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CIEE TEFL Certification Courses

Earn Your TEFL Certificate Online: Your Worldwide Teaching Adventure Begins Here

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Get TEFL Certified with CIEE

CIEE TEFL’s online courses prepare you for success teaching English abroad or online, with a practical curriculum that supports your career growth. Our ACCET-accredited certificate is valid worldwide and never expires, so you can focus on planning your next adventure. 

So, what is TEFL? TEFL is a professional certification that will allow you to teach English as a foreign language in a multitude of settings.  Aspiring and seasoned teachers alike can benefit from TEFL courses, which not only provide skills that are essential for teaching English to non-native speakers but also for success in any career. 

Gain a competitive edge and launch your global teaching career with CIEE TEFL's premium online 150-Hour Certificate. Throughout this 11-week course, you will gain real-world experience through a 20-hour practicum, learn from a highly qualified and experienced TEFL instructor, and get exclusive access to CIEE TEFL's job placement opportunities.

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Why Choose CIEE?

Academic Quality and Accreditation

Courses are designed by TEFL experts and accredited by ACCET, which is recognized by the US Dept. of Education.

Highly Qualified Instructors

Instruction by TEFL instructor with master’s degrees in TESOL or equivalent qualifications.

Lifetime Job Search Assistance

We're here to help you find your ideal job teaching abroad or online.

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Jumpstart your journey to teaching English with CIEE TEFL's accredited online courses. Access them anywhere, anytime, and start your new adventure today. 

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Discover the rewards of teaching English abroad, from gaining valuable work experience to immersing yourself in a new culture. Start planning your adventure with this step-by-step guide to teaching English abroad.

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Teaching English online is a flexible and rewarding career opportunity for English speakers who want to help students worldwide learn English. This guide covers everything you need to know to get started.

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Get Started

Here’s What You Need to Do to Take the Next Steps:

  1. Browse CIEE TEFL's free resources to learn more about TEFL. 
  2. Schedule a free phone call with a dedicated CIEE TEFL advisor for personalized recommendations. 
  3. Sign up for a myCIEE account and apply to your chosen CIEE TEFL course. 
  4. Confirm your enrollment and preferred TEFL course start date upon acceptance.  

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Questions About TEFL Certification

The difficulty of the CIEE 150-Hour TEFL Certificate course varies depending on the student's prior experience and knowledge of the English language and teaching strategies. However, most students find the course to be challenging but rewarding. The course is comparable to a university-level class, and CIEE TEFL alumni estimate they needed to dedicate 12 to 15 hours per week to be successful. Overall, proper time management and organization is important for success in this course.

Yes, you can get a TEFL certification without a degree. In fact, CIEE TEFL does not require a degree for admission to our TEFL courses. All you need is to be a proficient English speaker and be over the age of 18.

If you don't have a degree, it’s especially important to choose an accredited TEFL program, such as CIEE TEFL, to ensure your certificate is valid worldwide.

Once you have completed your TEFL program, you can begin your search for TEFL jobs around the world. CIEE TEFL courses include job search assistance to help you look for a job after graduation.

There are countries that do not require a degree for TEFL teachers, as long as they have a TEFL certification. 

The length of TEFL job contracts varies depending on the country, the type of school, and the position itself. However, most TEFL contracts are for one academic year, which is typically 10-12 months.

Some schools also offer shorter contracts, such as summer camps or part-time positions. These contracts can be a good option for people who are new to TEFL or who are looking for a more flexible schedule.

If you are interested in teaching English abroad for a longer period of time, you may be able to renew your contract or find a new job at another school. Some TEFL teachers teach abroad for several years, even decades. 

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Both terms refer to the teaching of English to students whose native language is not English. However, there is a subtle difference between the two.

In general, TEFL is used to refer to teaching English in a foreign country, while TESOL is used to refer to teaching English to speakers of other languages in any setting.

However, it is important to note that the two terms are often used interchangeably. For example, a job posting for a TEFL teacher in China might also say that the position is open to TESOL teachers. This is because both qualifications are equally relevant for the job. 

Hear from CIEE TEFL Alumni

  • "My instructor was an incredibly helpful and supportive instructor. Her presentations were extremely helpful and engaging. She always answered promptly and always offered help and support where she could. Could not have asked for a better instructor."


  • "What I liked most about the CIEE TEFL course is that it was self-paced! It didn't make me feel rushed and I could, more-or-less, take the learning at my own pace."


  • "The CIEE program is interactive, informative, and thorough. The teacher is professional and engaging and all the material is targeted and very informational.  CIEE did an outstanding job of preparing me before, during, and after the course."


  • "You not only get to learn but can also meet others who are going through it with you.  It also doesn’t hurt that the certification goes with you on your resume as you move forward.  Would recommend!"


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For more help, call our team at 207-553-5229 or send us an email at tefl@ciee.org.

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