60-Hour TEFL Certificate

Foundation ONLINE TEFL training COURSE

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This course is a great option for individuals who want to explore teaching English as a foreign language by learning at their own pace and on their own time. Unlike other TEFL providers, this course includes a look at intercultural issues such as different communication styles and cultural values, so you can be prepared to effectively interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds all over the world.

This course includes:

  • An automated and flexible course to be completed at your own pace 
  • Tutors for assistance and feedback 
  • A community of peers to share opinions and ideas 
  • Access to valuable lessons related to cultural values  

Course Tuition Fee: $300

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What You Will Learn 

  • Intercultural Communication

    Gain knowledge related to cultural values so you can communicate with people from all over the world

  • Language Teaching Practices

    Develop skills regarding best practices and approaches for teaching English in general

  • Lesson Planning

    Preparing a lesson plan and classroom management

Course Outline

This course is self-paced and designed to allow you to complete coursework at any time during a six-month period. Students work independently, attending online presentations and complete online readings. This means you can work whenever you’d like, and wherever you like — whether that’s early in the morning, late at night, in a coffee shop, at home, or wherever you feel most inspired.  

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Module 0) Pre-course – intro to course and how to navigate 
Virtually meet your peers, get comfortable with the online Canvas platform, and prepare yourself for what’s to come.  

Module 1) The world of TEFL  
Why learn English?  A look at the types of English learners and an introduction to fundamental concepts from the intercultural field.  

Module 2) Key approaches and methods  
Cover different language teaching methodologies and approaches to communication. Understand cultural differences in teaching language, classroom organization, and feedback.  

Module 3) Teaching vocabulary and grammar 
Learn to teach grammar and vocabulary effectively by breaking it down and covering new strategies.  

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Module 4) Planning lessons 
Go over the key elements of a lesson such as classroom activities, warm-ups, fillers and cool-downs.  

Module 5) Teaching skills 
Introduce receptive skills and ways to teach reading. Learn methods for teaching listening and speaking the language and then move on to methods of teaching writing. 

Module 6) TEFL and you  
Develop an intercultural mindset in the field of language education and discover effective ways to tackle your first week in the classroom.  

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A deep dive into the study of grammar. This section is not required but serves as a helpful review.  

Module 1) Grammar study 1  
Unpack parts of speech, sentence structure and explaining parts of speech such as verbs.  

Module 2) Grammar study 2 
Review verb tenses and conditional forms.  

Module 3) Grammar study 3 
An overview of parts of grammar including voice and mood. Learn to explain pronouns, phrases and clauses.  



Enrollment Guarantee

We are so confident in the course content that if you enroll in our 60-hour TEFL Certificate course and decide that you want to upgrade to our 150-hour TEFL Certification course we will transfer you into the next available start date. The work you do won’t carry over, but your financial investment in this course will be applied to the enrollment fee of the 150-hour TEFL Certifcation course. 

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Course Comparison

  • 60-hour TEFL Certificate

    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)  
    • Tutor support  
    • Option to enroll in 150-hour course  

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  • 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 tutor  
    • 20 hours of practicum  
    • Meets international qualifications  

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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
    • Tutor support 
    • 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 and are looking to explore it  
  • You want to refresh your teaching and general TEFL skills  
  • You’re teaching where TEFL isn’t required, but want to gain some TEFL skills 
  • You’re looking to professionalize the teach abroad experience  


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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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The 60-hour course can be started and completed at your own pace; however, it must be completed within 6 months. If at any point you choose to upgrade to the 150- Hour Flagship course, there are a few timelines to keep in mind: 

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

Will I be TEFL certified after 60 hours?

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Short answer: yes. 

Our 60-hour CIEE TEFL certificate is ideal for current educators looking for a refresh or those looking to volunteer in their local communities. However, if you want a TEFL certificate that meets the standards of most employers, you should consider signing up for the 150-hour CIEE TEFL certification course, our most popular course.  This course exceeds the international standards (120 hour minimum) and includes a 20 hours of practicum, which many schools and organizations look for in a TEFL certificate.

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