UniTEFL – FAQs
Here is a list of the questions that are the most common to students looking to Study TEFL. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact our friendly TEFL team.
There is no need to speak any language other than English while teaching in the classroom.
The job market in Thailand, Asia and many places in the world is still excellent. The UniTEFL program has a Job Coordinator to assist you by taking advantage of UniTEFL’s vast network of contacts with national and international educational institutions.
The UniTEFL Certification is a four week programme with 120 hours of instruction complete with six, 50 minutes classroom practicum to gain some hands-on experience. We are accredited by Tefl International which maintains strict monitoring of course content and tutoring for more than 30 locations worldwide.
Our particular course was first developed at one of Thailand’s leading universities in 2004, training more than 1000 teachers to date. Chiang Mai also provides one of the cheapest and most comfortable places in which to study.
You don’t need a degree to take our program but you must be capable of degree level education and our courses demand a commitment to your studies. While a degree is not required to teach English, many countries will not grant a work permit if you don’t have one. However, with a TEFL Certificate it is certainly possible to find work without a degree but it is advisable to check a country’s legal requirements in advance of arriving.
Some countries such as Japan and Korea do require you have a degree for visa reasons. There are also many that don’t – like China, Ecuador or Indonesia! And remember, with your TEFL International certificate you will able to access your LIFE-TIME JOB PLACEMENT assistance in any country where TEFL International has a center!
Yes it is. The TEFL industry has no centralised body to recognise certification or monitor standards and is noted for the many TEFL courses on offer that lack legitimacy. While it’s ultimately the course, trainers and instruction that turn you into a good teacher, the certification you get will determine how easily you can find work internationally. TEFL graduates qualified with a certificate from CELTA, TEFL International or Trinity are much more likely to get hired since these organisations have an established international reputation. TEFL courses offered in the name of a local university often carry little weight in the worldwide TEFL industry.
Yes! The TEFL International Certificate carries 3 credits towards an MA TESOL at Fort Hays University in the US, and may be transferable. It’s the only known certificate in the world that earns credits towards a degree.
CELTA, TEFL and TESOL are all acronyms used in teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). TEFL refers generally to the industry, but is also widely used to describe a standard course qualification (e.g. a TEFL Certificate). TESOL means Teaching English to Students of Other Languages, and is similarly used. CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) on the other hand, is a specific, well established, course monitored by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).