Which TEFL Course Should I Take to Teach in Colombia?
Unless you have a background with at least a year of formal classroom teaching experience, it is highly preferred that you become TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified for the Teach in Colombia program. During the application process and interview, you will be asked about your qualifications and TEFL certification, and as you will find out, not all certifications are created equal.
We don’t require that you take one of our courses, but we do offer them because we think they are the best options out there. You will be thankful you invested in a good course, and your students will be thankful as well. When interviewing and reviewing applicants for this program we will look at the quality of the course that you took – as this is an indicator of how prepared you’ll be to teach in your Colombian classroom. You can read more about finding a quality TEFL course here.
We cannot guarantee acceptance onto the Colombia program if you take our online course, as we will have a limited amount of spots and very qualified applicants. However, this is just another reason why taking a highly accredited and strong course will be beneficial to your application. If you do not have any teaching experience, it’s very important to take a good TEFL course that will prepare you well for teaching ESL.
This program prefers that you take a course of at least 120 hours, but we also HIGHLY prefer that you have some “in-class” hours to list on the application. This will also give you hands-on classroom experience to discuss during your interview. Those with in-class hours are considered to have stronger applications and are likely to have better chances at acceptance to the program.
Here are the best types of TEFL certification for this program, in order:
1. In-person course
If you can take a course in-person and not online, this is considered the best kind of TEFL certification, for many reasons. You will be learning in an actual classroom, instead of behind a computer and you will have actual teaching experience as part of your course. These certifications are typically the strongest and prepare teachers the most for teaching ESL.
Greenheart Travel has many options for in-person courses:
The major drawback to these courses is that they are full time, usually for 1 full month, so if you have a full-time job they can be impossible to complete before you go. If that’s the case, the next best option is…
2. Online course with “practicum” or “in-class” hours included
Some online courses include practicum hours in their certifications, to give their students experience in the classroom or tutoring ESL in person. The majority of your study hours will be online, but you will also tutor or teach for 20 hours during your course. These hours can be done in your hometown (or wherever you live) but must be done as a part of your online course. You will have a supervisor sign off on your hours wherever you volunteer to teach ESL, and your course will certify you for them. To read more about the practicum head here.
Greenheart Travel offers an online course that will certify you for a total of 170 hours, 150 online and 20 in-person.
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3. Completely online course
A completely online course would be considered the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to TEFL courses and will not set you apart from other applicants. A completely online course does not prepare you as well as the courses mentioned above, which is something we have come to known through our experience sending teachers abroad. We really recommend taking a course with at least some in-person hours, and for this reason, we don’t offer any fully online TEFL certifications. Again, this is something we take into consideration when reviewing applications.
If you want to teach in Colombia next semester (starting in January), you’ll want to finish your course before you arrive in Colombia. If you’re planning to go to Colombia, or teach abroad anywhere in the future, you should get started on your certification as soon as you can! It can be a lot to complete during your last semester of college, or when you’re quitting your job, so it’s best to get started on it before the chaos of moving abroad begins. Even if you are not accepted onto the Teach in Colombia Program, you’ll now have a solid background and certification you can use to teach anywhere in the world and our course offers lifetime job search guidance.