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How to Choose a TEFL Course (10 Tips to Help You Decide)

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If you’re interested in teaching English abroad or online, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about getting TEFL certified.

For most in-person or online English teaching jobs, a TEFL certification is one of the basic requirements. But with dozens of companies out there to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one to sign up for. 

Having the training and skills that come with a high-quality TEFL certification can help you feel confident and prepared when you start your English teaching job. 

I got my certification through International TEFL Academy and for me, having the support of ITA, and the community of fellow teachers and alumni was really important.

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a TEFL Course

These are the questions I asked various online TEFL companies before deciding on one. It’s important to have your concerns and queries answered before going forward. So, ask yourself (and the TEFL company!) these 10 questions and choose a course that fits your needs.

1. Is The Course Accredited?

One of the first things to consider when signing up for a TEFL course is accreditation. Legitimate courses should have information about their accreditation listed clearly on their websites.

Often, only certificates issued from accredited TEFL companies will be accepted by employers.

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It’s important to make sure you’re choosing a verified program. Be wary of extremely discounted TEFL certifications on coupon sites as these sometimes lack accreditation. 

2. What Are The Course Hours?

When signing up for a TEFL course, you’ll likely get to choose how many “Hours” you want to take. The number of hours refers to the expected amount of time needed to complete all the coursework. 

TEFL certifications come in different increments.

For example, with one company you might be able to choose a 60-hour certification, an 80-hour certification, a 120-hour certification, or a 160-hour certification. The higher you go, the more in-depth information you’ll receive.

In general, your best bet is to go with a 120-hour certification or higher.

120-hours is the minimum you’ll need to qualify for teaching jobs in many countries, so stick to 120-hours or more to ensure you have as many job opportunities as possible. 

You might also see something called a Level 5 TEFL Course.

Level 5 courses are designed to match the rigor and intensity of a CELTA and are impressive to future employers. Level…

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