TEFL Certificate Courses Comparison.
Top Selling 120 Hour Online Courses 

TEFL certificate courses, there are more of them than you can shake a stick at. In this article we are going to touch on and list critical information on popular courses.  We are not going to present TEFL certification information on what is termed  "taster courses" or a 50 or 60 teaching hour courses.

We are will compare online teaching courses that are 120 hours.  All courses listed here are purely online TEFL courses Why? Chiefly because of their increasingly popularity in conjunction with the relative and decreasing "punch" a minor practicum adds to the teaching certification.

  TEFL Certificate Courses and A Short Note About                         Hiring Agents and Recruiters

We have found that many hiring agents or recruiters don't  place so much emphasis on whether the certification carries a practicum and how long that practicum is. Practicum - meaning observed actual teaching. 

So in other words, a practicum that is 15 hours vs. a practicum of 6 hours in any given online course would rarely be the deciding factor in the actual hiring of the ESL instructor.

Instead other things such as the quality of writing in the  cover letter, and resume and its design or layout play a pretty big role in whether the hiring manager moves  your resume to the top of the pile.  Or in the case where the applicant is termed a non-native teacher and introduces him or herself or gives an interview in a  multi-media format in the application procedure hold more sway.

These "first impressions" steps, if you will, often carry a lot of weight.  Perhaps as much or more than a practicum and are often deciding factors in the actual hiring.


In our TEFL FAQ we noted that online TEFL certificates with a practicum may trump ones that don't have a practicum or "hands on, actual teaching experience section to them but any amount of actual in-the-trenches teaching experience is seen more favorably than only certification even if it includes a practicum. 

Some hiring agents also are aware that some of these practicums are "mock" practicums in that an applicants teaching performance is being judged by fellow applicants. Here is a list of recruiters for extra help.

In no way are we saying that teaching methodology in not important. It is a critical foundation. But instead we are focusing on those types of courses that combine a good or heavy dose of teaching methodology along with guidance from certified and battle tested instructor who form the personal back-bone of the many  TEFL certificate courses that are offered for sale in the market place.

We are also not going to touch the never ending debate about CELTA certification vs. TEFL etc. Why? Because it is a more or less apples to oranges comparison. Although we do touch on it on our TEFL FAQ page you can check that out as it answers quite a few more questions related to TEFL certificate courses and their role in getting hired to teach in Japan.

Another big thing to be aware of is that most online TEFL courses  often run sales throughout the year. Or give promotional codes to their affiliates who in turn pass them on to their visitors. So price swings will occur, so anything you see is simply the latest prices so keep in mind you'll need to check with the actual provider for the very latest prices. It would also be a good idea to subscribe to our RSS feed as we notify job hunters of any or all site changes to include fire sales on TEFL courses and so on.

Popular 120 Hour TEFL Certificate Courses

Mytefl 120 Hour Course
Whether you are a total beginner looking for a comprehensive TEFL program, or a veteran seeking to upgrade your classroom management skills, we have the right solution for you! description of pic

Core Information at a Glance

  • Length: 120 Hours
  • Eligible for Clair Grant for current JET Program participants
  • Completion Time: 4 to 8 Weeks 
  • Sale Price: $209.30 USD. Regularly $299.00 USD
  • Accreditation: IATEFL, OTTSA
  • Dedicated 24/7 Tutor and Tech Support Feedback 
  • Full Library Access, Intensive Grammar Units
  • Job Board for Course Graduates

description of pic i-to-i 120 Hour Online TEFL Course
English government regulated qualification in teaching that is recognized by employers across the world.

Core Information at a Glance

  • Length: 120 Hours
  • Completion Time: 90 Days. Extensions Available.
  • Sale Price: $122.15 USD . Regularly $349.00 USD
  • Accreditation: Ofqual
  • Dedicated Tutor Feedback 
  • Job Board for Course Graduates

Premier TEFL - 120 Hour Course
description of pic Expansive, educational and extremely engaging, Premier TEFL courses provide you with all the training you need to confidently teach English abroad.

Core Information at a Glance

  • Length: 120 Hours
  • Completion Time: 6-8 Weeks
  • Sale Price: $229 USD. Regularly $389 USD
  • AccreditationACDL & TQUK accredited
  • Personal Tutor Support and Job Hunting Advice

TEFL Institute of Ireland 120 Hour TEFL Course
Travel across 4 continents with our internationally
recognized & accredited TEFL training.
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Core Information at a Glance

  • Length: 120 Hours of Advanced Lesson Training
  • Government Training Support Grant Available
  • Completion Time: 6 Months
  • Sale Price: $122.15 USD . Regularly $354.00 USD
  • Accreditation: ACDL, TQUK
  • Dedicated Tutor Feedback 
  • Job Board for Course Graduates


Regarding whether or not hiring bodies actually make distinctions on what the qualifying or accrediting body is, the short and long of it is that they don't or are unaware of some of the differences in them.

In fact, regarding TEFL certificate courses, we will go as far as to say that even some  who offer the courses don't know much regarding the differences and considering that if you call them up and ask them some nitty-gritty questions about what their, for example, grammar module is composed of they often say, "it is classified," or "we can't give out that information."  Thus believing that their TEFL certificate course is proprietary in nature when in fact it content wise  can't be.

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Online TEFL Course - Tips and strategies for picking online TEFL courses plus what to look for when shopping for TEFL certification.
TEFL Courses - Our FAQ on the basics of TEFL courses.
TEFL - TEFL placement programs. How they can help you get your 1st job teaching in ESL in Japan and avoid recruiter scams.
TEFL Course Selection - How much is enough? A little insight into the merits of short teaching certification courses vs. long ones.
TEFL Certification - Will teaching certification help me compete against English teachers with actual teaching experience?
ESL Training - Some myth busting on market realities regarding ESL.
TEFL Program - On-line courses vs. On-site courses.
TESOL On-Line - What career advantages can you expect from getting your online certification in TESOL?

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