#1 TEFL Organization

Named Best Online & U.S. TEFL Course by GoAbroad.com 4 years in a row

40,000 Teachers Trained

Our graduates teach English online & in 80+ countries worldwide

Level 5 Accredited

TEFL certification recognized & sought after by employers worlwide

9.6/10 - reviews from goabroad.com

Online TEFL Certification Overview

Earn your accredited TEFL certification online with International TEFL Academy's most popular and best-selling course options for teaching English abroad and online.

Our two online TEFL courses are fully interactive and incorporate hands-on live practice teaching sessions. They include the same curriculum used in our in-person TEFL courses and are also accredited at the same level. 

  • Get TEFL certified online in 11 weeks with our part-time online TEFL course. This course was specifically designed for those who currently work or go to school.
  • Complete your TEFL course online in just 4 weeks with our intensive full-time option. This course is designed for those who wish to get their TEFL certificate online faster and can commit to a full-time schedule.

Why Earn Your TEFL Certification Online with International TEFL Academy?

Award-Winning Online TEFL Courses

Set yourself up for success with the #1 Best Online TEFL Course as named by international education leader GoAbroad.com for 4 straight years.

Internationally Recognized TEFL Certificate

Your online TEFL Certification from ITA does not expire, is accredited at the highest level, and is recognized by employers worldwide.

Experienced Experts to Guide You

Receive the pre-enrollment guidance you need from experienced advisors who have all lived and worked abroad. They will answer all of your questions and you can ask them about their own experiences too!

We Invest in Your TEFL Success

Learn from ITA's university-level instructors. They will present live lectures, share constructive feedback on your assignments, and answer your questions during virtual office hours.

Finding a TEFL Job Made Easy

Receive one-on-one job search assistance from our team of expert advisors. These services are lifetime so whether your goal is to teach abroad right away or a few years down the road, you have access to the resources & guidance you need.

You're Not Alone. We're Family.

Join a caring community of 40,000 alumni from all backgrounds teaching English online & in 80 countries. Interact with fellow students to learn from their experiences as international ESL teachers. 

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Browse Your Online TEFL Course Options

Before enrolling in any International TEFL Academy courses, we recommend that you speak with an advisor who will answer your questions; review your employment prospects for teaching English abroad; and assist you with the enrollment process.

We also invite you to read our registration procedure and terms & conditions. Note that all students will be charged a small processing fee per course/program purchased.
Now available: Payment plans. Easily pay for your online TEFL course in several installments.

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Juliana Dukov,  ITA's Intensive Online TEFL Course Instructor.
Juliana has been with ITA since 2015. She has a Master's in English Philology and Theory of Literature, 18 years of teaching experience and 3 continents she's called home.

What's Included in ITA's Online TEFL Courses?

Your online TEFL certification comes with:

  • Internationally recognized TEFL Certificate delivered by International TEFL Academy
  • Personalized & dedicated lifetime job search support
  • Interactive & constructive feedback from your online course instructor
  • Peer-participation with classmates
  • Online TEFL with teaching practice
  • All course reading materials, assignments and quizzes
  • Access to ITA's network and community of 40,000 teachers

What Will I Learn In My TEFL Certification Course Online?

ITA's online TEFL courses' lesson plan and curriculum are thorougly designed by our highly-qualified academics department. During your TEFL course, you will learn the following:

  • Basic principles of teaching
  • Grammar
  • Classroom Management
  • Error Correction
  • Lesson Planning
  • Use of Visual & Audio Aids
  • Teaching group classes: from beginner to advanced
  • Conversational English
  • Teaching grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation
  • Language Awareness
  • Private Tutoring
  • Teaching Business English

Online TEFL with practicum: You will learn how to teach English hands-on thanks to the live practice teaching sessions incorporated in your course.

Read more: Detailed curriculum overview of our 4-week online TEFL course and 11-week online TEFL course

Are Online TEFL Courses Legitimate?

Online TEFL courses are considered legitimate by language schools and online teaching companies hiring English teachers, but only if they are accredited and meet international standards. For example, they must include at least 100 hours of academic coursework and 6-20 hours of live practice teaching.

Are Online TEFL Certificates Recognized & Accepted By Employers?

Language schools and other institutions that hire TEFL-certified English teachers will typically recognize online TEFL courses as long as they are accredited and include live practice teaching. At ITA, 5,000 students take our online course annually, and graduates gain employment in 80 countries.

How Do Online TEFL Courses Work?

Online educational platforms such as Moodle enable students to complete their coursework online on their computers. Students can watch lectures, take quizzes, submit written assignments, engage in peer-to-peer discussions & projects, and even complete their live practice teaching virtually.

How Long Does Online TEFL Take?

A fully accredited 120-hour online course can be completed in four weeks, however, most online TEFL courses are offered on a part-time basis providing students more flexibility. ITA's 170-hour part-time course takes 11 weeks and most students need 10-12 hours a week to complete their coursework.

Which Online TEFL Course Should I Take?

If you want to get TEFL certified as quickly as possible and you have no work or school commitments, we recommend ITA's 4-week intensive Online TEFL Course. If you seek a part-time option, we recommend ITA's 11-week part-time TEFL Course, which is designed to accommodate those working or going to school.

Will This Qualify Me for TEFL Jobs Even if I Have No Experience?

Even without teaching experience or a college degree, ITA's accredited TEFL courses will equip you with the skills and qualifications needed to get a job teaching English overseas. However, factors like your education level, citizenship, and prior experience can impact your options for TEFL jobs.

ITA Grads Discuss Their Online TEFL Certification

Christina Roberts

Online TEFL Course Grad

I heard about International TEFL Academy from a friend who had done research on which place would be the best option to take courses when she is ready to take these classes after some college courses she is working on. I then also did some research myself and decided to try it out. It was a great choice! From the first point of contact with the Admissions Advisor, all through the course with Instructor Micah Colbert, it has been an educational experience with great feedback and learning opportunities! I am glad I didn't go with a "cheaper" option.

Natalie Kirkpatrick

Online TEFL Course Grad

I definitely recommend International TEFL Academy's TEFL certification program! The course was challenging but I learned so much and think I really improved my skills as a teacher. ITA will provide you with a ton of support, from the moment you register for the course to when you receive your certificate and need guidance looking for jobs.

Alfred DiBernardo

Online TEFL Course Grad

I had been searching and looking at ITA for a few years, and when my life finally gave me the chance to take this opportunity I did, and I am super glad I did. The program has been eye-opening, and the instructor, the counselors, and the other students have been incredible. I would highly recommend this program for anyone that is even remotely interested in teaching abroad, or teaching at all. There is a lot of great content and everything you learn here, you can take with you anywhere in the world!

Accreditation & Accolades

Based in Chicago, IL, International TEFL Academy is a world leader in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad and online. We offer internationally accredited TEFL courses online & in 20+ locations worldwide. We certify 6,000 people a year from all walks of life to teach English abroad and online, and our graduates are teaching English in 80 countries across the globe.

International TEFL Academy is recognized by employers worldwide at the highest level for TEFL certification. Our TEFL certificates meet or exceed international standards, and are accredited by sanctioned bodies in the field.

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