Professional Associations for ESL

If English isn’t your first language, you might be wondering how your English teachers knew what to teach you or how to teach it. And the answer is that someone checked to make sure they were headed in the right direction. Below are several organizations that provide accreditation to various schools and training facilities or serve as a community for English teachers.

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
ACCET accredits organizations that focus on educational purposes as well as those that offer continuing education or training programs. ACCET was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in the 1970s and continues to earn their trust by evaluating intensive English programs, union training camps, private career schools, and other organizations to ensure their high standards of education. 

International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
Thousands of professionals who teach English as a foreign language use IAFEFL as a resource and community. Memberships – and perspectives – are diverse, as teachers on the site are from more than 130 countries around the world.

EnglishUSA is a member organization of 450 intensive English programs (IEP) and works to guide and strengthen IEP staff and programs. Its website also provides information for students who want to study English in the USA. 

The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
The CEA provides accreditation to post-secondary IEPs and institutions. The organization assesses each program based on its curriculum, the experience of its faculty, and several other criteria.

TESOL International Association
TESOL serves as a base for teachers of English as a foreign language. The organization offers professional learning, research, and advice, including seminars and leadership programs.