Internationally accredited TEFL Certification courses in North America


TEFL Courses in North America Overview

Our TEFL certification courses in North America are offered in Chicago and New York City.

Students 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. Student teaching (practicum) is often completed in the evening hours with local ESL students. All TEFL certification courses are taught by experienced university-level professors and incorporate a minimum of 100 hours of academic coursework and at least 6 hours of observed student teaching with ESL students.

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

TEFL in North america


Enrollment Information for North America TEFL Courses

Before enrolling in any International TEFL Academy courses, it is imperative 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.

Contact an ITA Advisor:

Take advantage of the one-on-one guidance provided to you by an expert in the field of TEFL. Your advisor has taught English abroad or online and lived overseas. They will answer all your questions and guide you through your options.

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Where Can You Take a TEFL Course in The USA?

TEFL Course in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago TEFL Course

  • Accredited, 4-weeks, full-time
  • Job search guidance & live practicum
  • University-level instructor

TEFL Course in New York, New York, USA

New York TEFL Course

  • Accredited, 4-weeks, full-time
  • Job search guidance & live practicum
  • University-level instructor

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Certification Options in North America

Based in Chicago, IL, International TEFL Academy is a World leader in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad. We offer internationally accredited TEFL Classes online & in 21 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.

All classes, including our two online courses, are taught by experienced university-level instructors and incorporate live practice teaching (practicum).

All ITA students receive lifetime worldwide Job Search Guidance.

Dates & Tuition

All North America TEFL Courses

Check out dates & tuition (including discounts) for 4-week in-person TEFL courses in North America.


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All ITA TEFL courses meet or exceed international standards for professional-level TEFL certification and are internationally accredited. Our certifications are recognized worldwide & our graduates are teaching English in 80 countries.


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International TEFL Academy offers accredited TEFL certification courses online in 21 locations worldwide. 



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ITA Alumni Teaching English Abroad

Kellie Kaufmann

Teaches English in Spain

Kellie Kaufmann

I found other TEFL certifications that were cheaper but I still chose ITA because of their reputation and resources. One of my favorite things about ITA is that you have an assigned advisor. Changing careers and moving abroad was such a foreign concept for me... I had so many questions, I didn't know where to start. I scheduled multiple calls with my advisor and they answered all my questions - not just about the TEFL certification, but about the entire process of moving abroad. The support was worth spending the extra money and now I'm living my dream in Madrid!

Laura Nalin

Taught English in South Korea

Laura Nalin

I loved the Chicago TEFL course! I think my favorite aspect was the fact that we were able to instruct adults at various English levels to prepare us for what was to come. I work 24 hours per week and make $2,200 USD a month plus free housing. I've found it easy to save $700-1,000 each month. I have two weeks of vacation each year in addition to all of the Korean national holidays, which is an additional 20 days - Koreans love to celebrate!

Thomas Scott

Teaches English in France

Thomas Scott

When I decided to retire from the corporate world, I started thinking about how I could continue working part-time while doing something I was passionate about. After doing some research and speaking with several ESL training certification schools, I signed up with ITA. I was attracted to their strong curriculum, experienced teachers, and a good level of interaction between the teacher and students. The TEFL course was more challenging than I had imagined but in a good way - I learned so much! I even signed on for the Business English and Young Learners courses.

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