What's the Difference Between TEFL, TESOL & CELTA?

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:

  • TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • TESOLTeachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • CELTACertificate in English Language Teaching to Adults

How quickly can I get TEFL certified and begin teaching English abroad?

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on October 24, 2012. It has been updated for accuracy and freshness on October 4, 2018.

If you can jump into an In-Person TEFL Course immediately and you plan on working in the location where you take the course, you can be certified and teaching English professionally in a little more than a month.  However, this scenario is not typical or realistic for most people and we recommend that you allow yourself 4-6 months to get your TEFL certification, make your arrangements, and conduct your job search prior to beginning your job as an English teacher abroad. 

What Are the Differences Between Joining the Peace Corps & Teaching English Abroad?

By Ashley Houston

If you’re a U.S. citizen over the age of 18 looking for a meaningful way to make an impact overseas, teaching English abroad and joining the Peace Corps are probably at the top of your list. There are many benefits to both opportunities, so as you’re comparing options it’s important to first understand the differences and similarities:

What TEFL Certification is best for Teaching English in Asia? [Expert Tips]

By: Felicia Braverman

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. 

What Documents Will I Need to Teach English Abroad?

It’s no secret that both international travel and searching for a new job both require any variety of personal, professional and academic documents from passports to transcripts, so it only makes sense that taking a job teaching English abroad means having certain important papers ready to go. 

Can I Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Online? (With Resources)

  • Can I utilize my TEFL certification after my experience abroad (if I ever come back)?
  • How can I put my TEFL certification and new teaching skills to work if I do not plan to teach English abroad immediately?
  • Can I use my TEFL certification to make and save money to fund my international travels?
  • Is teaching English as a foreign language over the Internet a way that I can make some money and connect with people from around the world?

Does my TEFL certification expire?

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. 

Do Certified Teachers Need a TEFL Certification to Teach English Abroad?

I am a Certified Teacher with an Education Degree:

Do I Still Need a TEFL Certification to Teach Abroad? 

By Michael Kunik

I often get this question when speaking with certified teachers who wish to teach English abroad, and for good reason.  Personally, I have a Master’s Degree in Education, and I am a former Elementary and Special Education teacher in Chicago Public Schools. I also earned my TEFL certification and taught English in Madrid, Spain, one of the great experiences of my life.

Schools around the world seeking to hire English teachers highly value training and experience. So, can you get a job without a TEFL certification?  Possibly.  Do I still highly recommend that you do become TEFL certified to teach English abroad?  Absolutely!  Here are several reasons why. 

How Should I Pick a TEFL Course Date & When Do I Need to Enroll?

Get Inside Tips on How to Select Your TEFL Course Location & Date

By Matt Birgy 

Have you already decided that living overseas as an English teacher and traveling the world is an experience you'll always regret missing out on?  Well, it’s your turn to publish photos on Facebook or Instagram of a life somewhere overseas, as authentic and off-the-beaten-tourist-path as it gets, while making an actual difference.

If you’ve arrived at the conclusion that, yes, you want to challenge yourself and take the leap to live internationally as an English teacher, then (congrats!) getting TEFL certified is the beginning of your journey.  With so many potential teaching destinations, certification locations and course dates out there, deciding when and where can become a task in itself, so here are some questions to ask yourself to help you choose the right TEFL Certification option for you.