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Premium 150-Hour TEFL Certificate Course

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Why 150 Hours?

When choosing a TEFL course, the number of hours included is one of the most important factors to consider. Most employers today are looking to see that candidates have at least 120 hours of training. That's why we created a comprehensive 150-Hour TEFL Certificate course that exceeds international standards. Our course is worth the investment of time and money, and it will give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your TEFL career. 

Apart from the total training hours, the CIEE 150-Hour TEFL Certificate includes the following competitive features to help you stand out from the competition: 

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Flexible and Comprehensive Online Learning

The 150-Hour TEFL Certificate course can be completed online in less than 3 months, with a commitment of about 12-15 hours per week. This TEFL course will teach you the latest approaches to teaching English as a foreign language, so you can start your next teaching endeavor with confidence! 

Expert TEFL Instructor Guidance 

CIEE TEFL instructors are highly qualified and experienced, and they are dedicated to supporting your learning. They will provide you with individualized feedback and guidance throughout the course. 

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Internationally Accepted Accreditation

The CIEE TEFL program is accredited by ACCET, a recognized institution endorsed by the US Department of Education. This ensures that the course meets the highest standards of quality and that your TEFL certificate will be recognized by employers around the world. 

Small Class Environment and Real-World Teaching Experience 

CIEE TEFL classes are capped at 16 students, so you can cultivate meaningful interactions and discussions with peers. You will also engage in a 20-hour practicum that provides you with hands-on teaching practice. 

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TEFL Job Search Assistance

CIEE TEFL advisors provide personalized job search assistance to help you find your dream English teaching job. This includes one-on-one coaching, comprehensive TEFL job resources, and free job placement opportunities with reputable employers. 

CIEE's 150-Hour TEFL course is packed with value, at a competitive price of $1,195.  

*Payment plans are available upon request.   

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What You Will Learn

Intercultural Competency

Effectively teach students from diverse cultural backgrounds

Language Teaching Methodologies

Best practices for teaching English as a foreign language

Lesson Planning

Preparing a lesson plan and classroom management

Course Outline

Premium Course Curriculum

The CIEE 150-hour TEFL certification course offers an interactive and immersive experience into teaching English as a foreign language. We’ve combined 130 hours of online coursework with a 20-hour independent practicum to give you an internationally recognized package. This course is built with flexibility in mind and spread over 11 weeks that will help prepare you for the international classroom. Check out a snapshot of what you can expect to learn in this course. 

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Your First Month

Week 1) Pre-course – intro to course and how to navigate 
Virtually meet your classmates, get comfortable with the online Canvas platform, and prepare yourself for what’s to come over the next 10 weeks.  

Week 2) The world of TEFL 
Why learn English in the first place, a look at the types of English learners, and an introduction to fundamental concepts from the intercultural field.   

Week 3) Teaching the English language 
Overview of English language varieties with an emphasis on spelling and pronunciation, outline of different teaching methodologies, and approaches to teaching English as a foreign language. 

Week 4) Learning vocabulary
Explore principles of vocabulary and grammar, learn to explain parts of speech and sentence structure, and develop strategies for helping learners retain vocabulary. 

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Month Two: Building Momentum

Week 5) Teaching grammar  
Examine the importance of grammar, discover how to practice verb tense in a group setting and learn practical solutions for correcting errors. Plus, you’ll learn to make grammar more fun and less dry! 

Week 6) Teaching receptive skills 
Analyze fundamentals of using reading and listening in context as a tool for learning and learn methods to test for comprehension and understanding. 

Week 7) Teaching productive skills  
Discover effective teaching methods for speaking and writing language skills, develop speaking activities that drive conversational learning and learn how and when to give constructive feedback. 

Week 8) Choosing your teaching materials  
Learn to supplement verbal lessons with visual aids and discover how to be effective at using your environment to provide a great experience. Analyze methods for using the board, body language, and facial expression to create a holistic learning environment.  

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The Final Stretch!

Week 9) Planning your lessons  
Create effective lesson plans and discover skills for getting to know your students and integrating content and language for everyday use. 

Week 10) Classroom management  
Develop tools to increase motivation and participation. Learn to instruct multilevel groups and handle frequent classroom behavioral situations. 

Week 11) Getting ready to teach  
Discover tips to help you prepare for what comes next. Including resume development, approaches to interviewing and how to speak about your TEFL certification experience. 

20 Hour Practicum FAQ

Your first time as a teacher in the classroom can feel daunting and that’s why our course includes a practicum component where you can get real life, hands-on experience before jumping in front of the class alone! Most teachers complete their practicum by working or volunteering in their local communities. These opportunities include observing a classroom, co-teaching, lead teaching, or private tutoring. Not sure how to set this up?  Don’t worry! We’ll help you create a plan, from researching organizations, setting up practicum dates, and completing pre and post reflective work on your experiences.

No. All practicum hours must be completed after the 1st week of the CIEE TEFL course and completed within 30 days after the course ends. No prior teaching experience can be used to fulfill the practicum requirement.

Part of becoming a TEFL teacher is learning to be flexible in the classroom.  Whether you are teaching in person or online, there are many different roles that you can try when completing your TEFL practicum hours. Here are a few examples:

  • Observation
  • Co-Teaching
  • Lead Teaching
  • Private Tutoring

In general, the student(s) must be (a) nonnative English speaker(s) with the intention to learn and improve English language ability and/or proficiency. Any teaching environment in which the learners are native English speakers will not count towards the CIEE TEFL practicum. That said, some universities, community colleges, and K-12 schools offer bilingual education programs including subjects such as math, reading, etc. as part of their bilingual education curriculum. As long as the students are nonnative English speakers, these subject-related classes can count towards your practicum.

Alumni Testimonials

Learn more about what CIEE TEFL alumni are saying about their experience within the 150-Hour TEFL Certificate course.


150-Hour TEFL Course Upcoming Start Dates

There are 150-Hour TEFL Certificate course start dates approximately every 2 weeks year round.   
Here is a list of upcoming start dates:

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May 27, 2024

August 11, 2024

June 10, 2024

August 25, 2024

June 24, 2024

September 8, 2024

July 8, 2024

September 22, 2024

July 22, 2024

October 6, 2024

August 5, 2024

October 20, 2024

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TEFL Job Coaching

CIEE TEFL advisors provide personalized job coaching throughout the job search process, including resume updates, interview preparation, and ongoing support.

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TEFL Job Resources

CIEE TEFL provides comprehensive resources to help you find your ideal TEFL job, including online and in-person teaching guides, a TEFL job opportunity workbook, and an exclusive job resources hub. 

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TEFL Job Placement Opportunities

Students and alumni have exclusive access to free job placement opportunities with reputable employers. CIEE TEFL will submit your application materials directly to reliable employers to expedite the hiring process at no additional cost.  


150-Hour TEFL Certification FAQs

This course is right for you if:

  • You have no teaching experience or want to teach English as a foreign language for the first time.
  • You want to improve your teaching skills and knowledge.
  • You want to increase your job prospects and earn a higher salary.
  • You want to gain confidence in the classroom.
  • You want to learn about the latest teaching methodologies and how to create engaging and effective lesson plans.
  • You want to practice teaching in a supervised setting and receive feedback from experienced TEFL instructors.

Even if you have teaching experience or are planning to teach English part-time, the CIEE 150-Hour TEFL course can still be a valuable benefit to you. It can help you improve your teaching skills, increase your job prospects, earn a higher salary, and gain confidence in the classroom.

If you are serious about teaching English at any point in your career, then the CIEE 150-Hour TEFL course is a great investment in your future. 

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To be eligible for a CIEE TEFL course, you must:

  • Be a native English speaker or have an advanced level of English proficiency equivalent to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) C1 level or higher. Nonnative English speakers must submit proof of their English proficiency.
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Have strong reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills.
  • Be able to use a personal computer and have consistent access to the internet. 

Not all TEFL certification courses are created equal. Courses designed to help you reach your personal and professional goals will likely cost more than $1,000, but they offer several benefits:

Accreditation: Accreditation from a reputable organization, like ACCET, ensures that the course meets certain standards of quality and rigor.

Comprehensive instruction and support: Paid TEFL courses typically offer more comprehensive instruction and support than free courses. This may include access to experienced instructors, high-quality materials, and job placement assistance.

Recognition and respect from potential employers: Paid TEFL certificates are more likely to be recognized and respected by potential employers.

The CIEE 150-Hour TEFL course is priced competitively, offering high-quality instruction, comprehensive curriculum, and job support at a lower cost than many other TEFL courses of similar caliber. 

The CIEE TEFL Certificate does not expire. It is a lifetime qualification that demonstrates your knowledge and skills in teaching English as a foreign language.

Some employers may prefer to hire TEFL teachers with more recent experience, so you may want to take a refresher course or volunteer to teach English to speakers of other languages in your community.

Be sure to research the requirements for TEFL teachers in the country where you want to teach, as some countries may have specific requirements, such as a certain amount of teaching experience. 

The TEFL practicum is a required period of supervised teaching practice that gives CIEE TEFL students the chance to gain hands-on experience teaching English to speakers of other languages.

The practicum is important because it helps aspiring TEFL teachers to develop their teaching skills and confidence before they start teaching professionally.  

Hiring institutions value TEFL courses with a practicum component, so we made sure to include one in our CIEE 150-Hour TEFL course to help our students stand out from the competition.  

Hear from CIEE TEFL Alumni

  • "The content covered was extremely relevant. I just received my masters in teaching and many of the theories, practices, and strategies taught were the same."


  • "CIEE makes learning interactive, fun, and easy!"


  • "I would likely recommend this course to someone interested in ESL instruction because I think it really helped prepare me. I do not have a background in education, yet this course made such concepts very approachable and understandable. I also like how there are job opportunities through CIEE."


  • "I feel the course provides the materials needed to begin your career teaching English abroad. It gives materials that will help to teach, as well as how to cater to different aspects and situations."


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