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Who can do a TEFL Course?

Some people think that they need a whole list of qualifications before they can do a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course. We are here to tell you; you don’t! You don’t need a formal University education or an endless list of degrees; in fact, you only need High School qualifications for some courses.

That’s right; you don’t need any fancy qualifications to do a TEFL course, just commitment, time management skills and proficient English skills.

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What you need to have to complete a TEFL course

While you don’t need a long list of qualifications to apply for a TEFL course, you do need to meet a few minor requirements before you start your course.

  • English skills – you can read and speak English
  • Payment
  • Meet minimum educational requirements (High school qualifications)
  • Enthusiasm
  • Motivation
  • Commitment

It would help if you had an adequate level of English understanding, both written and spoken, to undertake a TEFL course. This requirement does not stop non-native English speakers from enrolling, however, as you can obtain a minimum English language level to study a TEFL course. 

One thing everyone who studies for a TEFL certification should have though is commitment and enthusiasm for the course. Everyone has their reasons for wanting to obtain this qualification, but you need a reason that motivates you. There is no use doing this course just for the sake of it, as this will not motivate you to finish it. The right attitude will see that you succeed and gain your TEFL qualification.

Depending on the course you take, they may require you to meet minimum educational requirements. This requirement means you would only need to have your A-levels or equivalent, whereas some only need you to have a High School education. Your current level of education does not indicate how well you will do during your TEFL course. You might be a great TEFL teacher with no prior education; you won’t know until you try.

Who can do a TEFL course

Other considerations

Even though you do not necessarily need any prior qualifications to undertake a TEFL course, you might need a degree to work in different countries. Make sure you check what qualifications you need for your desired job before taking action.

There is an array of counties that only require the TEFL qualification, however, so it is just something to be mindful of when making your decision.

Make sure you are also prepared to make the move to a different location to teach English before you apply for a TEFL course. You don’t want to finish your course, only to realise that you do not want to move to a different country.

Apply for a TEFL course

Once you have the enthusiasm and commitment to start your course, you are ready to apply. We have an abundance of courses available for you to pick from, all you have to do is act now.

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Things to remember:

  • Virtually anyone can apply for a TEFL course
  • It would be best if you were self-motivated and committed to the course
  • An adequate level of English is required
  • Make sure you check the job requirements of your desired job before taking action

As long as you bring commitment, enthusiasm and motivation to the table, you can achieve your TEFL certification. Our experienced team of professors will be with you every step of the way to help you achieve your goal.

Take action today, and achieve your dream of teaching English abroad. The first step involves taking the right TEFL course for you. Take that step today.


Want to learn more about studying TEFL? Talk to our Teacher Training team now and let us help you.