You don't need prior teaching experience or a degree in education to teach English abroad, but you do need to get TEFL certified (TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language). An accredited TEFL certification will provide you with the training & qualification you need to get hired & to succeed as a professional English teacher.
TEFL Certification Options:
Based in Chicago, IL, International TEFL Academy is a world leader in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad. We certify 5,000 people a year to teach English abroad & our graduates are teaching in 80 countries worldwide. We offer:
NO! 90% of all ITA students have no prior teaching background. Your TEFL course will provide you with the skills you need to teach & run a classroom on a professional level. It will also provide you with a recognized qualification that schools & employers around the world are seeking.
NO! You will get hired because you are an English teacher with a teaching qualification (TEFL certification). The vast majority of schools that will employ you adhere to "full-immersion" approach so you will only use and provide instruction in English while teaching your classes.
If you want to get a good job at a good school and if you care about providing a quality educational experience than the answer is a definite "yes." Unless you possess a university degree in TESOL, the vast majority of schools and other employers will not hire you without an accredited TEFL certification (even experienced teachers in fields other than ESL).
Also, with International TEFL Academy you will also receive the job placement assistance you need to get hired abroad.
Accreditation is a method of quality assurance for educational and professional certifications that incorporates review and approval from a recognized independent organization in the field.
International TEFL Academy believes in full transparency and seeks to demystify the TEFL industry and fully educate those wishing to teach English abroad.
With 1.7 billion people using and learning English worldwide, the international job market for teaching English abroad has never been stronger with new opportunties opening every single day.
Some of the strongest markets for 2018 are: Cambodia, Mexico, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Colombia, Czech Republic, Taiwan, South Korea, Spain & China!
Yes — Most International TEFL Academy graduates teach in multiple countries! You have lifelong job search guidance with ITA and your certificate never expires.
When you're ready to move from one country to another, get in touch and we're happy to assist you with your transition and make sure you have all the current information necessary to make the move.