TEFL in Lagos (Nigeria)

TEFL in Lagos / TESOL in Lagos

The TEFL program in Nigeria takes place in Ikorodu, a suburb of Lagos, a fast-growing mega city competing with New York.  Ikorodu has a very good road network which makes it easily accessible. Accommodated in an English school, the TEFL training center is located approximatey 22 km away from Lagos International Airport.

The TEFL course location offers six spacious classrooms, audio-visual tools, and a small library.  Each classroom is equipped with computers to enhance teaching in the class.  The teaching practice students are locals who want to learn or improve their English skills.

The TEFL in Lagos runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday through Thursday.  There is an hour lunch break during which the TEFL trainees can eat in one of the nearby standard eateries.  There are additional short breaks throughout the day.  On Fridays, TEFL trainees have to plan study time from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The first teaching practice for TEFL trainees takes place starting Week 2 of the program and continues daily until Week 4.

Each teaching practice is followed by evaluation and further practice.  The overall progress of the theoretical part of the program is measured by weekly practice quizzes.

The goal of the program is to prepare students for the following interviewing process with schools and, ultimately, for the teaching position ahead.  Our TEFL  course is designed to help trainees achieve their career goal–a teaching position in the country of their choice.

(100% on-site training)

Course Fees
Total course fee: $1,000

Deposit: US $250 (due upon registration)

Balance payment: $750 (due 7 days before the first day of the four-week program)

Course Dates in 2018

  • 6 August – 31 August
  • 4 September – 28 September
  • 1 October – 26 October
  • 29 October – 23 November
  • 26 November – 21 December

This is a four-week, in-class TEFL certification with a teaching practicum with actual EFL students.  Graduates have the choice of one among three TEFL specializations: Teach Business English, Teach Young Learners, or Teach TOEFL Preparation.

120-Hour Combined TEFL Certification

Total course fee: $675

Deposit at registration: $375

Balance payment  of $300 due five (5) business days before the first day of the teaching practice: $300.

Due to the teaching practice, the program results in the same certificate as the four-week on-site TEFL certification.  The online part is tutor supported.  Graduates have the choice of one among three TEFL specializations: Teach Business English, Teach Young Learners, or Teach TOEFL Preparation

2018 – Onsite Teaching Practice Dates
  • 6 August – 14 August
  • 4 September – 12 September
  • 1 October – 9 October
  • 29 October – 6 November
  • 26 November – 4 December

120-Hour Weekend In-Class TEFL Certification

(100% on-site training)
Course Dates in 2018
  • 18 August – 6 October
  • 13 October – 1 December
Course Fees
Total course fee: $1,200

Deposit: US $300 (due upon registration)

Balance payment: $900 (due 7 days before the first day of the program)


The certificates of all three programs are the same.

Nigeria has the largest population of all African countries.  Its government is working hard in order to make the country one of the leading economies in the world. The country offers free education to its people; however, many Nigerians do not take advantage of it.  As a result, the government works hard on improving school attendance.

Public Schools: 

Most of the demand for teachers in the public education system falls within the elementary schools. Only 32% of males and 27% of females go through middle or even high school education due to the poor infrastructure, poverty and lack of qualified teachers.

It may be somewhat of a challenge to go through the Nigerian Ministry of Education to find a teaching position, but there is no doubt that Nigeria could need a little help from international teachers.

Private International Schools:

It is much easier to find a teaching position with a private educational institution because you don’t have to go through the application process of the Ministry of Education.  While the demands of different institutions may vary, most international teachers will be expected to teach English classes and possess a teaching credential such as the TEFL certificate.  Some teachers also teach privately as tutors to supplement their income.

Volunteer Work:

There are many orphanages and non-profit organizations in Nigeria which are constantly looking for international volunteers to teach local children in need.  Since these teaching opportunities are done on a volunteer basis, organizations often only require volunteers to have a high school diploma as well as the heart to help some of the least fortunate citizens of Nigeria.

How to Look for Teaching Jobs:

The best way to look for a teaching opportunity in Nigeria is to apply to a teaching program that can arrange specific teaching placements with local educationa institutions.  Peak hiring time  in Nigeria is August–just before the school starts.  Our training center in Lagos will be able to assist those who wish to teach in Nigeria with the proper guidance and support.

Required Qualifications:

Since most teach-aboad jobs in Nigeria are offered through private schools, the educational requirements may vary  With a Bachelor’s degree in a subject area and a TEFL certificate, you will be well on your way to landing a rewarding teaching position in one of Nigeria’s private schools.   For those planning to teach in a public school, the Nigerian Ministry of Education requires all candidates to have a Bachelor’s degree in education or in a specific subject area.

Teacher Compensation:

50,000 Nigerian Naira per month; due to the lack of funding, public school teachers in Nigeria earn much less than private school teachers (70,000 Naira/month).  As a teacher of a private international school, you may go home with double the amount in your pockets–150,000 Naira per month.  Do not let this worry you too much. Many teach-abroad programs will provide you with a salary that you can live on and not be dependent on the Nigerian government’s budget.  Volunteer teachers are usually provided with room and board and some pocket money while teaching in Nigeria.

Average Cost of Living:

The average cost of living in Nigeria is actually quite high compared to other African countries.  Nigeria’s two largest cities, Lagos and Abuja, are two of the most expensive places to live in the world.  Still,  the majority of Nigerians survive on 1 USD per day.  This simply shows the huge contrast between the wealthy and the poor. Chances are, you will live comfortably during your time in Nigeria.  The average cost of living is estimated with 50,000 Naira per month.  Below are some examples of prices in Nigeria.  Since the conversion rate between the Nigerian Naira to the USD  is 1 to 0.01, the prices are show in USD to better illustrate them.

  • 1-bedroom apartment rent: $400
  • 1 bottle of milk: $3
  • 1 pair of jeans: $40
  • 1 one-way transportation ticket: 20 NT

Due to its ever-increasing industrial development, Lagos is the most modern city in Nigeria.

It is centrally located in West Africa.
It offers all those  Africans who were previously denied or stand a high chance of being denied visas to the U.S., the U.K. or the EU an easy access to a high-quality TEFL training program.
The Lagos TEFL course saves considerable time, a tremendous amount of money and headaches associated with dealing with embassies.
The 120-Hour TEFL Certification program in Lagos is exactly the same course as taught in New York, London, Paris, or in other centers.
The TEFL course comes with the same quality employment support.
Your worldwide accredited TEFL certificate is issued in New York and opens the door to schools around the world.  It’s the type of TEFL certification required by the highest paying schools in the world.

And here are more reasons to come to Lagos:
  • • Lagos has a beautiful coast line.  Its beaches are compatible to those white, sandy beaches of Mexico or Thailand.  The most attractive beaches are Tarkwa Bay, Elegushi and Oniru Beach.   Lagos beaches offer fun and sun all year round.
  • • The National Museum of Lagos is a place to explore if you love history.  The museum features a notable collection of Nigerian art: pieces of statuary, carvings and archeological and ethnographic exhibits.
  • • If you love shopping and exploring markets, Lagos Island Market will be an endless paradise for you  With a bouquet of commodities ranging from beautiful local and foreign jewelry to fabrics, clothing, home wares and electronics, the market is the largest shopping district in West Africa.

Lagos  Weather

Due to its close proximity to the equator and the Atlantic Ocean, the climate in Nigeria is tropical.

Temperatures are consistently high.   The seasons are more defined by the difference in rainfall than a change on the thermometer.   In Lagos, the average high in January is 88°F (31°C) and 73°F (23°C).  There is hardly a drop of water that falls from the sky.  In June, it’s 82°F (28°C) and 73°F (23°C); June is the month with the heaviest rains.

In the south of the Nigeria, a coastal region that includes Lagos and the oil-rich area of Port Harcourt, it’s incredibly humid, but it rarely gets hotter than 90°F (32°C). This area is characterized by two rainy periods: one short period and one long one.  The long rainy season begins in late February or early March and lasts until July. The short rainy season starts in September and runs through October, though rains are not nearly as heavy as in the long season.

All those taking their TEFL training in Nigeria would do well to bring light, loose-fitting clothes and, most importantly, an umbrella.  In general, one can leave the winter jackets and long underwear behind and take your favorite swim suit and a high-SPF sun lotion with you.



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