TEFL vs CELTA, which one should I choose when working in Colombia?
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When researching jobs for working in Colombia there is a lot to consider. Colombia is a thriving business hub that over the last 5 years has created greater opportunities for expats to live and work in this amazing country. When working in Colombia a job that many expats first consider is teaching English. Colombia has a relatively big expat teaching community with many individuals choosing to work in the city as teachers, in public and private schools or in English institutions.
When working in Colombia as an English teacher there are a large number of options for existing and new teachers. Colombia’s private schools hire fully qualified teachers and scout them from many other international schools around the globe. An option for new or aspiring teachers is to work in a public school or teaching institution.
For those who want to begin working in Colombia as teachers, getting started can be an overwhelming experience as there are lots of anagrams and the potential for confusion over which qualifications to get. Where should I apply? How should I get experience? Many individuals dismiss teaching in other countries due to fear of the unknown or because they don’t have access to enough of the relevant information.
This article will explain and clear up some queries individuals may have about teaching qualifications and which to obtain in order to start working in Colombia. When researching potential qualifications individuals will come across a large amount of general information regarding different places to work in other countries. Working in Colombia is unlike other countries as it is an up-and-coming developing country that has a strong desire to obtain an English speaking population.
When searching for potential qualifications two of the main ones you will come across are the TEFL and CELTA qualifications. While these courses have some similarities they have very different job prospects at the end of them.
A TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) qualification is typically a 100 hour course that is usually completed online or, at least, partly online. A TEFL is the minimum qualification required to work in Colombia as an English teacher. Public schools and English language institutions will often employ teachers with this qualification. A TEFL can be an intensive 2 week course or a 6 week part time course that involves practical classroom experience and classroom methodology. A TEFL will equip future teachers with a better skill range, and the tools needed to become a successful teacher and provide a quality education experience for future students.
A CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching) qualification is a 120 hour course that is often completed intensively over a two week period (you can also do it as a part-time course that ranges from 4 to 12 weeks depending on schedules). With a CELTA qualification potential teachers who desire to begin working in Colombia could receive a job in an English institution, university, public school, and occasionally in some private schools. A CELTA qualification varies from a TEFL qualification in the amount of practical experience; a CELTA course is more hands-on and classroom based. In a CELTA course individuals will build a successful foundation of practical skills such as planning and the general teaching skills required to begin teaching English and working in Colombia. A CELTA course is highly regarded worldwide and is accredited by the University of Cambridge, so with this course aspiring teachers can turn a short term job into a long term career.
Both the CELTA and TEFL courses will allow expats to gain jobs working in Colombia and it solely depends on the type of job individuals are looking for as to which qualification is best.
Written by: Anny Wooldridge