TEFL and TESOL Info
What do the Chilean schools require?
The schools within TeachingChile's network are increasingly asking for participants that have TEFL or TESOL certification. While some exceptions exist (e.g., Masters in Education, Masters in Linguistics, one-year experience teaching ESL in a foreign country, credentialed teacher of English), TeachingChile highly recommends you obtain TEFL/TESOL certification prior to arrival.
Can I apply to the TeachingChile program without having TEFL/TESOL certification?
Yes. As a "no risk" option for you, in the TeachingChile application form fill in the area that asks for "other certifications" with the statement such as "will complete TEFL certification prior to arrival". If you are accepted, you will then need to complete a TEFL course prior to your arrival to Chile.
What are my choices to obtain TEFL/TESOL certification?
There are a number of TEFL/TESOL programs available, both in-class courses (typically somewhat expensive and time consuming) and online courses (typically very affordable and can be taken at the participants leisure online). Participants may choose whatever course they wish, but schools in our network will accept as a minimum a 40-hour online course.