How to Evaluate and Compare Online TEFL Courses

By: Ian Davis

For many, teaching English abroad can be a life changing experience, and like all big events in life, one should prepare by doing proper research.  Online TEFL courses have become very popular in recent years, as they offer a flexible and affordable way to complete your TEFL training.  However, not all online TEFL courses are the same. Like anything, when it comes to TEFL courses, you will typically get what you pay for and if a price seems too good to be true - it usually is. A $195 self-taught online TEFL class with no practice teaching that you buy on Groupon will not provide the same level of training, recognition or accreditation that you will receive by investing in a true professional level course that meets industry standards and is taught by experienced instructors.

As you embark on your research or the best online TEFL course for you, here are some key points to consider and some important questions for you to ask.

Who Teaches International TEFL Academy's Online TEFL Certification Course?

Instruction is provided by highly qualified university-level professors with extensive experience teaching English as a foreign language, and all professors must meet or exceed the following standards: 

 * Hold a Masters in Education or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or higher; a high percentage of instructors will also hold a PhD.

* Have at least one year of overseas teaching experience. Professors will share their personal experiences and insights with their students.

* Hold professional experience in online education, including the use of advanced platforms and applications such as Moodle and WebEx.

Read full profiles of our instructors here.

Is ITA's Online TEFL Certification Course Valid and Accredited?

By John Bentley
 
Yes it is, International TEFL Academy’s 170-Hour Online TEFL Course is internationally accredited and recognized, and it exceeds international standards for professional level TEFL Certification (most accredited TEFL courses run 106-120 hours) as set forth by leading bodies in the international field of TEFL and recommended by thousands of schools and employers around across the globe. In addition, our online course is officially recommended by several leading recruiters that hire English teachers for private and public schools around the world.