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(Don’t want to read all this? Check out our accreditation video)
Trying to navigate TEFL’s accreditation minefield? Confused about what a TEFL accreditation is? It’s complicated and as a consumer you deserve a straight answer. I’ve tried to do that below.
I’d like to tell you a few misconceptions about the TEFL industry, TEFL certificates and accreditation for them.
There are really only three types of TEFL certificates – CELTA, CertTESOL and TEFL. TEFL and TESOL are really the same thing, just a different name. Each stands for teaching English as a Foreign Language and Teaching English as a Second or Other Language.
It’s important to understand the difference between each and how they work in terms of finding employment. At the end of the day, the person who matters the most regarding accreditation is the future employer!
The CELTA is accredited by the University of Cambridge. The Trinity TESOL (also called CertTESOL) is accredited by the Trinity College London.
Both of these are excellent courses for more career-minded people who want to have a long career in teaching English. The most prestigious employers usually ask for these types of certificates.
CELTA and CertTESOL are relatively expensive and are more intensive (approx. $2000+ without accommodation) and can last up to 6 weeks long. Don’t forget that both of these certificates are still introductory certificates and actual teaching experience still outweighs both.
TEFL OR TESOL CERTIFICATES
There is no overriding accrediting body for TEFL, so because of this, many TEFL providers try to put themselves in the same market as CELTA and CertTESOL by finding a smaller accreditation provider, or pretending they are accredited when they actually are not!
Some TEFL certificates state they are accredited by certain accrediting bodies, but when you look closely, those accrediting bodies do not have any accrediting programs specifically geared towards TEFL or have any TEFL experts at all and so the accreditation process becomes a bit more like quality control than accreditation. Some TEFL courses will actually accredit themselves through other websites and organizations that they own.
TEFL certificates are a lot cheaper, which means they bring a lot more teachers into the industry which is a good thing They can be of varying degrees of quality, but the people who decide how good the training is, are the candidates who do the TEFL and the employers who ask the candidates at interview what the training entailed! The TEFL is basically for people who want to try out the industry or want an affordable way to teach and travel, but having a TEFL certificate is no less valid or valuable to most future employers than the more expensive CELTA or CertTESOL!
The reason for this is that employers know that in order to get the more expensive certificates there has to be a significant financial investment from the candidate and less people make this commitment than those who go for TEFL. TEFL is a good way into the industry for many reasons, but financially it opens doors to a realm of people who would not be able to afford it otherwise.
TEEJR’s ACCREDITATION POLICY
Where Teejr’s Online TEFL course is placed in the market is not in line with CELTA and CertTESOL, it’s more in line with affordable, non-accredited certificates.
We decided we didn’t need the standalone accrediting bodies as they were more like quality control rather than real recognized accreditation like Cambridge University or Trinity College London. Accreditation is also used as a marketing tactic between courses. Each course finding new partners to accredit them. However all this costs money and the extra money spent is then passed on to you!
For Teejr’s credibility to those considering our courses, lots of testimonials have been put up and you can decide for yourself whether Teejr’s is a quality course or not.
Taking away this accreditation does not make your TEFL invalid or less valid, because employers should be asking you about the training and your experiences in order to pass you at interview. Have you ever had anyone ask you if the university your degree was from was accredited?
If they are prestigious employers who pay a lot, they will normally not accept TEFL anyway, no matter who it is accredited by, because they cannot tell the quality of the course due to the fact that there is no overarching body for TEFL.
To sum up, if you want a career in teaching English and you know you do, go and get a CELTA or CertTESOL. They are great courses! If you want to try it out first and don’t want as big of an investment, go for another great course – Teejr’s Online TEFL course!