ian_g wrote:As an alternative I can recommend London Teacher Training College too, as one of the better online courses, having both UK and Singapore (Ministry of Education) accreditation.
I am neither a course provider, nor am I a graduate of the LTTC, but I know the course content intimately and can confirm Ian's comments. The LTTC is however sometimes slow at responding to enquiries.
Do note that C.I.T.E. is an exam; there is no set course either in English or in teaching which leads to the C.I.T.E. test. It is offered by a company named Anglia, and as far as I know it is neither part of, nor affiliated with the University of Chichester. The certificates are however in some way issued by an QCA/Ofqual approved UK national awarding body. I too am not aware that Chichester University offers any kind of specific course of preparation for the C.I.T.E. Right again Ian
Do not confuse the university with the Chichester College, an independent education organisation in Chichester, or its branch of the same name that provides a TESOL training course in Thailand
in collaboration with Spencer Education Ltd.
The college has been awarded significant UK government recognition for further education.
ian_g wrote:Beware of some course providers (one or two post on these forums) who DO NOT even have UK accreditation, yet place themselves here as an authority.
It would probably be apt to distinguish between the course providers who regularly contribute usefull information and those that are just plain spammers touting for business.
That said, UK government agencies and quangos do not generally accredit non UK based course providers. Some course providers claim to meet British Council requirements. That may be so, but they might not actually have anything to do with the British Council.
One reasonably reliable institution is the UK's College of Teachers, but care must be taken to ascertain whether the course provider displaying the CoT crest is genuinely accredited by them, or just a paid up institutional member. Do report any instances of such abuse if you come across them.
Some US based course providers are accredited through their state or national education agencies.
Note also that there is no official worldwide accrediting agency whatsoever, and that many course providers, especially those with large franchise chains, have created 'accrediting' bodies with the sole purpose of accrediting themselves.
Many other independent accrediting agencies exist solely for the purpose of collecting memberships fees. Some provide some kind of expensive inspection, others are nothing more than a list of members and will accept any provider who will pay to be on the list. One or two are easily identifiable as an obvious scam. Hence a question often arises: Who accredits the accreditors?