TEFL Program

Make your dreams come true with TEFL Certification at
LADO International Institute

With the LADO TEFL Certificate, a 135-instructional-hour professional teacher training program, you will receive the necessary skills and experience to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The internationally recognized LADO TEFL program surpasses the most demanding standards for an initial professional certificate program and provides you with the strength and confidence to teach original lessons with a team or independently.

A typical day at LADO's Teacher Training Program

  • Work with a team of trainee teachers to prepare a lesson that will be taught in the afternoon
  • Lecture by trainer and collaborative discussions on pedagogy


  • Working lunch to finalize lesson content that will be taught from 2:30 to 4:30pm
  • Preparation of materials and setup of classroom for lesson
  • Communicative co-teaching free ESL classes to ESL learners from 2:30 to 4:30pm
  • Practicum observers that:
    • Observe lessons taught by trainees
    • Give feedback to trainees from 4:30 to 5:30pm on lesson delivery
    • Facilitate planning for next day's lesson with trainees
Joycell Johnson

After graduating with my bachelor’s degree in business and international studies, teaching overseas, and returning to teach at LADO DC, I felt that there was a lot more that I could give back to my students. I spoke with people in leadership (directors, managers, academics) at LADO and was convinced to take the TEFL class (and take advantage of my 70% employee discount). The teacher, Vance Blankenbaker, was so engaging and informative. His way of teaching was so different from what I was used to at university. He had us creating and leading an actual class of locals that wanted to learn English. I can honestly say that I have built a strong network both with regulars and with our TEFL trainees. That subtle yet valuable knowledge is a tool that later helped me land my first supervisory role. The transferrable skills that you gain from this TEFL course are amazing.


I am the type of person that prefers to get it over with quickly. Since I was already teaching on a month-to-month basis, I decided that I would take a month off to gain professional development. The name “Intensive” does not do it justice. It was one of the most challenging things that I have done since college. It challenged me mentally, physically and emotionally. The intensive sessions run all week with Wednesdays as free days. Free days means that you can work on your lesson plans from home instead of from the classroom. No time was wasted. We worked from 10am until 6pm or 7pm to give our students the best we had. This hard work was reflected in our grade and feedback. One of the important things that I learned from the TEFL program is that you need to have thick skin for this industry. Be prepared to be critiqued and use it to better your lesson.

Special Features about the class:

Class sizes are very hands on. If you are a person that learns better by doing (kinesthetic learner), this class will be very helpful. Remember, you get to teach a class everyday and receive immediate feedback on your performance as a teacher. If you successfully complete the entire course, you also receive a letter of recommendation from Vance himself. The fact that LADO’s TEFL program is accredited by ACCET is very attractive because I know that ACCET is one of the top accreditors with the U.S. Department of Education. If anyone is looking to travel overseas, TEFL graduates are welcome to teach in Asia due to their partnership with Teach for Asia. We already know that prestige attracts and to have a certificate from a prestigious American institution is something that overseas recruiters can’t say no to.


Kelvin Hunter
The LADO TEFL Certificate program was a once in a lifetime opportunity to accomplish my dream of traveling the world and obtaining a new exciting career of teaching ESL. As a young university graduate with a passion for culture, a love of language and magnetic personality, I sought break away from the standard office, 9-to-5 job and utilize my natural skill set in a total cultural immersion experience. The LADO TEFL Certificate program was the treasure of my quest, offering individualized guidance; a convenient, metro-accessible location; communicative classroom environment ; a flexible payment plan; and, most importantly, job advice upon completion of the program. I chose the Semi-Intensive course (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday daytime time hours), which allowed me to progress towards my certificate and still work, run errands and maintain other important necessities. The days alternated between dynamic, student focused lectures with collaborative, group lesson planning and teaching to actual ESL learners with feedback from experienced instructors with advanced degrees, ultimately leading to my final lesson, where I taught a completely original lesson that I created. The LADO TEFL Certificate program changed my life, providing me with a network of lifelong colleagues and peers, a revolutionary skill set of communicative teaching (which is applicable in and outside of the classroom) and the renowned certificate that allows me to teach anywhere in the world!

Choose the best Teacher Training Program

Only at LADO, you will obtain 135 training hours (13.5 CEUs) with more than
20 hours of practice teaching in a classroom with real English learners.
Call (202) 223-0023 to observe a real class.


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Your TEFL Certification/CEUs

Upon successful completion of your program at LADO, you will receive the key to your new career and the symbol of your accomplishment, the TEFL Certificate, with 135 instructional hours and 13.5 CEUs.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized unit of measurement for participation in non-credit, continuing education programs. Click here to learn more about CEUs.

Tuition and Schedule for the LADO TEFL Program

LADO provides our trainees with 2 different schedules, Intensive (daytime hours) and Semi-Intensive (weekday nights and Saturdays), and an affordable tuition payment plans to fit our students’ needs.


There is a $100.00 registration fee, which is required to attend the LADO TEFL certificate program.


Both the Intensive and Semi-Intensive courses are $1,950.00 plus the cost of 4 textbooks. All other materials are included.

Tuition Payment

To begin your personal voyage into teaching, all trainees must make the tuition payment and register for the class on or prior to the first day of class. Trainees will not be allowed to enter or continue attending class until they have paid 100% of tuition on or before the first day of the session. Payment plans are available for students upon request. Call (202) 223 0023 for more details.

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