TESOL Certification Courses

Browse Programs

TESOL, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, is a blanket term for both the TEFL and TESL.

Although many different schools offer TESOL certification courses, the main accreditation body is called Trinity TESOL and they run certification courses that help teachers in every stage of their career. Trinity's teaching qualifications are accepted by the British Council as well as many English learning centers worldwide.

From teaching young learners to getting a master's in TESOL, a TESOL certification course could help you take the next step in teaching English as a foreign language abroad or at home.

There are several different types of TESOL courses abroad. Getting a TESOL certification means you'll be qualified to teach all over the world. This opens the door for exciting new opportunities abroad. These courses are offered in many different countries, including Argentina, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Russia -- just to name a few -- so you can start your journey abroad while you're getting certified.


The Trinity CertTESOL is an initial teaching qualification for teachers looking to start their first job. Full-time and part-time trainees will complete five units with a minimum of 130 hours in teaching skills, language awareness and skills, learner profile, materials assignment, and unknown language.

This is the most basic certificate and the one you'll likely start with to get all the fundamentals down. The following certificates are like "add-ons" that will help you specialize.


The Teaching Young Learners Extension Certificate is an in-service qualification designed for teachers of 7-16-year-old students. Trainees get to experience workshops and tutorials, assisted lesson planning, and teaching observations.


This qualification is for experienced teachers who want to take the next step in their careers, focusing on individual professional development and personal research interests. Trinity DipTESOL carries credits for UK Level 7 MA degrees and is best for teachers who want a highly personalized approach.


The Certificate in International Business English Training is a specialized certificate for those interested in planning and teaching business English training.


The Certificate in Teaching Languages with Technology is designed for teachers looking to improve their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills.


The Diploma in English Language Teaching Management is a professional development qualification for language center managers, consisting of 10 face-to-face sessions that go over routine, tactical, and strategic management tracked through written assignments and a project.

The Best Time to Get a TESOL Certificate

The best time to go for your TESOL certification is before the hiring season in your desired teach abroad country starts. This will vary, but typically your TESOL school is a good resource for this.

Where are TESOL Courses Offered?

You can choose to take the course almost all over the world. English speaking countries, like the United Kingdom and Ireland, offer quite a few options, but you also have the choice to take the course in the destination you'd like to eventually teach in.

If Asia interests you, head to Japan, Hong Kong, or China to take your course. These countries have many jobs available every year, so you'll have a good chance of landing a job right away. If you live in a smaller city, the cost of living can be cheaper as well.

Many countries in Europe offer it, including Czech Republic, Italy, and Spain. This will give you a taste of Europe, and you can decide to head to different countries afterwards to teach.

What are the Visa Requirements?

The visa requirements will be different in every country, so check with a TESOL counselor or look on the government's website to see what it is where you're going. It's very important to pay attention to how long you're allowed in the country - you may have to exit and reenter the country in the middle of your course to avoid getting in trouble.

Is Housing Provided?

Typically, housing isn't included in the fees for TESOL courses.

After the course is complete, the program may be able to help you find a job through job openings they've heard of. Once you're experienced, they may even hire you themselves to help out with the course. Networking is very valuable, as it can lead to potential jobs in the future.

The average salary will depend on where you teach. In countries like Thailand, the pay is less, but the cost of living is also less. Teaching in the places like the UAE or Saudi Arabia can pay quite well, with an average salary up to $4,000 USD per month and a housing stipend in some cases.

Showing 19 Programs

INTESOL Nicaragua
The aim of the 4 Week TEFL course in Granada, Nicaragua is to thoroughly prepare you for teaching EFL in any overseas environ...
English for Asia
Our Trinity CertTESOL program is the largest and most popular Trinity course outside of Europe and we are the only dedicated...
Czech Republic
The Language House TEFL
The Language House TEFL comes highly recommended by graduates of their program and is the largest and most popular TEFL cours...
Czech Republic
Oxford TEFL
Oxford TEFL Prague is the only provider of the Trinity Cert.TESOL in the Czech republic. These 4-week intensive TEFL (TESOL)...
Active Language
Course Description: * 120 hour course * Available full time and part time * Intensive 5 week courses in July and August * Qua...
English for Asia
The Trinity Diploma in TESOL is an advanced qualification suitable for experienced teachers looking to work in an area or org...
With modern cities, a tropical climate, fascinating history, unique culture and world-renowned cuisine, there are plenty of r...
TEFL in Italy
We offer the ONLY Trinity TEFL course in Rome! Become a Trinity certified English teacher in one of the most beautiful cities...
The English Teacher Training College
A perfect post-grad or gap-year opportunity for those seeking to gain professional development and qualifications while makin...
Train the Teacher
Train the Teacher bring over ten years' experience delivering the Trinity CertTESOL in Hong Kong. In 2014, TTT - previously p...
South Korea
If you have a degree and are looking to get the holy trinity of gap year goals under your belt - traveling the world, experie...
TESOL at English Studio Dublin
This 4 week Trinity Cert TESOL course will give you all the skills you need to teach English. Who is this course for? Our Tri...
TESOL at English Studio Dublin
This 12 week part time TESOL course offers you a flexible way to gain the necessary skills you will need to start a new caree...
Come to Bali and take the Trinity CertTESOL course. We offer the intensive four-week course several times a year in a purpose...
Teaching in Thailand offers some incredible opportunities to push your own boundaries and explore an incredible corner of the...