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Internationally recognized TEFL certification in 3 months
130 hours of online course work
20-hour practicum component
Individualized instruction and feedback from highly qualified teacher trainer
Small class sizes so you can build strong relationships with classmates
Lifetime job placement assistance
May 26, 2023
Sep 11, 2023
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About Program

CIEE has been the leader in international education since 1947. CIEE TEFL's online courses exceed international standards and will prepare you for success teaching English abroad or online. Here are 5 reasons to choose CIEE TEFL:

1. Academic Quality and Accreditation - Courses designed by TEFL experts and accredited by ACCET, which is recognized by the US Dept. of Education.
2. Highly Qualified Teacher Trainers - Instruction by TEFL tutors with Masters degrees in TESOL or equivalent qualifications
3. Small Class Sizes - Classes capped at 16 students so you can build strong relationships with your classmates and tutor.
4. TEFL Practicum Component - Put what you learn into practice with a 20 hour TEFL Practicum
5. Lifetime Job Placement Assistance - We're here to help you find your ideal job teaching abroad or online.

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Program Highlights

  • 130 hours of online course work with 20-hour practicum component that exceeds international standards
  • Accreditation recognized by US Department of Education
  • Build intercultural skills and learn how to effectively teach students from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Lifetime job placement assistance

Program Reviews

4.69 Rating
based on 150 reviews
  • 5 rating 74%
  • 4 rating 22%
  • 3 rating 3.33%
  • 2 rating 0.67%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Benefits 4.65
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 3.6
  • Facilities 3.85
  • Safety 4.35
  • Instruction 4.75
  • Support 4.85
  • Value 4.5
  • Academic Rigor 4
  • Job Assistance 4.4
  • Content 4.85
  • Engagement 4.8
  • Support 4.95
  • Platform 4.7
  • Value 4.95
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Yes, I recommend this program

Get your TEFL

This was a great experience. I feel so much more prepared for going to teach abroad in Thailand now. I learned many ideas for activities to use in the classroom, how to engage with students from different cultures, and also tips on adjusting to living in a new country. The coursework had a lot of variety from multiple choice quizzes, to videos, to writing projects, to presentations and more. It was never boring and something I looked forward to working on each week. The team was also great help and quick to answer questions.

5 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great course! I would definitely recommend!

I really enjoyed my CIEE TEFL Certification course. The course is completely online, so you are able to complete each module at your own pace. Because it is quite a bit of work condensed into just 10 weeks, I found the weekly deadlines for quizzes and assignments very helpful to keep me on track. I am not sure where I will teach yet, but I imagine if you are planning to teach right away, being able to complete the certification in 10 weeks would be very helpful. My teacher was wonderful and very quick to respond to any questions I sent her through Canvas. I actually really enjoyed the discussion boards to discuss the material with peers, and the weekly assignments were engaging and thought provoking way. Overall, I do feel prepared to teach!

  • It is self-paced, but there are deadlines to hold you accountable.
  • Like with most classes, you get back what you put in!
  • CIEE has created a very supportive and encouraging environment.
  • There is quite a bit of work and material condensed into only 10 weeks, but it is up to the student how much work they would like to put into the class.
  • I appreciate the flexibility of the online nature of the course, but I did miss being able to connect with my peers in person.
24 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Course!!!

This course was amazing! As someone who had no prior teaching experience this really helped me to feel more prepared. I now feel very knowledgeable in being able to plan lessons and know how to handle different classroom situations. I’m so glad I opted to take this course because this truly was a lifesaver. Overall, this was a great class and I would 100% recommend it to anyone who wanted a refresher or who also has never had any prior teaching experience. I also loved that it was entirely online and was not mandatory to attend any zoom sessions. As someone who works full time and goes to school this was a saving grace because I am always busy with something.

  • Goes by so fast
  • Completely online
  • At your own pace
  • Does take up a lot of time
28 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE TEFL: Great overall program (especially to prepare for in-person teaching)

I decided to get my TEFL certification after doing an exchange year abroad (which had partially been supported by CIEE). Throughout the program, the CIEE staff and course instructor were very helpful with any questions, etc. I found this TEFL program to be premier compared to others, in that it is 150 hours in total, with a mandatory practicum, which truly helps apply what you learn in the course to a real-life situation. I had also been able to find my practicum location relatively easily with help from CIEE, which was a big relief for me. The actual course portion was detailed, touching base on a variety of areas that a TEFL teacher should be aware of. The graded assignments were also good practice to reinforce key points, especially when it came to lesson planning. All in all, my experience taking this course was positive, and it has helped me a lot in my current tutoring positions.

  • Pretty flexible due to the online format
  • Can get help afterwards in finding a teaching placement
  • Plethora of resources to help with teaching
  • Focuses on mainly in-person teaching (not so much for online teaching)
  • May be more time-consuming than initially thought (try to not do the course when your particularly busy)
31 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE TEFL in preparation for Teach Abroad in Madrid, Spain

The CIEE TEFL program was perfect for me after graduating college. It prepared me to teach english abroad in many ways, from reminders on english grammar to teaching techniques to detailed explanations on how to create a lesson plan and eventually put it to use! The staff was extremely kind and supportive, and even allowed me an extension on my practicum when I was too busy to get it done in the allotted time. I also took the course online which made it very convenient. With online classes, it is hard to make the experience interactive. However, with this class, I felt a bond with my classmates through peer reviews, discussions in class, and discussion boards. My instructors were both incredible and made learning really fun, which I appreciated since it also gave a great example of how a good teacher guides their students to acquiring language and new information.

  • The class was convenient and effective in communicating how to teach english as a foreign or other language.
  • It was worth the time spent, especially with the practicum hours
  • It gave me access to tons of resources and connections for teaching abroad.
  • additional fee for practicum extension
30 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE TEFL prep for Thailand

Program was good I definitely feel like the first couple of modules were more useful then the last. it started getting very repetitive but I did learn a lot of great useful ideas for when I’m teaching abroad! I thought my teacher Alix was great and provided us with good examples and great feedback. I thought doing the graded assignments were interesting because it allowed us to make lesson plans as if we were teachers. overall I do think this class helped prepare me better for teaching abroad! thank you!

  • Learned new things regarding grammar
  • Gained useful info for teaching
  • Learned about different cultures
  • Canvas sometimes was glitchy
  • Became repetitive
34 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible Experience, Time Management Needed

The CIEE team is marvelous. They respons promptly to questions about enrolling and any questions during the course. My experience with the course instructor was also wonderful. CIEE has recruited really knowledgeable people who are so excited to share everything they know about the TEFL field with you, which makes the prospect of the practicum less daunting. The online platform is fairly intuitive, but engagement with classmates is really what you make it. You get out what you put in. A word of caution, though: 11 weeks goes by FAST. There is a lot of material to get through, plus assignments, so it's important to stay on top of it. When the website suggests 2-3 hours per day, take it seriously.

  • A lot of good content on teaching techniques
  • Approachable and helpful instructors
  • CIEE is really supportive the whole way through
  • Fast-paced; would be hard to catch up if you fell behind
  • Goes over grammar, but there's little time spent solidifying the knowledge together
37 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I loved this program

This program offers significant content and live sessions for those who look forward to entering the teaching field, and for those who want to further their education. I've been an English teacher for a while and wanted to get extra training in ESL. Therefore, I made the decision to join this program. The flexibility of the course and the support that the CIEE team offers, encourages you to accomplish your goals successfully. I'm glad I took this program. I was able to add this experience to my resume and find more job opportunities.

  • Online program
  • Flexibility
  • Content
  • It was difficult to find a place for the practicum until I realized that CIEE helps you find it, too.
37 people found this review helpful.

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.