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Elevate your teaching career with TEFL Institute of Ireland – Ireland's Trusted TEFL Leader. Our comprehensive TEFL courses are designed to empower educators of all backgrounds, whether you're looking to work from the comfort of home or embark on a globetrotting teaching adventure.

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120 hour Advanced TEFL Course International Standard

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120 hour TEFL course is the international standard and is considered one of the cheapest and best TEFL courses online. With this accredited course you can get TEFL certified and start teaching English online or abroad in less than 4 weeks.
  • 24/7 study access
  • Internationally recognised TEFL certificate
  • Ideal for teaching English in Asia and online
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180 Hour Level 5 Ofqual Regulated TEFL Diploma

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Get the best TEFL jobs worldwide with the 180 Hour Level 5 TEFL Diploma Course.  This diploma course is the most comprehensive online TEFL course out there. If you want to get into the best-paid TEFL jobs abroad or online, this course is for you!
  • 24/7 study access
  • Internationally recognised TEFL certificate
  • Perfect for teaching in Europe and online
  • Highly regarded by employers

310 Hour Hybrid Level 5 Advanced TEFL Diploma

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Get off to the best start in TEFL with a course that has it all. We’ve paired our most prestigious 300 Hour Advanced Diploma TEFL Course with a hands-on 10 Hour Virtual Teaching Practicum course, giving you the best TEFL experience.
  • 24/7 Study Access
  • Internationally recognised TEFL diploma
  • High-demand specialist level 5 courses included
  • Highly regarded by employers


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Tracy was my advisor and she was so beyond amazing! SO helpful and so kind while responding to my questions, fabulous service:)
erin ewald
erin ewald
18:08 12 Jun 24
Sórcha helped me out a lot with my job hunt after I completed my 120 hour course. Highly recommend!
I was very impressed with the customer care when communicating with the TEFL institute of Ireland. Tracy was always quick to... respond and went out of her way to respond to my (endless) questions. I was particularly impressed by the way she would contact different teams to get answers specific to my situation. Thank you so much Tracy!read more
Sal Allsop
Sal Allsop
09:08 11 Jun 24
great courses and Tracy from the customer service is the best:)
Yasmin R. Mahmoud
Yasmin R. Mahmoud
17:39 10 Jun 24
Really good comprehensive course that is definitely learner friendly. Customer support is great as well shout out Sórcha
Adam O'Reilly
Adam O'Reilly
16:23 10 Jun 24
Tracy was super helpful with my query! very friendly and efficient!
Áine Hartnett
Áine Hartnett
13:19 10 Jun 24
Sórcha was so helpful and answered the many questions I had!
Loz B
Loz B
10:39 10 Jun 24
Thank you for the well-structured course on IELTS teaching. The course helps consolidate and learn the information about IELTS... structure, its parts, bands and many more. Will definitely use it while preparing for my classes. I also think it'd be a good idea to have some videos of the classes taken by IELTS teachers on different aspects to make the course more practical.read more
Diana Kupratsevich
Diana Kupratsevich
09:40 10 Jun 24

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The TEFL Institute of Ireland is a reputable provider of TEFL courses with worldwide recognition. As an Irish-based business, we offer top-notch training for individuals looking to become certified English language teachers. We are known for our high-quality courses, experienced instructors, and comprehensive curriculum, making us an excellent choice for anyone seeking TEFL certification in Ireland.

To take TEFL courses with us, visit our course overview or request a free callback to speak with our team. We will explain our course offerings, pricing, and enrollment process. We provide both online and hybrid training options, allowing flexibility for students with various schedules and preferences. With our stellar reputation, boasting 4.9 reviews based on over 1500 opinions, we strive for a commitment to excellence. The TEFL Institute of Ireland stands out as one of the best choices for TEFL certification in Ireland.

120-hour TEFL training. If you would like to specialise in specific categories, you can upper your qualifications by adding 30-hour specialist courses such as:

  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Teaching Business English
  • Preparation for IELTS Exam

And of course, adding our 30-hour Teaching English Online course is a huge benefit as it focuses to prepare you (the teacher) on how to enter the online tutoring world.

We do not offer free TEFL courses, but the TEFL Institute of Ireland offers funding options for unemployed individuals through the TESG (Training and Employment Support Grant) program administered by the Department of Social Protection. This program aims to support unemployed individuals in acquiring new skills and qualifications to enhance their employability.

If you are unemployed and interested in pursuing a TEFL course, you may be eligible for funding assistance through the TESG program. The TEFL Institute of Ireland can guide the application process.

Please contact The TEFL Institute of Ireland directly for more information on how to apply for funding assistance for TEFL courses through the TESG program.

More information on the social welfare grant can be found at this link: Local Social Welfare Office

This scheme is designed to fund quick access to short-term training or related interventions and obtain/renew certification/permits for individual job seekers who have identified work opportunities or where Case Officers have identified an immediate skills gap that represents an obstacle to taking up a job offer or accessing other activations.

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. A TEFL certification is a qualification that demonstrates an individual’s ability to teach English to non-native speakers. This certification equips individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively teach English language learners in various settings, such as language schools, private tutoring, or international schools.

TEFL courses typically cover topics such as English language teaching methodologies, lesson planning, classroom management, language assessment, and understanding learner needs. The certification can be obtained through completing a training course, which can vary in length and format.

A TEFL certification is often a requirement or strongly preferred qualification for English teaching positions abroad or online, particularly in countries where English is not the primary language. It provides credibility to teachers and helps ensure they are equipped to deliver quality English language instruction to students of diverse backgrounds and proficiency levels.

A Level 5 TEFL Diploma refers to a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification recognised at level 5 on a national qualifications framework.

In many countries, qualifications are categorized into levels on national frameworks to indicate their complexity, difficulty, and depth of learning. A Level 5 qualification typically signifies a level of study equivalent to that of the second year of undergraduate study in a university or college.

A Level 5 TEFL Diploma is considered to be a more advanced and comprehensive TEFL certification compared to basic TEFL certificates. It indicates that the holder has undergone extensive training and has acquired a deeper understanding of English language teaching methodologies, lesson planning, classroom management, assessment techniques, and other relevant areas.

Individuals who hold a Level 5 TEFL Diploma may be better equipped for more specialised teaching positions, such as teaching English for specific purposes (e.g., business English, academic English) or working in higher education institutions. Additionally, some employers may prefer or require candidates with a Level 5 TEFL Diploma for certain teaching positions, particularly in competitive job markets or for roles that involve teaching more advanced learners.

Ofqual regulates a Level 5 TEFL course with the TEFL Institute of Ireland according to its qualifications framework and approves it by Highfield Qualifications in the UK. Another Level 5 teaching qualification is the CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Our TEFL diploma is a level 5 award meaning it is on the same level as an undergraduate degree or a CELTA qualification, which means employers will see the hard work you have put into your qualifications. Once you’ve obtained a Level 5 TEFL qualification, you’ll have access to the most competitive jobs worldwide.

A regulated qualification means that it is officially recognised by the government and sits on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications.

DEAC stands for the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. It is a recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education. DEAC evaluates and accredits distance education programs offered by various educational institutions, ensuring that they meet specific quality standards and criteria.

AQC stands for Approved Quality Curriculum. It is a status granted by DEAC to signify that a particular curriculum or course offered by an educational institution meets the rigorous quality standards set by DEAC. Essentially, AQC indicates that the curriculum has been thoroughly reviewed and approved by DEAC for its quality and adherence to educational standards.

The minimum required worldwide is to have at least the 120 Hour TEFL training.

You can choose between fully accredited TEFL courses, Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL courses or combined TEFL courses. View all our courses here.

Online TEFL courses are the most affordable & flexible way to launch your teaching career. This is a perfect way to study theoretical material at your own time & your own pace.

Combined TEFL courses are offering both online & in-class studying. They are a fantastic opportunity to get two TEFL certificates (theoretical & practical). You will learn your theory from online material and then practice it with other teachers during the 10-hour practical session, accompanied and lectured by an experienced TEFL teacher.

Before you choose your TEFL certificate, be aware to check if:

  • It is fully accredited & recognised worldwide.
  • You will gain at least 120 hours of training.
  • You will have a tutor’s assistance.
  • It is approved by an official body, such as Ofqual in the United Kingdom.
  • Make sure to check TEFL provider reviews on Google or
  • You will have job support after completion.

TEFL – “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” certificate, is the most commonly accepted certificate worldwide. This certificate allows you to teach English to non-native speakers across the globe. The main qualifications to get a TEFL is to have the ability to speak English at a native-level and then complete a course. You can complete a TEFL course either online or in a classroom. The different courses vary based on the number of hours it takes to complete.

TESOL – “Teaching English as a Second Language” aka TESL. Similar to TESOL students, as a TESL teacher, you would likely be teaching English in your home country to students who have moved or live in an English speaking country. In other words, they are continuously surrounded by the language and will be using it everyday outside of the classroom, unlike TEFL students who are likely learning in their home country.

CELTA stands for “Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults” and is a very prestigious certification. In order to receive a CELTA, you must complete a 120-hour course along with six hours of teaching real ESL students. The majority of the programs are held over one-month and are full time. However, you may be able to find some courses that are part-time and are spread out over three months. The CELTA program must follow a strict regulation created by Cambridge University. Due to its intense nature and requirements, the cost also tends to be much higher and can be up to €1700!

TEFL stands for “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” – TEFL is the most commonly accepted certificate worldwide.

Confused about which TEFL course to enrol in? Don’t worry, as long as you can speak English at a fluent or near-fluent level, then you are eligible to take one of the TEFL Institute of Ireland’s regulated TEFL courses.

Non-native speakers do sometimes find the Ofqual Regulated Level 5 TEFL course quite challenging and we understand it is essential for you to be sure that you are comfortable with your English language abilities before choosing which course to take. As a guide, we recommend that that non-native speakers have a minimum IELTS 6.5 score. If you are unsure you should take our FREE online level test below

Complete The TEFL Institute of Ireland’s FREE English Level Test which has been designed to assist you with making this important decision.  If you have any doubts, request a call, and we can discuss which course would suit your needs.

The great news is that you don’t need a degree to take a TEFL course! This is a common worry. Anyone with fluent English can enrol in one of our courses to become a qualified and confident English teacher.
It’s good to know that a degree is a requirement in some countries to get a work permit such as Japan and Korea, but there are many opportunities for those without a degree to be hired.
Even if you see an employer preference for degree holders I still recommend applying as they may not get their full quota and you may have so many additional skills that will appeal to hiring managers.

Lots of people ask about the difference between our courses. For example, the 120-hour Premier TEFL course is what we would call one of our  fast track courses. This is the minimum recognised worldwide.

• You have 10 modules to complete usually taking 4 – 6 weeks
• Each module has a multiple-choice test at the end and you need 80% to pass
• You’ll get your digital certificate on completion and can buy a hard copy from us if you’d like one with an embossed logo immediately

Looking at the 180-hour level 5 Ofqual-regulated TEFL course by comparison:

• Learners spend typically 10 – 12 weeks to complete the 11 modules
• Since it’s a UK government regulated level 5 course the pass mark is 100% and assessments are multiple-choice plus open-ended answers. Don’t worry, you can re-attempt quizzes in order to get 100%. Our academic team will review your answers at the end of your 11 modules and may ask for some questions to be reattempted (absolutely normal). Some questions may require providing Academic references.
• You’ll get your digital coursework completion certificate from us after module 11, and following a successful assessment from our academic team, we’ll be able to claim the licence for your Ofqual (government) certificate from our accreditation body Highfield.

The Ofqual-regulated course range is certainly for those people who want to gain a higher-level more recognised qualification.

Read our blog to learn more about the Level 5 TEFL course here.

If you are looking for a professional, globally recognised, Government Regulated TEFL qualification; you should consider the online level 5 TEFL course. The Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL course is the same level as CELTA and Trinity Cert TESOL. Ofqual government-regulated (UK) Level 5 Highfield qualification.

The course has 180 hours of TEFL training, more than the minimum required and it’s a higher standard course and therefore, is more competitive.

There is none really, we usually say that if you are over 16yrs old, you can start completing a TEFL course. If you are looking for jobs abroad then the minimum age requirement is 18 yrs old or higher.

The TEFL institute of Ireland is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Distance Learning (ACDL), an accreditation body which specialises in distance learning courses. Thus our accreditation by ACDL reflects the high-quality distance learning offered by the TEFL institute.

ACDL – Accreditation number: 2854-2540

To learn more, visit their website: ACDL

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

To learn more about Ofqual or to verify Highfield status, visit their website: Ofqual

We would always recommend attending practical training. If you have the time to attend one of our 10 hour classroom courses, then do! This will give you more confidence and it will put the theory from your online course into practice. The day course is run by our experienced TEFL’s teachers and you will learn the most important skills for executing lessons, from how to warm up the class, to using grammar in a clear and concise manner. This course is perfect if you have already TEFL cert and you would like to put it in practice. Some people prefer to start from the practical course and then do a 120-300hour TEFL course after.

We have 4 locations where we hold our day courses in Ireland:

TEFL Course Dublin, Jurys Inn, Parnell Street

TEFL Course in Galway, The Clayton Hotel

TEFL Course Cork, Radisson Blu Hotel

TEFL Course In Limerick, The Maldron Hotel

You are never too old to gain new qualifications. Some employers might have age restrictions but others won’t. There are always options to teach English from home, private tutor, online tutor.

No, it is not necessary to have knowledge of other languages. You will be able to find a job and work comfortably without knowing the language spoken in that particular country. The real question is, should you make an effort to learn a foreign language? Basic language is always a plus and we would always recommend learning a few phrases before you move abroad. Learn to say Hi, Thank you, Goodbye, Sorry. If you can order a meal and pay for that meal without automatically handing over the biggest bill in your wallet (whilst looking adorably confused) you’ll survive.

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