Accredited TEFL Certification Courses in the USA for Teaching English Abroad & Online

🔔 NEW! Now accepting enrollments for our new Test Prep Skills Specialty Course

#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

TEFL Certification USA Overview

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.

See below to learn more about locations, tuition, housing options & other TEFL in North America details.

Why Take Your USA TEFL Course with International TEFL Academy?  

The Gold Standard in USA TEFL Courses

Get your TEFL certification with the fourth year running #1 Best USA TEFL Course on international education leader GoAbroad.com.

Internationally Recognized TEFL Certificate

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

Helpful Experts. Useful Advice.

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!

Top Level TEFL Instructors

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.

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 for success.

You're Not Alone. We're Family.

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. 

Download TEFL Starter Kit

Browse Your USA 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 strongly recommend enrolling in your onsite TEFL course at least 1-3 months in advance. 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.

Ask a TEFL USA Instructor

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.

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

Your ITA TEFL certification includes:

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

What Will I Learn in ITA's USA TEFL Courses?

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:

  • 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

Read more: Detailed curriculum overview of our Chicago TEFL course

ITA Grads Discuss Their TEFL Certification

Denise Leinonen

ITA Graduate

Denise Leinonen

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.

Megan Cape

ITA Graduate

Megan Cape

The TEFL course helped immensely with lesson planning. The teaching position I accepted in Germany requires me to plan all of my classes.

ITA alumnus Doc Stull

ITA Graduate

ITA alumnus Doc Stull

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.

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.

Read More: TQUK Level 5 Accreditation
Read More: Meet ITA's Stellar Academics Department

TQUK Level 5 Accreditation
Education First
Apax English
Conversa Spain
Bogota Business English
Hess International
Teaching Nomad
Workaway Recruitment