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TEFL Online certification from the University of Toronto
TEFL Online certification from the University of Toronto

About

Pairing your bachelor’s degree with a TEFL certificate from a top-20 global university is the best way to find an amazing job to fund your overseas adventure. The OISE TEFL course was designed by a team of professors and TEFL experts. Unlike a traditional university course, OISE TEFL is 100% online and self-paced, so you can fit it into your busy schedule or hustle through it in a shorter time frame. OISE TEFL is delivered by Teach Away, world leaders in international teacher placements.

Your OISE TEFL course options:

100-Hour TEFL Course
This course is best for new ESL teachers on a budget who want to get started teaching English.

120-Hour TEFL Course
This course is best for recent university graduates and current students looking to teach abroad.
*Choose two specialization units

150-Hour TEFL Course
This course is best for serious ESL teachers seeking a comprehensive course to accelerate their career.
*Choose two specialization units
*Extended curriculum
*Teaching abroad unit

Specializations

Cater your course to your personal interests as well as your teaching destination with a combination of specializations that can be added to your TEFL certificate. Specialization units include:

  • Teaching English to Korean Speakers
  • Teaching English to Arabic Speakers
  • Teaching English to Mandarin Speakers
  • Teaching English to Young Learners
  • Teaching Business English
  • Teaching Test Preparation Courses
  • Digital Technology in the Classroom
  • Learner-Centred Classrooms
  • Teaching Abroad

Questions & Answers

There are no prerequisites to enroll in the course, you may do so at any time and begin instantly by paying the course fee. That said, do keep in mind that generally the internationally accepted minimum requirements to teach abroad are a TEFL certificate and a bachelors degree (in any subject area). This is not to say, however, that teachers with less than a degree do not continue to be hired...
There are no prerequisites to enroll in the course, you may do so at any time and begin instantly by paying the course fee through our website here: https://teflonline.teachaway.com/enroll/ That said, keep in mind that the internationally widely accepted minimum requirements to teach abroad are a TEFL certificate and a bachelors degree in any subject area. This is not to say, however, that...
Hi Ariel, The University of Toronto does participate in the Title IV federal student aid programs, however, students in this course are not considered full or part-time students at the University of Toronto. Though the course was designed by education faculty at the University of Toronto, it is also jointly administered by Teach Away. Moreover, the course is offered at a department level. As such,...
Hi Tasheira, Thank you for your question! If you are currently applying for placement through the Teach Away website, there are a few things to be mindful to ensure that your applications stand out. 1) Ensure you meet all of the requirements specified in the job posting, listed requirements are not optional, 2) Make sure your Teach Away profile is up to date and accurate. Placement Coordinator's...

Reviews

84%
based on 61 reviews
  • Benefits 9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 7.4
  • Facilities 8
  • Safety 6.9
  • Instruction 8.2
  • Support 7.9
  • Value 7.9
  • Academic Rigor 6.3
  • Job Assistance 6.2
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Lakshmi
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Quality Teaching

The course is linguistic basis and some prior knowledge in this area is an advantage. It offers some excellent teaching strategies, not only for teaching outside your immediate area or overseas, but also in any school environment from primary through to senior secondary. However, I found the blockage annoying. For example, when you have to wait to have the Journals marked and cannot move to the next module. The timed tests also posed a problem. For people like me who work full-time as a senior secondary teacher with 2 year 12 classes, a family to run and grand children. There was an occasion when I failed an exam because I had to attend a very young grand child's needs. There was also a time when I had planned to work on the course and your URL was down. This put me very behind in my schedule. You do need a very good internet connection to do the course and be able to be flexible with your time to complete the course. Overall a worth while course and for myself a very good review of what I had learnt awhile ago.

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Mary
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent Training for Language Teachers

I have taken numerous online courses over the years, but I have no problem rating this course the best so far. The lessons were well organised and covered a lot of material (history of language, teaching theory, fundamentals of language/grammar). I wasn't expecting such an abundance of material, but know that it's necessary in order for language teachers to perform at their best in the classroom.

I liked the combination of visuals and audio components (PowerPoint, YouTube). The personal anecdotes that the professors and teachers shared helped me to understand the options that seasoned teachers have used when dealing with classroom issues and/or learning issues.

The reflections journals, quizzes and unit tests gave me the feedback I needed on an ongoing (and immediate) basis so that I could review and feel confident with my grasp of the materials.

I would strongly recommend this course for anyone who is interested in having a thorough knowledge base going into the classroom. It's a great confidence builder for new teachers.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I think it's important to learn as much as possible about the country, culture and people before you teach in a foreign country. I make a point of reading history, current events, literature etc. so that I have a better understanding and appreciation going in. This helps to enhance the experience for me and for the students.
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KaterynaGovor
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Comments on TEFL course

The impression of OISE left only positive one. They reply on questions asked promptly and clear.
In general with the course, the experience has been more then good but not great.
From bright side the program has excellent study materials, I really proved my knowledge, got more confidence and made my outlook wider! That's what I am grateful for!
On another hand, course has 120 hours which has two sections, 100 hours of ground knowledge and 20 of chosen specialty. The thing is, that after some lesson (I would say roughly after 60th hour) the materials are repeating itself, it is boring. The materials have identical meaning but presented in different ways. I have got an expression that those materials made to fill up the required 100 hours. The 20 hours of chosen specialty has its advantages of being short and clear on the subject.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't get hope that after completing the course and get certificate, u will get job right the way. Yes, definitely, u would be able to apply for more job posting then before (u would be able to cross over the limit, schools set on who is able to apply) but still, if u are not native speaker, it is difficult to get through. I would say program perfectly fits English-speakers who doesn't have degree but would like to teach.
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Pauline Kanyiva
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Teaching experience in Mexico

My name is Pauline Mwendwa from Nairobi, Kenya. I am a 27 years old adventurous and spontaneous teacher. I teach English and Literature both at Middle school and High school Level. I am currently teaching at Oxford School of English here in Monterrey, Mexico. I have been a teacher here for almost three years now.
This is my story. When my Best friend Flevian and I decided that it was time we diversified our dreams and move at least to a different country, I personally had no idea which country would be my destination. All I knew was that I needed to experience a new culture and learn a new language. So I went online and send out over 100 applications to all parts of the world. I received a couple of offers but some of them required huge amounts of money to move. Mexico was the option that I felt comfortable going for especially due to my financial situation. Also, it was intriguing for me because guess what, I had never thought of Mexico in my whole life and to be honest I never knew where Mexico was, and I never knew even a single Spanish word!
It wasn't the easiest decision to make moving to Mexico and I have never regretted it either. My teaching experience for the first year was not an easy one due to very many challenges such as language barrier and culture differences. After 3 months of working at Lincoln School in Guadalajara, Jalisco I was fired! Yes you read that right. That was my most devastating moment in my life. I was in a foreign country, I did not speak their language and I had no relative around. I contemplated going back to Kenya for a few days but I knew I had so much to accomplish in Mexico before I called it quits. I knew I could make it and God had better plans ahead. So I stayed without a job and with no means of survival. With my little savings that I had, I took a flight to a different State, Nuevo Leon where I am right now. This is where I learnt about the TEFL course through my online research in pursuit of understanding and solving the challenges of teaching English as a second Language. Before coming to Mexico, I had been teaching English for a couple of years in Kenya. I knew I was a competent teacher and an excellent one for that matter. Lo and behold! Teaching English and Teaching English as a second language are two different worlds altogether. With TEFL course you can easily be both. Through this course I learnt a lot that I wouldn't have known. If you are considering teaching in a foreign country you are on the right path. But, first things first. There are things that you might need to consider first. Learn the culture of your country destination, familiarize yourself with their religious believes and political views and if possible learn a bit of their language. Most importantly, take a TEFL course. This will make it easier for you to kick start your adventure. Also, you might need to be careful about the institution you choose to undertake your TEFL course. There are numerous institutions offering the course, but reviews should be your guide. After my research, I chose University of Toronto because of the positive review I read from different people, and true to the word, it was an amazing experience. The organization of the content, the constant online support and above all the prompt feedback from the tutors was my best part.Today I am proud to be one of the most outstanding graduates from OISE University of Toronto TEFL.
My most outstanding testimony is how much I learnt about classroom management. Any teacher would concur with me that this is usually the most challenging aspect of a teaching career. Being able to manage 25 to 30 different personalities with different background, interest, talents and challenges in the same room and at the same time is not a walk in the park. Since I took my TEFL course, my teaching experience has never been this exciting and lively. Lately, my students give me a reason to look forward to my next day, unlike before. I am looking forward to an even more adventurous and exciting teaching career in different parts of the world.
Lots of love to everyone and always be wild!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing that might need a bit of improvement is the quality of the practice questions and quizzes. I feel like they should be more challenging and open instead of multiple answers.
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Christian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Course Content

I enjoyed the content of this course as it highlighted information that I was not familiar with in an accessible and simple format. I felt comfortable learning at my pace, and was challenged to apply what I had learned by tests and reflection journals. I also found it very useful to recount earlier information that was reviewed as the course went on, further indicating which skills were the most useful while overseas. The lesson planning course I found particularly useful, as was the lesson pertaining to how different students learn. I would prefer for some more evaluation in between the beginning and the end of modules, as I feel like it would offer a better assessment of what has been learned. I felt like every lesson had something of value to take away, and I am looking forward to applying what I’ve learned in the global classroom.

What would you improve about this program?
More requests for stylized lesson plans by the teacher and some reflection journals were worded in a confusing manner.
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SANDRA
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Excellent Course

The course was well laid out into smaller pieces o that one could concentrate on certain portion at a time. The timing was good. Whenever help was required, it was there. The staff at the University of Toronto teachaway were very patient and friendly. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone who would like to teach English as a foreign language. It would be wise to take note as you go along, so that you would be able to do the quizzes. The quizzes were very helpful. They were a good source of feedback to keep me motivated to hang in there. I enjoyed the material in the course. It really prepared me for teaching. It was informative and interesting as well. The journals also played a good part in helping us to apply what we had studied in the lessons. Also the little excises with our suggestions were very important as well. The structure of the course was great because we got feedback all the way.

What would you improve about this program?
This course is a as good as it can be. IT can be shortened somewhat, or the time period in which to complete it can be lengthened. May be the part on history can be shorted.
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Toni
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL 150 hour course

I was enrolled and completed the Teachaway TEFL 150-hour certificate. I found that it covered a good and wide range of topics and lessons that one could use when teaching English. The topic I struggle with most was the English grammar portion. There was a lot of English rules and word types that I just took in as how to use without really know the facts and logic behind it. There were several that even now I get stuck with. During the course the tests would tell you which lesson to review so you could help yourself succeed. I took my own personal notes throughout the course and took pictures of slides and diagrams I wanted to remember which help my own testing and reviews. I found this course easy to narvigate and the marking was done efficiently.

What would you improve about this program?
A way to save some of the charts, diagrams or visual aids that were used on slides
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David
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

University of Toronto OISE - TEFL Certification Course (Core Course)

This is an excellent course. I enjoyed it; found it quiet comprehensive; and, believe it has prepared me well. I found particularly interesting the background material on language acquisition theory which made what followed much more meaningful and was also important to me as a student of other languages. The faculty is excellent. They are steeped in knowledge and experience, and clearly know how to prepare you for the challenge ahead. The breadth of topics is large but necessary, and there is just enough repetition throughout that one begins to truly learn and internalize key concepts. In addition, there’s lots of opportunity to apply what you are learning, as you are learning it. I liked that. At the end, I did not feel as though I had been exposed to just slide after slide of information, but rather I felt I really knew how to do something, that is, how to prepare a thoughtful and effective lesson plan, and execute it so that students succeed.

What would you improve about this program?
Very good course as it is, but it may be worthwhile to examine the balance between the value of the repetition of key concepts on one hand and the efficiency and length of the course on the other.
Henry
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Professional course, lacks efficiency

Very good course, lots of information taught through this course. There were game materials, teaching support materials, and in-class activities provided for students to download throughout the course. The writer of this course was also very keen on communicating the importance of environmental protection, which is a significant challenge facing the current generation. It's worth spreading the message about how we can give back to the world rather than only take from it. The support normally responded quickly to my inquiries.
Three big concerns I had with this course:
1. During my course, there was a course update where all the course materials changed. All my past work had disappeared, including lesson journals. I wasted 6 hours redoing a few units because I wasn't allowed to move on.
2. Since the course update, the journal resubmissions at the end of every unit did not match with the journals we had written throughout the course. As a result, you were asking us to copy and paste our answers whereas in reality, we had to write fresh journal entries, sometimes about items which weren't included in the course.
3. It has now been almost 4 months since I completed my course and I still have not received my certificate. It's a ridiculous amount of time considering the $1000+ that this course costed. People lose out on a great many job opportunities in this period.

What would you improve about this program?
Considering the price of the course, please be more efficient when sending the certificate. The grammar section was also a little confusing. Great course otherwise.
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Patrick
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Solid Foundation to the world of TEFL

I think that some people have the naive assumption that being a native English speaker qualifies them as an English teacher. On the contrary, as I have learned throughout the process of this course, explaining the rules of English grammar to the initiate is far more challenging than simply knowing how to use them yourself. The course opened my mind to the complexities and challenging nature of the task that lies ahead. I feel that taking this course is a great first step on the path to what will become a successful teaching career.

Most of the units were interesting. I especially liked learning about the different philosophies of language instruction have been developed over the years. In one of the earlier units, for example, Noam Chomsky's theory of universal grammar is discussed in detail.

Likewise, the online assignments were actually quite engaging and allowed room for the exercise of creativity. For example, at the end of the grammar unit, after learning about all the different philosophies of grammar instruction, you are asked to write a document about your own personal philosophy to teaching grammar.

Overall, I found the University of Toronto's online TEFL program to be an effective and engaging introduction to the world of teaching English abroad. I feel more confident moving abroad and jumping into this radically new endeavor after completing this course.

What would you improve about this program?
I found that parts of the program were somewhat repetitive. Some units were far more content-heavy than others. The unit on Grammar, for example, could have been split into three smaller units. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this course was doing assignments that allowed me to develop my own teaching philosophy. The course would be improved, in my opinion, if there were more assignments that encouraged this kind of creativity - for example, an assignment that requires you to invent your own game or CLT technique
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İmren
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

120 Hours - Teaching Young Learners

I've heard about the program through a friend, I did research on the online programs and decided on Toronto University. Started in May, completed in October.
In the 100 hour core curriculum first couple of units were boring - necessary, but boring. After completing 100 hours, I got the chance to learn about the actual reason I enrolled. Teaching Abroad, and Teaching Young Learners. +20 hours specialization modules dd not took 20 hours to complete. There were 3 lessons in Teaching Abroad, and 10 in Teaching Young Learners. In all honesty I did not understand why they call it 120 hours.
Lessons are overall interesting and educational as well as fun and interactive.
Reflection journals can be frustrating at first but if you do the readings listed in the beginning of each lesson, you can get the hang of it. They are important to self check your progress.
Brochure is misleading. It says there are many job opportunities in Europe, which we can apply through Teachaway, I've been checking jobs since July and did not find a single TEFL job available in Europe. I will find a suitable job for me but it is not going to happen via Teachaway.

To Elspeth, Kevin, and Shannon,
Thank you! You were always available to answer my questions. I appreciate your solution oriented attitude.

What would you improve about this program?
Feedback more.
Give more reading options.
Final assessment should be a demo lesson.
Enlarging job opportunities through Europe.
Find a solution for the delay in receiving the certificates.
Response from OISE University of Toronto TEFL

Hi Imren,

Congratulations again on completing the course! We are pleased that you were able to move through the course quickly and that you found it interesting and educational.

I myself taught in Europe so I am pleased to hear that's where you are looking to teach. I like to advise students that hiring practices are different in different places so you'll find that openings in Europe will appear less frequently on most job boards. Moreover, you may be competing with native and near-native English speakers from Europe. But landing a job there is absolutely possible!

We encourage our graduates to begin their job search with Teach Away, but with this TEFL certificate, you can apply to jobs anywhere and through any company!

Our focus is to provide TEFL training for its students and the OISE TEFL team does not recruit for teaching positions, but we can certainly be a resource when beginning your job search.

We hope that helps to broaden your search and allow you to find those positions in Europe. And we look forward to being in touch soon to help you get started!

Best,
Elspeth

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Caley
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Tefl online course review

Overall I really enjoyed this course. You definitely have to be a self starter as with any online learning material. The course went into alot more depth in certain areas than I would have ever considered myself. I appreciate the psychology this course follows - catering to individual needs and personalities, different generations of students etc. Its a very model approach by following this mentality, as well as touching on diversity im tje classroom. The support was great when I needed help too. I gave an 8 for the rating about helping to find a job only because I havent looked at that route yet - just trying online teaching for now while traveling. :) quite possible I'll use this in the future! Online teaching is definitely more restricted for flexibility and content, however theres still so much I can apply and practice from this course, before I move on to possibly teaching in q classroom. Appreciate all the support from staff and truly enjoyed this TEFL course.

What would you improve about this program?
I cant think of anything off hand. It fulfilled what o was looking for and provided alot of materials and resources I can use in the future.
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Kharlo
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great courses and convenient

I researched a number of courses before deciding on OISE. Major deciding factors was it was 1. coming from a University recognized everywhere, 2. Convenience (I work full time so distance learning method was perfect, 3. Price and affordability. The course is designed in manageable chunks so its easily digestible. Knowledge checks and assignments were frequent and the level of difficulty was just right!

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Jackie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent TEFL Course with Global Recognition

I have completed the 150 hour OISE TEFL program in September 2018. This program is comprehensive and valuable for all English language teachers. It includes teaching theories and practical experience sharing from professors, and expertises.
I chose this program because the program is worldwide recognition by University of Toronto. Also, I really enjoy this online program anywhere and anytime. After completed this program, I enriched my knowledge and skills of teaching English abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
This program can be improved by introducing a TEFL diploma course for teachers who need continuing professional development.
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John
2/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Not difficult, but SO SLOW

If you are in a rush and need things done very quickly, do not rely on University of Toronto.

While doing this course, you are forbidden from even viewing the content of any lesson until you have completed every lesson before it. And (almost) every unit is capped with a submission of reflection journals that need to be manually 100% accepted by someone, somewhere, and you can't continue the course (or even try to write the test for that unit) until that is done. Which can take 1-2 days. You also never get any feedback on the quality or content of your reflective journals, despite the course having a whole unit talking about the usefulness of feedback and good ways to give useful feedback on a students work.

After completing this course, I was made to wait a full 5 weeks before receiving a scanned copy of my certificate, and I still haven't received the physical copy now, more than a week since I got the scanned copy, and it should normally take 2 or 3 days for how relatively short of a distance away I am. And this is despite me asking them multiple times to send it to me by the fastest means possible, even saying to do it at my own expense!

With that out of the way, the content itself seems fairly straightforward. The quizzes and unit tests weren't especially difficult.

What would you improve about this program?
- Give at least a tiny bit of feedback on submitted work
- Allow students to at least take the unit test while waiting for the reflection journals to be accepted (if not also allowing them to start studying the next unit)
- Have some sort of back-up for the single person that is currently the only one allowed to sign and seal the certificates, in case they suddenly die or quit or something. No company should allow itself to have such a critical single point of failure
- At least allow the option for express shipping of the certificate, even if you charge the students who opt-in for it.
Response from OISE University of Toronto TEFL

Hi John,

It was lovely speaking with you again today. As discussed, the design of the course is such that students must complete each unit successfully before progressing to future units. This ensures that you have fully grasped the material before building on it with future lessons. The Reflection Journals are also an important part of the course as it is a chance to reflect on what you've learned and for a real person (our Grading Assistants) to review your understanding. It is often an opportunity for feedback as well, though students who are successful in their journals may receive less feedback, as was true in your case.

As we discussed last month, at the time of your course completion, a medical emergency that meant our Executive Director was unable to sign the certificates for some time. I do apologize that these unfortunate circumstances lead to an unusual delay in your receipt of the physical certificate, though I was pleased to be able to send you your scanned certificate within 2 weeks of completion in spite of this.

We do send all certificates via standard mail and mailing time may vary. In our previous conversation, we opted for standard mail due to your proximity to Toronto, but I hope future students do know that a courier can be arranged upon request in similar circumstances. I was very glad to hear that you have since received your certificate and begun your visa application.

I do wish you the best on your teaching adventure in China and please feel free to get back in touch with me should you require any further assistance.

Best,
Elspeth

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