Heritage Meets Innovation

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Over 75 years of experience

That’s a long time. Since 1947 we’ve stayed true to our original mission of uniting the world through immersion and education. Though that goal will never change, the tools we use to get there constantly will. Our commitment to growth and innovation is nowhere more apparent than our home-grown TEFL certification.

CIEE’s online TEFL courses empower teachers of all experience levels with keen cultural awareness, and a deep-rooted knowledge of common theories and practices. This unmatched level of preparedness is what sets us apart, while ensuring you stand out. 


Since 1997, CIEE has been sending university graduates abroad to Teach English in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. As a result, we have come to understand that true success teaching English only comes from a deep sense of readiness before you embark.

Decades of experiencing the unique challenges of teaching English abroad led us to believe that—simply put—there was a better way to TEFL. So we designed one.


Designed by Us, with You in Mind. 

In 2013 we collaborated with academic peers, intercultural experts, TEFL professionals, and education programmers to develop the highest academic quality TEFL certification courses. Our courses are designed to prepare trainees to meet the needs of hiring institutions, and international English learners like no other.

CIEE TEFL Certification Courses incorporate personalized instruction, collaborative peer environment, intercultural training, live tutors, and other features that set our courses apart and our students up for success. 

  • 150-hour TEFL Certification

    It’s impossible to plan for everything life will throw at you, especially when you choose a life of immersion. Getting certified with CIEE's 150 hour TEFL Certification Course ensures you’ll be equipped to take it all on.

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  • 180-hour TEFL Certification

    This course follows the same structure and outline at the flagship 150-Hour TEFL Certification course, followed by the 30-hour age-specialization course.

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  • 60-hour TEFL Certificate

    This course is self-paced and designed to allow you to complete coursework at any time during a six-month period

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What People are Saying

  • I have enjoyed the interactive nature of the course. It isn't just boring slides- but a mix of different teaching styles. You can tell that this course was well thought out and it makes me feel accomplished with all of the check points along the way.

    Laura W.
  • "The Off to Class segments have been particularly helpful in seeing how teachers either excel or make mistakes when teaching their classes. "

    R. McNeely, Dallas, Texas, preparing to teach in Thailand
  • The tutor and staff are very prompt, professional, and friendly!

    T. Carson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, preparing to teach in South Korea
  • I find this class thoroughly informative and enjoyable. I was concerned that having a Master's Degree in Childhood Education & teaching abroad previously I would already know much of the course material, but I have learned so much and I am very happy.

    Madison L.

CIEE TEFL participants benefit from access to the CIEE Alumni Network, a community of more than 350,000 people. This group represents nearly every field of industry and country on Earth, making it easy to stay in touch with peers, connect with like-minded people, and discover professional opportunities.  

Mission Statement:

CIEE TEFL's mission is to humanize international relations and foster peace through international education and exchange programs that promote intercultural understanding.

We strive to increase global harmony and stability by helping individuals learn to embrace people different from themselves and ideas different from their own. 

We prepare future leaders who will be able to communicate across cultures to tackle issues confronting our globally interconnected and multicultural world.


CIEE TEFL celebrates diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.


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.  For example, graduates of CIEE TEFL’s 150 Hour TEFL course receive 15 CEUs.

In the event that you are unhappy with the course, we ask that you please reach out to CIEE TEFL to talk with us about any issues you have. We are always happy to chat with you regarding any feedback. You are also entitled to submit a complaint to ACCET directly.

Read more about the ACCET formal complaint procedure.