Thailand is currently the world’s cheapest locale for obtaining an on-site, internationally-recognized CELTA certificate and one of the cheapest in the world for obtaining classroom based TEFL qualifications. If you are interested in becoming certified as an English teacher then it makes sense to consider getting you certification done in Thailand. Besides the obvious cost advantages, you would get to refine your teaching skills in front of real English-learning Thai students, who, due to the obvious advantages that knowledge of it provides to its tourist-based economy, are incredibly motivated to learn English and are generally very polite and respectful towards their instructors.

You would also get to spend a month living in Thailand, which has its own benefits. With schools of varying quality dotted throughout the country, you could choose to study anywhere from the white-sand beaches of Phuket and Ko Samui to the cool, Northern air of Chiang Mai, to the pulsating city of Bangkok. You may even like it so much that you decide to stay on and teach there. With many schools offering job guarantees in Thailand upon completion, this is a predictable result for many who choose to get certified here.

CELTA in Thailand

Teaching at the ECC CELTA course in Phuket

The CELTA is an internationally-recognized English teaching certificate awarded by the University of Cambridge. No matter where you do your CELTA course you are still going to get a certificate from the University of Cambridge that is internationally recognized and one that no possible employer will question. All of the schools that offer the CELTA have been thoroughly vetted by Cambridge and must pass, strict ongoing assessments of the course, meaning that you’ll take the same course and get the same Cambridge-authorized certificate in Thailand as you would in the UK, Australia, Canada etc, but at much lower costs.

ECC  (Thailand) – Recommended by the author himself, this school offers CELTA courses in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket that comes with a free, optional week-long course leading to a locally recognized certificate in teaching young learners. A 10% discount is offered for those who confirm their place 45 days in advance, making it the cheapest CELTA option in the world. 2-week TESOL courses also available. More>>

International House Bangkok – Another top-notch teacher training option; this school offers affordable CELTA and DELTA courses in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. Accommodation packages are also available for those students who don’t want to bother with finding housing during their studies. More>>

TEFL and TESOL courses in Thailand

American TESOL Institute – Offers very affordable three-week TEFL courses in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Ko Samui and Ko Phangan. More>>

Island TEFL Thailand – Just as its name might suggest, this school has courses based on the islands of Ko Samui, Phuket and Ko Phangan. Packages with accommodation and  guaranteed teaching jobs are also available. More>>

TEFL Thailand – Courses in Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi and Ko Samui are available through this teacher training school. More>> 

TEFL International – Offers month-long TEFL courses in Phuket, Chiang Mai and the small, authentic seaside town of Ban Phe. Accommodation packages are also available. More>>

Visions TEFL – Offers an attractive all-inclusive package including 3-week TEFL certificate, private hotel accommodation, a guaranteed teaching job and other perks; located in Chiang Mai and the border town of Hat Yai. More>>

EBC International – Lifetime, worldwide job-placement assistance is one of the major selling points offered at this Phuket-based TEFL training school. More>>

AUA Language Center – An internationally recognized, intensive 130-hour TESOL certificate is available at this well-regarded Bangkok language center. More>>

TEFL World - Based at the prestigious British International School on Ko Samui, this school offers a worldwide-recognized TEFL certificate, along with packages including 4-star hotel accommodation and free Thai lunches. More>>

UniTEFL - Well established TEFL training school in Chiang Mai, Thailand offering the TEFL International certificate (120 hour course), along with job placement and accommodation. More than 500 trained.



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