TEFL FAQs

Find answers to questions on the CCELT course structure, registration process, and online CCELT qualification.


ESL Certification

This question is so important we have answered it on the What is TESL? What is TESOL? page.

CCELT offers an  online training course to prepare teachers for ESL jobs abroad. CCELT graduates will find themselves with a Certificate in Communication and English Language Teaching, a competitive 100-hour TEFL certification accepted by international schools.

CCELT  is completed entirely online at your own pace.

CCELT’s TEFL course is designed for maximum flexibility, as the course is 100% online and completed at the student’s own pace. The online structure is set in an interactive format with additional thinking points, handout instructions, and case studies.

The certification course is 100 hours and can be started at any time. The course is entirely self-paced. Prospective teachers who choose CCELT have the advantage of designing their own schedule and completing the course from anywhere in the world.

In order to enroll in a CCELT TEFL course, applicants must have a completed high school diploma, and have native-level English speaking fluency.

Individuals with native-level speaking ability are eligible to enroll in the course, even if they are not technically native speakers.

Your course fee includes enrollment in the course, as well as resume assistance and job placement support after the completion of your certification.

CCELT does not include a full practice teaching component. Given the variety of teaching jobs abroad, CCELT courses focus on training teachers to build skill sets that will allow them to adapt to different environments. Upon completion of a CCELT course, teachers will have experience planning, designing, and adapting a wide variety of language activities and materials, which they can apply to their new teaching job overseas.


Teachers are officially assessed through homework assignments and test performance. Teachers are also encouraged to do self-assessment by completing written “thinking points” and case studies, which they can then compare to CCELT’s provided explanations and demonstrations.

The CCELT TEFL course contains a multiple-choice test at the end of each unit as well as a comprehensive final exam.

If you fail a test on the first try, you are permitted to take the test again. If you fail on the second try, your test is locked until you have gone back to the unit and reviewed the material.

Teaching Abroad Questions

TEFL certifications are not always required for teaching jobs abroad; however, they are strongly recommended. In some cases, salary may be determined based on the teacher’s certifications.

Your CCELT certification will give you a competitive edge over other teachers wishing to teach abroad in countries such as Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, China, and many countries in South America. An increasing number of ESL jobs in the Middle East require a TEFL certification, and CCELT certification gives teachers an advantage when applying to teach ESL overseas. While TEFL certification is not required to teach abroad in some countries, the majority of language schools around the world strongly prefer teaching candidates who have completed a TEFL course.

Though job placement is not a guarantee, CCELT maintains a strong partnership with one of the world’s leading teacher placement agencies. All CCELT graduates are provided with free access to job placement services, where each teacher is given personalized assistance with the process of applying for international teaching jobs.

Partnerships with public and private institutions at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, along with colleges and universities around the world, provide a variety of opportunities for every qualified candidate.

Salaries vary from country to country, and from position to position. Typically, salaries for teaching English abroad range from $1,000 – $3,000/month (depending on qualifications and experience). While some countries may appear to have low salaries, this is often due to a lower cost of living. Financial obligations at home and personal spending habits are important factors to keep in mind when deciding where to teach abroad.

Will I receive benefits in addition to my monthly salary while teaching English abroad?
Benefits vary by contract and position. Benefits for teaching jobs abroad may include flight, accommodation, health insurance, holidays, sick days, and bonuses.

No – you do not need to be fluent in another language or know the mother tongue of your destination country. Many schools prefer that teachers not speak the native language, as it provides a more intensive and realistic learning environment for students. However, learning the basics of the native language is recommended for your time outside of the classroom, and to demonstrate for students a positive attitude towards learning.

While there are short-term opportunities available, most contracts for teaching English abroad are 1 year in length or more.