30-Hour Online TEFL Certification Course

Refine your TEFL skills in teaching young learners, teens or adults   

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Our 30-hour course is a great option for individuals who are looking for an in-depth look at age-specific teaching. CIEE’s 30-hour specialization program is a deep dive into teaching English as a foreign language to either young learners, teens or adults. This course will help you land the precise type of teaching job you want, and over 3 weeks you will deepen your understanding of age-specific pedagogy.   

CIEE's TEFL Course Includes:

  • A structured 3-week course that totals to 30 hours of training 
  • Tutors for assistance and feedback 
  • A community of peers to share opinions and ideas 
  • Access to valuable lessons with tools to effectively teach the age group you want 

Course Price: $270*

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*Our prices are set based on the quality of the course and the value that we provide in addition, because of this we don’t offer discounts or have a sale price.  

What You Will Learn 

  • Classroom Management

    Tools to successfully manage a classroom of young learners, teens or adults

  • Age-Specific Pedagogy

    Skills in teaching English to young learners, teens or adults

  • Lesson Planning

    Learn to properly prepare lessons for a specific aged audience

Course Outline

The 30-hour age specialization is a structured 3-week course designed with 30 hours of lessons and coursework. Students should expect to dedicate 10 hours per week while working alongside an experienced TEFL tutor and peers to interact with. There is a total of 12 lessons for each course; 4 lessons will be covered each week. The following are course outlines of the young learners, teens and adult specialization courses.  

Young Learners

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Week 1: Modules 0 – 4

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 Young Learner 
Identify the different types of learners and go over the language development stages.  

Module 2) Young Learner Motivation 
Understand your students and learn their motivations. Learn to observe multiple intelligences to better understand your students and their education. 

Module 3) Classroom Management  
How should you manage such young learners? Create class rules and learn skills on handling classrooms when they fall apart. 

Module 4) Approaches and Methods for Teaching Young Learners  
Learn methods for teaching as well as different approaches to teaching young learners. 

Week 2: Modules 5 – 8

Module 5) Providing a Language Context for Learning  
Strategies for providing context and visual aids for teaching. 

Module 6) Teaching Systems to Young Learners 
The basics of vocabulary and grammar as well as practical lessons and games to have on hand.  

Module 7) Teaching Speaking to Young Learners 
Promote fluency through error correction, songs and chants for the class. 

Module 8) Teaching Listening to Young Learners  
Learn how children listen and learn ways to encourage listening in the classroom. 

Week 3: Modules 9 – 12

Module 9) Teaching Reading to Young Learners 
Understand the relationship between reading and writing as well as the basic concepts of reading. Learn how to use stories and other skills to teach reading.

Module 10) Teaching writing to young learners 
Unpack the basics of writing and understand the approaches to teaching writing.  

Module 11) Assessing Young Learners 
How will you assess your young students? Introduce testing to your class and learn skills on how to create quality tests. 

Module 12) Beyond the Classroom  
Where do young learners learn English? Understand English through the internet and media, as well as hobbies and sports.  


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Week 1: Modules 0 – 4

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 Teenage Learner 
Understand the role of teenagers in the classroom as well as their motivations as language students.  

Module 2) Classroom Management  
Build relationships with your teen students and learn tools to manage your classroom. 

Module 3) Methods and Approaches  
Unpack the approaches to teaching English at the teenage level. 

Module 4) Lesson Planning  
What kinds of lessons will engage your teenagers? Learn about different learning styles applied to lesson planning. 

Week 2: Modules 5 – 8

Module 5) Getting Started 
Get started leading your classroom with tricks on warm-ups and warm-downs. 

Module 6) Teaching Systems to Teenagers 
Learn to successfully teach grammar and vocabulary as well as skills on answering conceptual questions about grammar and vocabulary. 

Module 7) Teaching Speaking to Teenagers 
Unpack speaking a new language and develop skills on encouraging speaking in the classroom.  

Module 8) Teaching Listening to Teenagers  
Create listening activities and ways to encourage language listening in the classroom. 

Week 3: Modules 9 – 12

Module 9) Teaching Reading to Teenagers 
What is reading? Learn reading strategies for your students.  

Module 10) Teaching Writing to Teenagers 
Break down the meaning of writing and how to teach writing to teenage students.  

Module 11) Teaching with Technology  
Evaluate the internet and social media in EFL classrooms.  

Module 12) Assessment  
Assessing your teenage students. Learn to provide proper quizzes and exams.  


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Week 1: Modules 0 – 4

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 Adult Learner 
Understanding the basic motivations of adult learners and best teaching strategies.  

Module 2) Classroom Issues  
What kinds of issues arise in an adult classroom and how can you handle them? Understand the different abilities and ages in the adult classroom.  

Module 3) Classroom Management for Adults  
Learn to deal with problems in the adult classroom.  How do you respectfully make a correction? Understand appropriate classroom language.  

Module 4) Approaches to Lesson Planning  
Gain skills on planning lessons for adult learners. What kinds of activities are best?  

Week 2: Modules 5 – 8

Module 5) Student-Centered Learning  
Unpack the meaning of student-centered learning and learn how to apply it to your classroom.  

Module 6) Grammar, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation  
You might know grammar, but have you tried teaching it? Learn skills on teaching pronunciation and vocabulary. 

Module 7) Teaching Verbal Communication Skills to Adults  
Understand the listening process and learn skills to apply to your classroom and lesson plan. 

Module 8) Teaching Written Communication Skills to Adults  
Understand and break down the reading and writing process. Learn to assess reading and writing at the adult level.  

Week 3: Modules 9 – 12

Module 9) English for Specific Purposes (ESP) 
Understand the meaning and kinds of specific purposes there are for learning English. Learn to design lesson plans and classes around this. 

Module 10) ESP: Business English 
Learn what makes business English so different and how to adjust lessons accordingly. 

Module 11) ESP: EAP (English for Academic Purposes) Exam Preparation  
The importance of EAP and specific characteristics of EAP.

Module 12) Virtual Teaching  
Discover the essentials to teaching English online and the tools to do it successfully.  

Enrollment Dates

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Here is a list of upcoming start dates for our 30-hour age specialization TEFL course:  

Start Date
January 13, 2020
April 20, 2020
July 27, 2020
October 19, 2020


Better When Bundled

The 30-hour age specialization course is an excellent addition to the 150-hour flagship TEFL certificate course. Become TEFL certified and cover all the fundamentals of teaching English as a foreign language as well as expanding your knowledge with the additional 30-hour age specialization. (Plus, when you bundle, you save!)

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Course Comparison 

  • 30-Hour TEFL Course  

    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 enrollment  
    • Self-paced, takes about 3 weeks  
    • Tutor support  
    • Option to add on to 150-hour course  

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

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

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  • 60-Hour TEFL course 

    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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Is the course right for me? 

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  • You are looking to land a precise type of teaching position 
  • You are already teaching and are looking to deepen your understanding of age-specific pedagogy.  
  • You’re teaching where TEFL isn’t required, but want to gain some TEFL skills 
  • You’re enrolled in the 150-hour TEFL course and want to add age-specialization training 
  • You’re looking to professionalize the teach abroad experience  


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Language ability: Participants in the course must be native English speakers or maintain an advanced level of English proficiency.  To demonstrate such proficiency for nonnative speakers of English, the following scores are accepted: CEFR C1, CAE, BEC +, PTE level 4, TOEFL iBT 110-120, IELTS 7-8, TOEIC L&R = 945 & S&W = 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 30-hour course is structured to take 3 weeks to complete and offers quarterly start dates. 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 30 hours?

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Short answer: No.  

Upon completion, you will receive a certificate for completing your 30-hour course. However, this is merely a deep dive into age specific training for teaching English as a foreign language. The international standard for teaching abroad requires at least 100 hours of training with practicum included. If you wish to complete a full TEFL certification by international standards, please refer to the 150-hour online TEFL certification course.  

Upgrade Your TEFL Training 

  • 60-Hour TEFL Course 

    Learn the foundations of TEFL in 60 hours

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  • 150-Hour TEFL Course

    Our flagship TEFL certification course for teaching English abroad

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  • 180-Hour TEFL Course 

    Flagship TEFL course with added age-specialized training 

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