TEFL Course Review lists accrediting organizations on the pages of TEFL course providers with featured listings.
For our purposes on TCR, we list accrediting agencies in the areas of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, TEFL or TESL), teacher training, online education, or a closely related field.
By ‘accrediting organization’ we mean organizations which provide quality assurance through accreditation, validation, endorsement, regulation, or a related function.
We do not list all accreditation claims.
We list only the claims that we can verify through a government agency (see the criteria listed below).
Legitimate claims that we cannot verify include, for example, a licence granted by the Ministry of Education in a country whose language we don’t speak.
We have articles in the TCR Blog on the topic if you want to read more about accreditation.
Criteria for listing accreditors on TCR
1. We list government bodies which oversee accreditation.
3. We list accreditors which are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a non-governmental national body in the US.
4. We also include professional bodies which are not government bodies or regulated by government as accreditors. However, if operating as a private organization, the accrediting organization must, at minimum:
- be listed in a government directory of businesses or charities, and
- provide a list of the courses or course providers that they have accredited on a publicly accessible page on their website.
|Accreditor||Full Name||Country||Accreditor's Membership Directory||Regulation||Government Directory|
|ACCET||Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training||USA||ACCET Member Institution Directory||ACCET is recognized by the US Department of Education.||USDE List of Institutional Accrediting Agencies|
|ACTDEC||Accreditation Council for TESOL Distance Education Courses||UK||ACTDEC Membership List||ACTDEC is a UK registered private limited company.||UK Companies House Register|
|BAC||British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education||UK||BAC Directory||BAC is a UK registered charity.||UK Charity Commission Register|
|British Council||UK||British Council Accredited Centres||The British Council is a UK registered charity and non-departmental public body.||UK Charity Commission Register|
|Cambridge Assessment English||A division of Cambridge Assessment / University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).||UK||Cambridge Teaching Centres||Cambridge Assessment is a UK awarding organisation recognized by Ofqual.||Ofqual Register|
|DEAC||Distance Education Accrediting Commission||USA||DEAC Approved Providers||DEAC is an American national career-related accrediting organization recognized by CHEA and by the US Department of Education.||USDE List of Institutional Accrediting Agencies
CHEA Directory of Accreditors
|IATQuO||International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations||UK||IATQUO Accredited Centres||IATQuO is a UK registered private limited company.||UK Companies House Register|
|ODLQC||Open & Distance Learning Quality Council||UK||ODLQC Accredited Providers||ODLQC is a UK registered charity.||UK Charity Commission Register|
|Qualifi||Qualifi Ltd||UK||Qualifi Qualifications||Qualifi is a UK awarding organisation recognized by Ofqual.||Ofqual Register|
|SQA||Scottish Qualifications Authority||UK||SQA's TESOL page does not list accredited centres. Contact SQA directly.||SQA is sponsored by the Scottish Government’s Learning Directorate and recognized by Ofqual.||Ofqual Register|
|TESL Canada||TESL Canadian Educational Foundation||Canada||TESL Canada Recognized Programs||The TESL Canadian Educational Foundation is a charity registered in Canada.||Canada Revenue Agency's List of Charities|
|TQUK||Training Qualifications UK Ltd||UK||TQUK Approved Training Centres||TQUK is a UK awarding organisation recognized by Ofqual.||Ofqual Register|
|Trinity College London||UK||Trinity-Validated Course Providers||Trinity College London is a UK awarding organisation recognized by Ofqual.||Ofqual Register|