What's the fastest online TEFL course? Maybe you are in a rush and you need to get something going and completed ASAP.

It's hard to say how long a course will take you because everyone is different and so are the courses. However...

Factors that determine how fast an online TEFL course is

But there are a few factors that may determine how long the course will take you.

1. So called "hours"

TEFL courses come with so-called "hours". Yet these hours are not really accurate. So in other words a 120 hour online TEFL course won't take you 120 hours. In fact you might complete the course in less than 20 if you're diligent.

But it depends on the course. No two courses are the same even if they are both "120 hour" courses.

So it can be a bit tough to predict, but if you want speed then look for a shorter course. You could look for something more basic like a 20 or 60 hour online TEFL course.

2. Quality

The quickest online TEFL course is probably not going to be the best course. It's not going to be that thorough, include much video or any feedback. 

So you are going to be giving something up.

Groupon has some really cheap courses that don't cost much and those may be some of the quickest to complete. I completed a 120 hour course in less than 8 hours. However, this stuff is kind of familiar to me as I have experience teaching English. I completed an in-class course before I started teaching and I have created courses on ESLinsider as well.

I also rushed through it and didn't read everything. I would think that the average person could complete it in maybe 15-20 hours or so.

3. Do they issue the certificate immediately upon completion?

Certification is probably one of the reasons why you want to take a course. Completing a course in 8 hours sounds good...

However, after completing that course you don't get a certificate immediately. You have to wait for certification 10 business days before you can download a PDF. I thought that was a little weird and then I also learned recently that i-to-i and the U of T's course do something similar.

If you want it faster you have to pay more for it.

Here's a solid basic course that's pretty fast

Here's a course that probably won't take you much time. This basic course is free to start and I have seen people complete it within a couple of days.

Also certification is available upon payment and successful completion of the course. Unlike the course I took on Groupon the PDF download is available immediately. There is no waiting for the sake of making you wait.

Also content is delivered bit by bit. This means that you will be answering questions based on the content (text & videos) you see in front of you. It's more time efficient compared to having to read large sections of text and having to look back in the text for answers.

"The 20-Hour (Basic) course was a quick, inexpensive way to add a TEFL Certificate to my resume. I already teach ESOL to adults as part of my job in the United States, and the 20-hour certificate was a great way to complete a professional development/continuing education requirement. The program offers a great guideline for organizing your English lessons, and gives fun class ideas to engage your students." - Kim

You can try it out or you can learn more about TEFL courses.