Are TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificates worth it?
Better than online courses yeah. But I am here looking for opinions on the matter.
Well then you'd better be a bit more precise than, "Are TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificates worth it?"
If you are interested in working in TEFL, then of course a CELTA or Trinity CertTesol is worth having - they open the doors to some job opportunities that otherwise remain closed.
Is that what you mean?
Right that's what they say, however, what percentage of the job pool for ESL teachers do you think that those jobs occupy?
I do know that it is very difficult to find a job in TEFL in a reputable school in the United Kingdom without a CELTA or Trinity Dip TESOL. It is difficult in most of Europe to find a job without some form of teaching certificate that has involved a course of 100+ hours and observed teaching practice.
The CELTA was mentioned by name in 60% of the job adverts I looked at when looking at this:
Some qualifications are more equal than others - Tdol's English Language Blog
It is the number one qualification asked for, so I would say it is worth it.
I'd say in my experience teaching in Asia, that they are less than 10%. Most schools are just looking for a degree.
The original question wasn't confined to Asia.