Teaching English abroad offers hundreds of thousands of opportunities for English speakers to live, work and travel overseas, but if you’ve ever typed “TEFL certification course” or “teaching English abroad” into a search engine, you know how daunting it can be figuring out what type of TEFL certification and job search guidance you need to make your dream of living abroad a reality.
By Paige Lee
What Certification Do You Need to Teach English Abroad?
When it comes to teaching English abroad, there are three different certifications you can obtain. In this post, we'll be focusing on the following three certifications and which one you need to be an English teacher overseas:
So, you’ve decided to teach English in Asia. Great! Asia is famous for offering some of the best perks in the industry, as well as the chance to save money during your time abroad. Now that you’ve decided on a teaching location, the next step in the process is deciding on which TEFL course to take.
The short answer — No. Your TEFL certification never expires and never needs to be renewed.
What are the advantages of lifelong TEFL certification?
Lifelong TEFL certification gives you freedom and flexibility to teach English abroad whenever you wish in the future. Completing your TEFL certification, either in person classes or online, should be the first thing on your list before you teach English abroad, but once it's done, it's done. You have the freedom and flexibility to put it to use immediately teaching English abroad or to simply check it off on your to-do list as the first step towards your adventure.
Accreditation is a method of quality assurance for educational and professional certifications that incorporates review and approval from a recognized independent organization in the field.
In a simple answer: Yes you need to be a trained educator to be a good teacher for paying students and yes many schools and governments will require it for employment.
Many people ask this question with the following in mind:
- I speak English, I went to college, I must be able to be a good English teacher. What could be so difficult about teaching my own language?