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Why Teachers Should Get TEFL certified

Why Teachers Should Get TEFL Certified | ITTT | TEFL Blog

Waves are crashing around as their feet sink into the wet sand and they take a deep breath of the salty air. They didn’t think it would be possible to travel anywhere or experience anything outside of their country before they retired, but here they are in Spain at the age of twenty-two. They were able to do this because they decided to get a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification and teach English abroad. There are many reasons someone may decide to work toward this certification. One reason is to be able to travel the world and support themselves anywhere they would like to go. Another reason to get TEFL certified is to supplement a teaching resume and gain new skills as an already existing teacher. The last reason to get TEFL certified, though there are many more, is to inspire, connect, and create a positive impact on students all over the world. These are just a few of the reasons many teachers choose to complete a TEFL certification course.

This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Alisha B. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.

Travel The World

Support themselves wherever they are by teaching English as a second language is a good reason. The English teaching industry in many countries such as Spain, China, Thailand, and the Philippines is a growing field with an increasing demand for teachers. This growing need for English teachers around the world makes it relatively easy to obtain a job in almost any country one would wish to travel to. With a TEFL certificate teachers can go to new countries, experience new ways of life, and immerse themselves in cultures they may not have gotten to without the certification. Being able to take care of oneself financially while making lasting memories is an invaluable skill that makes any TEFL course well worth the while.

teacher with a pile of books

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Enhancing CV

Another reason the get TEFL certified is to supplement an existing teaching resume and gain new skills as a teacher. Many people who obtain a TEFL certificate have been teaching already, or have a teaching degree, in their home country. For these individuals, the reason they choose to get certified is to enhance their resume and to show potential employers that they are up to date on new teaching techniques and, therefore, qualified to teach English as a second language.


Lastly, teachers frequently choose to acquire a TEFL certificate because they desire to inspire people, connect with people, and create a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world. As a TEFL certificate holder, all these things are not only possible but probable. Instructors will meet a wide range of individuals while teaching an English course including aspiring university students, school children, and business executives. This plethora of diversity and the intimacy of a classroom setting create the perfect way to connect with people from every walk of life and every culture. Also, teaching English as a second language is the perfect way to create a positive impact because learning English will open opportunities for students that wouldn’t have otherwise been available to them.

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In conclusion, there are many reasons to acquire a TEFL certification. One of these reasons is to travel the world and support yourself simultaneously. Another reason to get certified in TEFL is to supplement an existing resume and update a teacher’s knowledge of new methodologies. Lastly, a common reason for acquiring a TEFL certification is to inspire, connect with, and positively impact people from a variety of different stations and cultures. World traveling, while gaining new knowledge, and creating lasting interpersonal connections makes getting TEFL certified well worth any time or money spent.

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