150-hour TEFL Certificate


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This 150-hour TEFL certification exceeds international standards, and the practicum component ensures you’ll have at least 20 hours of real-world practice. You'll have the confidence of knowing you’re prepared to be a successful teacher, and ready to find your dream job teaching English abroad or online.

CIEE TEFL classes are capped at 16 students, allowing you to engage in meaningful discussions with your classmates. Many alumni build relationships with classmates that last beyond the end of the course!

Each class is assigned a highly qualified TEFL instructor who will provide you with individual feedback and support. The CIEE TEFL instructors also lead live, weekly class sessions to review important concepts and how to apply them in the classroom.

Are you working or a full-time student? No problem! You’ll have the flexibility of completing the 12-15 hours of weekly course work whenever it is convenient for you.

This course includes:


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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

Our flagship, 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. 

130 Hour Online Course Outline

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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. 

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.  

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

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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. 

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Course Start Dates

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Here is a list of upcoming start dates for our 150-hour TEFL Certification course 

Start Date End Date
May 29, 2023 August 13, 2023
June 12, 2023 August 27, 2023
June 26, 2023 September 10, 2023
July 10, 2023 September 24, 2023

Hear from CIEE TEFL Alumni

  • "I really loved my experience in the TEFL course provided by CIEE.  The course was easy to navigate, my peers and tutor were helpful and engaging, and I learned a lot."

  • "I learned way more that I though I would. The course moved at a good pace and the instructor gave great feedback and was invested.  I also felt like there were good opportunities to connect with other people in the course.  I highly recommend CIEE for all their programs!!!"

  • "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!"



Learn more about the CIEE TEFL course experience



CIEE TEFL is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority providing objective third-party evaluation of education and training practices. CIEE TEFL is listed on the U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

As an ACCET accredited institution, CIEE TEFL awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CIEE TEFL graduates receive 1 CEU for every 10 hours of TEFL course contact hours. You will receive 15 CEUs upon completing the 150-hour TEFL certification course.

CIEE TEFL Job Placement Assistance

  • Teach English in Spain

    Send your application directly to the picturesque coastal region for a teaching position.

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  • Teach English in Hungary

    Teach alongside Hungarian classroom teachers to help build students’ conversational English.

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  • Teach English in Chile

    Build the conversational English skills of Chilean students by planning dynamic, interactive, and personalized classes.

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CIEE TEFL Course Comparison

  • 150-hour TEFL Certification

    Our flagship course, perfect for anyone looking to become internationally certified to teach English abroad. Course includes: 

    • 150 total training hours 
    • Online coursework for 11 weeks 
    • Cohort of peers 
    • Dedicated course instructor
    • 20 hours of practicum 
    • Meets international qualifications 

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  • 60-hour TEFL Certificate

    Our introductory TEFL course, ideal for someone looking to learn what TEFL is about. Course includes: 

    • 60 total training hours 
    • Open enrollment 
    • Self-paced (must be completed in 6 months) 
    • Support from a TEFL instructor
    • Option to enroll in 150-hour course 

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  • 30-hour TEFL Certificate

    Our age specialization course is made for someone looking to refine their skills in teaching young learners, teens, or adults. Course includes:


    • 30 total training hours 
    • Quarterly start dates
    • Online coursework for 3 weeks
    • Support from a TEFL instructor
    • Option to add on to 150-hour course 

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Is the course right for me?

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  • You have no teaching (or TEFL) experience 
  • You’re going to be, or want to be, a lead teacher abroad for a longer period of time
  • You’re going to be, or want to be, lead teacher of your own classroom 
  • You’re looking to professionalize your teach abroad experience 
  • You’re applying to jobs that require a TEFL certification 


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Language proficiency: Participants in all CIEE TEFL courses must be native English speakers or maintain an advanced level of English proficiency equivalent to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) C1 level or higher. If a nonnative English speaker applies for a CIEE TEFL course, they must demonstrate their advanced English proficiency by submitting one of the following minimum test score proofs: TOEFL iBT: 95; IELTS: 7; CAE: 180; PTE General: Level 4; PTE Academic: 76; TOEIC Listening & Reading: 945 and Speaking & Writing: 360 

Enrollees must be at least 18 years of age or older 

Coursework requires reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. Course outcome and evaluation will include elements of all four competencies. 

Students must be capable of using a personal computer, as all coursework is completed online. Students must have consistent access to internet. 

When should I start?

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A TEFL certification never expires, so you could complete it at any point in time if you meet the basic requirements. If you are looking to put your training to good use, then here are few timelines to keep in mind for if you want to: 

Teach abroad: Begin your TEFL course at least 6 months prior to your intended departure date 
Teaching at home or online: Begin your TEFL course at least 3 months before you apply for a position 

Why is the practicum mandatory? 

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Part of becoming a successful teacher is practice! Putting yourself in front of the class will further help you to develop what type of teacher you want to be.  This opportunity is something many online programs don’t offer.  CIEE TEFL is dedicated to helping you become the best teacher you can be, and the required 20-hour practicum is going to help you achieve just that.  It’s also going to give you the classroom experience most hiring institutions are looking for.   

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