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40,000 Teachers Trained
Our graduates teach English online & in 80+ countries worldwide
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Set yourself up for success as a professional English teacher by earning your TEFL USA certification in person in Chicago and New York City.
You should expect a professional-level TEFL certification course to run from 9 am - 6 pm daily (5 days a week) with 10 -12 students in a class. Live practice teaching is often completed in the evening with local ESL students. All TEFL certification courses are taught by experienced university-level instructors and incorporate at least 100 hours of academic coursework and at least 6 hours of observed student teaching with ESL students. All students receive ITA's exclusive lifetime Job Search Guidance included with tuition.
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Get your TEFL certification with the fourth year running #1 Best USA TEFL Course on international education leader GoAbroad.com.
Your TEFL Certification from ITA does not expire, is accredited at the highest level, and is recognized by employers worldwide.
Receive pre-enrollment support from a TEFL expert who's been in your shoes. Our advisors have lived and/or taught English abroad and online. They will answer all of your questions and you can ask them about their own experiences too!
Develop your English teaching skills led by our team of university-level instructors. In addition to creating a dynamic classroom environment, they will also share constructive feedback on your assignments and oversee your live practice teaching.
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 for success.
Join a caring community of 40,000 alumni from all backgrounds teaching English online & in 80 countries. Engage with fellow students to learn from their experiences as international ESL teachers.
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.
Nicole Vail, ITA's Chicago TEFL Course Instructor.
Nicole has been with ITA since 2019. She has a Master's in English and one in Teaching, Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in ESL. She taught English in Costa Rica, the Czech Republic and the U.S.
Your ITA TEFL certification includes:
ITA's TEFL courses' lesson plan and curriculum are thorougly designed by our highly-qualified academics department. During your TEFL course, you will learn the following:
Read more: Detailed curriculum overview of our Chicago TEFL course
Our practicum was one of the most useful things about the program. This was amazing, as we were able to teach students of all different levels of English.
The TEFL course helped immensely with lesson planning. The teaching position I accepted in Germany requires me to plan all of my classes.
I liked being challenged by a new pedagogy, looking at the mechanics of the English language and methods of teaching language and language study applications.
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.