I live in Dallas,TX, USA and I am trying to find a legitimate TEFL course that will deeply prepare me to teach. I am a single mother of 3, so travel to take a course is not available. In the future I will plan to travel abroad to teach- with my children of course coming along.
I would love to get my CELTA, however its not available to me locally.
As far as my research goes the options in my hometown are very limited-
Oxford seminars offers classes locally consisting of 60 hrs, but I am unsure as to number of hours of actual teaching practice (i have emailed this question, awaiting reply) in addition I have read that 100 hrs is the general requirement(?).
In the Houston area there is a university that offers the CELTA- but this is 6-8 hours away from me.
In Colorado, at the location certified to provide the CELTA, there is an IDELT course that I could possibly take that is 140 hrs (70hrs online, 70 hrs on campus) I may be able to accomplish this **if its my only viable option to a real career in teaching.**
I have found that a Catholic charity organization (extremely reputable and well known in community) trains volunteers to teach English to refugees here in Dallas, it is a commitment of 40hrs of teaching after training is completed, but I am not sure what kind of training they provide(awaiting reply from organization), and at any rate there would be no certi
fication following- it would only allow me to work as a volunteer within the organization
I am wondering if this could count towards teaching practicum if I took an online course, or maybe bolster my references if I took the Oxford course.
I do take issue with shelling out $1100 for a 60 hr course, esp if i still have to go on to work for free for 4 months just to be able to get experience to attain a real job- that hardly seems right.
I have also been looking at ONTESL- but I am also worried about this program as it is distance learning,although it seems like a better one, as it offers the 20 hr teaching practicum. But, from my research it doesn't seem that distance learning will get me a reputable job in the future, would that also apply to this course?
Any insight would be most appreciated, I am at a loss at this point as to which path I should pursue.