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60-Hour TEFL Certificate

Foundation Online TEFL Training Course

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  • Thailand
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Why 60 Hours?

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 
  • TEFL instructors 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

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.  

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.  

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.  

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.  



Course Start Dates

Our 60-hour course has open enrollments, so you have the ability to start whenever it’s convenient for you. 

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!"


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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 6 CEUs upon completing the 60-hour TEFL certification course.

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 Certification course. 

CIEE TEFL Course Comparison

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180-Hour TEFL Certification

Our flagship course + our age specialization course is made for someone looking to become internationally certified to teach English abroad and to refine their skills in teaching young learners, teens, or adults. Course includes:

- 180 total training hours  

- Online coursework for 11 weeks  

- Cohort of peers  

- Dedicated course instructor

- 20 hours of practicum  

- 30 hours of age specific training 

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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 instructor

- 20 hours of practicum  

- Meets international qualifications 

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30-Hour TEFL Certification

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  



This course is right for you, if:

  • 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  

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. 

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

All course content is online so if you have a computer with access to the internet you are good to go.  

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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