Thinking about teaching English? Let me help you find the TEFL course in Thailand that best suits your situation.
I'll give my experience on what it's like actually being a teacher here: the main benefits and what to expect on a day-to-day basis.
I'll also cover exactly what you should be looking for in a course, and give you the best options and the requirements for each.
If you want to skip the reading, use the quick reference table below to choose a company best suited to you.
Best TEFL Courses in Thailand
Courses available in London, Birmingham, Sydney, the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America and Australia.
Certification from many different cities, including the U.S., Europe, Central and South America, and Asia.
Located in the wonderful city of Chiang Mai. If you’re looking for a culturally-immersive learning experience with a guaranteed job, this is it!
On location training in the pretty coastal town of Hua Hin.
100% online & fully optimised for mobile/tablet access - study from anywhere in the world. You can also sign up for a free 2-day course before you commit to buy (see ‘Visit Site’ link above).
The TEFL Academy provides courses offered online, enabling you to study from anywhere in the world.
Online and classroom learning TEFL opportunities and certifications available.
Both international TEFL certification classes and an online class are offered.
SEE offers a 4-week TEFL course and a paid internship. Internship is identical to the 4-week course but only 2-weeks long and tailored to teachers who don’t want to commit to staying in Thailand longer than 5 months.
4-week training, 120 hour TEFL.
120 Hour TEFL Certificate. Graduates will receive both a physical and digital certificate from TEFLPros.
Level 3 TEFL Certification and Level 5 TEFL Diploma.
You don’t need any qualifications, though that non-native speakers must have a good understanding of English with a Cambridge CAE qualification or equivalent.
A degree is not required to take a course, however, ITA reminds students that age limits to teach English abroad vary by country and school. That said, to teach in Thailand, a TEFL is all that's required
The 4-week TEFL course requires English language ability of IELTS 6.5 equivalency. However,you must be a native English speaker to attend the internship placement.
Non-native and native English speakers with Bachelors degree (any subject). Native English speakers also accepted without degree.
Students do not need to be native English speakers to enroll in TEFL Pros but must have a high level of English proficiency.
Native English speakers will naturally be above the minimum standard of English for this course. Non-native speakers should have an English level of C1 (Advanced) as a minimum.
Two online TEFL certificates available: Professional 120-hour certificate and the 60-hour foundation TEFL certificate.
Online, 11-week long, 170-hour TEFL and TESOL certifications are available.
There are no online certifications available. Study is limited to the Chiang Mai location.
No online courses are offered.
TEFLPros only offers an online certification. All those who pass will get both a physical and digital certificate from TEFLPros.
All courses offered are online only.
Job prospects depend on both the course you decide to take as well as where you take the course.
Graduates are offered lifetime job assistance, including learning how to contact schools directly and network effectively.
Graduates are guaranteed a job after completing the 4-week course.
*Guaranteed job after successful completion of the course.
TEFLPros offers job support through their team to help you navigate the job search process and find employment.
On completion of the course you can start applying for jobs abroad on the exclusive jobs board. Jobs are posted daily.
120-hour TEFL costs $199 and the 60-hour foundation TEFL certificate is $279. Onsite pricing varies greatly and will depend on program choice.
Course costs range from $1,595 to $2,495 for an onsite TEFL certification course. The course offered in Pattaya, Thailand costs $1,525 ( accommodation not included). An online certification costs $1,395.
Course costs $1,595, but if if booked 6 weeks in advance you can save $200 for signing up early.
1,997 USD, including accommodation and guaranteed job placement. .
The 120-hour course costs between $1,500-$2,000 depending on current promotions
Prices range from $150-$200, depending on the course you choose.
Why Become a Teacher?
Happy mediums are hard to come by. I can never seem to find that perfect balance between what I want to do and what I should be doing.
This is especially difficult when we are talking about both working and playing hard.
That being said, I can finally say I have found my balance working as a teacher abroad in Thailand.
On my breaks, I am able to fly down south to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, or explore mountainous terrain in the north of Thailand.
While the pay might seem insufficient at first, the cost of living in Thailand is so low that I have been able to live more comfortably here than I have in my entire life – that is not having to borrow money to get through the month.
The benefits are reaped by more than just the teachers, however.
International studies measuring English proficiency show that Thailand ranks 62 out of 70 countries.
The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) also showed that other Asian countries are doing well in comparison to Thailand, ranking it the third worst Asian country in English proficiency.
Tourism is also one of the biggest job industries in Thailand, with an estimated 8,140,000 jobs expected in 2025, according to the Authority on World Travel & Tourism.
For these reasons, English teachers are an important part of Thailand's future development.
So now that you know you are needed, let’s talk about how it is we get there.
What's the Difference Between TEFL & TESOL?
TEFL stands for teaching English as a Foreign Language, and TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
They are, essentially, one of the same, as both certifications are interchangeable when trying to find a job overseas.
Both certifications give you the qualification required to teach abroad in a classroom where you may be the only person able to speak proper English for miles.
Regardless of your degree (or lack thereof, as many schools don’t actually require one) getting your certification will help you take on a classroom abroad with confidence.
7 Benefits to Having a TEFL
1) Travel while you work
Never has it been so easy to travel for work than it is with having a TEFL or TESOL certification.
While you may have completed your certification in Thailand, that doesn’t mean you are confined to this country’s borders.
Oftentimes, those who teach in Thailand will jet off to other Asian countries after they feel their work here is done.
2) A job always in demand
Schools are always in need of native English speakers.
Back home, you may face a job market that has left you to the confines of your parents’ basement, flipping burgers or waiting tables until you can really utilize your degree.
Having a TEFL certification opens up so many opportunities for work, from having your own classroom to private tutoring.
A job is never hard to come by, especially in Thailand, for those who have a TEFL certification.
3) Meet awesome friends
If you get your TEFL certification onsite, you will meet many new people who are like-minded in that they all want to teach abroad.
I have made some of my best friends through my course, and these people will most likely become your support group as you tackle working and living abroad.
4) International work experience
What better way to make your resume stand out other than by having some international work experience?
Some may raise their eyebrows at you when you decide to teach abroad with a degree that doesn't’ necessarily correlate with education, but working abroad is one bullet point on your resume that will make you stand out.
5) Get to work to your strengths
If you have a degree in biology, you can teach science in Thailand. Have a passion for math (although this seems highly unlikely to be true of anyone)? You can teach algebra!
While you may have initially traveled to Thailand with the intentions of teaching English only, many schools are in need of different subjects taught in English.
Again, this will look great on a resume, and you find yourself learning more about a specific subject when you need to create lesson plans about it.
6) Work with amazing kids that will change your life
I’ll be the first to say that I was never a fan of children.
I didn't know, however, how much I would fall in love with my students while teaching abroad.
At the end of my first term, I had an overwhelming amount of students crying and taking one too many selfies with me on the last day of school.
It doesn’t get more rewarding than that.
7) Awesome food, wonderful landscapes & very nice people
While teaching abroad, you will slowly learn the language of the country you find yourself residing in as well as learning so much about different cultures and communities.
So, now you know what the potential a TEFL holds in store, you'll need to choose a course.
There's a ton of them out there, which can be overwhelming. But don't worry, I'll guide you through the process.
Let's start with some key considerations when choosing your course.
7 Considerations for Choosing a TEFL Course
1) Does the course offer onsite support?
As someone who has gone through blood poisoning, a stolen passport and many other unfortunate events, I cannot stress how important it is to have some support after you arrive in Thailand.
The language barrier is hard enough without having to explain to the police that your passport is gone.
The likelihood is that nothing will go wrong, but if it does, it's reassuring to know you have someone to turn to for advice.
If you're studying in Thailand, you'll want a TEFL provider that helps with visa advice, accommodation, and general acclimatization to your new environment.
2) Where is the course located?
I highly recommend picking a course that is located in Thailand already.
It gives you the chance to slowly immerse yourself in the culture before being thrown into a classroom of your own.
You can also narrow down your search to where it is in Thailand you would prefer to go. Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Bangkok, the islands, take your pick.
3) Do they help you find a job?
Finding a job in Thailand is simple, if you know how to do it.
Having to reach out to schools independently can be difficult, because of the language barrier and for the simple fact that you probably don’t know what you’re doing yet.
Courses that offer job support when you first start out as well as throughout your time in Thailand come in handy, especially if you decide to change schools at some point.
4) How much does it cost?
Many companies will act as the middleman, getting you set up to take the TESOL course abroad with yet another company.
During my time getting my certification, some of my fellow soon-to-be teachers had paid over double of what I had for the same exact program.
Do your research to find the best priced company without lowering your standards on quality.
5) What age group do you want to teach?
While many TEFL courses give you a general certification and you find a school teaching the grade of your choice, many certifications are tailored specifically for a certain age group.
Do your research so you don’t enter Thailand thinking you’ll be teaching Kindergarten, only to be in a classroom full of high schoolers.
6) Look at the course’s reviews
A company’s website might blow you away with its distracting colors and promises of riding off into the sunset while getting your certification. The quality of the program, however, could be seriously lacking.
And that's where I'm here to help. All the recommendations below come from personal experience.
I've met many people in the industry over the years, and I know numerous people who work for and even own TEFL certification companies.
So let's find you the perfect course.
Oh, but first, in true Thai style, let's take a selfie!
Best TEFL Course Thailand: My Personal Picks
Picking a company to get your TEFL certification with is one of the biggest decisions you will have to make when deciding to teach abroad.
This company can and most likely will be the catalyst of your experience abroad, especially in the first couple of months.
Picking the wrong company can completely affect your entire experience teaching abroad.
If you choose a program provider whose instructors are incompetent, you will find yourself struggling with your students because of disorganized lesson plans.
In order to avoid anymore stress than you have already taken on at this point, I’m here to help navigate the landscape.
I've picked 6 of the most highly rated courses and compared them based on a number of different factors, which should make your search much easier.
I took the first one personally, and I've spoken to and had interaction with all the others over the years – so I know these are all reputable companies with a good track record.
I'll cover the best courses you can take inside Thailand, and the best online courses too.
By the way, if you can't be bothered to read on, just go back up the page and see my comparison table for a quick overview of each. Then click on the ‘Visit Site' buttons to do just that.
Let's get started:
1. SEE TEFL (on location in Thailand)
If you want to study in Thailand, SEE TEFL is number 1, and for good reason.
Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, hopeful teachers can check off the location as being one of the highlights this program has to offer.
If you're looking for a culturally immersive learning experience in Thailand, with a guaranteed job at the end of the course, this is it!
SEE offers a 4-week TEFL course, as well as a paid internship.
The internship still contains the TEFL qualification, but with the remaining time spent at a paid placement that lasts 5 months.
The 4-week TEFL program accepts any nationality, so long as you are competent with the English language. The recommended level is an IELTS 6.5 equivalency.
In order to be eligible for the internship you to be a native English speaker and be comfortable using Microsoft Word or OpenOffice.
They also list that participants must be adaptable to unpredictable situations and be friendly and flexible.
Aside from these requirements, I can’t emphasize enough how being ready for anything and being patient when things go wrong is one of the most important requirements for anyone looking to teach abroad.
Regardless of the program you choose, things are oftentimes bound to not go as planned at some point.
There are no online certifications available. The course is run from the Chiang Mai location.
Graduates are guaranteed to get a job shortly after completing their 4-week course, which is great because course participates can get straight to earning a wage.
SEE TEFL Pricing:
The TEFL course costs $1,595.
However, if you sign up between three and six weeks in advance you can get up to $200 off the standard price. The paid internship costs $1,295.
2. TEFL Heaven (on location in Thailand)
TEFL Heaven presents a great alternative to SEE TEFL if you'd rather study near the beach.
You'll participate in a 4-week on-site training course and cultural orientation in Hua Hin, a pretty beachside town approximately a 2-hour drive from Bangkok.
You'll also receive complimentary accommodation in Hua Hin during your course.
After your course, TEFL Heaven will help you find a job. They will place you in a school in Thailand, based on your individual preferences.
120-hour TEFL course covering everything you need to know about teaching English and living in Thailand.
There is also a TEFL certification option for those without a degree, but the job guarantee is not given; though assistance is provided.
Start dates are generally every few months and exact start dates can be given via email.
Both degree and native English non-degree holders can apply. Age limit is 55 years old.
Native English speakers with a Bachelor’s degree are guaranteed a paid job in Thailand after the TEFL certification.
TEFL Heaven Pricing:
1,997 USD, including accommodation.
You'll receive a 120 hr TEFL certificate, a guaranteed teaching job, full time assistance, visa help and accommodation for the 3-week TEFL certification period.
The TEFL Certification course is priced at 1,140 GBP (1,435 USD). You'll receive 4 weeks of TEFL training, guaranteed job placement, preparation assistance and visa help.
3. International TEFL Academy (online & on location)
The International TEFL Academy is an online and on location TEFL option.
You can get your certification from many different places, including the U.S., Europe, Central and South America, and Asia.
They also offer a great on-site training opportunity for those wanting to teach in Thailand.
You will first jet off to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where you'll spend three weeks before going to Pattaya, Thailand, for the last week of training and the presentation of your certification at this seaside location.
Both international TEFL certification classes and an online class are offered.
You don't need a degree or any other qualification to do the course, but the company does advise you that age limits to teach English abroad vary by country and school, as does whether or not you need hold a degree.
For the most part, however, neither will stop you from getting a job in Thailand.
An online, 11-week long, 170-hour TEFL and TESOL certification are available.
Students and graduates are offered lifetime job assistance, including showing participants how to contact schools directly, network properly and utilize things like job boards.
Tuition ranges from $1,595 to $2,495 for an onsite TEFL certification course. The course offered in Pattaya, Thailand costs $1,525 (accommodation not included). An online certification costs $1,395.
4. TEFL Pros (online only)
TEFL Pros is 100% online. It's a comprehensive, state of the art course designed for the digital generation.
Compatible on all mobile devices, tablets and computers, it is well suited to those who want to study anywhere, anytime.
What's more, they also offer a 2-day introductory course – FREE. See here.
So you get to test-run the course before you fully commit to buying. That's pretty cool and not something any of the other online companies are doing.
Types of Courses Offered:
TEFL Pros offers a a 120-hour TEFL online course, but with some significant differences to others of the same length.
They combine over 50 hours of video content, weekly coaching calls and one-on-one support with professional instruction and practical skill-building methods.
There is a an emphasis on classroom management, lesson planning, and confident teaching.
What's more, job assistance is provided to help you find your first career placement at a school.
Students do not need to be native English speakers to enroll in TEFL Pros but must have a high level of proficiency.
Check out the site for recommendations on how good your English should be to take the course.
Graduates will receive both a physical and digital certificate from TEFLPros.
I really dig the fact that they post you out a physical certificate and don't just email one for you to print out.
The TP staff offers post course support on helping you find a job. Armed with a polished resume, a portfolio of awesome lesson plans, and your teacher training, you are guaranteed employment.
TEFL Pros Pricing:
Pricing details are provided during consultation, but the general pricing is $1,500-2,000, depending on the promotion they have on at the time.
5. i-to-i TEFL (online & on location)
i-to-i offer courses in London, Birmingham, Sydney, the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America and Australia, as well as online courses and paid internships in Thailand, Vietnam and China.
i-i are popular because of the flexibility to study either in class or online, and because they have established a respected reputation among teflers and education institutions worldwide.
There are both online and classroom learning TEFL opportunities and certifications available, both domestically and abroad.
You don’t need any previous qualifications to take an i-to-i TEFL course, though they do ask that non-native speakers have a good understanding of the English language with a Cambridge CAE qualification or equivalent.
There are two online TEFL certificates available:
A professional 120-hour certificate, and a 60-hour foundation TEFL certificate. There's also a big discount on at the moment!
Job prospects depend on both the course you decide to take as well as where you take the course, but you won't be without work having taken one of the i-to-i courses.
They have hundreds of employers across 23 countries providing the top salaries, perks and progression opportunities. You can search for jobs by region on their website.
i-i Tefl Pricing:
The 140-hour TEFL certificate is currently £249 and the 120-hour TEFL certificate is £149. Prices for paid internships start at £895.
6. The TEFL Academy (online learning)
Not to be confused with the International TEFL Academy, this company has a similar name.
TEFL Academy a popular company that has won the GoOverseas & GoAbroad Top TEFL Course Awards in 2019, 2020 & 2021!
You can enroll on a Online Level 3 TEFL Certificate or on a Online Level 5 TEFL Diploma, depending on how you intend to use your TEFL qualification.
The Level 3 TEFL course is a 120hr TEFL qualification and the best option if you want to find work teaching English in Asia, volunteer teaching, and online teaching.
The Level 5 TEFL diploma course goes into more detail and leads to a 168hr TEFL diploma. A Level 5 TEFL course is the best option if you want to join a government teaching program or other advanced organization.
All the courses are offered online, enabling you to study remotely from anywhere in the world.
Native speakers of English will naturally be above the minimum standard of English for this course. Non-native speakers should have an English level of C1 (Advanced) as a minimum.
All of the courses offered are online, though there is an option for a face-to-face level 5 Diploma.
On successful completion of your course you can start applying for teaching jobs abroad on the exclusive jobs board. Remember to check back regularly because TEFL jobs are posted daily.
TEFL Academy Pricing:
Prices range from $150-$200, depending on the course you choose.
That's it! Pick your best TEFL course Thailand, get your certificate, and the world's your oyster.
And don't forget, when you've finished your course, you can find lots of teaching jobs in Thailand right here on the TTL Job Board.
A Final Word
Teaching in Thailand has been a dream come true for me. The benefits are far-reaching and I know that one day I'll look back in my journal and cherish these memories forever.
If you need a reason to teach in Thailand, here's my top 8:
- Thai kids are generally sweet and super fun to teach. They rarely get to interact with other nationalities, so you will be a novelty for them.
- The food in Thailand is as diverse as it is delicious.
- Thai people are so welcoming, smiley and friendly.
- The weather is always hot and sunny. Sometimes too darn hot!
- The beaches are beautiful, and, even if you're not teaching near one, you can catch a cheap flight to one on any weekend.
- Every day is an adventure; everything always feels new and interesting.
- A TEFL certificate is a pass to teach anywhere abroad. It gives you freedom!
Don't sit around waiting for life to happen. Try TEFL for a year, what else will you do? Who knows where this pathway will take you.