ONLINE TESOL/TEFL Certificate Review


ONLINE TESOL/TEFL Certificate Review

Qkids currently accepts TESOL/TEFL certificates based on verification documents that demonstrate “proof of completion”. Qkids is unable to advise further on the selection of a program, but can confirm that no restrictions currently apply.  Qkids highly advises that all teachers complete a certificate program. Qkids is unable to advise independent contractors on which certificate to select, given the evolving standards promulgated by the PRC and adopted by the online English industry.

The resource below was commissioned to support independent contractors in assessing the online market for certificates, as well as the credibility of different popular online programs. Qkids does not endorse any of the companies listed here and offers this review to support teachers in their research.

The certificate programs listed on the table have third party accreditation status. Below the table are three popular programs that are currently accepted by Qkids, which do not yet have accreditation from a third party institution. Appropriate accreditation of certificate programs may be required at some later point.

Name of Certificate

Location (Website and/or HQ)

Cost of Certificate

Time Commitment

Description of Program Work
Accreditation Listed

TEFL
BridgeTEFL
Denver, CO, USA
$420 – 1295
100 – 150 hours
· Teacher & learner roles
· Language learning methodology
· Classroom management (requires written assignment)
· Language systems, skills, & history
· Acquiring a new language
· Testing for the EFL/ESL student (requires written assignment)
· Culture and the EFL/ESL classroom
· Teaching the receptive skills: reading and listening
· Teaching productive skills: speaking and writing
· Teaching vocabulary, grammar, & phonology
· Planning lessons
· Using visual aids, technology, activities and games
Accredited by ACCET, recognized by US Dept of Education
TEFL
OISE University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
$995 – 1271

100 – 150 hours
· Lesson planning
· Teaching methods
· Principles of grammar
· Second language acquisition theory
· Develop a portfolio of student-centered activities and helpful techniques for teaching abroad.
Internationally recognized, top 20 university. Certificate issued by University of Toronto Faculty of Education (OISE)
TESOL
Anaheim University
Anaheim, CA, USA
$900
135 hours
· Link practice to theory and research through instruction in:
Exploring Skills
Exploring Language
Supporting the Learning Process
· Learn critical areas of practical language teaching techniques, strategies, and tips.
Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) & US Department of Education
TESOL
Arizona State University via Coursera.org
First seven days free, followed by $49/month until course completion
150 hours
2-Part Specialization:
Part 1:
· Principles of language acquisition & techniques
· Foreign language theories, second language acquisition, and pedagogical implications
· Final Capstone Project: apply the skills you learned by designing a lesson plan which includes learning outcomes, assessments, materials, classroom management techniques and learning activities
Part 2:
· Design and implementation of reading and writing, listening and speaking, and technology enriched activities, as well as a teaching practicum
· Final Capstone Project: apply the skills you learned by demonstrating your ability to teach through video recordings and by reflecting on your own and others’ teaching
Upon completion of both specializations, you will submit your work for expert review to receive your ASU 150-hour TESOL Certificate
ASU ranks in top 25 US universities;
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
TEFL
i-to-i
Leeds, UK
$199 -239.70
120 – 300 hours
· The theory of TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language)
· Planning effective lessons
· Classroom management
· Practical teaching tips
· Teaching vocabulary and grammar
· Creating a great learning environment
ODLQC accredited & Ofqual regulated
TESOL
http://www.tesol.org/attend-and-learn/certificate-leadership-programs

TESOL International Association
Alexandria, VA, USA
$2,170
140 hours
· 60-hour (6-week) online foundation course on the fundamentals of TESOL
· 60-hour (6-week) online specialty course on teaching adults or young learners (choose one)
· 20-hour teaching practicum 
10 hours of in-person or virtual classroom observation
10 hours of in-person or virtual practice teaching
Submission of two 15-minute videos
Accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
TEFL
The TEFL Academy Brighton, UK
$195
168 hours
· Lesson planning
· Teaching English vocabulary, grammar & pronunciation
· Teaching receptive skills: listening and reading
· Teaching productive skills: speaking and writing
· Principles of teaching English as a foreign language
· Materials and aids for teaching English
· Classroom management strategies
· Using resources effectively
· Teaching English as a foreign language to young learners
· Case study, CV and cover letter, job sites and resources
Accredited by TQUK & regulated by Ofqual
TEFL
London Teacher Training College London, UK
$447
168 hours
· Principles of teaching English as a foreign language
· Understanding & teaching English grammar
· Teaching English vocabulary
· Teaching productive skills: speaking & writing
· Teaching receptive skills: listening & reading
· Materials & aids for teaching English
· Teaching pronunciation of English
· Lesson planning
· Teaching English as a foreign language to young learners
· Using resources effectively
Accredited by TQUK & Ofqual regulated
TEFL
International TEFL Academy
Chicago, Illinois, USA
$1,395
170 hours
· 150 hours academic coursework which covers:
Creating lesson plans
Teaching the four components of language learning: listening, speaking, reading & writing
Developing an understanding of different teaching methods
· 20 hours of practicum (live practice teaching)
· Optional 30-hour specialization
Accredited by TQUK & Ofqual regulated
TEFL
learnTEFL
Toronto, Canada
London, UK
$215 - 285 ($39 on Groupon)
120 – 150 hours
· TEFL world
· Teacher & learner roles
· Pronunciation
· Teaching grammar, vocabulary, receptive, and productive skills
· Lesson planning
· Classroom management
· Testing & assessment
Accredited by International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC)

Please be reminded that this resource was commissioned to support independent contractors in researching the online teacher certificate market.
What follows is a list of Honorable Mentions from the Independent Contractor (teacher) who compiled this list. Qkids does not endorse any of the companies listed in this review.

Global Language Training
· $149 – 259 (currently $39 on Groupon)
· 120 – 150 hours
· ACTDEC Accreditation
Level 3 Cert.(ES)TESOL (120hrs) Associate Teacher of ESOL
Level 4 Cert.(ES)TESOL (150hrs) Associate Teacher of ESOL
OnTESOL
· $650 Canadian (~$469 USD)
· 120 hours
· ACTDEC Accreditation
Level 3 Cert.(ES)TESOL (120hrs) Associate Teacher of ESOL
· TESL Canada Accreditation
Level 1
Global English
· $362-650
· 120-300 hours
· ACTDEC Accreditation
 Level 3 Cert.(ES)TESOL (120hrs) Associate Teacher of ESOL
Level 4 Cert.(ES)TESOL (150hrs) Associate Teacher of ESOL
LinguaEdge
· $249-349
· 100-150 hours
· ACTDEC Accreditation
Level 4 Cert.(ES)TESOL (150hrs) Associate Teacher of ESOL
Understanding the Difference Between TEFL, TESL, & TESOL
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) programs are generally aimed at teaching English in countries where English is not widely spoken, whereas TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) programs are aimed at teaching English in countries where English is more central to daily life. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programs provide a curriculum that can be adapted to both needs.
Deciding Which Program is Right for You
Because English is not widely spoken in China, a TEFL or TESOL program would be the best option to pursue. There are certificates and degree programs ranging from bachelor’s degrees all the way to doctoral degrees. A certificate is the quickest and most cost-effective option to become a qualified teacher of English as a foreign language.
Accreditation
While most programs claim to be accredited, not all accreditations are recognized by industry leaders. Usually a one-hundred-hour minimum is expected, with at least twenty hours of practicum. To check whether a program holds up to industry standards, use the following guide issued by the TESOL International Association: http://www.tesol.org/enhance-your-career/career-development/beginning-your-career/tips-for-evaluating-independent-certificate-programs
Keep in mind that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is (e.g. a $499 course listed on Groupon for under $20, or a 120-hour program that you can finish in a few hours). A legitimate accreditation agency will also provide a list of accredited institutions on its website and will be referenced by other institutions. Your best bet is to attend a program provided by a college or university accredited through CHEA, the U.S. Department of Education, or AUCC.
Additional Resources
TESOL International Association (TESOL): http://www.tesol.org/
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL): https://www.actfl.org/
International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL): https://www.iatefl.org/



Below are three popular certificates that are currently accepted by Qkids, which do not yet have accreditation from a third party institution. Appropriate accreditation of certificate programs may be required at some later point. As mentioned above, Qkids currently accepts all certificates provided that verification documents of “proof of completion” are submitted; Qkids is unable to recommend or guarantee any certificate.

International Open Academy
· $199 ($19 on Groupon)
· 120 hours
· Description:
How to motivate students who are new to the English language.
How to use a student’s primary language to teach them a new language.
The basics of linguistics, which will help bridge the gap between the students’ primary language and English.
All the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills you will need to impart in your students.
Basic pedagogical techniques
Classroom management strategies
How to get hired abroad
· Accredited by International Council for Online Educational Standards (ICOES)
Their “quality standards” are general and vague:
No requirement to abide by TESOL industry standards
The Professional Development Institute
· Free
· Website content has grammar mistakes
· Claims accreditation by OTTSA, but not listed on OTTSA member directory
Fullcircle
· $224 – 299 ($39 on Groupon)
· 120 – 160 hours
· Accredited by ACCREDITAT
Standards are general and vague:

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