Community Choice Awards 2020: TEFL Courses

Typically, earning a TEFL certificate and teaching abroad go hand in hand. Most people who enroll in a TEFL course hope to teach abroad one day, and they want to better prepare themselves for the challenges and joys of that journey.

Getting TEFL certified is a great alternative for people who are interested in teaching, or just want a career change. Here on Go Overseas, we have TEFL resources and program listings -- but we also have reviews from past TEFL students on what their experience was really like. We ask the TEFL students to rate their experience in five categories: Instruction, Support, Value, Academic Rigor, and Job Assistance. To determine the top TEFL providers, we looked at these categories and the overall ratings of each provider to come up with this list.

Learn more about how we scored programs for this year's awards by clicking here.

Overall Top TEFL Course Providers

Preparing teachers to enter the classroom and educate the children they encounter is no easy task. A TEFL course helps ensure that each certified teacher has a solid grasp of the basic skills they will need to succeed as a teacher, anywhere in the world. When we looked for those providers who scored highly across all of the categories we ask reviewers to rate, we found the following providers had the top scores overall:

Top TEFL Course Providers: Instruction

Not all TEFL courses are created equal. There are certain lessons all teachers must learn as part of their TEFL certification -- but there is also a variance in the quality and depth of training they receive. We ask reviewers to rate the quality of course materials and lessons they receive as part of their TEFL course. The following providers had the top scores in the Instruction category:

Top TEFL Course Providers: Support

While the objective of a TEFL course is to create an independent, successful teacher, this doesn't automatically happen. TEFL courses offer support and guidance to help each future-teacher improve, and this support is a critical component of teacher success. We ask reviewers to rate the assistance they receive from staff as part of their TEFL course. The following providers had top scores in the Support category:

Top TEFL Course Providers: Value

A TEFL course is an investment in one's future: it requires committing both time and money to make yourself a better teacher. We ask reviewers to rate the affordability and cost of the TEFL course they took, compared to the value they received. The following providers had top scores in the Value category:

Top TEFL Course Providers: Academic Rigor

A good TEFL course both challenges the prospective teacher and enhances their confidence to manage and lead a classroom. We ask reviewers to rate how challenging they found the TEFL course they were enrolled in. The following providers had the top scores in the Academic Rigor category:

Top TEFL Course Providers: Job Assistance

Receiving job assistance is a critical component of ensuring that the TEFL certificate you've worked so hard to earn is put to good use. Most TEFL course providers offer some form of job assistance, which we ask reviewers to rate. The following providers had top scores in the Job Assistance category: