Founded in 2010, International TEFL Academy (ITA) is a world leader in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad and teaching English online. We offer accredited TEFL certification classes online and in 20+ locations worldwide and have received multiple awards and widespread recognition as one of the best TEFL schools in the world. We provide all students with lifetime job search guidance and have certified more than 40,000 English teachers. Our graduates are currently teaching online & in over 80 countries worldwide.
Note that getting your TEFL certification is more accessible than ever thanks to varied course options that International TEFL Academy offers:
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Every TEFL Certification courses offered by International TEFL Academy are recognized by employers worldwide at the highest level for TEFL certification. Our certificates meet or exceed international standards, and are accredited by sanctioned bodies in the field.
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Now that you’ve got a sense of what your options are for getting TEFL certified, let’s look closer at the types of TEFL courses on offer, and our domestic and international course locations.
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International TEFL Academy's Online TEFL Certification Courses are fully interactive and incorporate live practice teaching. They include the same curriculum used in our in-person classes and are also accredited at the same level. They are the most popular TEFL certification programs among our students & graduates as they offer the convenience of taking your class from the comfort of your home. Additionally, all Online TEFL Course students enjoy access to our lifetime Job Search Guidance as soon as their tuition has been paid in full (even during the course).
This online TEFL course is specifically designed to accommodate students who are working or going to school full-time. All graduates will be able to find a job teaching English online or around the world in 11 weeks.
Designed by top academic experts in the field of TEFL, this course is specifically designed for those who are looking to get TEFL certified faster and find a job teaching English online or worldwide in just 4 weeks.
Interested in taking a TEFL Certification class in person? Wondering 'what are TEFL courses near me'? International TEFL Academy offers on-site courses in 21 locations around North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. See below for further details on our TEFL courses and best TEFL certification programs available around the world.
ITA provides internationally accredited in-person TEFL Courses in two popular destinations in the United States: In the city of Chicago and in Manhattan, New York. Our Chicago Course has been named #1 Best USA TEFL Course by GoAbroad.com and is located at ITA's headquarters in the Windy City.
ITA offers internationally accredited TEFL courses in Asia, including TEFL certification options in Japan, South Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand.
ITA offers internationally accredited TEFL courses in Europe, including TEFL certification options in Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Turkey & Russia.
ITA offers internationally accredited TEFL courses in Latin America, including TEFL certification options in Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Ecuador.
The great part about teaching & education is that you're constantly learning and improving your teacher skills. We specifically designed these advanced courses to provide you with specialized professional skills. Our Specialty Classes are intended for International TEFL Academy students who already possess a TEFL certification but want to learn more about or specialize in these particular focus areas.
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At International TEFL Academy, we care about you and your teaching career. That's why all our students benefit from our lifetime job search assistance and support, every step of the way. We've been in your shoes - our team of expert advisors has taught English overseas and/or online extensively - and we strive to provide you with the best ESL tools for success. An International TEFL Academy Certification will open many doors in the field of teaching English online and abroad, and will grant you access to a family of fellow ITA Certified teachers around the globe who care about helping one another. We would love to welcome you to our ITA family!
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All ITA classes meet or exceed international standards. Our certificates are recognized by employers worldwide at the highest level for TEFL certification.
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Learn about dates & tuition for accredited TEFL Classes offered by International TEFL Academy for teaching English abroad.
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For those willing to invest extra for additional levels of support and guarantee of a high-quality English teaching job in Japan, South Korea, or Thailand.
You do not need to meet any specific qualifications other than speaking English fluently to take a TEFL Course. However, before you do so, you need to understand what the qualifications for teaching English abroad are first. There are 5 key requirements you will need to meet:
When it comes to online TEFL Courses, you want to make sure you choose a reputable school that offers an accredited online TEFL certification that:
Let's put it this way: TEFL schools need to be externally accredited for the same reason universities are accredited: to ensure that quality and ethical standards are maintained and to recognize professional acceptance and recognition in the international job market.
A widely recognized system of accreditation is the one set by the British government (Ofqual). In this system, a Level 5 TEFL Course ensures that quality standards are met to provide you with a professional-level training.
The cost will vary depending on the type (online or in-person), options and location of your course.
ITA's TEFL course tuition ranges anywhere from $1,499 USD to $5,000 USD (Discounts may apply).
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Choosing the right TEFL course is critical in providing you with the training, qualifications and job placement assistance you need to get hired to teach English online and abroad. There are a few mistakes to avoid:
The short answer is yes! You do not need prior teaching experience, nor do you need a degree, to teach English online and abroad as long as you have an accredited TEFL Certification. You may have more limited options as to where you can teach, but there are dozens of countries and online companies worldwide where you can teach English without a university degree.
The short answer is No. Your TEFL certification never expires and never needs to be renewed.
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