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Have a TESOL Certification and an International Teaching Career

Updated on September 24, 2012
A TESOL certification can be a gateway to a fulfilling teaching career overseas.
A TESOL certification can be a gateway to a fulfilling teaching career overseas. | Source

TESOL certification is a kind of certificate issued by the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), a global organization dedicated to ensuring high-quality teaching of English either as a second or a foreign language.

The TESOL certification is given to people who successfully pass TESOL’s course for teaching English to speakers of other languages, which is a field of work and expertise also referred to as TESOL.

Certification from TESOL has been increasingly made a requirement by school administrators, school owners, and even individual students of English as a Second and Foreign Language.

This is because the certification from TESOL proves that a professional has gone through rigorous training with experts screened by TESOL’s Professional Development Committee and other veterans in the English language teaching field.

About TESOL Certification

TESOL certification started becoming popular long after the initial years of globalization or the time when people from various countries began keenly collaborating in science, medicine, trade, travel, and business.

At that time in the 1960s, English has long emerged as the lingua franca of the world, the language that people use and understand in the global platform.

TESOL was then formed with the purpose of giving out TESOL certification to well-trained, qualified professionals.

Since then, this organization has advocated the needs of its professional members who work to teach English to non-native speakers in at least 140 countries all around the world.

Benefits of TESOL Certification

Having a TESOL certification has become indispensable to many professionals working to teach the English language.

  • TESOL certification allows English teachers, education materials developers, school administrators and owners, as well as teachers-in-training to form a network and exchange views on various matters affecting them as an established group.
  • Only people with TESOL certification can participate in the group’s conventions, where members share resources and research as well as attend fora and workshops that they can use to improve themselves as specialists engaged in the English teaching field.
  • TESOL certification is also the license to access TESOL’s peer-reviewed publications, which cover a wide array of topics including English for adult education, aviation, business, medicine, tourism, university, and K-12.

Background of TESOL Certification

People who would want to become specialists or even experts in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages choose to pass TESOL’s course and get a TESOL certification.

One kind of TESOL certification for beginner teachers of the English language is called the TESOL Core Certificate, which is awarded to people who complete the organization's 130-hour online course.

The 130 hours of online course is broken down to 60 hours of training for teaching fundamentals, 60 hours for specialization, and 10 hours for professional development.

In this course, people are taught about certain teaching principles and their application on the English instructions field. This particular online course is facilitated by instructors whose credentials passed TESOL’s requirements.

Getting TESOL Certification

  1. Go to the TESOL website and navigate to the Core Certificate Program page. Read through the program’s requirements, goals, and other details.
  2. Look through the available dates for the program.
  3. Review available specialties. Candidates will be asked to select one specialty before taking the program.
  4. Navigate to the Core Certificate Program Application Form. Download the file and save it. Fill out the form, making sure all required fields are completed.
  5. Send the completed Core Certificate Program Application Form either by fax or e-mail.
  6. Once the application form has been accepted, a Participant Agreement Form as well as other instructions on how to go about the registration process will be sent out by TESOL.
  7. Fill out the Participant Agreement Form and pay the fees for the program. Follow all the additional instructions sent by TESOL.
  8. Take the 130-hour TESOL certification course.
  9. Allocate about 10 hours each week for the course. Accredited instructors will guide program participants in taking the online course, giving out suggestions on how to attend workshops, seminars and training in actual classrooms.
  10. Get the TESOL Core Certificate. Use this TESOL certification to land English teaching jobs anywhere in the world.

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    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @CPDInteractive Thank you! :)

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      6 years ago from Suite 606, 343 Lt Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

      Thanks for sharing such a good knowledge.

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @Sparrowlet Hello! Have you tried visiting the TESOL site? There are also a lot of websites that you can visit and where you can post your resume, join fora, learn about requirements to teach ESL, etc. Wow, I envy you :) You can speak so many languages. I can never be a polyglot.

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @carcro, @maddot, and @mackyi Really appreciate your comments and the time you took to stop by. Absolutely glad you guys found it useful. Thanks again :)

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @suzettenaples Absolutely agree. Many teachers do not have this certification, which is generally not a pre-requisite to becoming a good teacher :)

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      I.W. McFarlane 

      7 years ago from Philadelphia

      Bravo,another useful and informative bit of information you have provided here Kerlynb. You are very thoughtful! Great hub.

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      Katharine L Sparrow 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Kerlynb, this hub is excellent, and has got me thinking. When I studied in Spain, back in 1985, I took a TESOL course which included some student teaching of English to Spanish speaking students. I didn't get a certificate of any kind, that I remember, but the course is on my college transcript. I have studied Spanish, German and French myself, but teaching English to non-native speakers would be of interest to me. I also have a degree in secondary education. Would you advise me to look into the certification program that you mentioned? Awesome hub!

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      7 years ago from Northern NSW, Australia

      Good information. Thanks!

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      Paul Cronin 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg

      I have known many people who have taught English abroad, really good info here. Voted Up and Useful, especially for those looking for this vocation. Thanks for sharing!

    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 

      7 years ago from Taos, NM

      Another really useful and interesing hub, Kerlynb. This certification is really important to those teaching ESL students and I'm glad to hear middle schools and high schools are requiring this. I have taught ESL, but I don't have this certification. I was just a Spanish/

      English teacher, sort of teaching ESL backwards from teaching Spanish. I didn't feel qualified, but my school system asked me to teach one student from Guatemala, so I did; however, I think this certification is very important.


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