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How Do I Enroll in My TEFL Course?

Before your course start date, you will need to speak with your Admissions Advisor. We want to make sure you know what to expect in the course and afterward.

If you haven't talked with your Admissions Advisor yet, you may still enroll and they will contact you after receiving your payment to cover and clarify any necessary details about the course and your options for English teaching opportunities after the class.

To speak with an Advisor & receive more info before you enroll:

For more in-depth details about registration, refer below.

1. Speak With a Live Admissions Advisor

This is a critical step to:

  1. Understand hiring procedures & international job markets for English teachers;
  2. Understand the requirements to take a TEFL course;
  3. Understand enrollment requirements for particular TEFL courses.
Admissions Advisors

A) Understand Hiring Procedures & International Job Markets For English Teachers

The following considerations may affect your plans and opportunities for teaching English abroad:

  • Citizenship, age, educational level, hiring cycle, interviewing procedure (in-person or phone interviews), and more;

  • Review the list of the most popular countries for teaching English in our country comparison chart and individual country profiles. It is extremely important that all of our students understand the hiring procedures and eligibility requirements for English teaching positions prior to enrolling in a TEFL class;

  • Non-native English speakers will need to read and understand where they can and probably cannot find employment as an English teacher. In addition, all non-native speakers must complete a spoken interview & a brief essay before enrolling in any TEFL course;

  • Additionally, while we provide lifetime job search guidance to our graduates, you must have a clear understanding of your responsibilities for interviewing and obtaining a teaching position.

👉 Fill out this form or Call 773-634-9900 to get in touch with your advisor.

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B) Understand The Requirements To Take a TEFL Course

  • A minimum of a High School Diploma or GED;
  • Fluent and proficient English skills;
  • Non-native speakers will be required to write a brief essay and interview over the phone to verify their English skills prior to enrollment;
  • Ability to complete a university-level course that incorporates extensive reading, homework, papers, quizzes, tests, lesson plans, and student teaching/observation (practicum). All work is graded and each student must pass the class and fulfill the practicum requirement to earn their certification;
  • Those without a 4-year degree are able to enroll in our Online TEFL Course;
  • Requirements and admissions policies for the Four-week Onsite Courses vary from course to course and non-native English speakers or native speakers without a four-year degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be required to write an essay and/or interview. 

👉 Fill out this form or Call 773-634-9900 so we can answer your questions.

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C) Enrollment Requirements for Particular TEFL Courses

In addition to completing the Registration Documents, there may be extra requirements to enroll in particular TEFL classes:

  • Online TEFL Course - A scanned copy of a government-issued photo i.d. (i.e. passport, driver's license) must be submitted with enrollment documents.

👉 To proceed with application interviews & essays for these courses, please fill out this form or call 773-634-9900 to speak with an Advisor who will be happy to assist you.

TEFL Enrollment procedures

2. Enroll In a TEFL Course In Advance Before It Is Filled

  • Online TEFL courses are limited to 20 students and typically fill two weeks in advance;
  • Four-week Onsite TEFL courses are generally limited to 12-14 students and often fill 2-3 months in advance (Fall courses in Europe fill 4-6 months in advance).

We strongly recommend that students enroll at least 90 days prior to their desired course start date to secure their spot and have ample time to make travel arrangements.

Check out TEFL Course Dates & Tuition pages for updates on TEFL Class availability.

Read more: How to Enroll in your Online TEFL Course

Contact Your ITA Advisor

Chat with your personal expert 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.

3. Registration Is a 2-Step Process

Step 1: Pay the course tuition to reserve your spot

  • Online class tuition is typically paid in full, but payment plans are possible. Talk with your Admissions advisor to learn about your options.
  • Onsite courses require a deposit to enroll; the remaining balance will be due to the onsite course director before the course start date.

Payment is accepted by credit card, debit Visa/Mastercard, Paypal, bank wire transfer or money order. You may pay using our online shopping cart or by speaking with your Advisor and providing credit card information over the phone. Instructions for paying by Paypal, money order, electronic transfer and bank wire will be provided upon request. Payment is the only way to hold your spot in a TEFL course.

Receipt: Upon enrollment, you will receive a confirmation email with your receipt and instructions regarding the next phase of your registration and beginning your class.

Step 2:  Complete Your Enrollment Documents

To complete your registration you must complete and submit the following documents electronically: Registration Documents.

  • Online TEFL Class students must also submit a scanned copy of a government-issued photo i.d. Students who do not turn these in will not be allowed access to the online course.
  • Onsite TEFL Class Students will not work with the onsite course director until these documents are received.

4. Upon Enrolling in Your TEFL Course

  • Online TEFL Course students: Students will receive their class login and password information via email on the first day of class which is a Monday at 12 noon Central time. You will also be emailed access to an online Grammar Module to help brush up before the course.
  • Onsite TEFL Course Students: Students will work with our Student Affairs office in Chicago and be placed directly in touch with the Onsite Course Director. The Onsite Director will assist you with housing options, arrival and transportation options.

It is HIGHLY advised NOT to book your airline ticket or accommodations until you speak with the director as he/she is an expert of that city. You will pay your housing fees to the hostel/hotel/hotel/homestay directly. You are responsible for the cost of these expenses, they are NOT included in the price of tuition. Your Advisor will provide you with typical costs for accommodations for each location.

5. Upon Completion of Your TEFL Course

  • Online students: You will receive your TEFL Certificate via email after finishing your course and submitting your practicum documents.
  • Onsite students: You will receive your certificate on the last day of the course. An additional certification may be mailed to you from the accreditor (depending on which class location the course was held).

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