OISE University of Toronto TEFL

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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
Highlights
  • Global recognition - Designed by a top-ranked faculty of education, language schools around the world will recognize the OISE University of Toronto TEFL certification. Upon completing your course, you will receive a certificate directly issued by OISE.
  • 100% online and self-paced - Accessible from a connected device at any time, the OISE TEFL course is yours to complete at your own pace. All aspects of the course are done entirely online, so you can enroll today and get started from anywhere you please.
  • Job assistance - Partnered with Teach Away, a leading international teacher recruitment agency, OISE TEFL connects graduates with free job placement services. You’ll get immediate access to opportunities at reputable schools all over the world.

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 but 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

83%
based on 55 reviews
  • Benefits 9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 7.4
  • Facilities 8
  • Safety 6.9
  • Instruction 8
  • Support 7.6
  • Value 7.8
  • Academic Rigor 5.9
  • Job Assistance 5.9
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Toni
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
A way to save some of the charts, diagrams or visual aids that were used on slides
Yes, I recommend this program
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David
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend this program
Henry
8/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Patrick
9/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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
Yes, I recommend this program
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İmren
7/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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

Yes, I recommend this program
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Caley
9/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kharlo
9/10

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!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jackie
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
This program can be improved by introducing a TEFL diploma course for teachers who need continuing professional development.
Yes, I recommend this program
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John
2/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
- 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

No, I don't recommend this program
Joanna
8/10

Great!

The material was great overall. There was a lot of repetition, which can be tedious at times, but was ultimately good for knowledge retention. There were some minor problems with the specialization courses, such as wrong files being attached to a slide (I got a document for Arabic speakers when I was studying for Chinese speakers), but they did not interfere with the learning process.
The staff really helped in solving tech issues. When I had problems finishing the course due to personal reasons, they were helpful in granting me an extension.
The scan of the certificate was on time.
I took the program to learn more about teaching, so I never quite put much hope in the Teach Away job board. As it is, I will be getting a job, but not through TeachAway. It may be more helpful for others, but certainly not for me. (My nationality has to be taken into account as well.)

How can this program be improved?
I can't really add much to the course, but I would suggest running through the material with a fine-toothed comb to ensure the documents are placed correctly and to address smaller tech issues.
One thing I would really love is integrating the option to courier the certificate. It was difficult for me as the recipient to arrange a courier, though the staff, to their credit, made every effort to help me do so. Having an option for the recipient to pay the university staff to send the certificate via courier would greatly ease the process for all involved.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Muhammad Jamaluddin
9/10

A To-The-Point Course

This is a course that set you up step by step, a streamline starting from 101 and leading to exactly what it takes to be a TEFL teacher, not matter what your major is in university, even to those that English is L2. If you study hard and seriously enough, you will be a great TEFL teacher. As matter of fact, I am quite unique example because I took the course NOT TO TEACH ENGLISH, but to teach Mandarin. Still theories, skills and techniques presented by the course are very useful in helping me to be a good Mandarin (should I say TMFL?) teacher.

How can this program be improved?
Try to provide a big range simple and useful various activities, directly or indirectly related to the classroom teaching so as teachers will have a "magic hat" to improve classroom atmosphere or, just simply kill the extra time in the classroom. Like a lot of tricks for Plan B.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jamie
10/10

I was blown away

I had spent about 6 months doing extensive research about which TEFL program would be the best choice for me before deciding to choose this program offered by the University of Toronto. I'd heard excellent things about this university and actually had had a few friends attend, so I decided to join them (what really hooked me is that there a special going on at the time that decreased the enrollment fee $100, so as soon as I saw that, I knew I had to sign up immediately). After having signed up, I began my classes that same day. I would study day and night, writing down everything I thought was important and that I could use in the future. This program is tough, but you will learn so much more than you would have ever thought. You'll learn about different learning acquisition theories, different learning styles, how to teach different age groups, and even the differences between teaching boys and girls. This program is worth the time, money, and effort. Also, upon completion, you'll receive a link to make an account with www.teachaway.com that allows you to search for all sorts of international job opportunities for TEFL. Don't wait! Sign up and get started! If you aren't looking to move abroad, there are still many opportunities to work at local languages centers or work online as well.

How can this program be improved?
n/a
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jenny
9/10

Excellent course content - definitely recommend

I completed the 120 hour online TEFL course, and I would definitely recommend it. The instructions/modules were very easy to follow. I found the course content interesting and truly felt like I've gained valuable knowledge and strategies to prepare me for teaching a class.

Any time I called the support team with questions, the staff were always helpful and friendly. Elspeth is very quick and helpful in answering emails.

How can this program be improved?
It would be nice if reflection journals were marked twice daily during the weekends.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Stacey
3/10

Not worth the cost.

I was aware that there is no practicum to this program, but I picked this program because it is self-paced and because U Toronto has a great name. The information is comprehensive but this certificate is no way, shape, or form worth the cost of almost $1500. At most, this course should be valued at $4-500. There are no recorded lectures. It is all PPT-style, with only a little audio for each topic. The audio is usually someone simply reading you the text on-screen. There are constant glitches with the ability to access the lessons, move forward, submit the assignments, return to the right point in a previous lesson, etc. It is really, really frustrating. Some of the "assignments" are a joke - you can move forward and "submit" by simply meeting the minimum character requirement, no matter what you've written. Then, later, it takes 3 days for someone to grade your journals so that you can proceed with the lessons.

How can this program be improved?
Lower the cost, add video lectures, ensure that all assignments are actually graded so there is an incentive to actually try hard.
Response from OISE University of Toronto TEFL

Hi Stacey,

Firstly, we appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback on the course and we are glad that you valued the 100% online and self-paced format of the OISE TEFL course.

The expert education faculty at the university opted for pre-recorded videos, interactive slides, and downloadable PDFs to ensure the lessons are engaging while allowing for an asynchronous course. The course is also designed in such a way that students can self-assess through quizzes and short answer questions. Students are graded by way of unit tests and written reflection journals. The journals are graded by our Teaching Assistants twice on weekdays and once on weekends.

We're sorry to hear about your technical issues. I know I was able to help you in late March with your journal submission issue and would have been happy to help further had I been aware of your trouble! We are always available for our students when asked.

I hope you also found value in taking a course from a recognized institution. It's important to note that TEFL courses are not accredited, and there is no regulatory body governing the standards of TEFL courses. This accounts for the variety of TEFL courses available at drastically different costs.

When researching different courses the most important consideration you will make is choosing your TEFL course provider. In the case of this TEFL course, teachers are paying for and completing a TEFL course designed by an internationally recognized top-20 university. You will find that most reputable TEFL courses to hover around the $1,000 mark.

We are still here to support you in your teach abroad adventure and please let us know if you would like to chat about your job hunt.

Best,
Elspeth

No, I don't recommend this program
Sandra
8/10

if you need a certificate but can´t put in much time, good choice

I´ve been working as a teacher for several years abroad now, so that might have helped finishing the course; still I found some parts of the course useful. I did an online course for teaching German several years ago, and I must say, though content was more or less the same, this course here was so much less work ... short lessons, a lot of multiple choice, and reflection journals don´t ask for excessive answers. Good choice if you already have some experience and need a certificate without having much time.

Yes, I recommend this program

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OISE TEFL is an internationally-recognized TEFL certification course designed by professors at the University of Toronto OISE and offered by Teach Away. The course is 100% online, self-paced and will qualify you for a variety of international...