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
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  • 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.


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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Helpful in preparing me for overseas

The CIEE Certification Course was super helpful in helping me understand what I was going to be getting myself into when working abroad. I had never taught in a classroom setting before, so the course gave me a lot of insight in how to prepare for classes and create lesson plans. It also gave me different ideas for activities I could do in the classroom to make a more interactive approach to teaching. The course was a little expensive for me. I feel that I could have done a similar course for less.

How can this program be improved?
The program could have been improved by making it more affordable to people or offering some sort of scholarship/waivers.
Yes, I recommend
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Great Course, Helpful Team

I enjoyed the CIEE TEFL Course. They were very helpful during the course and afterwards when I was applying for a job overseas. The course was very informative, especially since I do not have an education background. It provided many ideas for teaching your own class and also provided links to many additional resources online for EFL.

How can this program be improved?
The certification course and teach abroad programs are a bit pricey. In comparison to other programs, it may be rather affordable, I'm not sure. The price tag is just intimidating.
Yes, I recommend
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20 hour hands on teaching

Doing the 20 hrs hands on teaching was one of the most touching experiences I ever had. I was lucky enough to do my 20 hr teaching during my summer internship at work. My company was so thoughtful in providing an English class to its workers that didn't speak English at all They were all adults and I felt intimidated at first, but in the end it was so inspiring to see them try so hard to learn.

How can this program be improved?
The program is a good challenge but it is very time consuming.
Yes, I recommend
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Great TEFL Course!

The curriculum was very organized and easy to understand. I thought they did a good job of keeping the program interactive even though it was done through an online platform. After completing the course, CIEE has been very consistent in sending opportunities to teach and use my certificate and has offered continuous support.

How can this program be improved?
Yes, I recommend
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Tefl in China

I am so grateful for ciee 150 hr tefl course. It prepared me for one of the most amazing experiences in my life. Teaching EFL in China has helped me grow professionally and personally. My daily environment living and working in Asia is a constant challenge that a look forward to everyday. When I enter the classroom my students make it all worth it! Without CIEEs TEFL course I would not have the foundation to be an affective teacher. I came to China well prepared and ready to teach English!

Yes, I recommend
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helpful course for getting a head start

The TEFL-course is well designed and uses a platform that is very user friendly. It also connects you with other people wanting to teach abroad, and in that way is a useful networking resource and support forum. I highly recommend this comprehensive course if online certification is what you are looking for.

How can this program be improved?
If I could change one thing, I would probably make video conferencing mandatory, at least once or twice to get to know the other faces in the classroom and connect with instructors.
Yes, I recommend
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Tefl 150 Hr Course

CIEE provided me with an engaging course that kept me on my toes! Our tutor Niamh was absolutely terrific. She was supportive throughout the course and gave feedback immediately. Between juggling other courses she has teaching nailed down. It was a great intro to what you'll be doing out in the field.

How can this program be improved?
Some typos in the lesson slides. Weekly tutorial could be a little more rigorous or more time for Q & A.
Yes, I recommend

A hassle-free way to travel the world

Having spent the last four years in pursuit of a degree in Spanish and Latin American studies, I was ready to start travelling the world and visiting the places I had been studying about. The problem is, everyone wants to travel the world or live abroad, but very few have the finances to pick up and leave whenever they want. I started out by searching for jobs in various countries in South America. Finally, I came across CiEE. I began investigating the teaching programs at technical colleges throughout Chile. It was just what I was looking for! As an instructor, I would have a stipend that would allow me to stay for an extended period (10 months) while still able to travel around a bit with money I had saved up. Their 150 hour course seemed daunting at first, but the staff wasted no time in reaching out to me and making sure I had access to all of the resources necessary to successfully complete the course. After finishing the online portion, I found an opportunity to observe ESL classes at my university as part of the 20 hour capstone practicum. I was able to pass "with distinction" and I'm now just weeks away from travelling to Chile where I'm sure I'll have the time of my life!

How can this program be improved?
It is definitely a high-content program. While the staff is more than happy to help out in anyway, you'll want to make sure you can set aside 10-15 hours a week in order to fully take advantage of the program.
Yes, I recommend
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Worth the Effort

The CIEE 150-Hour Certification Course is worth the effort and time that it takes to complete. If you are looking for a good course, or a good company that you can trust to get you where you want to be, this is exactly the course for you.
I took the course after I returned from abroad in order to have a physical certificate, and while there was a break down in communication during a change in staff and I was never sent my certificate, I would still recommend the course and the company. I have used the company three times now, and I've yet to be wholly disappointed with anything.

How can this program be improved?
I would suggest that they try to make sure that the certificates are received by students. The course itself was great.
Yes, I recommend


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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...