Due to the overwhelming response from people wanting more information on teaching abroad, I wanted to get more information for readers. But first let me clarify. I do not teach English. I work as a special education teacher in an international school. I had a teaching certificate and experience in the classroom before looking overseas for a job. If you are fully certified and looking to work in an international school click here for info on agencies that can help you. If you have a bachelor or masters degree, but no teaching certificate or experience and would like to get one in order to teach at an international school abroad, click here for information on how you can become certified.

But what if you don’t have a bachelor or masters degree? This post is specifically for those wishing to teach overseas as soon as possible and who are not trained teachers.

What is TEFL?

TEFL is an acronym for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. The minimum of a 120 hours certificate is required for English as a second language teaching jobs abroad. This qualification concentrates on learning the skills needed to teach English in a country where English is not the native language. Any program that offers this certificate should help you gain confidence in teaching and prepare you to have your own classroom while completing the certification course. For most positions you simply need to be a native English speaker and be at least 18 years old. Of course having applicable experience teaching helps, but it’s not mandatory for many jobs.

If you want to teach English as a foreign language, this can be done rather quickly. It is possible to become a certified teaching English as a foreign language instructor quickly, affordably and conveniently online. Of all the TEFL courses I found online, My TEFL was the highest rated. The reviews also highlighted the job placement help, which is pretty important.

For a discount with My TEFL, use the code MAYA35.

Why Teach English As a Foreign Language?

  • TEFL will give you the opportunity to teach in the very near future, without having to obtain a bachelors or masters degree first.
  • While you may not feel comfortable teaching in a subject specific area, if you’ve grown up in the United States or an English speaking country, you are an expert at speaking English.
  • TEFL contracts are often shorter and can give you more flexibility if you’re testing the waters in a particular country or want to travel more.
  • Before investing tens of thousands of dollars on a teaching degree, you can teach English as a foreign language first to make sure you actually like teaching.

Update: Give away closed. Thanks so much to everyone who participated and congratulations to our winner, Tempestt!