TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Yes, you need a TEFL certificate to teach English in China. This is in addition to a bachelor's degree.
If you have an education or teaching degree then you don't need a TEFL certificate.
We recommend using TEFL Source. It has top TEFL courses from leading providers all in one place, for the best price.
When choosing a TEFL course, keep in mind that the minimum course requirement for China is 120 hours.
Once you successfully complete a TEFL course, you'll receive a TEFL certificate. This allows you to teach English in China.
You can complete your TEFL course entirely online, entirely face to face, or a combination of both.
Over a two-week period, you can complete your face-to-face TEFL course in China and then go on directly to teach in a school. Please contact us for more information about this exciting option.
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.
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.
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!).