Published 10th February 2017

Thinking about Teaching English as a Foreign Language? Whether you are still considering taking the plunge and doing a TEFL course or if you are fully committed and just deciding which TEFL course would suit you best, you will need to have a look at the best accredited online TEFL courses. There is no reason why you should waste your time and money on a TEFL course which is not worth your while, which is why you should do your homework before you sign up for a course.

How can you decide which online TEFL course to do? There are a number of aspects of the course that you should look at.

Length of course

Find out how long the course is. The magic number in TEFL courses is 120 hours. If the course is shorter than that, TEFL employers won’t even bother looking at your resume. If it is longer, there won’t be any massive extra benefit to you. 120 Hours is the time it should take you to cover all the content of the course. Of course, related to this is the content of the course, which should be thorough and extensive and include all the theories and approaches to learning and teaching and practical applications which are necessary to be able to plan and execute effective lessons.


Have a look on the website and see if there are any accreditation stickers for the TEFL course. Accreditation for online courses can come in many forms and is usually displayed on the website. Do some research on the accreditation bodies and make sure they are legitimate. Accreditation is key as it shows that there is a body or organisation which has assessed and evaluated a TEFL course and deemed it to be acceptable and of a high standard. However, just having the stickers is not enough. Make sure you are able to find out information on the accreditation bodies outside of the website. In other words, verify their legitimacy independently.


There are so many TEFL course providers to choose from and it can seem impossible to choose between them. Do some digging into their social media and on online forums and you will be able to find out what the general reputation of a particular TEFL course provider is. TEFL graduates are always happy to share their experiences – good or bad – of their TEFL course, so use this knowledge to decide whether or not you want to choose a particular TEFL course.

Choosing an online TEFL course can be overwhelming but there are a few ways to determine whether or not a course is legitimate or not. Consider the three issues of course length, accreditation and reputation and if you are satisfied with that you discover, then you probably have found one of the best accredited online TEFL courses. And of course, if that course happens to be The TEFL Academy’s 120-hour online course, then you know you will have stumbled on the best online accredited TEFL course!