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You can enrol on any of the following TEFL courses: Online Level 3 TEFL Certificate, Online Level 5 TEFL Diploma or Combined Level 5 TEFL Diploma, depending on how you intend to use your TEFL qualification. So, which option from our TEFL courses is right for you?

Our Level 3 TEFL certificate course will introduce you to TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language). It is an online-only course and leads to a 120hr TEFL certificate. It is the best option if you want to find casual work teaching English, such as volunteer teaching, teaching whilst backpacking, plus some online roles. 

Our Level 5 TEFL diploma course goes into more detail. It can be studied online or online with classroom learning (combined) and leads to a 168hr TEFL diploma. Our classroom learning is delivered face-to-face at one of our USA Campuses. A Level 5 TEFL course is the best option if you want to find formal work teaching English, such as the contracted roles from our TEFL Jobs Board, or government teaching programmes, which usually include accommodation, flight reimbursement and help to get your work visa.

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DEAC-approved (U.S. Department of Education recognised awarding body)

Level 5 Diploma (same level as CELTA/Trinity CertTESOL)

Three FREE 30-hour top-up courses in Teaching Young Learners, Teaching Business English and Teaching Online & 1:1 — worth $585

24 FREE weekly one hour webinars (join live or catch up later) — worth $250

FREE The TEFL Handbook ebook (110-pages), the essential guide to jump starting your career in TEFL — worth $30

FREE The TEFL Resource Pack ebook (104-pages), essential materials for new EFL teachers — worth $30

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Internationally recognised

Qualifies you to apply for paid & volunteer internships

Lifetime access to our international jobs board & help from our dedicated recruitment team

Specialist Grammar Unit

6-months access to online campus

Instant access on enrolment

Tutor support from EFL professionals

10-Hour Classroom Teaching Practice Course

Teaching experience & the opportunity to practise all you have learnt in the classroom

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Gain a CELTA/Trinity CertTESOL equivalent qualification on your terms.

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On successful completion of the course you will be well equipped to start your career as an online EFL teacher.

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On successful completion of the course you will be well equipped to start your career as a business English teacher.

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On successful completion of the course you will be well equipped to start your career as a young learner EFL teacher.

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TEFL Course FAQ

A TEFL course is your ticket to a life living and teaching abroad.  Working as a TEFL teacher gives you the freedom to live wherever you want, with the confidence that you’ll be able to support yourself. In many cases, living the TEFL course is living your best life - because it’s your life on your terms.  Even if you don’t think you’ll teach for the rest of your life, teaching abroad gives you transferable skills which look great on your resume - and you will have had the best adventures traveling the world. 

Yes, TEFL is recognized in the United States. Many English language learners are living and working or studying in the US who need additional language lessons.

When it comes to the quality of a TEFL course, important considerations are:

The TEFL Academy courses are approved by the DEAC as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum Status.   The TEFL Academy has won awards for Top TEFL Course in 2019, 2020, and 2021. We have sent over 200,000 graduates into the classroom. We have placed over 10,000 interns and volunteers in teaching positions. We have the highest average review ratings of any TEFL course provider on all the major review aggregator websites.  But you don’t have to take our word for it. Check out the online reviews for yourselves and see what our alumni have to say.

In the United States, The TEFL Academy offers face-to-face courses in Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. This 10-hour classroom course is done in conjunction with an online course to make up the Level 5 168-hour Combined TEFL Course.  Of course it’s possible to do a TEFL course totally online. The TEFL Academy offers a Level 3 120-hour online TEFL course, and a Level 5 168-hour online TEFL course. If you would like to do an online course but you’d still like to get practical teaching experience, you should consider our Level 5 40-hour Observed Teaching Practice Course on top of an online course.

TEFL courses are not intrinsically hard. However, they require a time commitment and dedication to your studies. An easy way of failing a TEFL course is through absenteeism, missed deadlines, or plagiarism.

A TEFL qualification does not expire. Once you have completed a TEFL course and are officially TEFL-certified, this is for life. 

How do I know if my TEFL certificate is legit, is a common question among soon-to-be TEFL teachers. The legitimacy of a TEFL course can be verified through its accrediting bodies The TEFL Academy courses are approved by the DEAC as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum Status.  We are further accredited by UK-government-recognized accrediting bodies.

TEFL courses are totally worth it - ask any TEFL teacher! A TEFL course is an intensive, comprehensive course which prepares you to teach in the EFL classroom. At the same time, teaching English gives you transferable skills which you can take with you in whichever direction you can go.  With a TEFL qualification, you are not restricted to teaching: you can train teachers, write, blog, manage a school - the opportunities are endless.  But a TEFL course is not just a means of employment. A TEFL qualification is a ticket to a life you’ve always dreamed of, living and working wherever you want, with as much flexibility as your heart desires.  Even better, a TEFL qualification is for life - it never expires!

The TEFL Academy offers the following online courses:

  • A Level 3 120-hour online TEFL course
  • A Level 5 168-hour online TEFL course
  • A Level 5 40-hour Observed Teaching Practice course
  • 30-hour Top Up courses, namely Teaching Business English, Teaching Young Learners, and Teaching Online & 1:1.

The TEFL Academy offers a Level 5 168-hour Combined TEFL course. This course has an online component, as well as a 10-hour in-class training session. In the US, our in-class component can be taken in Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

With a TEFL certificate, you can teach in Berlin or Bangkok or Buenos Aires, and anywhere in-between. You can even teach in countries which have English as one of the national languages.  That’s right, you can use your TEFL qualification to teach in the United States. In the US, you can work in language centers teaching English to foreign students who come to the US to learn English, or international students, or immigrants or migrant workers.  And, of course, you can teach online.

The TEFL Academy courses cost between $350 and $1,000, depending on the course. Of course prices will vary across TEFL course providers, but it is only a waste of your time and money to go for a dirt-cheap TEFL course. 

You are able to teach abroad or online with both a Level 3 and a Level 5 TEFL certificate.  However, a Level 3 qualification is more suited to volunteer teaching and other less-formal teaching positions. A Level 5 qualification is better for TEFL teachers who want to apply for long-term or well-paid teaching positions.  If you’re not sure yet where your TEFL adventure might take you or how long your TEFL career may be, we recommend doing the Level 5 TEFL course.

“I loved my experience in Spain so much that I am planning on staying in Madrid another year to teach English! I am so thankful for this journey I am on, that started with enrolling on a TEFL course. If I could give you advice, I would say go for it! Get out of your comfort zone and pursue teaching abroad! And take a course with The TEFL Academy, because it is very helpful.”

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The TEFL Academy was the world’s first TEFL course provider to receive official recognition from government regulated awarding bodies in both the USA and UK. This means when you graduate you’ll hold a globally recognised Level 3 (120hr) Certificate or Level 5 (168hr) Diploma, meaning you can find work anywhere and apply for jobs immediately.

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