TEFL Certification

Prepare yourself to teach English as a foreign language

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Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Our TEFL certification program is an academic course designed to provide you with the skillset to Teach English as a Foreign Language.

Now, let’s break it down

The acronym is important, but it doesn’t stop there. Here at CIEE, our objective is transparent: bring people together. We aim to help foster tolerant and compassionate global citizens to inspire real change. TEFL is much more than simply teaching English. TEFL bridges cultural gaps. TEFL promotes growth. TEFL encourages exploration. TEFL inspires real change. Let’s talk candidly. There are countless TEFL certification programs out there. It’s up to you to assess your goals and define what you hope to achieve. We are very proud of our course. If you’re looking for a quick-fix, this is not for you. Our TEFL certification course is the real deal: it’s developed by TEFL pedagogical experts and educational programmers. We aim to help you feel prepared and confident as a teacher. You’ll improve your current skillset to be able to match the needs of your learners and become aware of the cultural influences on language. If this sounds like you, you’ve made it to the right place!

CIEE TEFL enables you to:

  • Explore multiple programs and choose the one that’s right for you
  • Learn more and confidently navigate (and understand!) the world of TEFL
  • Invest in your future by earning a certification which never expires
  • Operate on your timeline and enroll in a course which fits your schedule

Ready to inspire real change?

Let’s go!

Understanding the world of TEFL

Download Our Guide to TEFL

We’re here to help! Sifting through the wealth of information out there can be daunting – that’s why we’ve compiled an all-encompassing guide to all things TEFL.

All the questions, all the answers, all the facts, all in one place.

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One Google search of the term ‘TEFL’ is likely to leave you more confused than before you started. It’s no secret that price tags for a TEFL certification are all over the place, but why? The great cost fluctuation is linked to the fact that there is no governing body which dictates TEFL rules and regulations. This means that anyone – anyone – could create and sell an online TEFL certification course. Yikes! Be on the lookout. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

A reputable TEFL course includes:

  • Second language acquisition theory application
  • Language teaching methodologies
  • English grammar mastery and teaching techniques
  • Lesson plan development and implementation
  • Intercultural competency training and awareness
  • Provides opportunity for hand-on teaching experience

We understand the importance of a solid foundation; that’s why we’ve invested our resources and efforts in creating a course which teaches you everything you need to know.

While other courses may pass the syllabus checklist, we go above and beyond.


CIEE TEFL goes above and beyond

CIEE TEFL allows you to take part in something greater. We are global ambassadors and work together to forge a brighter future through education, language and travel. We can’t do it own our own and that’s why CIEE’s TEFL certification is like no other. Your success extends beyond the classroom (We believe in you) and we’re here to support you!

Here’s what you’ll find unique to CIEE TEFL:

  • We care! Our team is here to help support you every step of the way
  • Join our growing family of over 350,000 alumni worldwide
  • We offer job placements, reserved exclusively for CIEE TEFL alumni – ask us!
  • We believe TEFL can improve the world and think YOU can make a difference


Wary of an online course? We get it!

Our course is best offered online to afford you the opportunity to connect and share your opinions with students from around the world. Improving your digital literacy is also great way to contribute to your global citizenship. Our course is online but rest easy – it is personalized and created just for you. We will never sacrifice your learning outcomes and here’s what we do to ensure best practices:


  • Our classes sizes are capped at 16 students – you have a voice!
  • You’ll have a personal tutor throughout the entire course to guide and teach you
  • Optional weekly live tutorials are hosted by your tutor – ask questions, review material, chat with peers
  • We encourage discussion board participation as way to connect with your peers and build your sense of community

Still feeling uneasy? Try a blended learning experience to supplement your online course and complete your practicum in another country! For two weeks, make use of your new expertise in a foreign classroom. Receive in-person trained instruction from a professional ESL teacher and then get out there and show ‘em what you’ve got!



This award recognizes innovation in international education and our latest TEFL 3.0 initiative was recognized for its efforts to address the growing need of English teachers who can adapt and teach to a diverse and multicultural student population.


When should you start your TEFL program?

  • Teaching Abroad

    At least 8-months prior to your intended departure date.

  • Teaching at home or online

    4-months before you apply for a position.

  • Not sure what your next steps are?

    That’s ok! The sooner you start the sooner you are finished.

Find the Program that's right for you!

With courses starting every two weeks you can pick the start date, and end date that works best for your schedule.

​Upcoming TEFL Certification Courses

Program Name Start Date End Date
150-Hour TEFL Course September 30, 2019 December 15, 2019
150-Hour TEFL Course October 14, 2019 December 29, 2019
150-Hour TEFL Course October 28, 2019 January 12, 2020
150-Hour TEFL Course November 11, 2019 January 26, 2020
150-Hour TEFL Course November 25, 2019 February 9, 2020


TEFL Abroad Application Deadlines


Program Name Apply by
TEFL Abroad Costa Rica Rolling
TEFL Abroad China Rolling
TEFL Abroad Russia Rolling
TEFL Abroad Spain October 1

*These programs are open to anyone who has completed a CIEE 150 or 180-hour program. You can enroll in any 150 or 180-hour course and decide to add on a placement (at no additional charge) or finish your practicum abroad at any of one of our international locations.


Get Started Today!

The enrollment form requires you to create an account, which will take approximately 1 minute to complete. Once you have an account, your enrollment form will require some personal information and preferences for course date and tutorial time. In order to hold your space, you will need to submit a registration fee of $200 USD.

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What People are Saying

  • "The course material is informative and broken down in a way that makes the course great for visual, audio, and kinesthetic learners."

    P. Mongo, Westwood, Mass., preparing to teach in Thailand
  • For the first time, I really began to believe in myself as a teacher.

    M. Royster, Michigan, preparing to teach in Spain

CIEE TEFL celebrates diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.