How quickly can I get TEFL certified and begin teaching English abroad?

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on October 24, 2012. It has been updated for accuracy and freshness on October 4, 2018.

If you can jump into an In-Person TEFL Course immediately and you plan on working in the location where you take the course, you can be certified and teaching English professionally in a little more than a month.  However, this scenario is not typical or realistic for most people and we recommend that you allow yourself 4-6 months to get your TEFL certification, make your arrangements, and conduct your job search prior to beginning your job as an English teacher abroad. 

How to Evaluate and Compare Online TEFL Courses

By: Ian Davis

For many, teaching English abroad can be a life changing experience, and like all big events in life, one should prepare by doing proper research.  Online TEFL courses have become very popular in recent years, as they offer a flexible and affordable way to complete your TEFL training.  However, not all online TEFL courses are the same. Like anything, when it comes to TEFL courses, you will typically get what you pay for and if a price seems too good to be true - it usually is. A $195 self-taught online TEFL class with no practice teaching that you buy on Groupon will not provide the same level of training, recognition or accreditation that you will receive by investing in a true professional level course that meets industry standards and is taught by experienced instructors.

As you embark on your research or the best online TEFL course for you, here are some key points to consider and some important questions for you to ask.

Can I Finish ITA's Online TEL Class in Less Than 11 Weeks?

By: Shay Ames

No — you can't graduate & receive your certificate in fewer than 11 weeks, though you can work ahead and complete many assignments in advance. Also, bear in mind that once you have enrolled in your class and have completed your enrollment documents and have paid your tuition, you can begin receiving Job Search Guidance, even before your Online TEFL Class begins

You are excited to jet set and start your new life teaching English abroad, but remember, you also want to ensure your decision to live and work in a new country is accompanied by a success plan and that takes a little prep.  That’s why we’re here!

What are the advantages of Online TEFL courses compared to in-person courses?

7 Advantages of Taking Your TEFL Class Online

 

1.  SAVE MONEY!

  • Tuition for a four-week in-person TEFL course anywhere in the world will typically cost $ 1,599 to $ 2,499 ($ 1,899 on average) depending on location.  Tuition for the ITA 170 hour online course is $1,399 so you will save $ 500 – $ 700 on the online TEFL Class compared to an onsite TEFL Class on tuition alone.
  • In addition, unless you are taking a course in-person in your home city, you will also need to pay for housing, food and expenses, which usually run $ 800 - $ 1,500 for a month depending on where you are taking your course.

This means that taking the International TEFL Academy online TEFL certification course will typically save you $ 2,000 - $3,000 compared to an equivalent four-week onsite course.  That is money you can use to travel and for start-up costs such as airfare to the country where you plan to work and to support yourself until you begin to get paid.

How Should I Pick a TEFL Course Date & When Do I Need to Enroll?

Get Inside Tips on How to Select Your TEFL Course Location & Date

By Matt Birgy 

Have you already decided that living overseas as an English teacher and traveling the world is an experience you'll always regret missing out on?  Well, it’s your turn to publish photos on Facebook or Instagram of a life somewhere overseas, as authentic and off-the-beaten-tourist-path as it gets, while making an actual difference.

If you’ve arrived at the conclusion that, yes, you want to challenge yourself and take the leap to live internationally as an English teacher, then (congrats!) getting TEFL certified is the beginning of your journey.  With so many potential teaching destinations, certification locations and course dates out there, deciding when and where can become a task in itself, so here are some questions to ask yourself to help you choose the right TEFL Certification option for you.

Can I Apply for Jobs Teaching English Abroad in Multiple Countries?

Absolutely, it’s the smart thing to do!  Schools in many Asian countries predominantly interview and hire teachers in advance from abroad.  Certain Latin American and European nations like Mexico, Chile, Russia or Turkey will hire in advance as well, though the majority of positions are found on the ground. This means that if your take an online TEFL certification class, or the Chicago TEFL Class, for example, you will receive comprehensive job search guidance that will enable you to apply and interview for teaching jobs and opportunities in multiple countries and regions in the world at the same time.

Who Teaches International TEFL Academy's Online TEFL Certification Course?

Instruction is provided by highly qualified university-level professors with extensive experience teaching English as a foreign language, and all professors must meet or exceed the following standards: 

 * Hold a Masters in Education or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or higher; a high percentage of instructors will also hold a PhD.

* Have at least one year of overseas teaching experience. Professors will share their personal experiences and insights with their students.

* Hold professional experience in online education, including the use of advanced platforms and applications such as Moodle and WebEx.

Read full profiles of our instructors here.

Is ITA's Online TEFL Certification Course Valid and Accredited?

By John Bentley
 
Yes it is, International TEFL Academy’s 170-Hour Online TEFL Course is internationally accredited and recognized, and it exceeds international standards for professional level TEFL Certification (most accredited TEFL courses run 106-120 hours) as set forth by leading bodies in the international field of TEFL and recommended by thousands of schools and employers around across the globe. In addition, our online course is officially recommended by several leading recruiters that hire English teachers for private and public schools around the world.