If you want to teach in China, you have to have a TEFL certificate. And to get a certificate, you need to complete a TEFL course.

The only exception is if you have a teaching or education degree. If this is you, then you don’t need a TEFL certificate to teach in China.

We’re pleased to offer a range of discounted TEFL courses for China in our TEFL Store. Simply choose a course, pay the low price, and start!

First things first – what does TEFL stand for?

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

A TEFL course trains you to teach English in another country. When you successfully complete a TEFL course, you receive a TEFL certificate.

You may have also heard the acronym TESOL, which stands for Teaching English as a Second or Other Language. It's just another way of saying TEFL.

How do I get a TEFL for China?

It’s easy. We offer numerous TEFL courses for teaching in China, all from leading providers.

Simply head to our TEFL store and choose a course that suits your needs and budget.

When choosing a TEFL course, keep in mind that the minimum course requirement for China is 120 hours.

What is the best TEFL course for teaching in China?

We recommend taking one of the 120-hour courses from our TEFL Store.

Anything less than 120 hours means you’re not eligible to teach in China with us.

Choose a course that has the features that you want. For example, do you want tutor support via Skype? Getting detailed written feedback? Access to video case studies?

Each course has a different syllabus and varying features. So deciding on the best TEFL course is an individual preference.

You’re welcome to choose a TEFL course for China that is over 120 hours, provided you have the time and budget. The more effort you put in to your course, the better equipped you’ll be for a class full of Chinese students!

If you need help choosing a course, we’d be pleased to help. Simply give us a call or send us a message.

What kinds of TEFL courses are there for China?

There are three kinds of TEFL courses for China:

  • Online
  • Face to face
  • Combined (online and face to face).

While you can complete your course 100% online, we suggest a combined course. A 120-hour combined course typically has 100 hours of online study and 20 hours of face-to-face practise.

A combined course will give you the opportunity to practise in person what you’ve learned in the online component. It’s a great way to get rid of any nerves before heading to China.

If you have the time and money to do your course entirely face-to-face, then go for it! You can do this in a few cities in China – see the next question below.

Can I do a TEFL course in China in person?

Yes, you can. We understand that online and combined courses don’t suit everyone, and that’s why we can arrange an in-country TEFL course in China for you.

This classroom course runs for approximately two weeks, and you then go on to teach in a school afterwards. Accommodation, meals and living expenses are borne by you.

A face-to-face TEFL course in China is a great way to meet like-minded travellers, and an awesome way to start your teaching adventure.

TEFL in China

Doing a TEFL course in China is a great experience.

If you would like more information on the in-country TEFL course in China, please contact us.

Do schools in China have a preference for candidates with online, face to face or combined TEFL certification?

Most schools don’t have a preference for the type of course an applicant has.

However, the course must be at least 120 hours for China. And some schools also prefer the certificate not to have 'online' printed on it.

Will the kind of TEFL course I choose have any impact on my salary?

No, none at all. Again, just make sure it’s at least 120 hours.

What is actually involved in doing a TEFL course?

This depends on the course you choose.

Generally, a TEFL course includes areas of study such as:

  • Grammar
  • Phonology
  • Classroom management
  • Lesson planning.

You will have little tests along the way to check for your understanding.

The tests may be multiple choice or free answer. A TEFL instructor will assess your free answers and your overall mark.

TEFL courses for teaching in China aren’t overly difficult, though they will require your time, patience and concentration. It’s best not to rush through your course.

Can I do one of your TEFL courses and then choose a different country or recruiter?

Of course!

Once you pay for your China TEFL course you don’t have to go on to teach in China. But we’d love you to experience all that China has to offer!

Make sure you look up the TEFL requirements of the country you’ve chosen to teach in, as they differ for each country.

Do I really need a TEFL certificate to teach in China?

According to the Chinese authority that sets down the guidelines for foreign teachers, there are two things you should have if you want to teach in China:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • More than two years of related work experience.

Many foreigners who come to teach in China, however, don’t have teaching experience.

Therefore, instead of insisting on relevant work experience, most schools in China simply require you to obtain a TEFL certificate. This is to ensure you know what you’re doing before standing up in front of a classroom.

So although there is no legal requirement to have a TEFL certficate to teach in China, you would be hard-pressed finding a reputable school that doesn't demand one.

TEFL China

The reality is most reputable schools require you to have TEFL certification (unless you have an education degree).

How do I get a free TEFL course?

Some private language institutes we work with offer a free or discounted TEFL course as part of the employment package. Ask us for more details when you apply for a position with us.

Free TEFL courses are generally not available for teaching jobs in public schools in China.

Do I need a TESOL certificate to teach English in China?

TESOL stands for Teaching English as a Second or Other Language. It's just another way of saying TEFL.

So yes, you need a TESOL (or TEFL) certificate to teach in China unless you have an education or teaching degree.

Do I need CELTA to teach English in China?

CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. It's an internationally recognized qualification.

It takes about a month to complete a CELTA course full-time, making it more comprehensive than a TEFL or TESOL course.

While it's a great certificate to have under your belt, TEFL is sufficient for China (and costs a lot less, too!).

Can non-native English speakers take a TEFL course?

If you’re a non-native English speaker, you can still complete one of our TEFL courses.

However, to teach in China with us, you need to be a native English speaker and satisfy other eligibility requirements.

Can I apply for a teaching job if I haven’t started a TEFL course?

Yes, you can still apply for a teaching job in China with us, even if you haven’t started a TEFL course. Just mark this on our online application form.

However, you will need to have completed your TEFL course well before you intend on teaching in China. This is due to the visa process, which usually takes a few months.

Are there any TEFL course discount or promo codes?

The courses we offer in our TEFL Store are already discounted. We are able to offer you these discounted courses thanks to the special arrangements with our TEFL partners.

If you have any further questions about TEFL courses for teaching in China, we’d love to answer them. Simply call us or send us a message.

Happy TEFLing!