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UNI-Prep Institute

About

UNI-Prep is a private training institute offering online TESOL Certificate and TESOL Diploma programs. In addition, to TESOL teacher training, UNI-Prep offers courses in business and management. We have had thousands of graduates who are currently teaching overseas in over 100 countries. All our programs are accredited and are offered both online and in-class around the world.

UNI-Prep students and graduates enjoy the following benefits:

1) Accredited and internationally recognized programs
2) Videos and tutor support
3) Job placement assistance and exclusive job search partners
4) Study at your own pace from anywhere around the world
5) Complete the course in as fast as 2 weeks

Jump start your teaching career with us and start the experience of a lifetime!

Founded
2005
Headquarters

4455 Murphy Canyon Road
Suite 210 #55
San Diego, CA 92123
United States

Reviews

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Kylie
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I currently teach English in the United States to immigrants and refugees seeking American citizenship. I wanted to build my English teaching skills, and also to make myself more attractive to future employers. After researching several programs, I chose UNI-PREP's 120-hour TESOL Certification in the Fall of 2019 because of the price and the flexibility of doing it online at my own pace. I was not disappointed. The course materials were clear and straightforward. I also liked the option to review quiz errors and re-take the quiz if I wanted a higher grade. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to add to their ESL resume.

Nagwan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was an excellent experience. The material is so good and simplified.I'm so glad I took this step and so proud of it. The videos were about 20 mins average, They usually repeat what's in the reading folder but briefly. so I used to read first then watch the video. The quizzes are multiple choices that you will find fine if you read the reading folder well and watched the video carefully. The written assignments were challenging, It's considered the hardest part of the course. I wish you all good luck.

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Scott
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I thoroughly enjoyed the material in the TESOL certificate course. The lectures and reading material were engaging and informative. I devoured the content, from start to finish, at a rapid rate, over consecutive daily sessions. I am keen to continue my journey as an English Teacher to speakers of other languages.

I am glad to say that I now have my TESOL certificate from UNI-Prep Institute. However, I also have a Diploma of Computing Technology from Camosun College in British Columbia.. For the past 25 years I have worked in the Information Technology field. This has given me a wealth of technical and business experience. I am a certified project manager (PMP) and I have worked as a Project Manager and team lead on several IT projects..My TESOL course was a 120-hour course and I have completed five hours of practical teaching experience. Furthermore, I have experience mentoring new members of my Toastmasters International club.

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NA
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This is the best online certificate course to get my TESOL certificate for me,it was at a competitive price! The course work was simple, effective, useful, and extremely use convenient. On the occasion that I needed to contact UNI-Prep, they were extremely punctual and professional. The instructional videos(with the slide of PPT) were very easy to understand. They really do all they can to set their students up for success. Seriously not only do they teach you how to teach the English language, but they also give holistic teaching advice and stress caring about the students we'll potentially have in the future. I would like to recommend this Institute, and already have on numerous occasions to friends interested in teaching English overseas。

What would you improve about this program?
This is the best online certificate course to get my TESOL certificate for me,it was at a competitive price! The course work was simple, effective, useful, and extremely use convenient. On the occasion that I needed to contact UNI-Prep, they were extremely punctual and professional. The instructional videos(with the slide of PPT) were very easy to understand. They really do all they can to set their students up for success. Seriously not only do they teach you how to teach the English language, but they also give holistic teaching advice and stress caring about the students we'll potentially have in the future. I would like to recommend this Institute, and already have on numerous occasions to friends interested in teaching English overseas。
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Anthony
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Although I have been teaching for quite a number of years now, I thought of searching for some new input other than that I usually receive from my working place. The present covid-19 pandemic situation made me also seek some specific training to be able to teach online. I came across this program and thought that it really fitted what I was searching for because it gives one all the information one needs and also prepare you to any student level and to real classroom experience. Its laid out is simple, clear and provides excellent knowledge as to how students of different ages, levels, and cultures learn. I found the examples and the coursework to be of great value as they encourage you to think at times in a lateral way. I will recommend this course to anyone aspiring to become an ESL teacher!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

Because I wanted to improve my chances of getting an English teaching job in China. I needed to get more qualified in order to be able to get jobs. This program was helpful because it offered me the chance to be able to get the certificate quickly as a PDF and also to ship the original certificate to me.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

They had videos, reading materials and quizzes. I already have some years of experience of teaching in different environments so I just tried to add that information to my experience and it was successful. Since the quizzes are the same for everybody, you should see which parts of information you know from before and which parts you're just learning, and that's what determines how much you're going to do on your own and how much you're going to be using the offered materials.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I'd say that you can't know everything in advance, but if you're more knowledgeable and have more qualifications, it's always going to be in your own favor. Although even if you are completely qualified, you are always going to see new things at first, until you adapt completely to the new environment.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Study, memorize and apply the learned techniques in your lessons and/or in your ideas for future lessons. You have to compare what you're learning vs. what you did before and try to improve on everything. Every day, you should definitely be studying and doing your best; this is obviously very important.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Generally speaking, being afraid doesn't help anything, so you should always try to deal with issues as they come up. This hopefully helps you get ready to deal with the challenges you face. You can learn more and therefore replace fear with knowledge, which helps you deal with a lot more than just one issue.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

What position do you hold at Uni-prep? What has been your career path so far?

I am the Operations Manager at UNI-Prep in charge of all our online courses and international operations. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science and worked for several years as an Analyst and Consultant before traveling to Dubai, UAE. In Dubai, one of the many projects I worked on was teaching English to students of various ages, including corporate clients and CEOs.

The culmination of my international work experience eventually led me to the world of online learning, along with TESOL teacher training. I really enjoy helping to develop new courses and finding new ways to make the online learning process more interactive and enjoyable!

Did YOU teach abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Yes, I taught in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for 3 years where I was involved in the education industry in a number of ways. I had the privilege of teaching English at their police academy and to members of the army, along with corporate clients and C-level executives.

My family has always put an importance on traveling, so after graduating from university and gaining some work experience, I found myself seeking something different and exciting. I received a job offer to work as a Consultant in Dubai and basically ‘lucked-into’ the world of English teachers and online learning. I haven’t left since!

What does the future hold for Uni-prep?

The best part of my job is developing new courses and improving the features of our online courses – and that’s the future of UNI-Prep. We already offer a number of courses aside from TESOL in the areas of business and management, and we will be developing more. Right now, UNI-Prep is forming partnerships with job boards to give our students and graduates premium access to job search tools.

We are also in the process of creating internships and teaching opportunities with our organization and partner schools around the world. When it comes to our courses, some of our future features will include a mobile app to study from your phone, classroom chats and discussion boards.

What about the future of the teach abroad industry? How do you think education will change over the next 10 years?

English is likely to grow as the international language over the next 10 years, which will double the need for English language teachers around the world. In addition, we are seeing that online learning is becoming more popular and accepted as a cheaper and more flexible alternative to traditional classes.

With the combination of these, we not only expect an increase in the need for classroom teachers, but also virtual teachers. To give one example, English lessons through Skype is becoming a popular method of learning English, something already offered by UNI-Prep.

Which teach abroad destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

South America is the most underrated destination as the lower pay discourages a lot of teachers from otherwise going there. However, most individuals don’t realize the cost of living is so cheap that their salary can afford them a better experience with more spending money than a higher salary in other parts of the world.

I think parts of the Middle East can be overrated. The high pay attracts lots of candidates, but many of these countries have strict rules that may impact your ability to fully enjoy the experience. It’s very important to keep in mind the culture of the destination country when you are deciding where to work.