English teaching jobs in China with TEFL Certification

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Interested in getting paid to travel world? By earning your accredited TEFL certification with International TEFL Academy, you can teach English in China & 80+ countries worldwide.

With more than 400 million Chinese learning English, China represents the world's largest job market for teaching English abroad. China is also one of the most lucrative job markets, and even first-time teachers often receive free housing and/or paid airfare & many are also able to save up to $500-1,000 USD monthly after expenses.

A job teaching English abroad in China is a fantastic way to live overseas, build your resume, save money or pay off debt, and exploring one of the most exciting countries in Asia!

Why is International TEFL Academy the Right Choice?

  • One-on-One Pre-Enrollment Guidance: What TEFL class is best for teaching English in China? Is China the right country choice for me? How much money do I need to bring with me to China & what kind of visa do I need? Your personal ITA Advisor will help you navigate these questions about TEFL certification & teaching English abroad in China, including detailed information about English teaching jobs in popular cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Guangzhou, to name a few.
  • Professional TEFL Certification Courses: We offer accredited TEFL certification courses online (11 weeks online) and in-person (4 weeks) in 25 locations worldwide, and of these would qualify you to teach English in China. Every ITA TEFL class exceeds international professional standards for instructor qualifications, accredited curriculum, and student teaching hours. It’s recommended to get TEFL certified in your home country because you apply for your job in China via Skype before you leave. It’s much easier to complete your work visa paperwork from home before you head abroad.
  • We Have Been in YOUR shoes: Everyone on the ITA staff has extensive international experience. Travel is in our blood. It’s our passion to help people realize how realistic this dream of living & working abroad can be. We all appreciate the challenges & rewards of living, traveling, and working abroad.
  • One-on-One Job Search Guidance for Teaching English in China: How do I actually find a teaching job in Shanghai or Beijing? Once enrolled in any ITA TEFL class, you’ll work with our team of expert Student Affairs advisors to help you prepare for your job search in China. Enjoy access to the most comprehensive job resources & guidance on the planet to help you navigate international job markets across China, Asia, and in 80 countries worldwide.
  • Access to ITA Worldwide Alumni Network: Don’t know anyone in China? No problem! ITA has a massive group of ITA alumni in China, and you’ll be able to connect with a bunch of fellow teachers before you head abroad. As an ITA alumni you have exclusive opportunities to network, connect, and correspond with our 20,000 ITA alumni teaching English across the globe. This is a great way to meet friends before you leave for China & get all of your questions answered by current ITA alumni on the ground abroad in Asia!

How Do I Get Started?

or call us directly at 773-634-9900 & start working with your personal Admission Advisors. Your advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your all of your questions, go over your options & set up your game plan to see the world. Your advisor will be happy to speak with you as many times as you need to go over job markets, hiring requirements, TEFL course options & much more.

Your journey begins now so let’s get in touch & let’s get started!

Questions & Answers

Hi, thanks for stopping by! Unfortunately we don't have the eligibility details you're looking for. We recommend contacting the program provider directly to learn more about eligibility requirements. You can contact the provider here: https://www.internationalteflacademy.com/download-a-brochur… .
Hi Ashley, get in touch with your ITA Admissions Advisor and they can talk through payment options with you! You can fill out a form here to be assigned an advisor - https://www.internationalteflacademy.com/speak-to-an-adviso…
Hi Sara, yes you can teach English abroad in China without a 4 year degree. There are various countries around the world you can teach. Here's an article to start you out. Your next step would be to contact the ITA admissions staff to learn more, simply request a brochure online or call the office.


based on 7 reviews
  • Benefits 9.8
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 7.8
  • Facilities 9.5
  • Safety 8.3
  • Instruction 9.7
  • Support 10
  • Value 10
  • Academic Rigor 7
  • Job Assistance 8
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Yes, I recommend this program

Quality Education, Continued Support, and Great Resources

I was pleased with my ITA experience pretty much from the get-go. I was shopping around a comparing other programs when I first spoke to my advisor over the phone. He spoke patiently with my girlfriend and I for quite awhile, answering questions both broad and oddly-specific as best he could. At the end of the call, he discussed next steps if we wanted to sign up and told us where to reach him. No sales pitch, no pressure. From there we completed the course after work and on weekends. It's definitely legitimate work and the certification is not simply handed to you, meaning that you genuinely learn along the way. The course covers everything from teaching philosophies, to how to run a class, to cultural norms, and so much more, so if you've never taught (like myself) don't worry. I found the course to be effective, thorough, and well worth the money. Especially with the huge alumni group and resources made available. Very shortly after completing our course, my girlfriend and I both got hired to teach english online to students in China and will be heading over seas in a few weeks to work in a school. I highly recommend this course. For the quality and the opportunities it will afford you.

What would you improve about this program?
No complaints. I suppose a more affordable textbook would be nice but that would be just a luxury. You don't need a text book (you have the option to purchase one), as it's all done online.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Zach, Thanks for your detailed overview of your experience taking our Online class. You're definitely right, it's not a piece of cake class that you can just fly through, but we're glad you had a great experience and feel prepared to head abroad! Keep us posted on your upcoming adventures and always reach out if you need anything! - ITA

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Yes, I recommend this program

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When I first looked into getting certified to teach abroad, I honestly wasn't sure where to start. I did a Google search and found a bunch of different resources but most of them only had classroom options. When I found ITA and saw they had an online option I was extremely excited. After looking into it a bit, I realized I wasn't sure I could afford the price but my email correspondence helped me immensely and we were able to figure out a payment plan that worked for me. Just a few short weeks later and I was on my way to getting certified! The class was definitely a challenge but well worth the money. I have not yet used their resources for job placement but the information I have gotten from not only the website but the Facebook groups has been a tremendous help in finding a job and moving to China. I can honestly say I am happy with my decision to go with ITA and I know that they will forever be a valuable resource for me when looking for a new job in a new country!

What would you improve about this program?
Make the website more user friendly. It is a bit difficult to navigate.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with ITA, Deidra! Glad that you felt your class was a good value! Don't hesitate to get in touch during your job search in China, we're always here to help you out along the way. Sorry to hear you felt the website was a bit difficult to navigate. There is a lot of information to consider when moving halfway across the world, so we're always trying to find new and better ways to share this info in a clear way. Enjoy China! - ITA

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Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience with ITA

I took the online program through ITA and was really impressed with the material and feedback provided in the course. Outside of the TEFL course, I think the best part of ITA is the alumni base and job search guidance. I received invaluable help from alumni all over the world when I was deciding which country to move to. You can join Facebook groups for every country and ask questions about finding a job, what to pack, or the best area to live. This eased my mind so much before making the move across the world to China!

What would you improve about this program?
I really enjoyed every aspect of this program!
Response from International TEFL Academy

Really glad you had a great experience with ITA and that you've been taking advantage of the ITA alumni networks on Facebook. Definitely always nice to be able to connect with some fellow travelers before heading abroad! If you ever need anything just get in touch! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program

International TEFL Academy: Live your Dream

When I graduated from college, I was looking for opportunities to travel, live abroad extensively and to make a global impact. This is when I first considered a career in TEFL. Upon doing my research, I discovered International TEFL Academy (ITA).

At first, I was a bit unsure. This company seemed to good to be true at first. It was only when I got an ITA representative on the phone that I realized I had come to the right place to be TEFL certified. From the start, International TEFL Academy was so supportive and willing to answer any questions I had. When asking about the online course schedule, I found that they were flexible and willing to work with my busy class schedule.

As my class was online, I found myself poring over the ITA website to learn more. I was inspired by the words of other alumni on their website. There was nothing better than to read about others with the same dream as mine who had gone on to make a difference in the world and to take a daring leap into new adventures and cultures. I remember thinking to myself, "This will be me." There was simply no question at this point: I had come to the right place. ITA was the perfect place to find a network of like-minded individuals to support me on my new journey and lifelong career support.

After taking the ITA online class in 2014, I arrived in France in the Rhone-Alps to teach English. I had countless teaching strategies under my belt and was ready to put them into practice. After I began teaching, I joined the ITA alumni France group to pose specific questions about life and teaching ESL in France. It felt good to have support and a network to connect with to share my trials and tribulations.

The rest is history.

After teaching in France, I moved to South Korea and taught for 2 years (2015-2017). I am now living in Suzhou, China and wouldn't change my life for the world! ITA has opened windows of opportunity in my life. I have been able to explore the world, while sharing my love of language. In every stage of my career as a TEFL instructor, International TEFL Academy has been there to support me and to help me grow.

In a way, ITA changed my life and has changed my perception of the world. The more I travel and learn, the more open-minded and understanding I have become. I have learned to give more, to listen more and to never lose my sense of curiosity.

As an ESL instructor, I create windows of opportunity for my students. I create a bridge between cultures and empower students to confidently express themselves. My favorite memories are those moments of impact, when I am able to see how learning English truly makes an impact on the lives of my students. There are simply no words to express the joy of a student finding their voice in English or finding a student's joy of learning rekindled in the classroom.

My tip to those considering ESL is to take the leap! If you have a passion for teaching and traveling, ESL may be perfect for you. Above all, I highly advise anyone looking to teach ESL to enroll in a class with ITA and to take full advantage of the resources and alumni network within ITA. I promise you will not be disappointed!

Yes, I recommend this program

A Different World...From Where You Come From

Everything you know about democracy, first-world country and common sense needs to go out the window while in China. Be open to the 180 degree change of life that you will experience from the time you step off the plane. I say these things because I was blown away at how I was not prepared for China. Despite all that I read, I was still in shock. Teaching in China is another experience: their expectations for English are high. Be prepared to train on your own because they do not offer it. Thank goodness for the coursework with International TEFL Academy. You, as a native speaker, will be thrown into a classroom and will be told to teach. It's trial by fire. The good thing about these situations were that I learned that I spoke too fast. I also learned that the students did not speak English very well. Instead of me teaching them, WE taught each other.

Yes, I recommend this program

Worth the money

I choose ITA because I saw it everyday walking to and from work, so it was very convenient to get to. Also, several friends of mine choose their program and recommended it for my future ESL plans. From day 1, I felt comfortable and knew I made the right decision. The staff was very welcoming and spoke from their own experience for teaching abroad. In addition, I choose the Online program because it fit my schedule the best. The on-boarding program was clear and answered all my questions thoroughly. My adviser was readily available and answered all my questions quickly. I never felt lost during and after the I completed the program. I recommend ITA for any whose interested in Teaching Abroad and want a credible program.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Very Great!

The staff is great, very much information they are very helpful and understand your desire to teach. There teachers are very skilled, they give great feedback on all your course work to make sure you learn. They even offer extra things like online viewing classes, live class room teaching.

Their student affairs is great. They answer your emails quickly with the best answers possible.

What are you waiting for? I am so happy i attended there classes.

About International TEFL Academy

International TEFL Academy is passionate about two things: 1) Providing the highest quality TEFL certification classes. 2) Ensuring all of our graduates find professional, paid English teaching jobs abroad & have a wonderful experience overseas. All...
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