TEFL Accreditation and You
TEFL accreditation is a bit like the Wild West. Any TEFL cowboy can get accredited and then call themselves legitimate.
TEFLers like to argue that they can sell their product without much for quality and standards.
But how true is that?
Let’s pull the curtain back a bit on the major accreditation organizations.
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What is TEFL accreditation?
A TEFL accreditor is an organization that evaluates and accredits TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) programs. This ensures that the programs meet certain standards and prepare students adequately for teaching English abroad.
What TEFL accreditation does is ensure providers follow a checklist of inputs and procedures to show quality and standards. But the only thing is that no global TEFL accreditation body exists In the TEFL industry, Instead, individual accreditation agencies approve TEFL courses as legitimate.
Nevertheless, what matters most is verifying courses are of the highest standards and quality. The standards cover all aspects of the TEFL course, from the content and delivery to the customer service provided. Once they give it their golden seal, TEFL providers can call themselves accredited. But what else can a TEFL provider do?
Without a global TEFL body, it’s the best certification programs can do to ensure their program has the highest quality of education. So let’s take a look at some of the accreditation agencies. As you’re about to see, it’s a bit of a black box. There are several TEFL Accreditors, each with its own set of standards.
TQUK – Training Qualifications UK
TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) certifies some of the major TEFL programs, which are themselves Ofqual-approved. Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) is like the “watchdog” for regulating qualifications in England (not globally).
In the grand scheme of things, it’s the British Government that officially recognizes TQUK as a provider of accreditation. Then, it’s TQUK that certifies organizations like the Premier TEFL and the TEFL Institute.
DEAC – Distance Education Accrediting Commission
The US Department of Education National Accreditor approves the curriculum set out in The TEFL Academy Level 5 TEFL course carried out through the Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) external review system.
OTTSA – Online TESOL and TEFL Standards Agency
OTTSA stands for the Online TESOL and TEFL Standards Agency and accredits TEFL providers like MyTEFL. This accrediting organization ensures applicants go through a system of checks to ensure course material is relevant and appropriate.
Also, it verifies course content is regularly updated and that there is a system in place to monitor and give feedback on the progress of TEFL certification students.
Accreditat is a third-party accreditation and quality assurance organization. This accreditor works with businesses, organizations, and educational institutions to ensure that they meet and exceed quality standards.
Accreditat is dedicated to setting best practices for qualifying TEFL and TESOL schools. It approves TEFL providers like TEFLPros under the UKRLP (UK Register of Learning Providers. This means they have been verified against a recognized legal source.
The Final World
Almost every college and university in the United States are accredited by one or more accrediting bodies.
Even in the university system, there is a lot of debate on whether or not accreditation provides any real value.
While it certainly provides an extra cost to students, it also ensures providers follow a checklist of inputs and procedures.
Is it a bit of a black box what those standards are? Yes.