Certification choices: the UniTEFL certificate and TEFL International (TI) certification are equally useful for securing good jobs in Thailand and Southeast Asia, however the TI certificate carriesmore weight internationally, being widely known and offered in 20 countries at 30 centres worldwide. As an alumni you get lifetime access to this network for help in seeking jobs in various countries. Both meet minimum requirements for the full 120 hour TEFL/TESOL.
Correct accreditation matters to us immensely, the TEFL industry is noted for lacking credibility among the many courses on offer. The 120-hour course we present is fully accredited by TEFL International (TI), one of the largest organisations in the ESL business. TI provides independent review and moderation of our course content along with pre and post monitoring. This curriculum meets international standards which require a minimum of 120 hours, six observed teaching practicums, basic teaching fundamentals, methodology, grammar, language awareness and testing assessment. We are the only TEFL course in Chiang Mai, apart from CELTA, correctly accredited by an international TEFL organisation, making your certificate valid in other countries should you choose to teach elsewhere.
TEFL International has established itself over the past eight years as a widely recognised qualification accepted in many schools worldwide. It presently consists of a network of 30 centres in 20 countries on five continents. Its curriculum is validated and moderated by Fort Hays State University in the United States. They award 3 (transferable) credits towards their TESOL Masters program, making the TEFL International curriculum the only such globally available TEFL certificate in the world with university credits.
TEFL course moderator
David Hopkins – TEFL International Director of Academics
David has held executive roles in TEFL training for more than 30 years, working on various language programs in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia and holds Master’s degrees in both TEFL and Intercultural Management from the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. He has been a program director on-and-off with TEFL International for the past 10 years, interspersed with a stint as course director at the AUA Language centre in Bangkok. He conducts monthly reviews of each of the course activities in the 30 TI centres around the world and continues to work on improving training standards of the organisation, with his experience and insightful knowledge.
What exactly is TEFL?
TEFL is a widely used acronym for teaching English as a foreign language, and a number of one-month courses are offered around the world to train teachers. TEFL is NOT a central organisation that monitors and validates qualifications. There is no such thing in fact, only several rival accreditation organisations including TEFL International (TI), Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and Trinity, each boasting their own individual validity. These certificates offer some assurance of quality and international recognition but ultimately the effectiveness of the courses and success of the students depends on each individual establishment. It’s advisable that you research TEFL accreditations fully.
UniTEFL trainers and staff are members of the following organisations:
IATEFL: International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
TESOL, Inc: located in the United States of America- Teachers of English to Speakers of other languages, Inc. A Global Education Association.
Thailand TESOL: (ThaiTESOL), a professional non-profit and non-political organization under the patronage of H.R.H. Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra.
UniTEFL’s certificate is accredited by:
TEFL International: a non-profit worldwide TEFL accreditation organisation, with an affiliated network of TEFL training centres in 21 countries.
We facilitate tertiary level education programs on behalf of:
Siam Technology College (STC): Siam Technology College is a private education institution under the Office of the Higher Education Commission. Siam Technology College opened bachelor degree in technology and business administration that supports all of the courses.