UNI-Prep’s online TESOL Certificate (Teacher of English to Students of Other Languages) and online TESOL Diploma programs have been developed for individuals who are interested in teaching English to students around the world. Both programs fulfill and exceed the international standard of 120-hours required to teach conversational English. Getting an online TESOL Certificate or Diploma is a must for anyone looking to become an English teacher and teach internationally. UNI-Prep’s online TESOL programs offer flexibility that traditional in-class courses cannot afford, allowing students to study from any location and according to their own schedule and pace. This credential is a requirement of ESL/EFL teachers for most teaching positions, irrespective of what country you are looking to teach in. While some positions may have other educational or work experience requirements, they will all seek some type of teaching credential as a minimum.
Many students are confused regarding the various acronyms that exist for teaching credentials. Amongst the many that exist are TESOL, TEFL and CELTA/DELTA acronyms. There are few differences between these programs, with the main difference being the country in which they are used. TESOL is primarily used in Canada, while TEFL is used in America. CELTA/DELTA are more commonly used in the UK. So these qualifications are fairly interchangeable, although some employers may have preference for one credential over another.
UNI-Prep offers both an online TESOL Certificate program and an online TESOL Diploma program. The TESOL Certificate program is a 120-hour program, while the Diploma program is a 250-hour program that is more extensive and requires more written assessments from students. The TESOL Certificate is recommended for someone with little-to-no teaching experience who wants to breaking into the field of teaching, and perhaps travel and teach for a year or two. The TESOL Diploma program is more ideal for someone who is planning to pursue a career in teaching. The Diploma is also more likely to make you eligible for more competitive jobs and will give you more leverage when negotiating your salary with your employer. This can translate both to a better job and a higher salary. Although it is more costly, the TESOL Diploma program is a better investment in the long run, while a TESOL Certificate is a great starting point. You can always upgrade your TESOL Certificate to a TESOL Diploma and since you will have already done a huge chunk of the work, it will become much faster and easier to earn your Diploma.
Becoming an English teacher is not only a great career, it is also your passport to exploring the world and immersing yourself in different cultures, while sharing your own culture with your students. ESL teachers are a special brand of teachers; they must be much more adventurous and adaptive, both with their teaching styles and personality. It is both a thrill and a challenge, but it usually leads to some of the most exciting and extraordinary experiences of your life. That’s why UNI-Prep’s TESOL courses make sure to prepare you for all of the different aspects to becoming an ESL teacher. We also provide our graduates with assistance finding a job and helping them to plan for their new lifestyle. Most importantly, we give our graduates the tools and resources to become self-sufficient in their future career and to be able to know exactly where to go for continued professional development and support. To begin your journey on this exciting career path, sign up for UNI-Prep’s online TESOL Certificate or Diploma program below.