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  • Re: TEFL Training Courses–Accreditation and Cert

    By: MGHines < Show E-mail >

    Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010

    Location: Online (North America)

    You are correct that there is no international accreditation agency. It is that simple. But with regards to traditional on-site training, there are some accreditation agencies that are more "recognized" or "approved" by schools/employers than others which is really what teachers are concerned with. Regardless and as you suggested, it would be nice to have an impartial, internationally recognized accreditation agency.

    As I mentioned and as you pointed out:
    " such Trinity TESOL and Cambridge ESOL rely on self-accreditation"
    You are correct that they only approve centers to provide their training course and that is self-accreditation. All that aside, I believe no-one will argue that they are the most universally recognized and accepted by schools/employers. The problem is that they are beyond most teachers reach because of the cost and time commitment required. CELTA requires upwards of 6 weeks full-time to complete and there are very few people in the world nowadays with the luxury to go unemployed for 6 weeks.

    Regarding other traditional on-site training courses, all accreditation is regional meaning that to be truly 'accredited', it most often must be offered by a university that is accredited by the associations for that region. This is especially true in the US where there is no real national accreditation scheme even for universities. There is only the accepted regional accreditation which are not governmental but are rather private organization that universities pay a fee to belong to and, as a member, must meet the criteria/standards set by the organization.

    Regarding online or distance training courses, there is nothing official, regional, national, governmental or otherwise. My point to teachers focusing on some sort of accreditation was to look for accreditation that is more widely "recognized" or "accepted" with the caveat that there is nothing “official” so they should check with their schools to verify acceptance.

    In other areas of education/learning, there are accreditation organizations that are accepted or recognized regardless of whether they are governmental or “official” which is a loose term when dealing with international standards. Similar to the regional accreditation agencies for US universities, the Council of International Schools (COIS) is not a governmental organization but is rather a private organization that accepts members for a fee who must first meet (and maintain) their criteria and standards. Regardless, COIS is generally recognized and accepted universally to provide standards by which international schools govern themselves which is what it needed in the TEFL training arena. Having to pay a fee for membership shouldn’t disqualify an organization try to set universal standards but impartiality is needed. No organization should be beholden to a company or educational provider/institute.

    On a side note: As an educational service provider employing about 100 teachers here in Thailand, we accept ICAL ;-)

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