150-Hour TEFL Certification

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Our flagship, 150-hour TEFL certification course provides you with 130 hours of online coursework spread over 11 weeks with support from a personal tutor and small class sizes. In addition, you’ll put into action everything you’ve learned with your 20-hour independent practicum.

Is a 150-hour course more than you planned for? Our 60-hour online introductory TEFL course might be the best fit for you. Worried about practicum? We offer two-week opportunities in various countries where you can get a taste for teaching abroad and complete your practicum under a structured environment. Already know what age group you want to teach - we’ve got a course for that too! Our 30-hour age specialization course will prepare you for young learners, teens, or adults.

To be eligible for one of our courses, you'll need to be a fluent English speaker and at least 18+ years of age.

  • 130 hours of online course work with 20-hour practicum component
  • Gain cross-cultural literacy (the relationship between culture and language)
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the English language (English metacognition)
  • Access to CIEE TEFL's Complete Comprehensive Job Assistance Guide
  • Discounted tuition for supplemental CIEE TEFL courses to further professional development

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Questions & Answers

Great question! CIEE TEFL does not require a college degree to get certified so all of our programs would be a great fit. If you're looking for teaching placements without a degree, it varies by country. CIEE TEFL offers a teaching opportunity in Murcia, Spain where only a high school degree is required.

Hi Victor! Yes - as Joanna said, you are expected to find your own practicum in your area. I found it intimidating at first but it is actually a great way to prep you for the job hunt that is ahead of you. CIEE's list is a good starting point but don't limit yourself to it, I am sure you will find plenty of schools, non-profits that work with immigrants, churches, etc. in your area that will be...

Mostly yes. There is a weekly online meeting with your teacher, and you can select from a variety of appropriate times. Also, they want you to keep pace with the class, so that you'll do roughly one module per week. There is also a final date when the practicum is due. However you can do the course at your convenience, and whenever you have available time.


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Yes, I recommend this program

Worth it

The class is definitely worth the price. The online platform is easy to navigate and very straightforward. The class is very engaging, so be prepared! This class will require a lot of work, but you will learn a lot. There are plenty of additional sources given to you that you may save for future use, and the class really pushes you to interact with your classmates. The weekly live tutorials are optional but VERY helpful. You can get out of this course what you put into it, so make sure to put in the extra effort.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I did not expect the class to be as demanding as it is, but none of the assignments feel as if they are just busy work. There is a lot of work to complete, but there is a reason behind every assignment.
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Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Review

This course offers a ton of great information that is challenging and growing. Make sure you have a few hours a day to spend on this because that is how you will get the most out of the program. If you have the time, I would recommend it in a heartbeat. I had no previous teaching experience so I have been consistently learning and believe that it can benefit me in any type of classroom teaching experience. I love how it goes beyond teaching and includes culture, history, and grammar (which we never learn in school anyway). It is truly an amazing experience!

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Yes, I recommend this program

My Overall Experience

I took this TEFL certification through CIEE to go with my teach abroad program in South Korea, Spring 2020. At first, I really thought the course was a little overwhelming, it did seem like there was always so much to do and working full-time did leave me a little nervous. Fortunately, you develop a routine with this course incredibly quick and the tutors are always understanding and supportive. Before you realise it, you've already completed the course and you're closer to your next destination!

What would you improve about this program?
Useful info for MGAs are always in the next module!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Truly a helpful and intuitive course

The beginning of the course was easy and light to get you settled in the first week. They help you will the function of the website and process you will go through. I had an excellent class who were involved in the chats. I would say the hardest part was to remember to go back into the discussion board and do a follow up on the you classmates comments. If you truly want to get help with teaching ESL this course will help you with all of the basics and has a great community to assist you. I wish you all the best and Join CIEE.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Brush up on objectives of a lesson before taking the course.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Very nice program. A little expensive.

I thought that it was an excellent program, especially for those that have no teaching experience. This program helped me to create lesson plans, and introduced me to some problems that I could face as a future ESL teacher. I think that this program allowed me to learn more about myself, and what kind of methods that I gravitate towards. It also taught me what some of my weaknesses are and how to improve them. As a beginner ESL teacher, I found thus very useful, and it set me on the right track for my ESL career.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liked more lessons on grammar, i thought that this covered a lot of basics but I would like more help on specific, common grammar issues that people face.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A great TEFL course!

CIEE's online modules were entertaining and fun. They were very well designed, by people who really understand how to teach. There was a good mix of readings, videos, quizzes, conversations, and interactive challenges.
My tutor was passionate about producing good English teachers, and she pushed each of us to challenge ourselves and become the best teachers we could be.
This course includes a practicum, and there was a lot of support provided to help us find a great practicum that suited our needs. CIEE TEFL has connections with schools all over the country that are familiar with TEFL trainees, and happy to host you. This is a great connection to have, as schools can sometimes be hesitant to take on a TEFL trainee if they aren't familiar with the TEFL program.
I also liked the emphasis on the many varied challenges of teaching abroad, and how you can rise to them! So overall, a great experience that I would definitely recommend to any aspiring English teacher!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Make sure that you keep up with the work, and study gradually! If you fall a few days behind in an online class, it is very difficult to catch up, because each module takes several hours to complete.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Different... But Good!

I was a bit skeptical about taking this class. I've never taken an online class, so I was a bit nervous going into it, but I'm now in week eight of the course and am happy with my decision to go through with it. I have an already busy schedule, so being able to plan when I take my class around my existing schedule has made my life significantly easier than it would have been if I'd taken a traditional in person class. I wasn't so sure how it would work out being in contact with classmates and my tutor when I was having difficulty, but my tutor, Lynn, is EXCELLENT and in constant communication. I don't believe I've ever once sent her a message that she didn't respond within a few hours. Even from far away, she is incredibly present.
In February I will be joining CIEE and a few of my classmates in South Korea where I will be teaching for a year. It's been exciting to get to know them, if only virtually. Comparing and contrasting what my experience may be like with others going to different countries reminds me of just how far this work can go!

What would you improve about this program?
I wish that the course were organized just a bit better, and I wish it gave clearer practical examples of the concepts. Sometimes it feels like less important things are thrown in, out of no where, into a module, which sometimes throws me off. And like I said, I wish that the course gave more concrete examples for all ranges of age and ability. Sometimes it feels very limited.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Course!!

Let me just say, that CIEE prepares you to be the very best TEFL Instructor. I was very nervous in the beginning not really knowing what I was going to learn or go through, but the course prepares you in areas in teaching I didn't know about. If I can give you some advice, is to keep an open mind and enjoy your time during the course. Use all the available resources they provide you (which is so much and so helpful!!). Get to know your classmates also, you might end up teaching abroad together!