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Fully Accredited Online TEFL Course

180 Hour TEFL course + Full Tutor Support

Created and supported by real teachers in order to provide you with the skills you need to start your career as an ESL teacher.

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Valid Anywhere

Every TEFL Hero course is fully accredited and valid anywhere in the world.

24/7 Tutor Support

We don't charge extra for support - if you have a question we will respond within 48 hours!

Immediate Certification

Get access to your TEFL certificate as soon as you complete the final assessment.

what our students say

Loved it!

Fantastic and very informative. I’ve been teaching ELL for 3 years but this course was so packed with information it was worth every second. Several coworkers who do not teach ELL but interact routinely with immigrants are planning on taking the course as well.


Fundamental greatness!

Overall, I’d say the course was interesting and eye-opening to some things that I took for granted. I relearning a lot and will definitely be suggesting it to any of my friends who wish to explore the wonders of TEFL.


Excellent, practical material

The practical advice, links to relevant resources, and overall experience combine to make the journey a very rewarding experience. The best part is that all of the material is available for ready access even after successful course completion. 


what will you be able to do?

plan lessons

Lesson planning is a hard skill to learn - that's why we dedicate an entire module to breaking down the process. Our 5 step plan makes it easy to craft lessons that cover a topic while also keeping students engaged.

teach reading, writing and grammar

This course has 2 modules focused on teaching students how to read, write, and structure sentences - perfect for any student (or teacher) who might need a refresher.

engage students in person and online

Knowing how to engage your students is key to delivering a quality lesson. This course will walk you through tactics that work on both in person and online learners so that your classes are never boring.

manage an online classroom

The rise of online education means that teachers need to be prepared to manage their students and lessons online. This course has an entire component aimed at getting you comfortable with online lessons and classroom management.

skills to teach online and in person

This course is fully backed by our partner, Accreditat, and valid anywhere you want to teach.  Interested in classroom teaching? This course will give you the perfect foundation. What about teaching online?  This 180hr course will help you succeed at that, too.

Here's what you'll learn


We’ll explore what makes learning the English language unique, give you a working background of the TEFL environment, and break down key teaching methods. 

There’s more to the teacher role than you might think. We’re going to teach you how to be a competent and effective EFL teacher both inside and outside of the classroom. You’ll also gain an understanding of skill sets required for a range of EFL work situations including kindergarten, homeroom, training center, and more!

Here, we’ll show you how to drive motivation, identify effective learners, and implement learning strategies based on your EFL learners. You’ll also learn how to encourage autonomy in the classroom through classroom activities and reflection. 

Planning and presenting lesson plans is the most critical teacher skill of all. Here, you’ll get an overview on how to plan and present high-quality lesson plans (and we’ll go more in-depth in Module 7 and 8). In this introduction, you’ll get a grasp on how to set objectives and goals, manage your time, utilize and assess available content/resources, and how to reflect after completed lessons. We put all of these ideas together with an example lesson plan that you can use as a template moving forward. 

You may be a native English speaker, but unless you majored in English, you probably forgot a lot of grammar concepts and mechanics. We’re going to review the fundamentals of grammar including the nine word classes in the English language, verb tenses, conditionals, types of sentences, modals, and cohesion. We wrap this grammar module up with how to teach grammar to different age groups. You don’t need to feel intimidated by grammar; you’ll be a grammar teaching ninja by the end of this module! 

Knowing, understanding, and being able to apply and explain key language components is a great skill and we’re going to teach you how to do it here! You’re going to learn how to teach pronunciation, phonological and phonemic awareness, word relationships and awareness, and much more! We provide practical advice on how to plan for analyzing language before a lesson, during a lesson, and after the lesson. 

You’re going to learn how to teach the 4 key skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. We’re going to share with you some helpful classroom activities to promote these skills as well as how to lesson plan for each using the lesson plan model from Module 4. 

We’re putting together all you have learned about lesson planning from Module 4 and 7 and are going to show you how to apply these skills in an extremely effective way. We provide lesson plan examples and templates that you can print out and use in your lessons as well as a list of activities, exercises, and games that you can use for every part of your lesson. You’ll get a ton out practical advice of this module!

Here you’ll learn about skills that are important in the classroom such as body language, effective use of the board, giving instructions, asking questions, and concept checking. You will also get a grasp on how to assess and correct students effectively. Finally, of course, you’ll receive free exercises and templates to help facilitate these skills in the classroom. 

Classroom management is one of the best ways to ensure you have a smooth year with your students. How do you set up a great learning environment? We’ll walk you through how to set up a classroom, build routines and vocal cues, managing group and partner work, creating a working seating arrangement, and more. If you do this right the first time, you won’t need to be bogged down with classroom discipline!

Teaching young learners (between 3-7 years old) requires different activities, skill sets, and knowledge. We’re going to show you how to plan lessons for young learners that keep them happy and engaged in the classroom. Even if you don’t anticipate teaching this age group, it’s important as an educator to understand the fundamentals of how younger students pick up the basics of the English language. 

We’ll explore the current landscape of online teaching, review the pros and cons of online learning, and set the ground work for understanding the motivations of your students. 

This module is all about what to expect from online schools and teaching posistions.  You’ll learn about the interview process, general contract requirements, and common class types and students.

In module 14, you’ll learn how to set yourself up for success as an online teacher.  We’ll go over traits that will make you an effective teacher, including how to approach speaking, listening, and practice in an online environment.

The focus of module 15 is on how to engage your online students.  You’ll learn how to use props, worksheets, and other online tools to teach and reinforce English concepts.

In module 16, you’ll explore how best to actually work with and engage your students.  While some schools will provide their own platforms, others may not – this part of the course will introduce you to available platforms as well as prepare you for how to utilize them.

This module is all about the tools and technology you’ll rely on as an online teacher.  It covers both the tools you can use to improve your lessons as well as what to do if you experience any issues or glitches during a class.

Module 18 is about building a positive relationship with your students in an online environment.  It will cover building rapport, driving engagement, and how to approach teaching methods like reinforcing vocabulary. 

how does this free tefl compare to Our other courses?

40 Hour

Our classic (and only real) free TEFL course
$ 0
  • 4 course modules
  • 32 lessons
  • 5 assessments
  • 100% online
  • Lifetime access
  • Basic tutor Support
  • Instant certificate

60 Hour

For teachers looking to teach English online
$ 79
  • 7 course modules
  • 53 lessons
  • 8 assessments
  • 100% online
  • Lifetime access
  • Priority tutor support
  • Instant certificate

120 Hour

Our most popular course - perfect for building your TEFL skills.
$ 119
  • 11 course modules
  • 85 lessons
  • 12 assessments
  • 100% online
  • Lifetime access
  • Priority tutor support
  • Instant certificate

180 Hour

Our advanced TEFL for online and classroom teachers
$ 199
  • 18 course modules
  • 138 lessons
  • 19 assessments
  • 100% online
  • Lifetime access
  • Priority tutor support
  • Instant certificate

Get immediate access to a globally-recognized and fully accredited TEFL certificate as soon as you complete the course.

one certificate to rule them all

meet your instructors & course creators

Kristine has 5+ years of experience teaching English in international schools, training centers, and online.  Currently in China, she’s the Head Tutor for TEFL Hero and will be assisting you throughout the course!

Ryan is a fully licensed teacher currently working in an international school in China.  He previously taught in South Korea and is responsible for a lot of the curriculum within this course.

Quincy is a former teacher with experience in China and South Korea.  He currently oversees support and operations for TEFL Hero and you will also see his face in a few course videos.

Course creators

start your teaching journey today!

This course was designed to provide anyone with the foundation needed to start their English teaching career.  Not only will you learn how to manage a classroom and prepare effective lessons, but you’ll have a valid certificate that will help you get better jobs and earn more money!


At the moment, none of the TEFL Hero courses offer a job guarantee.  In our 180-hour TEFL/TESOL course, we do our best to prepare you for your job search and interviews, but the responsibility of finding a job rests on the student.

This is completely up to you!  This is an in-depth course that offers both theory as well as practical aspects of TEFL. That said, most students complete the full course + examinations within a few weeks.

 Everyone learns at their own pace, but rest assured, there is no time limit to finish the course and you will have lifetime access to this course and any course updates. 

Students retain lifetime access to all TEFL Hero courses – you’re welcome to come back and review a lesson anytime in the future!

The TEFL industry is a growing and changing environment, so you will also have access to any course updates that we make after you completed it. 

In order to gauge progress, students must pass a quiz at the end of each course section to move onto new content.  Each quiz has 10 multiple choice questions and you must earn at least 70% to pass.  You have as many opportunities as needed to pass this quiz. 

At the end of the 180hr course, students must pass a 75-question multiple-choice examination with at least 70% in order to earn a certificate.

Once you pass your final examination, you will receive a digital copy of your TEFL certificate immediately. From there, you may print out your TEFL certificate from anywhere in the world! For a more formal touch, we recommend printing onto a quality cardstock paper. 

This certificate will always be accessible via your account page.

The only requirements are that students (1) are older than 16 years of age and (2) have a reasonable competence in English language reading, writing and speaking skills.