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Deciding what TEFL course to choose can be a challenge. 

  • Which TEFL should I take?
  • Is 120 hours of TEFL enough?
  • Is a TEFL certificate worth it?

There are pages of questions about which TEFL course is the best that get searched online. And there are just as many courses to choose from – both online and onsite.

Where to begin? 

This infographic creates a clear pathway for what to look for as you progress on your teaching journey.

There are also some helpful links below that answer even more questions.

We start with what to beware of (friends don’t let friends get scammed), the differences between doing the course online or onsite, and why you should run when you see a TEFL course that guarantees you a job.

If you’re a student, recent college graduate, or aspiring teacher interested in teaching English abroad or online, these tips are for you.

How to choose a TEFL course infographic - points to consider as you get started on your adventure teaching English abroad!

Number one. Beware of TEFL courses that claim they're accredited. No official accrediting body for TEFL courses exists. This means anyone can create and sell a TEFL course!
TEFL courses offered by universities are not privately accredited but exceed those standards.

Number two. Online vs onsite. Which is better? That depends on you! Reputable online and onsite courses teach the same quality core curriculum that meets TEFL industry standards. Online TEFL courses: reputable online TEFL courses start at $900 plus. Onsite TEFL courses start at $2,000 plus. 
Accommodation and living expenses are extra. Onsite courses are often full time. Onsite courses usually have a teaching practicum. 

Number three. Watch out for TEFL courses that guarantee you a job. Always choose a TEFL course that prioritizes quality training. 

Guaranteed job placement sounds great...but it can mean limited control over your location, role, pay, and benefits. 

Don't stress. With a reputable TEFL certification, your search for top TEFL jobs are right around the corner. Click here to browse TEFL courses.

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How to Choose a TEFL Certification Program – Key Tips and Takeaways:

  1. Look for a TEFL course attached to a trusted institution, like a university. 
  2. Most employers prefer to hire English teachers with an internationally recognized TEFL certification from a 100 to 120-hour course.
  3. Reputable online and onsite courses start at $900+ and $2,000+, respectively. (Remember that onsite TEFL courses require additional accommodation and living expenses.)
  4. Don’t get hooked in with the promise of guaranteed job placement. It sounds great in theory, but you’ll be limited in terms of location, role, pay, and benefits.
  5. If you’re unsure which TEFL course is right for you, leave us a comment below or reach out to us on social media. 

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