For young professionals looking to live and work overseas, no matter what their initial field of study, teaching abroad is a popular choice. The ever-increasing global demand for English language speakers has created a plethora of jobs across the world -- from Japan and Ghana to Italy and Argentina.
You don’t have to have majored in Education or even have prior classroom experience to teach abroad – in fact, teaching abroad is a viable option for college graduates from a diversity of majors and backgrounds. While there are a handful of companies and destinations that allow you to teach abroad with minimal requirements such as being a native English speaker or having a college degree, many teaching positions around the world will require you to have a TEFL certification.
If you’ve been researching teach abroad options you’ve likely stumbled across the acronym TEFL. But what does it mean, you ask. TEFL stands for “teaching English as a foreign language” and is a certification that trains you in the basics of the subject. Globally recognized, this professional level training follows an accredited curriculum that generally includes around 100 hours of instruction and coursework and live practice and observation with students.
Once you determine you need a TEFL to start your teaching career, you may wonder about whether you need to sign up for a classroom certification, or can acquire your TEFL certification through one of the many online programs (note: not all are created equal). While we've previously discussed the pros and cons of online TEFL certification, you may decide it's right for you. From that point forward, you'll need to choose a program, register, and complete the certification.
We know your questions don’t stop once you decide to choose an online TEFL certification. After all, there’s a lot to consider when researching the topic. To help, we’ve compiled answers to your top questions to help you choose the right online TEFL certification. Read on for our insights: