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Prepare to Teach English Overseas with an Online Certification in TESOL

written by: Mary White•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 12/28/2010

Want to teach English abroad? Earn your TESOL online certification and you'll be on your way to getting prepared for a successful career as an overseas English language instructor in less time than you would have thought possible!

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    What is an Online Certification in TESOL?

    Do you find the idea of working overseas as an English language instructor to be appealing? You don't have to have a teaching degree – or even any teaching experience – to be hired for this type of work. If you'd like to become a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), enroll in a short-term TESOL online certification program and get the skills you need to be considered for language instruction positions around the world.

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    About TESOL Certification Online Programs

    There are several online certificate programs designed to meet the needs of people who want to teach English overseas. Most online TESOL certification programs include between 60 and 120 clock hours of instruction. Some of the programs can be completed in just a few weeks, while others require several months of study. There are both certificate and diploma TESOL programs available online, as well as different levels of certification. Some of the most widely recognized TESOL certification online programs are those offered by the American TESOL Institute, Global TESOL College, and International TESOL Teacher Training.

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    Choosing an Online TESOL Program

    When deciding which TESOL certification program is the best option for you, it's important to keep your employment goals in mind. Pre-employment training and certification requirements may vary from one country or employer to another, so be certain that the course you choose will qualify you to be considered for jobs that you find appealing. Do some research specific to the areas where you would like to work to find out what type of qualifications and credentials you will be expected to have before enrolling in a program.

    Once you've narrowed your search to online TESOL training programs that will provide the right amount and type of training, the next thing you'll want to do is compare the services provided by each school. Be sure that you're comfortable with the format of the school's online classes and the methods available to interact with instructors and other students. Additionally, ask questions about the type of job search and placement assistance the school provides to graduates of the TESOL certification programs. Ideally, you'll want to select a program offered by an institute with a successful track record in placing graduates in the types of position you hope to hold in an area where you want to live and work.

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    Ready to Begin Your TESOL Career?

    Once you've found an TESOL online certificate program that meets your needs, you can enroll and begin your studies. You'll be on your way to getting the skills you need to launch a successful career working as an overseas English instructor!