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Certification from many different cities, including the U.S., Europe, Central and South America, and Asia.
Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, location is a huge program highlight. If you’re looking for a culturally-immersive learning experience with a guaranteed job at the end of the course, this is it!
On-site at various paradise locations around Thailand, including Samui and Phuket.
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All courses offered online. Therefore you can complete your study from anywhere in the world.
Online and classroom learning TEFL opportunities and certifications available.
Both international TEFL certification classes and an online class are offered.
SEE offers a 4-week TEFL course as well as a paid internship. Internship is identical to the 4-week course but is only 2-weeks long and tailors to those teachers who don’t want to commit to staying in Thailand longer than 5 months.
Paid internship, or 3 week TEFL course
120 Hour TEFL Certificate. Graduates will receive a physical certificate from both TEFLPros and ACCREDITAT.
4 courses offered: preliminary course, certificate course, diploma course and the advanced diploma of education studies in TESOL. Courses differ based on whether you want an introductory or professional course.
You don’t need any qualifications, though that non-native speakers must have a good understanding of English with a Cambridge CAE qualification or equivalent.
A degree is not required to take a course, however, ITA reminds students that age limits to teach English abroad vary by country and school. That said, to teach in Thailand, a TEFL is all that's required
The 4-week TEFL course requires English language ability of IELTS 6.5 equivalency. However,you must be a native English speaker to attend the internship placement.
Bachelors degree, any subject, native English speaker. Non-native English speakers accepted subject to application approval.
You don’t need to be a native English speaker to enroll, but you must have a good level of English. See the site for minimum English test scores as a suggested level for non natives.
You don't need to be a native English speaker but you must have a good standard of English, such as reading and writing at a high level.
Two online TEFL certificates available: Professional 120-hour certificate and the 60-hour foundation TEFL certificate.
Online, 11-week long, 170-hour TEFL and TESOL certifications are available.
There are no online certifications available. Study is limited to the Chiang Mai location.
No online courses are offered.
TEFLPros only offers an online certification. All those who pass get a physical certificate from both TEFLPros and ACCREDITAT.
All courses offered are online only.
Job prospects depend on both the course you decide to take as well as where you take the course.
Graduates are offered lifetime job assistance, including learning how to contact schools directly and network effectively.
Graduates are guaranteed a job after completing the 4-week course.
*Guaranteed job after successful completion of the course.
TEFLPros has the TEFLTribe Facebook group where job opportunities, tips and career advice are posted. This is a real-time network for job placement. You will also receive an interview and resume guide to help build your TEFL resume.
There are many jobs available for TTC graduates around the world, from Spain to Turkey to South Korea.
120-hour TEFL costs $199 and the 60-hour foundation TEFL certificate is $279. Onsite pricing varies greatly and will depend on program choice.
Course costs range from $1,595 to $2,495 for an onsite TEFL certification course. The course offered in Pattaya, Thailand costs $1,525 ( accommodation not included). An online certification costs $1,395.
Course costs $1,495. Those who know anywhere from 3-6 weeks in advance that they want to attend the course can save up to $200 by signing up early.
Paid internship: £1,095 ($1,365) TEFL: £1,140 ($1,435).
The 120-hour course costs $349
Prices range from $159-$249, depending on the course you choose.
This is especially difficult when we are talking about both working and playing hard. That being said, I can finally say I have found my balance working as a teacher abroad in Thailand.
On my breaks, I am able to fly down south to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world or explore mountainous terrain in the north of Thailand.
While the pay might seem insufficient at first, the cost of living in Thailand is so low that I have been able to live more comfortably here than I have in my entire life. The benefits are reaped by more than just the potential teachers too, however.
International studies measuring English proficiency show that Thailand falls at 62 out of 70 countries ranked.
The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) also showed that other Asian countries are doing well in comparison to Thailand, ranking it the third worst Asian country in English proficiency.
Tourism is also one of the biggest job industries in Thailand, with an estimated 8,140,000 jobs in 2025 in tourism according to the Authority on World Travel & Tourism.
So now that you know you are needed, let’s talk about how it is we get there.
TEFL stands for teaching English as a Foreign Language, and TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. They are, essentially, one of the same, as both certifications are interchangeable when trying to find a job overseas.
Both certifications give you the qualification required to teach abroad in a classroom where you may be the only person able to speak proper English for miles.
Regardless of your degree (or lack thereof, as many schools don’t actually require one) getting your certification will help you take on a classroom abroad with confidence.
Never has it been so easy to travel for work than it is with having a TEFL or TESOL certification.
While you may have completed your certification in Thailand, that doesn’t mean you are confined to this country’s borders. Oftentimes, those who teach in Thailand will jet off to other Asian countries after they feel as though their work here is done.
Schools are always in need of native English speakers.
Back home, you may face a job market that has left you to the confines of your parents’ basement, flipping burgers or bussing tables until you can really utilize your degree.
Having a TEFL certification opens up so many opportunities for work, from having your own classroom to private tutoring. A job is never hard to come by, especially in Thailand, for those who have a TEFL certification.
If you get your TEFL certification onsite, you will meet many new people who are like-minded in that they all want to teach abroad.
I have made some of my best friends through my course, and these people will most likely become your support group as you tackle working and living abroad.
What better way to make your resume stand out other than by having some international work experience?
Some may raise their eyebrows at you when you decide to teach abroad with a degree that doesn't’ necessarily correlate with education, but working abroad is one bullet point on your resume that will make you stand out.
If you have a degree in biology, you can teach science in Thailand. Have a passion for math (although this seems highly unlikely to be true of anyone)? You can teach algebra!
While you may have initially traveled to Thailand with the intentions of teaching English only, many schools are in need of different subjects taught in English.
Again, this will look great on a resume, and you find yourself learning more about a specific subject when you need to create lesson plans about it.
I’ll be the first to say that I was never a fan of children.
I didn't know, however, how much I would fall in love with my students while teaching abroad. At the end of my first term, I had an overwhelming amount of students crying and taking one too many selfies with me on the last day of school. It doesn’t get more rewarding than that.
While teaching abroad, you will slowly learn the language of the country you find yourself residing in as well as learning so much about different cultures and communities.
So, now you know what the potential a TEFL holds, you'll need to choose a course. There's a ton of them out there, which can be overwhelming. But don't worry, I'll guide you through the process.
Let's start with some key considerations when choosing your course.
As someone who has gone through blood poisoning, a stolen passport and many other unfortunate events, I can not stress how important it is to have some support after you arrive in Thailand. The language barrier is hard enough without having to explain to the police that your passport is gone.
I highly recommend picking a course that is located in Thailand already. It gives you the chance to slowly immerse yourself into the culture before being thrown into a classroom of your own.
You can also narrow down your search to where it is in Thailand you would prefer to go.
3. Finding a job in Thailand is simple, if you know how to do it. Having to reach out to schools independently can be difficult, because of the language barrier and for the simple fact that you probably don’t know what you’re doing yet.
Courses that offer job support when you first start out as well as throughout your time in Thailand come in handy, especially if you decide to change schools at some point.
While I think most people who come to Thailand fall in love with the country, many find themselves traveling to Japan, Myanmar and other neighboring countries after deciding it wasn’t for them.
Don’t find out when it’s already too late that your certification can be used in only one country.
Many companies will act as the middleman, getting you set up to take the TESOL course abroad with yet another company. During my time getting my certification, some of my fellow soon-to-be teachers had paid over double of what I had for the same exact program.
Do your research to find the best priced company without lowering your standards on quality.
While many TEFL courses give you a general certification and you find a school teaching the grade of your choice, many certifications are tailored specifically for a certain age-group.
Do your research so you don’t enter Thailand thinking you’ll be teaching Kindergarten only to be in a classroom full of high schoolers.
A company’s website might blow you away, with it’s distracting colors and promises of riding elephants into the sunset while getting your certification. The quality of the program, however, could be seriously lacking, despite it’s flashy website.
Right, now we know what we are looking for in a course, let's find you the perfect one. Oh, but first, in true Thai style, let's take a selfie!
Picking a company to get your TEFL certification with is one of the biggest decisions you will have to make when deciding to teach abroad.
You shouldn’t worry about finding a certification, however, with so many out there to choose from, you need to make sure you find a reputable company that's a good fit with your requirements.
This company can and most likely will be the catalyst of your experience abroad, especially in the first couple of months. Picking the wrong company can complete affect your entire experience teaching abroad.
If you choose a program provider whose instructors are incompetent, you will find yourself struggling more with your students than they do with your disorganized lesson plans.
In order to avoid anymore stress than you have already taken on at this point, I’m here to help navigate the landscape by picking out the 6 most highly rated courses and comparing them based on a number of different factors, which should make your search much easier.
I'll cover the best course you can take in Thailand, and the best online course. By the way, if you can't be bothered to read on, just go back up the page and see my comparison table for a quick overview of each. Then click on the ‘Visit Site' buttons to do just that.
Let's get started:
If you want to study in Thailand, SEE TEFL is number 1, and for good reason. Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, hopeful teachers can check off location as being one of the highlights this program has to offer.
If you're looking for a culturally-immersive learning experience in Thailand, with a guaranteed job at the end of the course, this is it!
SEE offers a 4-week TEFL course, as well as a paid internship. The internship still contains the TEFL qualification, but with the remaining time spent at a paid placement that lasts 5 months.
The 4-week TEFL program accepts any nationality, so long as you are competent with the English language: the recommended level is an IELTS 6.5 equivalency.
In order to be eligible for the internship you to be a native English speaker and be comfortable using Microsoft Word or OpenOffice.
They also list that participants must be adaptable to unpredictable situations and be friendly and flexible.
Aside from these requirements, I can’t emphasize enough how being ready for anything and being patient when things go wrong is one of the most important requirements for anyone looking to teach abroad.
Regardless of the program you choose, things are oftentimes bound to not go as planned at some point.
There are no online certifications available. The course is run solely from the Chiang Mai location.
Graduates are guaranteed to get a job shortly after completing their 4-week course, which is great because course participates will already have been a month without working and could know doubt do with the money.
The TEFL course costs $1,595. However, if you sign up between three and six weeks in advance you can get up to $200 off the standard price. The paid internship costs $1,295.
TEFL Heaven presents a great alternative to SEE TEFL if you'd rather study on an island than up in Chiang Mai.
TEFL training takes place over three weeks in a tropical Thai location (Koh Chang, Krabi, Koh Samui, Phuket, or Koh Phangan), after which TEFL Heaven will place participants in schools around Thailand based on individual preferences.
The Paid Internships Thailand program is 3 weeks TEFL training on a paradise island and then a paid teaching job which would be anywhere in Thailand for 5 months or more.
There is also a TEFL certification option for those without a degree, but the job guarantee is not given; though assistance is provided.
Only native English speakers with a degree can apply for the Paid Internship program.
Native English speakers with a Bachelor’s degree are guaranteed a paid job in Thailand after the TEFL certification.
The Paid Internships Thailand fees are 1,095 GBP (1,365 USD). You'll receive a 120 hr TEFL certificate, a guaranteed teaching job, full time assistance, visa help and accommodation for the 3 week TEFL certification period.
The TEFL Certification course is priced at 1,140 GBP (1,435 USD). You'll receive 4 weeks of TEFL training, guaranteed job placement, preparation assistance and visa help.
i-to-i, who have recently merged with LoveTEFL, offer courses in London, Birmingham, Sydney, the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America and Australia, as well as online courses and paid internships in Thailand, Vietnam and China.
i-i are popular because of the flexibility to study either in class or online, and because they have established a respected reputation among teflers and education institutions worldwide.
There are both online and classroom learning TEFL opportunities and certifications available, both domestically and abroad.
You don’t need any previous qualifications to take an i-to-i TEFL course, though they do ask that non-native speakers have a good understanding of the English language with a Cambridge CAE qualification or equivalent.
There are two online TEFL certificates available: A professional 120-hour certificate, and a 60-hour foundation TEFL certificate. There's also a big discount on at the moment!
Job prospects depend on both the course you decide to take as well as where you take the course, but you won't be without work having taken one of the i-to-i courses.
They have hundreds of employers across 23 countries providing the top salaries, perks and progression opportunities. You can search for jobs by region on their website.
The 140-hour TEFL certificate is currently £249 and the 120-hour TEFL certificate is £149. Prices for paid internships start at £895.
The International TEFL Academy is on a par with i-i and offer similar opportunities. You can get your certification from many different places, including the U.S., Europe, Central and South America, and Asia.
They also offer a great on-site training opportunity for those wanting to teach in Thailand.
You will first jet off to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where you'll spend three weeks before going to Pattaya, Thailand, for the last week of your training and the presentation of your certification at this seaside location.
Both international TEFL certification classes and an online class are offered.
You don't need a degree or any other qualification to do the course, but the company does advise you that age limits to teach English abroad vary by country and school, as does whether or not you need hold a degree.
For the most part, however, neither will stop you from getting a job in Thailand.
An online, 11-week long, 170-hour TEFL and TESOL certification are available.
Students and graduates are offered lifetime job assistance, including showing participants how to contact schools directly, network properly and utilize things like job boards.
Tuition ranges from $1,595 to $2,495 for an onsite TEFL certification course. The course offered in Pattaya, Thailand costs $1,525 (accommodation not included). An online certification costs $1,395.
TEFL Pros is 100% online. It is a comprehensive, state of the art course designed for the digital generation. Compatible on all mobile devices, tablets and computers, it is well-suited to those who want to study anywhere, anytime.
What's more, they also offer a 2-day introductory course – FREE.
So you get to test-run the course before you fully commit to buying. That's pretty cool and not something any of the other online companies are doing.
>> Click here to sign up for the free course
TEFL Pros offers a a 120-hour TEFL online course, but with some significant differences to others of the same length, which is reflected in the price.
10 modules, 32 units, 17 hours of classroom observation video, worksheets, trainer chat videos and much more. I have to say, I was very impressed with the content in course.
I have not seen an online course that so closely rivals and in many cases outperforms an in-class course
Students do not need to be native English speakers to enroll in TEFL Pros but must have a high level of proficiency.
Check out the site for recommendations how good your English should be to take the course.
Graduates will receive a physical certificate from both TEFLPros and ACCREDITAT. I really dig the fact that they post you out a physical certificate and don't just email one for you to print out.
Oh, and course enrollees also receive an interview and resume guide, which will help build your TEFL resume.
TEFLPros has what they call a TEFLTribe Facebook group. In this group you'll find job opportunities and tips, and advice from the course leaders, Jos and Whitney – who both have many years of experience teaching overseas.
The TEFLPros community can also help each other by posting tips and advice. The idea behind this FB group is that it creates a larger, real-time network for job placement.
The 120-hour course costs $349, which is great value. The course delivers the quality of an in-person course with the flexibility of a deeply immersive digital learning experience.
For this price, you receive training by two highly-experienced TEFL teachers, both of whom teach English to business students, private companies, etc.
All of the courses are offered online only, therefore you can complete your TESOL from anywhere in the world.
TEFL Training College offers four courses, including the preliminary course, the certificate course, the diploma course and the advanced diploma of education studies in TESOL.
Each course differs depending on whether you would like an introductory course or something more professional.
You do not need to be a native English speaker, however, the website does state that you must have a good standard of English, such as reading and writing at a higher level.
All of the courses offered are online only.
There are many jobs available for TEFL Training College around the world, from Spain to Turkey and even South Korea.
Prices range from $159-$249, depending on the course you choose.
That's it! Pick your course, get your certificate and the world's your oyster.
And don't forget, when you've finished your course, you can find lots of teaching jobs in Thailand right here on the TTL Job Board.
By Kelly Iverson – Seasoned TEFL teacher & travel buff.
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