is better TEFL Org of TEFL Academy? ›

The TEFL Academy (TTA) is our recommended TEFL provider because it's a lower cost option with the same benefits as the International TEFL Academy (ITA). Also, it provides a higher scholarship, internship, and volunteering opportunities, which the ITA does not accommodate.

How many hours of TEFL do I need? ›

Generally 120 hours minimum is the most common requirement, but some countries only require 100 hours or have no preference at all. Most employers prefer to hire English teachers with an internationally recognized TEFL certification from a 100-120-hour course.

Is a TEFL certificate worth it? ›

Is TEFL Certification Worth It? Yes. If you want to get a good teaching job and be an effective teacher for your students, then it is definitely worth it. Remember, most schools worldwide require a TEFL certification; and once you're certified you can the ball rolling on applying and interviewing for jobs.

Is TESOL hard to pass? ›

TESOL is not easy. It really puts you through your paces.

Is TEFL worth it without a degree? ›

While the value of a Bachelor's degree speaks for itself, you don't necessarily need one to teach English abroad. With a great TEFL certification, you might just have all you need to get started teaching overseas!

Which level of TEFL is best? ›

The highest of all of the TEFL qualification levels, a DELTA is equivalent to a master's degree.

Which country pays TEFL teachers the most? ›

Generally speaking, the highest paid TEFL jobs can be found in these countries:
  • UAE. Average salaries: US$3,500 – 5,000 per month. ...
  • Japan. Average salaries: US$2,000 – 4,000 per month. ...
  • Saudi Arabia. Average salaries: US$3,000 – 4,000 per month. ...
  • Hong Kong. ...
  • Kuwait. ...
  • Oman. ...
  • South Korea. ...
  • Taiwan.

How many hours do TEFL teachers work? ›

However, they do expect their teachers to work for between 5 to 20 hours per week. When you teach those hours is completely up to you however and you can set your own schedule each week. Experience needed: Lingoda asks for 2 to 3 years of teaching experience plus your TEFL qualification.

How much does TEFL pay per hour? ›

While teaching English online salaries depend on your qualifications and the specific job, you can expect to make anywhere from $10-$25 USD/hour (and sometimes more).

Do I need a degree to teach TEFL online? ›

You can teach English online with no degree, but certification is still preferred.

Can TEFL be a full-time job? ›

TEFL jobs can be either full or part-time. EFL teachers can find TEFL jobs abroad at the following institutions: Public schools. Private language schools.

How do I get a TEFL job with no experience? ›

In order to score a teaching job without prior teaching experience, the key is to simply spend time cultivating your TEFL/TESOL resume, highlighting the qualifications that you do have, such as a specialized TEFL certification.

Will TEFL get me a job? ›

TEFL Certification alone isn't always enough to get you a job. To have the best possible chance for getting hired, you should also have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, be a native or fluent English speaker, and meet all of the TEFL job requirements for the country where you've chosen to teach.

Is TEFL equivalent to a degree? ›

A Level 5 TEFL qualification is an equivalent level to a CELTA or Foundation Degree. This level is ideal for accessing the best TEFL jobs out there. Better paid TEFL jobs, whether that's online or abroad, will be more accessible if you have a Level 5 certificate.

Is TEFL certification difficult? ›

A TEFL course is a rigorous program of study. Experts recommend that you take a TEFL course that is at least 120 or 168 hours long. You will spend a significant portion of that time learning things and assimilating knowledge.

How long do TEFL certificates last? ›

A TEFL certification does not expire. Once earned, a TEFL certificate is valid for life. A TEFL certificate doesn't require any additional training or coursework to renew it, and it does not have an expiration date. You can start work immediately after receiving your TEFL certificate.

Is 120 hour TEFL course enough? ›

When searching for a TEFL course, many students ask 'is a 120-hour TEFL certificate enough to teach in a classroom or online?' . It may not feel like enough time to become a qualified teacher, but we can assure you that it is. 120 hours is the bare minimum that most ESL employers will ask you to complete.

What is the cost of TEFL certification? ›

TEFL Course Fees ranges from anywhere between 15,000-60,000 rupees. The cost varies on the medium of taking the course and the level of the course. You can take a TEFL course both online and in class. There are also different levels of the course that one can choose.

Can I teach English with only a TESOL certificate? ›

With a TESOL certificate you'll be able to teach English in many countries, including those where English is natively spoken.

Is it better to get a TESOL or TEFL? ›

Conclusion. A simpler way to look at it is a TESOL certification will qualify you to apply for jobs to teach English online easily and a TEFL certification allows you to teach online or abroad and, generally, carries more weight and reputation for ESL teaching.

Are TESOL teachers in demand? ›

You might be wondering: Are ESL/TESOL teachers in demand? Yes! There are over a billion people currently learning English globally.

Is TESOL degree hard? ›

To complete the Cambridge CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL successfully, you need to be committed and devote your full attention to the course. The 4-week full-time course is intense and demanding, with lessons and teaching practice during the day and several hours' homework on the evenings and weekends.

Is there an exam for TESOL? ›

Required Tests

Masters of Arts in Teaching TESOL programs may require candidates to sit for a number of tests and pass them with specific scores for admission. Here is a list of commonly required tests with their admissions benchmarks: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

How long does a 120 hour TESOL course take? ›

Completing a 120-hour certification will probably take you several weeks. On average, most people take six to eight weeks to complete Bridge TEFL/TESOL certification courses, but some finish sooner. Bridge allows you up to three months to complete an online TEFL certification course.

How much does a 120 hour TEFL cost? ›

You'll see a range of prices when you browse online TEFL/TESOL courses – from $150 to as much as $1,500. The average 120-hour online TEFL/TESOL course with a tutor typically falls in the middle range of this, at around $300-$600.

How can I get my TEFL certificate fast? ›

How to get TEFL certification online?
  1. Research online TEFL course options & create a plan for teaching English abroad or online.
  2. Enroll in a part-time or full-time online TEFL course.
  3. Complete your TEFL course.
  4. Begin your job search during or after your course.
  5. Interview & accept TEFL job.
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What countries accept online TEFL certification? ›

Even without a four-year degree, a native English speaker with an accredited TEFL / TESOL Certification can realistically find great opportunities in dozens of countries around the world including Spain, Russia, China, Argentina and many nations in Latin America and Eastern Europe.

How much do TEFL teachers earn? ›

The pay to teach English abroad varies, but you can expect to earn a decent salary. In top-paying countries, teachers can get paid a salary of anywhere from $2,000 to over $5,000 USD per month. Your TEFL salary will depend on your position, qualifications and the country you teach in.

Is TEFL a good career? ›

TEFL is not just for gap years and young people, it can be a legitimate way to change your career at any point, learning a plethora of new skills while taking your life in a new direction. Teaching is a thoroughly rewarding career, offering ways to develop yourself professionally as you progress.

Is 30 too old to teach English abroad? ›

Are there any age restrictions for teaching English overseas? In general, there isn't an age limit for teacher job opportunities abroad. Even if you've never been in a classroom since your college days, that doesn't mean you can't consider teaching English abroad in your thirties.

Is there an age limit for TEFL teachers? ›

Generally, there are no rules or age limits to teaching English abroad. In fact, many schools actively seek mature TEFL teachers, who have some life experience to bring to the classroom.

Can you make a living as a TEFL teacher? ›

Yes. Teaching English online provides great opportunities to earn a good salary on either a part-time or full-time basis. While it isn't the most lucrative profession, it does offer great flexibility and convenience, including the ability to make money from home while impacting the lives of others.

Is TEFL Org internationally accredited? ›

About The TEFL Organisation

We have multiple awards, Ofqual accreditation and are internationally recognized and we will help you enroll on the right course to kickstart your TESOL or TEFL life! Our classroom and online courses have been equipping students worldwide to teach English as a second language.

What is the official TEFL website? ›

TEFL.com - English Language Teaching Jobs Worldwide.

What is the best TEFL accreditation? ›

Best for hands-on virtual learning: The TEFL Academy. Best for affordability: ITTT Online TEFL/TESOL Course. Best for innovative learning: Premier TEFL. Best for in-depth courses: i-to-i TEFL.

Which country pays the most for TEFL? ›

Generally speaking, the highest paid TEFL jobs can be found in these countries:
  • UAE. Average salaries: US$3,500 – 5,000 per month. ...
  • Japan. Average salaries: US$2,000 – 4,000 per month. ...
  • Saudi Arabia. Average salaries: US$3,000 – 4,000 per month. ...
  • Hong Kong. ...
  • Kuwait. ...
  • Oman. ...
  • South Korea. ...
  • Taiwan.

Which country is best for TEFL course? ›

Here are the best countries for TEFL certifications, depending on your desired experience.
  • Online.
  • Vietnam.
  • South Korea.
  • Thailand.
  • China.
  • Japan.
  • Spain.
  • France.
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How much is the TEFL exam fee? ›

Regular package is 120 hours/3 weeks full time TESOL Certificate in Kolkata, Kerala, Bangalore, Mumbai and Goa with no Internship Option. However placement assistance is provided. Program Fee is 45,000 INR / USD 850.

Does TEFL get you a job? ›

With these qualifications, you will be qualified for plenty of teaching positions in countries all around the world. Although your TEFL certification cannot replace years of experience, it can be the difference maker between you and a licensed teacher with the same or similar teaching experience.

Do you need a degree to be a TEFL teacher? ›

In many countries, having a TEFL certificate and being a native-English speaker are enough to get a job teaching English abroad, no degree required. You do not need professional teaching experience, a teaching license, a degree in education or even a college degree to teach English abroad.

What is the highest level of TEFL? ›

DELTA: Level 7

The highest of all of the TEFL qualification levels, a DELTA is equivalent to a master's degree. As you can imagine, this is definitely not your average TEFL course! Of all the different TEFL levels, a Level 7 course is best if you're looking to open your own language school or teach new TEFL teachers.


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