60-Hour Online TEFL Course

Foundational online TEFL certification course

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Brush Up on Your Skills, or Get a Taste of What Teaching English is All About

This program will give you the basic preparation you need in order to succeed as an ESL teacher. The 60-hour course can be completed at your own pace over the course of six months. Automated and flexible, this course is a great option if you want to refresh your teaching and general TEFL skills. It’s also a great option for individuals who want to explore teaching English as a foreign language, but aren’t 100% set on pursuing a TEFL career just yet.

In this course, you’ll learn about the role of a teacher in a foreign classroom, as well as various learning styles and different educational environments for your students. You’ll learn invaluable skills such as lesson planning and classroom management, and you’ll gain important knowledge regarding best practices and approaches for teaching English in general.  Unlike other TEFL providers, CIEE’s 60-hour 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.

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Course Quick Facts:

  • With open enrollment, you can sign up and get started any time.
  • This course takes 60 hours to complete
  • This course is a great refresher for current TEFL teachers
  • This is a great exploration course for individuals curious about teaching English as a foreign language
  • You get the support of an experienced TEFL tutor
  • You’ll have the opportunity to interact with your peers
  • CIEE TEFL provides valuable lessons related to cultural values so you can be prepped and ready to communicate with people from all over the world
  • The only requirement of you: English fluency


This basic 60-hour course is self-paced and designed to allow you to complete coursework at any time during a six-month period. Experienced tutors provide support using our innovative video feedback tool, and discussion boards allow you to interact with peers who are also taking the course.  This is also a great opportunity for you to interact with individuals who have similar goals and aspirations as you — not everyone is brave enough to pursue TEFL! You can seek guidance from experienced teachers taking the course, or ask newbies what they think about teaching abroad.

Students work independently, attending online presentations and completing 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.


CIEE’s 60-hour introduction to TEFL program is ideal for people looking to teach English in a country where a TEFL certification is not a hiring requirement. Usually when a school or government requires candidates to be TEFL certified, they will be looking for a certification that is at least 100 hours with a practicum included. If you are looking to teach in a country where a TEFL certification is required, we recommend considering our 150-hour certification, 180-hour certification or a Destination TEFL program. If you’re simply looking to gain some TEFL skills before heading into your classroom, this 60-hour program is for you! Once you complete the 60 hours of online coursework, you’ll be awarded a 60-hourTEFL certificate. You’ll get your certificate by both mail and email, so it’s easy to provide to you potential employers as you apply.

What’s Included

At a Cost of $300, You Get:

  • All teaching materials and instruction
  • Feedback on your coursework from an experienced TEFL tutor


Enrollment Guarantee

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

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Have more questions?
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions. You also can call 207-553-5229 or send us an email.