Overview

Looking for the opportunity to live and work in Europe? Getting TEFL certified in Prague, Czech Republic gives you the option to find paid jobs in private and public schools with a legal work visa, allowing for long-term contracts in a European country! Prague is known as The City of a Hundred Spires and is a hidden gem located in the center of Europe. Prague is known for its 10 distinct districts or neighborhoods, the picturesque Vltava River that winds throughout the city, and beer that’s cheaper than water.

This is an intensive 4-week course with job placement assistance for graduates to find paid teaching jobs within Prague after successful completion of the course, as well as aid in acquiring a legal work visa. The course in Prague allows you to gain the required skills to be a confident and successful teacher as well as gain legal employment in a beautiful, Central European country!

Course Overview

  • Located in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 120-hour TEFL certification Course
  • 10 hours of practicum (observation, teaching practice, lesson plan prep)
  • Intensive 4-week in-person training
  • Taught by highly qualified instructors
  • Lifetime global job search guidance and assistance finding paid work in Prague following your successful course completion

Course Dates

Start Dates:  Deadline to apply:
March 20 – April 14 Feb. 1, 2017
April 24 – May 19 March 1, 2017
May 29 – June 23 April 15, 2017
July 3 – July 28 April 30, 2017
August 7 – September 1 June 28, 2017
September 11 – October 6 July 29, 2017
October 16 – November 10 August 30, 2017
November 20 – December 15 Sept. 20, 2017

 

Eligibility

Native English speakers or non-native speakers with a C1 certificate with a high school diploma are academically eligible to join the course. All participants must show a serious commitment to learning, and a willingness to plan and teach in groups and to work reflectively.

Students will also be required to bring a notarized copy of a clean criminal background check with them to Prague.

Costs

$1,850 USD

$600 USD deposit is required to reserve your spot on the course; the remaining tuition is due 6 weeks before your course

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation during the course (shared housing)
  • International medical and accident insurance
  • 4 weeks of intensive TEFL training in Prague
    • 120 hours of classwork
    • 10+ hours of student teaching
  • One month metro pass
  • 5 hours of Czech language lessons
  • Airport pickup and transfer
  • Welcome lunch
  • 2 Local cultural excursions (like a football game or a castle tour)
  • Job, visa and housing assistance after the course

What’s not included:

  • Meals
  • Visa or insurance after the first month
  • Airfare to/from Prague

Accommodation

A shared housing in a flat in Prague 10 called the Hello House is included in your program fee for the month of your course. There are tram stops located near the flat and the TEFL school is only a 10 minute tram ride away. Prague 10 is a neighborhood where a lot of expats and young Czechs live so there are many restaurants, parks and grocery stores nearby.

You should expect to share a room with at least one other student, but you will have your own bed and desk and each room has a stocked kitchen. Bathrooms are shared with the other flats. There is also a washing machine available for the students to use, but there is not a dryer – you should expect to use the provided drying rack.

The flat is equipped with high-speed WIFI and although there is not a daily cleaning service, there will be one mid-way through the course.

What to Expect

This course is an intensive 4 weeks and students should expect to be at school for the majority of the day Monday – Friday and to complete homework assignments every night. Here is a typical daily schedule:

8:00 AM                  Wake up

8:30 – 9:30             Get ready, eat breakfast

9:30 – 10:00           Make sure your prepared for today’s class

10:00 – 10:25         Commute to school

10:30 – 12:00:       First module

12:00 – 12:15:       Coffee break

12:15 – 2:00:          Second module

2:00 – 2:30:            Lunch

2:30 – 4:00:            Open study time used for lesson planning, office hours with instructor, etc.

4/5:00 – 7:00:        Practicum with Czech students, feedback from instructor

7:00 – 8:30:            Eat dinner, hang out with friends

9:00 – 10:30           Homework, prepare for tomorrow

11:00 PM                  Go to bed

Although this course should not be taken lightly, as long as you go to class and get your homework done each night, you will do great! It is rare for students to fail this course, but you should expect a fairly intensive 4 weeks.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by IATQuO which meets the highest international standards and is accredited and externally monitored by leading international accrediting bodies in the field of TEFL/TESOL.

Accreditation ensures that your certification course meets quality standards in the level of instruction, the quality of the curriculum, inclusion of a practicum, extent of training and other areas. It ensures that the course’s quality and ethical standards are maintained, and to recognize professional acceptance and recognition in the international job market.

International Standards

Most schools, language institutes and Ministries of Education recognize TEFL certifications that meet certain basic standards that are also recommended by leading bodies in the field, including the British Council. These standards reflect those incorporated in to a standard, accredited intensive four-week TEFL class and include:

  1. At least 100 hours of coursework and training
  2. At least 6-20 hours of live practice teaching and observation involving actual ESL students (not peers – no role-playing)
  3. External validation and accreditation by a recognized, independent body within the field;

Job Market

Unlike other Central European countries like France or Spain, Czech Republic easily allows teachers to obtain a legal work visa who want to stay and work for long-term contracts.

There are an abundance of teaching jobs throughout Prague; international and preschools hire teachers year round with peak hiring seasons in January and September.

International school positions usually work with business English students, and teachers should expect to travel around Prague to get to their students each class. International preschools will be working with young students in a regular classroom setting. Some public school positions are open from time to time, but teachers should expect to work in either an international school or a preschool.

6 month contracts with an option to extend are typical for any position in Prague, however, there are a number of short-term contracts available during the summer months for those who need to return home in the Fall but want to gain some international teaching experience.

Teachers usually make around $11-$12/hour depending on their qualifications and if they work full time, should expect to make around $900USD/month which will allow them to live comfortably in Prague.

Job market at a glance:

  • Year-round hiring
  • Legal work permits available
    • BA is not required
  • Peak hiring January and September
  • Mostly language schools and preschools, some public school positions
  • $11-$12/hour
  • 6-month contracts
  • Short-term summer positions available
  • 100% of students find work within 3 weeks of graduating

FAQs

Why should I choose this course?

You should get TEFL certified in Prague if you are looking for a quality training course as well as a way to legally work in Europe. Almost 100% of graduates find work in Prague right after successfully completing the course as there is year-round hiring and a legal work visa is accessible even for teachers who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree.

How do I know if this course is right for me?

You should take this course if you:

  • prefer learning in a physical classroom (instead of online)
  • want to teach English in a European country
  • are still in school, but want to teach English when you graduate. Get qualified in the summer!
  • are interested in being immersed in a different culture while earning your certification
  • are seeking the best accreditation from an independent, accrediting body
  • are a novice teacher: The course offers solid, practical, teaching techniques to ensure you enter the classroom with confidence
  • understand that a highly qualified, experienced instructor, an exceptional curriculum and excellent accreditation are absolute necessities in TESOL / TEFL Certification training

Do I qualify to take this course?

Students must be 18 years or older, fluent in English, and have a high school diploma. A BA is not required to take the course or to find legal, paid work in Prague.

Which course dates are the best to align with the main hiring season in Prague?

Prague has year-round hiring with peak hiring in January and September so any start date that works for your timeline is the best course to take!

Where will I do my practicum?

You will do your live student teaching and observation at the TEFL school mostly with Czech adults from the community.

Is Prague safe?

Prague is generally a very safe city compared to other European cities but it’s advisable to use the same safety precautions you use in your home town to keep yourself safe. Always be aware of pickpocketing when near major tourist’s destinations like Charles Bridge and Old City Square as well as small-scale scams in restaurants and in taxis. Be sure to educate yourself on these tourist scams to be aware of them when you move to Prague.

How do I get to the school when I land?

Airport pickup and transfer to your accommodations is included in your program fee so the school will set this up for you. All you have to do is look for your name with the driver after your leave baggage claim.

Do I need a visa?

For the TEFL course, a tourist visa is sufficient as it usually allows you to stay in the country for 90 days. If you plan to stay in Prague to teach, you will start the process of gaining your legal work permit during the course which will involve one trip to a Czech consulate in Austria or Germany. The school staff is very familiar with this process and will help you if you decide to apply for the work permit.

Do I need to speak Czech?

It is not required to speak Czech as many Prague natives speak English fairly well. However, learning a little Czech while you’re there won’t hurt and 5 hours of Survival Czech lessons are included in your tuition which you will take throughout your 4 week course.

Is it easy to get around?

Yes! Getting around in Prague is manageable by foot or by public transportation! Prague’s public transportation, which includes a metro, tram and buses, is one of the best in Europe as it covers a large portion of the city and some of the outskirts. You will use the tram to get to and from school from your accommodation every day so you will get used to it quickly.

Taxis are also readily available although students should be aware that some taxi drivers will try to scam non-Czech riders for a higher fare so it’s important to know exactly where you are going to try and avoid some of these scams. 

What’s covered in the arrival orientation?

The school hosts monthly cultural activities for current and past students to attend around Prague. Sometimes the event is a sporting event or sometimes it’s a trip to one of the many castles around the city. The excursion during the month of your course will be covered in your program fee, but you are welcome to join any additional alumni meet ups or cultural excursions at a personal cost if you’d like!

What’s the cost of living?

The cost of living in Prague is likely a little less than what you are used to. As long as you are working 25-35 hours a week, you will be making enough to live comfortably. Here are some examples of typical costs in Prague:

Rent:                                            ~$400 USD/month

Utilities:                                      ~150 USD/month

Public transportation:            $20 USD for monthly pass

Restaurant dinner:                  $4.50 USD

Espresso:                                   $1.50 USD

Pint of beer:                              $1.15 USD

Bottle of water:                        $1.50 USD

 

How much money should I bring to get started?

Prague is generally a less expensive city than many other Central European cities like Paris or Barcelona so we recommend bringing at least $500USD (12000CZK) to get your through the first month of the course. You can limit the amount you spend by avoiding eating out for dinner every night and instead cooking for yourself, but Prague has a ton of great bars and restaurants so you might want to budget a little to explore when you’re not in class on nights and weekends.

If you are planning on staying after to teach, you will want to bring more as you will need money to hold you over until you get your first paycheck. Generally, you will need to put a deposit down on an apartment or pay for nights at a hostel until you find an apartment as well as have the funds to do a visa run to Austria or Germany to complete your work visa. We recommended bringing $500 for the month of your course and at least another $1000 if you plan to stay and get settled.

Will I be able to find a job teaching English in Prague once I’m done with my course?

Yes! You will receive assistance from the TEFL school staff to help you look for work during your course. Generally, students don’t have a problem finding a job, but they will have a problem picking which job they should choose as there are so many teaching jobs available throughout the year.

Application Process

  1. Select APPLY NOW button.
  2. Once complete, you will receive a link in your email for the second part of the application. Fill out this simple form to register for your course. A $600 deposit is required to reserve your spot on the course.
  3. Once you submit your registration form, you’ll receive a link to pay your $600 deposit.
  4. After you submit your deposit, we will start to arrange your arrival details!
  5. Your remaining tuition balance will be due 6 weeks prior to your course start date.