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Teaching Practicum
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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
Nov 02, 2022
Nov 17, 2022
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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.

Read reviews to see why students love our TEFL course!

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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 142 reviews
  • 5 rating 73.94%
  • 4 rating 21.83%
  • 3 rating 3.52%
  • 2 rating 0.7%
  • 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 4.9
  • Engagement 4.8
  • Support 4.95
  • Platform 4.8
  • Value 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Flying into my Career

The course is completed within 11 weeks! I was astounded by how much significant information could be packed into such a short period of time. Due to there only being 14 other peers, I was able get frequent feedback on the subject matter. The practicum will be taking place and ending during the summer, so make sure you set up your teaching arrangements before schools let out for summer. There are career options, after obtaining this certificate, for both college graduates and students with less than undergraduate degrees.

  • Small class size
  • Free job placement through CIEE
  • Weekly online class
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great program w/ lots of support but needs consistency

The program helps prepare you for becoming an ESL teacher abroad and provides a variety of tools and opportunities to expand learning. You are assigned to an 11-week class with a teaching practicum on the side, and you are expected to complete everything in a timely manner. If you do fall behind, it can be hard to catch up, but you get a lot of great information from the lectures, plenty of practice in the assignments, and a lot of support from your tutor. I wish the content was more consistent.

  • Tons of helpful knowledge & material
  • Consistent support from class tutor
  • Direct oppertunities to find work w/ CIEE teaching programs
  • Little job search support
  • Inconsistenies in material occasionally pop-up
  • Hard to catch-up if you fall behind
18 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

Thank your for recommendation, Christopher.

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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE 150-hour TEFL Certification

I took this course while juggling multiple jobs and a big move. My instructor and the CIEE staff were always understanding and supported me so I could finish the course. The content is presented in a straightforward, organized manner. All content is immediately relevant, not only to teaching, but to living abroad and intercultural interactions. You can do the coursework, discussion, and assignments and end there, or you can delve deeper with the extra materials provided at the end of each module. There are also downloadable notes for each section so you can follow along or use them to complete assigments/exams later.

  • Organized
  • Interesting material
  • Relevant
  • Weekly tutorial overlapped with my job
  • If you get behind it can be difficult to catch up
28 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

We're so glad to hear you felt supported by CIEE staff and instructors while completing your TEFL course. Thank you for your recommendation!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Loved my CIEE TEFL experience

I had a great experience during my CIEE TEFL certification program. I enjoyed connecting virtually with my classmates and learning more about teaching, from grammar and curriculum to navigating cultural differences in the classroom. The cost was manageable, the schedule of the coursework wasn't too overwhelming and I especially liked the weekly live meetings with a tutor to help you through the program. I walked away feeling empowered to be the best TEFL teacher I can be, and I'd highly recommend this teaching certificate to anyone!

  • Great resume piece
  • Meet amazing teachers and students
  • Get prepared to teach abroad
  • Only offered virtually
30 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

Wonderful to hear that you completed the CIEE TEFL course feeling empowered! That is our goal for every CIEE TEFL alum to feel prepared to be a successful teacher. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience, helpful tutors and relevant material!

Not only was I learning to be the most efficient ESL teacher I could be, but I was actually enjoying the process of it!
My tutor, Mina, was helpful and insightful every step of the way, she made sure we understood the material and applied it correctly. Belen-- the technical tutor-- was always kind and quick to respond with any question regarding the site, which is very easy to navigate and understand.
The lessons themself were also filled with very useful information that I apply to this day, there's no way to explain it further, you'll have to try it yourself!

  • Culturally prepares you to be open about different cultural contexts
  • Educates and informs about how to teach the English language
  • Helpful tutors that go beyond to help you every step of the way
  • Might be costly
  • Takes time to complete
35 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

Thank you for your kind words. We agree that Mina is an excellent TEFL tutor and we're so glad you appreciated her insight and coaching. Belen is definitely a star as well :)

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Yes, I recommend this program

5 STARS - quick, accessible and affordable program with excellent teachers!

The CIEE TEFL 150-hour course was a great way to become certified to teach English as a second language. First of all, the platform was easily accessible from the app on a phone or a laptop. It should be noted, however, that online meetings can only be accessed through a laptop or computer. The teachers were well-educated, knowledgeable, and very helpful with reminders and outside support. Plus, there are a variety of people available to help you with any questions you may have, and the response time was almost always within a 24-hour window. It was really great to be able to learn alongside other students and have forums to chat online with the other students. I highly recommend the CIEE TEFL course!

32 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

We're so glad to hear you enjoyed connecting with other CIEE TEFL students and had such a positive experience with your teacher. Thanks for sharing!

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Yes, I recommend this program


The CIEE TEFL program was a great introduction to life in the classroom! For someone like me who wasn't an education major, it presented a lot of helpful tips and tricks that I was able to keep in mind throughout the teaching experience. Now on the other side of my time, I can definitely say that the course was worth my while!

One of the biggest pluses of the program was that they teach you how to write a concrete lesson plan, which is so important when you are entering the education field! I went into my classroom on the first day with a lot of confidence that I could lead my students to success!

  • Introduction to classroom management
  • Review of basic but important English skills
  • Practice with making lesson plans
  • Finding practicum can be a little stressful
  • Full-time course with a heavy time requirement
  • Online class means you don't get to meet your classmates
29 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

That's awesome to hear your CIEE TEFL course gave you confidence from your first day in the classroom! Thanks for sharing your insights, Kaylee.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful TEFL Experience

As someone who majored in Foreign Languages and Cultures at my university, I had a lot of worry for future regarding my career choice. However, when I learned about CIEE and the TEFL certification, I had a newfound anticipation for the future to come. Some may disagree, but I enjoyed my experience as a CIEE student more than I enjoyed being a student at my own university. This is because the information provided was thorough, and while it may seem like a lot to remember, all of it was taught with a purpose and objective in mind for us students. Not only did this course provide knowledge about students/teaching methods/etc., it was geared towards our personal growth as a teacher as well.

Not only does this course open my eyes to the world of teaching, it provided a wonderful experience in getting to know other people and forming meaningful relationships as well. The students in my class were very thoughtful and has the same commitment and desire to learn as I did. (Compared to a university where it’s sometimes hard to find hard workers like these.)

The CIEE team was very kind and helpful through our journey of earning our certification, and even if you’re only considering this TEFL course, reach out to the team and they will guide you and answer all of your questions!!

I highly recommend this course for those who have a desire to travel or teach!!

  • Applicable Course Information — About students, about teaching methods, and for personal growth being a teacher
  • Ability to form good relationships with other students that are helpful for when we have to go abroad
  • Wonderful CIEE team support.
  • Some may think this course is long and demanding.
  • Some may think that this content is difficult, especially those who haven’t thought of or decided to be a teacher yet.
32 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

That makes us so happy to hear you've learned so much from your CIEE TEFL course, and enjoyed building relationships with your classmates. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your insights!

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.