Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification is one of the best ways to prepare for international teaching assignments of all kinds, and is often required for teaching jobs abroad. Here are some handy resources and recommended courses as you consider getting certified.
What’s the difference between TEFL, TESL, TESOL, and CELTA?
All of these acronyms can be overwhelming! While they all refer to some aspect of teaching or learning English as a second language there are some key distinctions, which we’ve clarified in our blog.
Is TEFL certification required for my InterExchange program?
TEFL certification isn’t required for InterExchange Teach English programs but if you’re looking to equip yourself with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to teach English abroad then doing both a TEFL course and one of our volunteer teaching or tutoring programs is a good plan!
What does the global TEFL job market look like?
Get a general sense of the job markets for jobs teaching English as a second language around the world with these helpful charts.East and Southeast Asia Europe Latin America Middle East and North Africa
* Regional overviews courtesy of International TEFL Academy. For reference only and subject to change.
TEFL Training Courses
We recommend combining one of the following TEFL training courses with an InterExchange Teach English program.
International TEFL Academy
International TEFL Academy offers TEFL certification courses online and in over 25 locations worldwide. Practicum requirements can be met by participating on an InterExchange program. Mention InterExchange when you sign up to receive a $50 course fee reduction plus any discounts ITA is offering!
Students are able to consult TEFL job market experts during and after their course. A job search manual, school directory listing thousands of potential employers, interview assistance, referrals to recruiters and access to helpful webinars are also provided.
18 and up
full-time for 4 weeks or part-time for 11 weeks
year-roundLearn more about International TEFL Academy
Maximo Nivel offers several types of TEFL courses: online, in-person (Costa Rica, Guatemala, or Peru), a hybrid option, and specialized training for teaching business English and exam preparation. Courses include practical teaching opportunities.
Lifetime job search guidance is offered. Courses include a job search workshop, introduction to ESL recruitment partners, resume/CV building workshop, school listings for your preferred destination, and a reference letter.
18 and up
4-weeks in-person or 4-12 weeks online
year-roundLearn more about Maximo Nivel