CIEE Online TEFL Certification Courses

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Teaching English to non-native speakers is essential now more than ever. Both at home and abroad, the necessity for English teachers is growing daily. Getting TEFL certified means greater job opportunity in your hometown, as well as the promise of adventure abroad. With CIEE, the leader in international education and exchange since 1947, you get the support and knowledge of over 70 years of experience as well as access to the resources of over 350,000 alumni across the world.

CIEE currently offers 3 different online TEFL courses:
  • 180 Hour Course: (14 weeks) Online professional certificate including 20-hours practicum teaching and 30-hours age specific course –for $1,150
  • What makes CIEE TEFL unique?
    • Accredited by the World TEFL Accrediting Commission, and peer-reviewed annually by professors of Linguistics employed at US Universities
    • Feedback from your tutor and peers via video comments, weekly emails, and a weekly live virtual tutorial with your classmates
    • Access to the CIEE Alumni Network – a global matrix of 350,000+ professionals
    Interested in a CIEE Destination TEFL program?
Highlights
  • Support and guidance from CIEE staff in Portland, Maine.
  • Small class size (13 or fewer).
  • Personalized attention and weekly tutorials from your tutor.
  • Alumni network of over 350,000 across the globe.
  • Job opportunities both at home and abroad.

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Questions & Answers

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.

Reviews

89%
based on 84 reviews
  • Benefits 8.9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 6.7
  • Facilities 7.2
  • Safety 8.4
  • Instruction 9.1
  • Support 9.6
  • Value 8.6
  • Difficulty 7.3
  • Job Assistance 8.3
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Stephanie
9/10

TEFL Certificate Through CIEE

Going into the TEFL certification course, I was unsure of what to expect. I was taking the course because I had already been accepted to teach abroad and needed the TEFL certification to be eligible .

I felt that the course itself was an amazing preparation for someone who would be going overseas to teach English. It prepared you in multiple ways; from teaching English itself, to planning and preparation, to classroom management. Each section had a variety of way of getting information across and it checked for your understanding through discussion boards and quizzes, which in turn prepared you for the graded coursework at the end of each unit.

I felt that I always had my questions answered by my course instructor in a timely manner and all of my graded assignments had very constructive feedback attached with it. I also liked having a chance to get on a weekly webchat with other students of the course and the course instructor. It was a way to talk about what we learned (which really helped solidify all the information we took in) and we were able to ask questions!

I will say that I am already a licensed teacher (with a focus in TESL from college) so most of the concepts taught were more of a review for me. Sometimes it felt redundant because I deal with these things on a daily basis, but it was still good to think about how I would put it into practice teaching overseas. I know it may seem like the course is expensive, but what you get from it is worth it. Access to plenty of materials to use in the future and a readily available instructor on top of what you learn makes this course worthwhile for the certificate.

How can this program be improved?
Being that I am a full time teacher, I felt the weekly course expectations were very rigorous. It was difficult for me to keep up with the course at times (even with great time management) because I work 7-5 Monday through Friday. If there was any way the course could be slightly condensed, I think it would greatly assist those taking the course who are currently employed.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rebecca
9/10

A Course for All Language Teachers

Despite the fact that I've been a teacher for more thaan four decades, there's always more to learn. While the class is primarily designed for ESL teachers, anyone who teaches a language can benefit. The online sessions focus on classroom instruction with some attention to theory. The weekly required graded assignments compel one to think about teaching practices. The workload is cumbersome, but the support is awesome.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Miles
10/10

CIEE TEFL Course: A Comprehensive and Challenging Online Experience

I took the CIEE TEFL 150-Hour Certification Course because it was required for me to obtain a position to teach English in the Czech Republic. Before I begin my review, it is important to note that I did not expect the course to be challenging. Rather, I thought that it would be a quick and easy online class meant to satisfy any concerns of school administrators regarding my ability to adequately teach the subject matter. I was incredibly wrong!

I was pleasantly surprised by how comprehensive the course was. It covered a good balance of theoretical and practical material, provided plenty of opportunities to engage with my tutor and classmates, and supplied a significant amount of content within each of the units that made up the weekly modules. Additionally, the 20-hour practicum was incredibly helpful because it provided me with some real-life teaching experience.

With this in mind, do note that the comprehensiveness of the course also made it challenging. If you are working a full-time job and taking this course, you will do little else other than those two things. There were typically five units in each weekly module (they included presentations of the material, discussion posts, and/or quizzes) that each usually took 2-3 hours to complete. In addition, there was a module written assignment due each week and an online web-conferencing tutorial session that was held every Tuesday. Thus, while the work was extremely valuable and never too difficult, the amount of it definitely kept me busy.

Overall, this was a phenomenal course! I was very much impressed by the program. It far exceeded my expectations and I would recommend not only it, but any of CIEE's programs to anyone looking to teach abroad!

How can this program be improved?
The intensity of the program, specifically the large amount of required work, was often difficult when coupled with a full-time job. Thus, I would recommend that the program consider reducing the number of commitment hours that it requires each week or make the time commitment abundantly clear from the start.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Imani
10/10

CIEE TEFL

I took this class because I was offered a scholarship that gave an unbeatable price. I don’t have plans to teach right now but didn’t want to miss the opportunity to take this class because I know that it can open many doors!
The course material was manageable. I do wish that I had a better understanding of the time requirements in the beginning, however. The instruction was great and my course tutor was always available and very helpful.
I did my practicum in Costa Rica since I was already going there to visit family.
Overall this course was a good experience and I’m happy that I decided to take it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Katelyn
8/10

CIEE TEFL Is the Way to Go!

I really enjoyed the TEFL certification course through CIEE. I thought there was a good balance between practical skills and theoretical learning. Also, the content was delivered in variety of ways, which supported all students and our various learning styles. It certainly was a time commitment, however well worth the time and money. I feel prepared and confident to teach abroad thanks to CIEE and their online TEFL certification course!

Yes, I recommend this program
Melissa
8/10

Good program and requires hard work

I really enjoy the CIEE TEFL 150-hour program. It is a 10 week (11 including the intro) well structured program, having roughly 5 course modules to learn and be assessed on each week as well as a weekly Graded assignment for each of the modules. These modules have accompanying discussions in order to provide your opinion and receive feedback from your peers and a weekly online meeting with your class and the tutor. This program requires lot of work which end up being an additional 10-15 hours per week, if you are able to properly use your time wisely and plan ahead you should be able to complete the program easily with a good grade. I highly recommend taking this TEFL class if you plan to teach abroad whether it is required or not. It covers teaching styles, teaching history, and much more that will aid in your teaching experience.

How can this program be improved?
It is a little bit too strenuous time wise. There are about 7 graded assignments a week which is nice cause you get a chance to improve your grade, but there's so many its hard to find time to complete them all if you have a full time job or a are a student. There is a lot of work that is necessary to move on to the next lesson. It would be nice to move on without having to complete a discussion post, or mini assessment from the previous lesson.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rachel
10/10

Great value, excellent experience

My experience with CIEE TEFL certification was truly exceptional! I wanted to find a reputable, thorough, and rewarding TEFL course and CIEE went above and beyond any expectations. I completed the 150-hour course and learned so much about the world of teaching English - everything from practical teaching methodology, cultural aspects of teaching/learning, historical and current policies and perspectives around TEFL and much more. The practicum requirement makes this certificate stand out as well. The course was challenging and insightful and the CIEE staff will assist you the entire way through.

I recommend CIEE to anyone hoping to teach English in their home country or abroad!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jan
10/10

CIEE TEFL

I thought this course was well laid out. The questions made me think, but were not too difficult that I couldn't find the answer. The teacher was available for questions almost any time. I never had to wait long to hear from her. She was very professional at all times. I felt that the time allowed to finish the modules was sufficient. I work with high school exchange students and this program really gave me an insight into what they have had to go through to be able to come to the United States. I'm so glad I took this course.

How can this program be improved?
I really see no need for improvement in any way.
Yes, I recommend this program
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KC
5/10

Value

I felt this experience was well-structured, but fell short in certain aspects. For students that are looking for a very in-depth look as ESL teaching and have time in their schedule for a 20-hour/week studies, this would be a good route. That being said, I felt like the job-guidance was lacking, the time commitment was disproportionate to the title, and though the professor was great, the online platform was very boring.

How can this program be improved?
- Diversifying the way of portraying information (less power-points and 1990s cartoon-style talking heads)
- Provide a 1-on-1 meeting with the professor at the end of the course for this type of review
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sonya
10/10

Tough but worth it

This course was a very through and professional course. My tutor was excrement. I am an avid reader, and schooling has always come easy to me. I really didn’t think that the work would take as long as it did. It wasn’t extremely hard, but it was more involved than I originally assumed. I do believe tha is because it was so thorough. It introduced a variety of both teaching and grammar topics. It showed me where I need improvement, also.

How can this program be improved?
There were a few program glitches, but overall, it errand smoothly.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Georgia
9/10

CIEE TEFL online course

I found this course very informative, from learning about teaching methodologies to ways to set up a classroom. I liked the extra links provided on a unit topic at the end of each unit. The lessons that were presented and activity ideas were helpful, with video examples of teachers in action with their lessons. I also appreciated the feedback from my tutor in the video chat and for each assignment. I had never done a class with video-conferencing, and it was a good experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Anne
9/10

Opening Door

Having just completed my coursework for my CIEE 150 hour certification, I am really excited for the future. This course has really opened up options in my world and mind. Originally my thought was to gain certification so that at a later date I’d be able to travel abroad with my family and work in the EFL field. Now, I’ve found that there’s quite a lot of opportunity right here in my own backyard.
The course is very comprehensive. It’s a challenging pace if you’re working or otherwise busy but it’s doable. My tutor Annette was very engaging and my fellow students kept me on my toes. There’s quite a bit of interaction in forums and peer review. This was my first online class and I have to say it felt very interactive and lively. I would recommend it to any person seriously considering the field of TEFL.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps a little more information about the fields of EFL that are not direct teaching abroad. I am interested in online tutoring but it wasn’t discussed very much, if at all.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rebecca
5/10

Ok not needed

I've taught EFL for over three decades. I only took this class because it was offered at a very low price. It will not increase my salary or help me get any positions. I truly did not learn very much other than I abhor learning online. The content is good for the younger generation who needs something like this, I suppose. The purpose of this course for me was just to see what online learning was like for someone in their mid 40s. I do teach online. Hence, I wanted to experience it for myself.

How can this program be improved?
It was not very interactive nor fun. Perhaps try to work on adding a physical book to the course would be nice.
No, I don't recommend this program
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Claudia
9/10

TEFL at your finger tip

I really enjoyed the opportunity to take the TEFL certification online. This was my first time having formal English learning experience since it's my second language. I learned to speak by reading, listening to TV and movies and being submerged when I got here 25 years ago. My native language is Portuguese and I'm from Brazil. The course was very intense for me but gave me a chance to learn so much. I had a great teacher (Karen Corne) and a great group of ladies that were encouraging and supportive. By the end of the 10 weeks, we had a chance to get to know each other well by interacting with our weekly tutorial and discussion boards.

How can this program be improved?
I'm very satisfied with how the program was set-up.
Yes, I recommend this program
Adia
8/10

CIEE TEFL 150 hour course

The online course is very interactive and informative. The teacher is always willing to work with students requiring extra assistance on certain assignments. In addition, the rest of the support team are very helpful in setting up practicums and other needs that TEFL course participants may have. Although I was unable to attend the weekly tutorials because of other obligations, they are recorded and available to watch online for a couple of weeks after the live sessions, so everyone gets an opportunity to view them.

Yes, I recommend this program

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CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange – world leader in international education and exchange – is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization. For more than 70 years, CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills...