TEFL CVs – The Ultimate Guide (p4)

Step 4 – Education/Qualifications

When you are applying for a TEFL job, your TEFL qualification should always be the first qualification on your CV, along with the date awarded. It’s also important to mention the number of hours in your qualification. You may wish to mention, depending on the job, specific features of your course such as modules in teaching business English, teaching young learners, your grammar course, teaching practices or video classroom observation.

If you are already a qualified teacher holding a PGCE, BEd or equivalent, this should come next, mentioning the date qualified, where you studied and which subject you trained in.Graduatesmall

Next, if you have one, should come your degree(s), mentioning university, subject, grade and date awarded.

After that, put any other relevant further and higher education qualifications, particularly if they include anything related to teaching or English. Resist the temptation, however, to put down every certificate you’ve ever earned – an HNC in childcare may help your application, a certificate of attendance for a cake decorating course probably won’t!

Lastly, put your school qualifications along with subjects, grade, relevant dates and where you studied for them. Include relevant subjects such as English or a foreign language. If you have significant post-school qualifications or if a long time has passed since your school days, you can miss these out or not mention each individual subject and grade.

You can also mention, if applicable, any ability in a foreign language.

Example:

Education

TEFL Org UK, Edinburgh
TEFL Certificate, 120 Hours March 2013
Including: Grammar certificate, teaching young learners, teaching business English

University of Glasgow
BA (Hons) Philosophy (2:1) 1999 – 2003

ABC High School 
A Levels (History- A, French -B, Maths- C) 1997-1999

ABC High School
10 GCSEs, including English Language, English Literature and French 1990-1997

Foreign languages: Fluent in French

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