TEFL 120-hour Diploma Course
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TEFL Diploma

32,000 Graduates Strong

What differs SeriousTEFL from all others?
Our genuine Job Board where schools confidently hire our graduates!

Overview and Recognition

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.

Fundamental Modules

  1. Teaching Grammar
  2. Techniques for Teaching Comprehension
  3. Techniques for Teaching Pronunciation &; Vocabulary
  4. Initial Exam
  5. Techniques for Expressing Ideas to English from any language
  6. Techniques for Teaching Idioms
  7. Teaching Techniques for Writing
  8. How to find & teach your own students(private accounts)
  9. Classroom Preparation & Teaching Tips
  10. Midterm Exam

Advanced Modules

  1. Teaching Business English
  2. Teaching Children
  3. Phonetics
  4. Curriculum Development
  5. Student Assessment
  6. Teaching Abroad
  7. Diploma Final Exam
  8. Fee $245 USD
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We shall consider granting a partial scholarship to individual whom are experiencing financial hardship.
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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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Immediate recognition by thousands of schools that advertise with us making job placement inevitable.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Impeccable customer service, after-sales service and troubleshooting.
  8. 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 complementary 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 their 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/

The Registration & Payment Process

  1. Payment for your course.
    Course Payment
  2. 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.
  3. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive an Activation Email.
  4. You will then be able to Login, activate and begin your course.
  5. You have up to two months to complete the Diploma course. Extensions can be granted upon request.
  6. 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.
  7. A soft copy(scan) of your TEFL Diploma can be sent to your email upon request.
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Kindergarten Teachers Needed in China, Ningbo

Must already be located in China or have a Legal working status for China to apply!
Kindergarten Teachers
Reports to: EY Department Coordinator
Kindergarten teachers develop unit and lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives. They facilitate learning by establishing a relationship with pupils and by their organization of learning resources and the classroom learning environment. They develop and foster the appropriate skills and social abilities to enable the optimum development of children, according to age, ability and aptitude and level of English language proficiency. They link student knowledge to earlier learning and develop ways to encourage it further. Kindergarten teachers challenge and inspire students to help them deepen their knowledge and understanding.
Typical work activities:
Typical activities are broadly the same for all kindergarten teachers and include:
• Teaching all areas of the school curriculum
• Taking responsibility for the progress of a class of kindergarten age pupils
• Organizing the classroom and learning resources to create a positive learning environment
• Planning, preparing and presenting lessons that cater for the needs of the whole ability range within their class
• Motivating pupils with enthusiastic, imaginative presentation
• Maintaining discipline
• Preparing and marking to facilitate positive pupil development
• Meeting requirements for the assessment and recording of pupils’ development
• Providing feedback to parents on a pupil’s progress at parents’ evenings and other (often less formal) meetings
• Co-coordinating activities and resources within a specific area of the curriculum, and supporting colleagues in the delivery of this specialist area
• Working with others to plan and co-ordinate work
• Staying up to date with changes and developments in the structure of the curriculum
• Taking part in school events and activities that can be run at weekends or evenings
• Liaising with colleagues and working flexibly, particularly in smaller schools
• Working with parents and school administration to maximize their involvement in the school and the development of resources for the school
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Rewarding international Teaching Opportunities in UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and KSA

International Teachers Plus (ITP) is a Teacher Placement Agency offering a full recruitment services and wide variety of international teaching jobs at reputable International Schools in Gulf Countries.
Immediate Vacancies and for January 2022
• Director, Health College
• Assistant Principal for Elementary-KG
• Executive Vice Principal of K-12 School
• Primary and KG Teachers
• Secondary Teachers: English, Math, Computer, Science, History, Business, Social Studies, ICT - Computer Science
• Head of Departments: Math, Primary, Secondary and KG
• Principals and Vice-Principals
• Plus other Health Sciences and Technical College Level vacancies
For More information and to APPLY please visit our website.
• Must have Teaching Certification/License in home country
• Bachelor of Education or Bachelor in teaching subject
• Master Degree for Head and Vice-Principal, Principal positions
• Minimum 2 years teaching experience at relevant level
• Minimum 3 years experience at management level for Heads, Vice-Principal and Principals
• ONLY considering Native English Speaking candidates from US, UK, CA, AU, NZ and ZA
Teaching in these countries will allow you to gain international experience while learning about fascinating cultures. Teachers will receive a lucrative TAX FREE salary and excellent benefits. Only certified elementary/secondary school teachers with at least 2 years teaching experience at the relevant level will be eligible for consideration.

Contract Details:
Start Date: January 2021
Contract Duration: 2 years (Renewable)
Many Locations: Doha (Qatar); Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah (UAE); Kuwait City (Kuwait), Riyadh, Jeddah Damam (Saudi Arabia)
Working Hours: 7:30am - 3:30pm (approx) Sunday to Thursday
Visa: Sponsorship and fees covered by employer
Housing: Provided by employer + furniture allowance (or furnished apartment) according to the family status and size
Vacation: Approximately 2 months summer holidays + national holidays
Medical Insurance: Family Health Care provided by Employer
TAX FREE NET SALARY: For teaching positions: From$2500 to $4950 USD depending on qualifications and years of teaching experience. For leadership Positions: $5400 to $6800 USD - For Director Position: up to $17000 USD depending on qualifications and years of leadership experience
Additional Benefits: Yearly airfare to home country provided
Plus one month salary bonus per year each completed year paid at the
end of service.
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SeriousTEFL 120-hour Diploma Program, Your Gateway to Teaching Abroad


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.
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Graduates Testimonials
James Kilgarriff
United Kingdom
A very informative and helpful course, giving me more information and confidence in my teaching abilities.
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Joyce Timale Andrigu-Mbewe
It has been a thrilling and worth taking journey online with serious teachers TEFL. I am excited to make mention that it is fulfilling and objective studying with this organisation for a number of reasons the ultimate one being, it’s nature of modules and examinations’ uniqueness. I encourage other teachers to study with this organisation. I loved the structure and nature of it all. I feel this new level will push up the ladder for a better identity and professional significance. THANKS!!!
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William McGruder
United States of America
I am very pleased both with what I have learned while taking the Serious Teachers TEFL course and the incredibly professional and personal customer service help provided. I really cannot think of a better way to learn these essential things, and there is no doubt in my mind that I am a better teacher for having taken this course.
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Hanieh Mohammadi
Greetings Dear Simon and all Administrators, I just wanted to give my gratitude to this web site for offering such a professional and realistic study guide for the TEFL Diploma. I was in trouble with getting Corona and disappointed to finish it. When you gave me another chance to study and pass the exam I was jubilant and strived as much as I could. It was really appreciated, awesome and beneficial to study through this program and I highly recommend it to my friends. Best regards
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Mary-Lou Pavlovic
The course was thorough and well organised. It has really helped clarifying the role of the teacher, how to teach and what to teach, and to whom. I feel confident to teach English as a second language now.
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Ainisah Yunus
It is a good TEFL course for those who wants to change a new environment teaching abroad. It explains briefly on every aspect of the technique in delivering the English course to each level of students. It helps me in practicing the methods and tips of teaching I have gone through from the course for my students. It is unbelievable that I could complete this diploma course within a short period plus a month extension as I am occupied with my commitments.
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John Ramirez
I am a native Spanish speaker and been teaching English for over ten years now. I thought I was qualified enough to teach abroad but taking this course made me realize that there’s always room for improvement. Studying here has been a great opportunity to review a lot of things but, most importantly, to learn a lot of new things that will make my job much easier and enjoyable, for sure. I widely recommend this course.THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT YOU PROVIDE HERE!
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Frida Ayukndang Ako
This is the most amazing experience i have had through out my studies. I saw myself in the classroom while studying this course because this course is all about all what happens in the classroom. It made me realize how important it is to keep learning. Also, it was challenging because I had to study hard and made sure I did not just retain but know it to the core and apply every technique learned during this course in the classroom. Thank you so much for the opportunity.
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Ragiini Adjekar Konney
As a teacher, this course confirms my pre-existing belief that teaching English and speaking it is diametrically opposite. Being a native speaker is not enough. I must confess this course is very comprehensive, rich and well delivered. As a student, it was more difficult than I had imagined. More importantly, the course goes beyond how to teach ESL effectively to how to market one’s self and adapt while teaching abroad.
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Adnane Benabbi
The journey was not an easy one but informative nonetheless. I have learned and corrected so many of the misconceptions I had had before the beginning of this course. I am grateful as I am indebted to have gotten the opportunity to go through this insightful experience. Thank you!
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Lise Kriel
South Africa
I thought that I would fail to complete my course considering that I am a single mother, do not actually have a permanent residence and have to work almost every day, but I did thanks to the reset option. I am very pleased with my diploma and very excited, as I now have an opportunity to better myself and the life of my son. I am thankful for the opportunities that lay ahead, and looking forward to a new set of challenges as a teacher.
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Cheridah Tyner-St. Amand
United States of America
This course was comprehensive, informative, and user-friendly. The Grammar Module made my head spin. I had forgotten all the clauses and discovered what ESL idioms consist of -- not what I consider an idiom since I am a native speaker. This gave me a clear understanding of what a non-native speaker must go through. Every module gave new insights about teaching ESL students. I will be using techniques learnt next year. The staff is exceptional! Definitely will recommend to other teachers.
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Solange Bih Gamon
Taking this Online TEFL course has been very fulfilling and rewarding. I had taught English for five years but never knew that teaching English to second language learners was a different ball game altogether until I studied the Certificate and diploma modules of this Online TEFL course. Now I must say I am prepared, confident and sure about getting into the ESL classroom anywhere, anytime. Thank you for your support throughout. I am so excited to begin my journey. Hurray!
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Michael Luck
South Africa
I found it highly instructive as well as very well structured. Some parts were tougher than I expected but it was a great experience! On wards and upwards to the Diploma!
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Patricia Moises
United Kingdom
This course has been highly informative; brief, compact and to the point. I enjoy studying independently so this mode of learning suits me very well. I was frankly astonished that any online course could test an area so comprehensively.
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