The Teaching Certificate: A Teacher’s Credential

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Teaching Certificate

A teaching certificate is a credential earned by such a teacher from a trustworthy and reliable source like the government, an institution of higher education or a trusted private source.


This teaching certificate authorizes the teacher to teach and grade students in pre-schools, primary school, or secondary schools in countries, schools, institutions, national curriculum where approval is obligatory.


Although many certifying institutions would only give teaching certificates to students who have practiced their teaching to show their proficiency, the requirements and conditions differ from country to country.


A teaching certificate is one among the numerous academic and professional degrees that allows a person to become a registered teacher.


Depending on the country’s requirements, such teaching certificates may embrace qualifications like the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and the Bachelor of Education.


The TESOL teaching certificate is the fundamental and main teaching certificate for teachers in Europe. With the TESOL becoming more and more popular and imperative, the teaching profession is becoming as well increasingly competitive. To be able to find a good paying teaching job, the teacher must have a top grades and good qualifications.


There TESOL teaching certificate is also known as the TESL teaching certificate and TEFL teaching certificate. Teachers who have obtained the certificate but want to advance more in their career would normally go for TESOL diploma course. It is a 1 year course which is at present of a very high value in Europe.


Apart from enhancing the teacher’s qualification, the
purpose of the TESOL diploma course is to offer to the teacher a wide impression of the most important techniques to teaching and learning English.


The advanced teaching certificate course helps to awaken the teacher’s awareness about the learning processes that takes place during the process of language acquirement and tutoring. The foundation is on the fundamental education philosophy of “Principled Eclecticism”.


This means that no one method of teaching and learning is being thought as “correct”. It involves a comprehensive line of approach that will give every school of thought its place while at the same time investigating the possible effects it might have.


The sole idea behind the diploma teaching certificate is to give the TESOL teacher the essential tools to weigh up and apply diverse teaching techniques to suit the need of every student.

The fact that the TESOL diploma teaching certificate course can be undertaken through distance learning method has advantage and disadvantage.


For people with very busy schedule like parents who are raising up children as well as working to earn a living, it is practically impossible to do the course if it has to be in the classroom.


On the opposite side, though distance learning offers parents that are raising family the opportunity to do the course; there is enormous amount of information that the teachers has to study and get through and without the right attitude and disciple, the teacher will be unable to complete the course or cover all the modules of the course.


The course basically deals more with teaching and learning theory and not essentially on the relevance of particular teaching methods. Nevertheless, the practical component of the diploma lays more emphasis on teaching theory, which is very useful to improve the quality of a teacher’s teaching.


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