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English for Life Academy’s TESOL Certificate course:

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What exactly is this TESOL Certificate course?

A TESOL certificate, which stands for Teaching English to Speakers to Other Languages, is the basic credential you need to get a job teaching English overseas or at private language schools or to work with adults in the USA.

Our TESOL Certificate course is a 130-hour training program that includes 100 hours of class, and a 30-hour practicum, and can be completed in a month or a semester. Here’s what it includes:

Expert Training

100 classroom hours of interactive instruction. You already have the most important tool: English. We provide you with the theory, techniques, strategies, and lessons you’ll need to teach English anywhere in the world. And our partnership with the College of Charleston assures you that our TESOL certificate program is approved and evaluated by an accredited US university.

Practical Experience

A 30-hour practicum which involves observing English classes, working with mentor ESL instructors and students, and teaching real English classes with one of our community partners.

Professional Resources

At the beginning of our TESOL Certificate course, you will receive a coursebook with resources and information to help you throughout the course and beyond.  During your participation in our TESOL Certificate course and practicum, you have access to English for Life Academy’s library of English teaching and training resources.

Personal Mentoring

Did we mention our amazing faculty? English for Life Academy’s instructors have teaching and training experience within the community and around the world and love to help you make connections, access the information you need, and provide a helping hand.

Additionally, while you’re completing your practicum you will have the opportunity to meet and work with other teachers from our community partner agencies. We keep our classes small so that we can stay in touch with all our participants as we help you attain your personal and professional goals.

Job Connections

Are you looking for a job in the community where you’re taking your TESOL Certification Course? Most of our instructors work as English language teachers in the community, and your practicum experience connects you with other schools and institutions that may be hiring. Have our graduates found jobs locally directly following their practicum experiences? Yes.  Look around, and you’ll see our grads working in private language schools, elementary and high schools, and literacy organizations.

Looking for work overseas? A TESOL Certificate gives you access to 1000s of jobs in 100s of countries around the world.  Use our collection of international employment resources and our database of international schools to get you started. Connect with our graduates to find out about their current overseas jobs. Ask us for a letter of recommendation. our graduates have found jobs teaching all around the world.  See what they have to say about their experiences here.

But it’s more than a class.

When you register for this course, you are becoming part of an active international community, and you will also receive:

  • Ongoing access to English for Life’s teacher resource library
  • 2 workshops and a private coaching session with our professional resume writer to get your resume job-ready
  • Job postings for life:  any news we get of new jobs available at hiring institutions around the world will come directly to your inbox
  • Access to a network of teachers working around the world

Ready to get started? 


Tuition for our course in Greenville is $2100.  Courses in Charleston cost $2490, and course packages in Quito, Ecuador (including room and board in Quito, course tuition, and excursions) are $2849.

A $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space in the course is due at the time of registration.  The remaining tuition can be paid on or before the first day of class, or in 2 installments, and it includes:

–the TESOL course and practicum with graduate credit ($5000 value)

–coursebook and materials ($75 value)

–resume workshops and private session with a professional resume writer ($900 value)

–direct access to hiring school and organizations in the area (100 networking hours)

–inclusion in an active international community, and job postings for life (priceless)


We want you to feel completely confident that this is a great investment of your time and energy, so here’s my guarantee: begin the course, and spend up to 8 hours of class time (2 classes) with us.  If in this time you see that our curriculum, instructors, and community aren’t for you, we will ask that you return your course materials and we’ll happily refund your tuition (except for the $100 non-refundable deposit), no questions asked.

And if unforeseen circumstances cause you to have to stop midway through the course, you are welcome to complete the course the following semester as long as you have completed all the assignments and coursework up to the point of your transfer.

 If you’re ready to register, it’s really easy to get started.

1)      Just fill out the registration form  on our website and click submit.

2)      You’ll land on a Paypal page to pay your $100 deposit.

3)      We’ll give you a call to make sure this course is a good match for you.

And that’s it! Once you’re registered, we’ll be sending you additional information and materials for the course, and we’ll see you on the first day of class.

And please don’t wait and get left behind!

  • We run small, personalized classes with no more than 15 participants, and we do fill up! Don’t end up on our waiting list when you are ready to transform your world NOW.
  • In order to work with all different schedules, we offer our courses in different formats. It’s likely that the format you want to register for won’t be offered again for several semesters.
  • If you don’t take this opportunity to move toward your dreams of teaching and traveling now, when will you? Don’t put this on your “someday I should…” list. It usually becomes your, “I wish I would have…” list.

The whole world is waiting for you.  Don’t make it wait forever.

Yes! I want to register now.