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  • 1.  What's best for TESL certification

    Posted 07-02-2019 04:22
    I want to get a TESL certification.
    I found this link:

    The Top 15 Online TEFL Certificate Programs for 2019

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    The Top 15 Online TEFL Certificate Programs for 2019
    For decades, people have traveled the world, classroom by classroom, teaching English to students of all ages. To take on this education adventure abroad, one must earn a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), TESL (Teaching English in native speaking English countries to speakers of foreign languages) or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages certificates.
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    It's highest recommended site is also one of the least expensive:

    There are 4 courses available - 40, 60, 80, & 120 hours.
    40 hours - basic
    60 hours - standard
    80 hours - advanced
    120 hours - professional

    I have a BA, and I just want to teach English online. 

    I would like your recommendation as to which of these courses is 'enough'.
    Thank you,
    Please email me with your advice at

    Akiva Lane

  • 2.  RE: What's best for TESL certification

    Posted 08-02-2019 10:43
    I would ask your (potential) future employer. Different companies have different standards.

    Kitty Purgason
    Biola University

  • 3.  RE: What's best for TESL certification

    Posted 10-02-2019 12:29
    My best advice is to think about what your end goal is.  If you are 110% sure you just want to teach English online, that's one thig, but what if you really love it and want to become certified?  You would want to be sure that whatever you are doing now will apply to your future.

    I would suggest looking at what full certification as an ESL/TEFL/TESOL teacher looks like where you want to teach and then at all of the course options available to you both online and at a university or center.  Compare that to your long term goals.

    If you just want to get a cert so you can teach and travel, that's one goal (and one payscale). If you would eventually be able to work in a university preparing teachers to teach TEFL/ESOL classes that is a different goal (and payscale.)

    I "backed into" ESL/ESOL decades ago in a small rural community adult ed program.  I now teach in a K-12 school district and adjunct at night at a local university.  I LOVE the field, but know the criteria for the various positions varies greatly.


    Lynore M. Carnuccio
    Adjunct Instructor,
    University of Central OK
    The Language Company
    Edmond, OK