Get trained and qualified to make a living as an English teacher in the vibrant capital of Spain…Madrid!

Take your internationally accredited TEFL Certification course in Madrid as a gateway to a teaching career in Spain, or almost anywhere in the world. This course is unique, as it includes a PAID teaching practicum, and you are guaranteed paid teaching hours upon completion of the course.

In this intensive month long course, students will develop all the skills necessary to be a confident, well-resourced, professional English teacher – whatever your background!

If you want to move to Spain but are hesitant to make the leap, this is the course for you!

Course Overview:

  • 4-week in-person course
  • Located in beautiful and historical Madrid, Spain
  • 120 hours of TEFL/TESOL training
  • Internationally-accredited curriculum
  • 20 hours of paid teaching practicum
  • Small class sizes
  • Job placement assistance in Spain

Course Dates

Upcoming Course Dates*:

Start Dates:                                                                        Deadline to apply:

  • August 29 – September 23, 2016                                         FULL
  • October 3 – October 28, 2016                                              FULL
  • October 31 – November 25, 2016                                       FULL

2017 dates will be up soon!

*Class sizes are limited, so early registration is highly recommended, especially for summer courses.

Can’t commit to a full time, four week course? You can get a great TEFL certification around your current schedule with our Online TEFL Course!



  • We welcome students of all ages
  • Native or Fluent English speakers
  • University Degree preferred, but not required

Please note that many countries hiring TEFL teachers have age, degree, and language requirements for their teaching positions and work permits. Greenheart Travel is happy to talk with anyone planning to take a TEFL course about realistic teaching opportunities abroad. Please let us know if you have a specific destination in mind.




A $600 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration for your course. The remaining $1,395 balance is due 6 weeks prior to course start date.

What’s included?

  • 120 hour TEFL certification course
  • 20 hours of Young Learner Practice Teaching and 20 hours of Business Practice Teaching
  • 20 hours of observed teaching and practice teaching
  • 20 hours of paid internship teaching experience (earn 280 Euros)
  • Four weeks of intensive full time in-person TEFL training
  • Official international accreditation certificate from the College of Teachers in London, England
  • One month of international medical and accident insurance
  • Arrival orientation and cocktail welcome event
  • Job search and resume building guidance workshops
  • Discounted Spanish classes
  • Social events
  • Continued support for entirety of time in Spain
  • Assistance with housing arrangement
  • All materials for the course through the school library


Not included: flights to/from Madrid, accommodations during the course


The staff in Madrid will provide assistance on making housing arrangements for the duration of the course.  Housing costs are not included in your course tuition.

Typically, students will start out by staying in a hostel for at least a few days before arrival. Once in Madrid, students are able to explore other more permanent options with the help of resources provided by the school.

*Prices and housing options are subject to availability and may change at any time.


Job Market

Your TEFL Certificate will meet the TEFL/TESOL teaching qualification requirements around the world. You’ll also have the option to stay in Spain and teach English!

Upon successful completion of your course, the school guarantees a job teaching English in Madrid (minimum 10-15 hours per week).

In addition, Canterbury will assist you in marketing yourself to other academies and provide you with class sessions on resume writing, how to set up private classes for yourself, and their well known and respected job references as well.

Job market at a glance:

  • Typical class teaching pay rates in Madrid: 11-18 Euros per hour (based on experience and type of class)
  • Typical private class pay rate: 10-20 Euros per hour
  • Teachers often travel to the students for class (to homes, offices, or schools)

You’ll need to teach about 20-25 hours per week in order to cover your living expenses (10-15 of which are guaranteed through the school upon successful completion of your course). This will cover your basic needs like rent, food, and transportation costs. Teachers who want to teach more than fifteen hours are responsible for their own job search to other English academies and private students (with assistance, of course!).

Students tend to be a mixture of children, teenagers, adults and professionals of all English levels. You’ll usually teach 1-to-1 as well as small groups (2-5), and occasionally big groups (6-20). You will travel to the homes, offices or schools of where your students live or work throughout Madrid to teach these classes.


Do I need to speak Spanish?

It is not required to speak Spanish! Many people do not speak much Spanish before arriving in Spain, but most will take advantage of the discounted Spanish classes and will learn quickly.

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

You should take this course if you:

  • want to live and work in Spain
  • want a top quality TEFL/TESOL course and support
  • like to learn by doing (and get paid to do it!)
  • prefer learning in a classroom over learning online
  • are looking for an intensive, full time learning experience
  • are seeking the best accreditation from an independent accrediting body
  • understand that a highly qualified, experienced instructor, an exceptional curriculum and excellent accreditation are absolute necessities in TESOL / TEFL Certification training

What’s covered in the arrival orientation?

There is a short orientation on the Friday prior to the start of the course. During orientation, you’ll meet the Directors and staff of the school, as well as your classmates! After the orientation,you’ll all go out to an informal breakfast to relax and get to know each other. Usually, there is also a welcome cocktail event that evening!

Orientation topics include:

  1. Introduction to the school and the TEFL Course
  2. Classroom Guidelines
  3. General Rules for your English students
  4. Wage Scale/Pay Sheets and length of stay in Madrid
  5. Accommodation & Housing Information and advice
  6. Purchasing Medical Insurance
  7. Safety in Madrid
  8. Purchasing a cell phone
  9. Opening up a bank account in Madrid
  10. Advice on local transportation (Subway & Bus pass information)

What’s the daily schedule like?

The course schedule is quite intensive during the week. Class is held from 9:30am-7:00pm, Monday-Friday.

Class times:  Monday-Thursday 1:00-6:30 pm, Friday 9:00-5:00 pm
Practice Teaching: 9:00 am-12:00 pm Monday-Thursday

Weekends are free!

*Practicum times and days will vary for each TEFL student and will begin as early as the first Wednesday of the class

How much money should I bring to get started?

You would need (as a minimum) the following:

2 Months of Rent: 700 €
Rental Deposit: 350 €
2 Months Food: 500 €
2 Months Transportation: 100 €
Total: 1,650 €


What’s the cost of living?

Typical costs of living are the following:

Rent: ~350 Euros per month
Food: ~250 Euros per month
Transport: ~50 Euros per month
Going out, traveling: Depends on you!

Do I need a special visa for this course?

Nope! You will enter Spain on a standard 90-day tourist visa which will be stamped in your passport when you arrive so you do not need to get one ahead of time. This visa allows you in Spain for up to 3 months.

Can I stay longer than 3 months?

Your 90 day tourist visa for Spain allows you to travel freely around the “Schengen Area” for up to 90 days. The Schengen Area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

This means that you can only be in the Schengen Area for a total of 90 days within a 180 day period. During each 180-day period, you will have 90 days of visa-free travel within the Schengen area. When you leave the Schengen area after 90 days, you must wait another 90 days before you can apply to enter the Schengen area again without a visa.

The course is 4 weeks, so you will have 2 months to teach in Spain or travel to any other Schengen area country. Once your initial 90 days are up, you need to leave the Schengen Area. However, you could travel to a non-Schengen area country in the region if you’re hoping to stay in Europe longer. Non-Schengen area countries include: Ireland, United Kingdom, Romania, Bulgaria, and Cyprus.

I want to stay in Spain for more than 3 months to teach, can I extend my visa?

There is no way to extend a tourist visa and you need to leave after 3 months. If you’d like to look into other ways to stay, you’re more than welcome to do your own research as there is a big expat community in Spain.

Application Process

Select the APPLY NOW button to the left and we will send you an email containing your link to the registration form, as well as more information. Simply fill out the registration form and submit your course deposit to reserve your spot in your chosen start date!

A $600 deposit is required to reserve your spot in your chosen start date. The TEFL courses in Madrid are very limited in size, so we highly recommend registering and submitting your deposit as early as possible.

Your tuition balance will be due 6 weeks prior to your course start date.