The 5 best online TEFL courses to take in 2021

In 2020 me and my colleagues researched and signed up for more than 20 online TEFL courses in search for the top five. We went from taking the $20 groupon courses to the more expensive courses and what we found out about all these courses came as quite a shock. To start with, let’s talk about the $20 groupon courses. What I can say is, there’s a reason why they’re so cheap and that’s because they are rubbish! The course platform is so outdated and frequently crashes on you. You hardly learn a thing about teaching and I’m surprised these $20 courses are allowed to exist. STAY CLEAR OF THE $20 TEFL COURSES!

The courses we researched and signed up for next were the $100 to $400 courses, and let me tell you, there weren’t much difference in quality whether it be a $100 course or a $400 course. We all agreed that the more expensive courses were no better in quality, but because they are maybe a bigger company, they can get away with charging more money.

Anyway, let’s take you through the top five online TEFL courses, you should take in 2021.


1. ITT International TEFL and TESOL

Online TEFL Courses - Accredited TEFL/TESOL certification

By far the cheapest of the bunch, with the same quality course of all the more expensive companies. They offer a 60 hour course and a 120 hour course. You can take a 120 hour online course for as little as $119, which is a bargain considering you get tutor and job placement support…




Best Online TEFL Courses - TEFL Course Affiliates Program

TEFL.ORG is another TEFL course provider that you see everywhere. I have to respect their marketers. They offer so many courses that there too many to list, so we will concentrate on their 120 hour online course…




TEFL and TESOL certificate - ESL certification online

ISTESOL is another level of learning if you want to learn more about the TEFL industry. They offer a 120 hour online course for $180, and also in-class courses! A bargain for this level of learning…




TEFL Trainers - TEFL Course Affiliates Program

MyTEFL, need I say more about this company, their name is everywhere. You can’t look up TEFL courses without seeing them. This is why we had to check them out…



5. Bridge TEFL

TEFL and TESOL certificate - TEFL Courses Online

Bridge TEFL is another great online TEFL course that offer 40 hour, 60 hour, 100 hour, 120 hour, and 150 hour courses. The quality of their 120 hour course is right up there as the best…




There are hundreds on online TEFL courses out there and it is nearly impossible to try them all out. The 20 TEFL course providers we did choose were the most known on the market from doing our research. In mine and my colleague’s opinion these 5 online TEFL course providers were by far the best ones we chose. They all have modern courses, tutor support, job placement support, accreditation and are all recognized globally. All the important things that should come with a TEFL course provider. Most of the other courses we tried do offer the same things on their website, but do not honor them. I hope this article helps teachers out with the many choices of courses out there and I wish you all good luck for the future

Written by Jamie Dent