SeriousTEFL courses are the most technologically advanced online programs in the industry and we were the first to offer the courses exclusively online. Designed and implemented by experienced teachers whom have traveled and taught in various countries, subjects and levels. Our programs' practical applications aim directly at the core of what is needed for you to become an effective ESL teacher. This is accomplished by offering the initial know-how and confidence which is imperative for teaching your very first class and continuously building from this platform throughout your teaching career. Our modules and syllabus have been intensely scrutinized and applied to ensure maximum coverage of all topics, techniques and strategies. Each module covers all relatable material as well as instruct the student of the necessary tools in order to teach effectively. Graduates that complete our course refer back to the lessons and tips consistently when adding to their abilities and the overall classroom dynamic. Our courses are accepted and endorsed by over 7,000 partner schools and educational establishments worldwide via the International Alliance of Teachers and Employers delegation.
We shall consider granting a partial scholarship to individual whom are experiencing financial hardship.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Online TEFL Courses accepted as opposed to in-house?
There is a lot that can be said about this issue but we will try to address it as brief as we possibly can. First, we need to ask the following questions:
Did living in caves prove to be better shelter than manmade homes?
Were horse driven buggies better than cars?
Was communicating via Telegraph better than the Telephone?
Is corresponding via letters/postal mail better than email?
Is getting the news via newspapers better than through Television or the Internet?
Is searching for information via Encyclopedias better than using the Internet?
Human advancement from their old approaches to new versions have always been opposed by those afraid of change and technology based improvements. There are rumors that schools worldwide do not recognize TEFL type online degrees. This is almost a completely insignificant proclamation, because presently they only account for less than 1% of all educational establishments worldwide and this is decreasing every day. Online education in general, today is the norm as opposed to the exception. Degrees of all variance and levels are being obtained online, including ones even of higher education caliber and are widely accepted in this global world.
All companies that offer in-house courses also offer online, therefore this debate is moot since they themselves recognize the need for it.
Well-structured TEFL online courses:
are by far cheaper
do not require traveling
are convenient and can be taken at the student’s own pace
if the syllabus and site is user-friendly as well as technologically advanced (such as live timed exams), they thus can be completely comparable to in-house.
What is the difference between TEFL, TESOL, CELTA etc. courses?
There are no major differences. They are just referring to a slightly different meaning and thus a different acronym. However, they all refer to the same original acronym and course; TEFL “Teach English as a Foreign Language” CELTA is the original and at one time was the Cadillac of all courses but as teaching abroad has changed, the curriculum for CELTA has not and is now outdated but yet still overpriced..
Do I really need TEFL in order to teach abroad?
Yes. In recent years this has become the biggest change in the market as now almost all schools across the board require TEFL certification and that even includes teachers who have a teaching certification in their country of birth because TEFL is a specialization. It is required for both native and non-native speakers. Not only do the schools require it, various countries request this from the schools for VISA and immigration purposes. Therefore, TEFL degrees have become mandatory and this includes even if you have other highly regarded credentials. Additionally many schools will not even consider candidates for their vacant positions who do not have such TEFL type degrees.
Are SeriousTEFL courses recognized?
Yes. Due to our excellent reputation amongst International Employers, Educational Agencies and Associations for the past 10 years, SeriousTEFL is recognized by employers worldwide including hundreds which directly accept our Certification via our job board and sister site seriousteachers.com
Why would I choose your courses?
There are several reasons to take our course as opposed to others.
We are the only ones whom offer completely automated courses in the industry. All lessons are programmed which allow you to systematically advance once you complete them, including the mid-term and final exams which are also automated for grading. This makes them the most user friendly TEFL courses in the market.
Our courses are the only ones that will give you practical lessons and strategies that you can actually use in the classroom and not just in theory.
These courses were developed by ESL teachers with over 100 years of combined teaching experience for various levels, ages and countries, including the founders of SeriousTeachers.com. Their wide range of knowledge is embedded in every section of these courses.
Immediate recognition by thousands of schools that advertise with us making job placement inevitable.
Many competitors have accreditation solely through membership based payments which do not include any legitimate oversight nor offer any value when trying to obtain a job.
We are the only company in the industry with an exclusive and authentic job board. Other companies offering job assistance actually just go to other job boards and place them on their board.
Impeccable customer service, after-sales service and troubleshooting.
Unquestionable and authentic student testimonials on our homepage.
How long are these courses?
Our Diploma program is 120 hours.
Do you assist with Job Placement after graduation?
Yes. Simultaneously, with your SeriousTEFL registration you have the option of submitting your profile/resume to SeriousTeachers.com in which, you can start applying for all available jobs as well as all employers will examine your resume. We are the most efficient and popular job site in the market. Our unique state-of-the-art website enables employers to find the teachers they are looking for and teachers to find the jobs they desire. By completing our Diploma course, this increases your potential and expands your credentials. Employers on our site are alerted of your SeriousTEFL Certification on your individual profile.
How much do SeriousTEFL courses cost?
The price of the 120-hour Diploma course is 245 USD.
What are your payment options?
We offer a variety of online payment systems including Credit Card, PayPal and we also accept Western Union or Bank Wire Transfer.
Once I make payment, how soon can I begin my course?
Access to the course if paid by Credit Card would be within 12 hours. If by Western Union or Bank Wire Transfer, it would be upon receipt of payment. You must inform us via email that the payment has been dispatched.
How would I receive a Soft Copy & Hard Copy of my degree? Soft Copy: Upon graduation, you must inform us via email requesting a Soft Copy of your degree(Electronic version). A Soft Copy is acceptable worldwide by 99% of institutions.
Hard Copy: This a an added and complementry service. We will issue a Hard Copy of your degree(free of charge) and mail it via an Airmail International Postal Service to the provided address on file. In order to maintain this course affordable, the above service does not offer a tracking number. You must allow up to 30 days for its delivery. For countries with an unreliable postal service, students must arrange thier own courier service at their own expense.
How can I verify that my degree has been issued and is registered?
Anyone can verify the authenticity of SeriousTEFL issued Diplomas by entering the following link and introducing the Graduate ID located at the bottom left corner of the corresponding Diploma: https://www.seriousteachers.com/TEFL/verify/ This link can also be used by future employers as verification.
How can I obtain a copy of my course transcript?
After successfull completion of your course and its corresponding confirmation, you may enter the following page and use the provided Graduate Id to retreive your transcript: https://www.seriousteachers.com/TEFL/verify/
Upon successful confirmation and receipt of your payment(please allow between 1 to 8 hours), you will receive an email where you will be able to Register for your corresponding course in which you have already paid for.
Once you have successfully registered, you will receive an Activation Email.
You will then be able to Login, activate and begin your course.
You have up to two months to complete the Diploma course. Extensions can be granted upon request.
Upon successful completion of your course, an original hard copy of your TEFL Diploma will be mailed to your address as provided. The arrival period is estimated between 10 to 30 days depending on the country of its destination.
A soft copy(scan) of your TEFL Diploma can be sent to your email upon request.
Kindergarten, High School opening in Shanghai, China
Xiya Education Consulting serves various Kindergartens, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools in China by recruiting solid teachers for them. We are seeking foreign teachers with passion, professional experiences and interest to teach in China.
I: Kindergarten Teacher
Location: Shanghai, China
Requirement: • Bachelor’s degree or above • Recognized Teacher Qualification • At least 2 years full-time teaching experience
Responsibilities: 1. Work as a homeroom teacher to manage the entire classroom 2. Build up relationship with parents, write communication book, have teacher parent meeting 3. Assess children’s development, write reports for all the children in class 4. Prepare for open day activity 5. Participate in school-wide event
Contract Term: September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022, 3 years
Compensation and Benefits: Salary: Minimum 20,909 RMB monthly before tax Medical Insurance: Will be provided with Health Insurance by an insurance company contracted by the School. Airline Passage Allowance: Be entitled to a maximum amount of RMB 12,000 per School Year Housing allowance: 8500RMB per month Meal Allowance: 20000RMB per year Others: 3 Professional development opportunities per year, 7 paid sick day per year, other team building activities
II: High school English Teacher
One of the top local Chinese Secondary School’s International Division is looking for High School English Teacher to teach their international students who are 12-18 years old.
Requirement: • Native English-Country Speaker. • Minimum Bachelor’s degree (or above), education major, or with teacher Certificate or TEFL Certificate
Responsibilities: 1. Plan and teach lessons following the IB curricula that differentiate for individual student needs and support students whose first language is not English. 2. Use a wide range of technologies and creative teaching styles. 3. Regularly contribute to curriculum planning and development including interdisciplinary units of work and the development of trans-disciplinary skills. 4. Plan with colleagues to deliver effective team teaching when possible. 5.Develop assessment tasks following IB guidelines and use a wide range of formative assessment tools. 6. Supervise IBMYP personal projects and IBDP extended essays. 7. Attend regular curriculum planning and student progress meetings. 8. Keep parents informed about student progress and attending parent meetings.
Contract Term: September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
Working Hour: 8am to 4pm
Compensation and Benefits: • Salary: 180,000-250,000 RMB yearly before tax. • Bonus: One-month bonus for first contract renewal. Two months for second. • Holiday: All the holidays stipulated by Chinese laws and regulations, Christmas holiday. • Medical insurance: Basic medical insurance for inpatient treatment and accidental injury insurance for teachers. • Housing allowance: Housing provided on campus.
III: Math/Science Teacher One of the top local Chinese Secondary School’s International Division is looking for Math/Science Teacher to teach their international students who are 12-18 years old.
Requirement: • Native English-Country Speaker • Minimum BA degree with a major related to the opening. • Being passionate with education and wanting to grow professionally
Responsibilities: 1. Fulfill the standard teaching assignment. 2. Participate in the school daily work. 3. Prepare the lesson and grade the homework. 4. Design and work on lesson plans and curriculum.
Contract Term: August, 2019 to July, 2020 (renewable based on performance)
Compensation and Benefits: • Salary: 180,000-200,000 RMB yearly before tax • School day: 250 days • Holiday: All the holidays stipulated by Chinese laws and regulations.
Whales English is an online school based in China. It is designed for English learners between the ages of 5 to 15 with 20000 registered students. We have an average of 2-3 students in a class, and approximately over 10000 different classes with over 1000 native English-speaking teachers. Our curriculum is based on original American lesson content and we are known to be the toughest online ESL school in China. With a renewal rate of over 70% throughout all courses we’re also the most engaging program.
---The 3-fixed model: We will match the most suitable teacher according to the child’s characteristics, forming a fixed class of one teacher and 2-3 students and a fixed schedule, so parents don’t have to worry about managing one-time classes and the children form long-last- ing bonds with their teachers. The teachers can better adjust the curriculum to the children's needs and have meaningful teach- ing experiences.
---Strict Screening: Whales English acceptance rate of only 2% underlines the focus on high quality education. Furthermore a 100% TESOL/TE- FL/CELTA and at least one year of teaching experience are required.
---American Curriculum: Our curriculum adopts North American elementary and middle school textbooks and classic extra- curricular reading materials. The curriculum contains multidisciplinary knowledge and enables the children to dive into culture as well as develop critical thinking abilities. Today, the main courses include Language Arts and English reading, other choices include creative writing, science and social studies to help children comprehensively improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities.
---The Group Class Model: The group class model of Whales English gives children the opportunity to bond with and learn from their peers, while also handing the teacher many more possibilities to utilize teaching tools such as gamification and reward systems. The Chinese parents are benefitting since this model offers them a moderate price.
• The classes: 50-minute full immersion English language group classes • The pay: Base rate of $18-30 per 50-minute class, plus performance-based bonuses • The curriculum: U.S. Common Core aligned lesson material, built from the ground up by our in-house team • The timing: Must be available to teach during our peak hours • The place: Conveniently teach from your own home - no commute! • The necessities: All you’ll need is a computer, a strong internet connection, and a noise- cancelling headset - we provide the rest • The benefits: You will receive ongoing professional development through our teacher training courses. • The culture: You will learn about Chinese culture through classroom exchanges with our students.
• BA degree or higher • Experience teaching kids (minimum of 1 year) • Desire to engage and inspire young learners • At least one teaching certificate: TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, etc. • ESL experience • From native English speaking countries
• Contract type: Independent contractor • Start date: Immediately • Contract term: 6 months • Payment details: Teachers are paid through bank transfer each month for the previous month’s work • Hours: Lesson times must be during our peak hours on:
SeriousTEFL 120-hour Diploma Program, Your Gateway to Teaching Abroad
32,000 GRADUATES STRONG
SeriousTEFL courses are the most technologically advanced online programs in the industry and we were the first to offer the courses exclusively online.
Designed and implemented by experienced teachers whom have traveled and taught in various countries, subjects and levels. Our programs practical applications aim directly at the core of what is needed for you to become an effective ESL teacher. This is accomplished by offering the initial know-how and confidence which is imperative for teaching your very first class and continuously building from this platform throughout your teaching career.
Our modules and syllabus have been intensely scrutinized and applied to ensure maximum coverage of all topics, techniques and strategies. Each module covers all relatable material as well as instruct the student of the necessary tools in order to teach effectively. Graduates that complete our course refer back to the lessons and tips consistently when adding to their abilities and the overall classroom dynamic.
Our courses are accepted and endorsed by over 11,000 schools and educational establishments worldwide via the International Alliance of Teachers and Employers delegation.website