International TEFL Courses & Job Search Guidance with ITA

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Interested in getting paid to travel the world? With International TEFL Academy’s Online TEFL class, you’ll be qualified to teach English in 80+ countries worldwide.

Are You...

- A native English speaker from the U.S. or Canada over the age of 21?
- Looking for a way to make money while living abroad in Europe, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East?
- Passionate about education and eager to earn your accredited TEFL certificate?

If yes, then armed with your ITA TEFL certification & our lifetime job search guidance, you'll be able to find professional English teaching jobs in countries like Spain, Costa Rica, and South Korea.

A job teaching English abroad is a fantastic way to gain professional work experience, learn a new language, make new friends, and ultimately one of the best ways to make money while traveling and living abroad.

Why is International TEFL Academy the Right Choice?

  • One-on-One Pre-Enrollment Guidance: What TEFL class is best for me? What country is best for me? How much money do I need to bring with me? Your own personal ITA advisor will help you navigate these questions about TEFL certification, teaching abroad, and many more! Your advisor will educate you on how to find English teaching jobs in 80+ countries around the world before enrolling in your class. Your advisor will help you decide if teaching English abroad is a good fit for you!
  • Professional Level TEFL Certification Courses: We offer accredited TEFL certification courses online (11 weeks online) and in-person (4 weeks) in 25 locations worldwide that exceed international professional standards of instructor qualifications, class, and student teaching hours.
  • We Have Been in YOUR shoes: Everyone on the ITA staff has extensive experience 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 from first-hand experience.
  • One-on-One Job Search Guidance: How do I find a job? How do I make friends? What paperwork do I need for my visa? Once enrolled in any ITA TEFL class, you’ll work with our team of expert job search advisors to help you out with these three questions and many, many more. Enjoy access to the most comprehensive job resources & guidance on the planet to help you navigate international job markets around the world.
  • Access to ITA Worldwide Alumni Network: Exclusive opportunities to network, connect, and correspond with our 15,000 ITA alumni teaching English across the globe. This is a great way to meet friends before you head out & get your questions answered by current ITA alumni on the ground abroad.

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

I got the certification through ITA because I was going to study abroad. With a wife and son, I knew I needed to work while I studied. I finished the certification course in April and have been teaching English online since June. I would not have gotten these online opportunities were it not for the certification. This has been a wonderful option for me and my family.
I have a TEFL certification and I'm teaching at a wonderful language school in the far northeast of Russia.
My guess is that most organizations will require a non-native English speaker to demonstrate C1 or C2 proficiency in order to teach. I’m not sure what International TEFL Academy’s policy is on this.
Yes you can work in China. There are many South Africans that work here. Though to get a work Visa in China you need to have a degree in any major and sometimes have a TEFL. Though just because you do not have a degree doesn't mean you can't work there, but.... it sure makes it Legal to have one!

Reviews

93%
based on 77 reviews
  • Instruction 9.2
  • Support 9.4
  • Value 8.3
  • Difficulty 7.4
  • Job Assistance 8.7
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Jacqueline
10/10

The Best Move

I had been contemplating taking the TEFL certification course for over a year and had ben speaking with ITA TEFL Academy for some time. I registered at a time when I received a great discount in the price of the courses and I was very satisfied. The courseload was a bit difficult because I was a high school teacher with a full load at the same time. But I persevered and am at the end of my Practicum. I was very satisfied and would recommend this course to others.

How can this program be improved?
I would not change anything about this program right now.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Jacqueline, Thank you for your review! Really happy to hear that things are off to a fantastic start. Keep us posted on your adventures and if you ever need anything, just get in touch! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ifeoma
10/10

Worth it Investment

Enrolling in the International TEFL Academy was the best investment I’ve made for myself. The course was seamless and everything was properly outlined and explained. The video elaborations were very useful tools in truly comprehending the different topics. I love the ITA because the staff is exceptional as well. There were so many resources provided to promote success. I am overjoyed because I chose ITA and I can’t wait to start teaching overseas.

How can this program be improved?
I loved everything about this course.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Wow, such kind feedback! Thank you so much for your review and we're overjoyed that you're overjoyed! Anything you need, always just get in touch! Safe travels! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
Mary and me at Zhengzhou Foreign Language School
Ambrosia
10/10

The I.T.A. Experience from a Chicagoan Traveler

I completed the online course for the International TEFL Academy (I.T.A.) while living in Chicago and working 40+ hours each week for the Chicago Tribune newspaper. Although I worked full time and my work hours differentiated each week for the duration of the course, I was able to successfully complete the class with top marks. Regardless of a person's schedule, I.T.A. makes it possible for everyone to take their courses, and the teachers, advisers, and staff at the school are extremely helpful with questions on every topic from country suggestions and classroom-related inquiries, to payment plans for the courses and stories of their own experiences while teaching English abroad (or even TEFL teaching within the United States)!

My experience as an I.T.A. student was unique because I have taught English abroad with Peace Corps Georgia and as an independent English teacher in China, but I had no certification throughout my previous teaching experiences. The TEFL course at I.T.A. covered everything from the importance of cultural understanding and different teaching techniques, to the spectrum of learning styles and lesson suggestions on how to adhere to those learning styles while teaching. I wish I had been TEFL certified in my past-teaching experiences because I would have had a better understanding of the different ways to teach according to age group and how to change my teaching style for each lesson so the topics I taught would better resonate with students of different learning styles. It's also important to understand that classrooms abroad and cultural norms in education differentiate from place to place, and I wish I would have had a better understanding of that during my first two teaching experiences. Thanks to my experience at I.T.A.'s TEFL course, my future students will benefit from everything I have learned from the course, my broadened understanding of a classroom community and an even better appreciation for cultural understanding.

I want future participants of I.T.A.'s TEFL course to know that the course covers an array of topics and the work load may seem intense at times, but the knowledge gained from the course is absolutely worth it. As a TEFL teacher with previous experience in two countries, I am honestly able to say that the experience I had in the 11-week I.T.A. TEFL course better-prepared me for TEFL teaching more so than anything in my past. My past-teaching experiences were beneficial learning experiences, but the knowledge I have gained from I.T.A.'s TEFL course have not only left me better-prepared for my role as a teacher, but my future students will benefit as well. The entire experience of being part of the community in my next classroom with be even greater for my students and for me as an educator because I am an even better version of myself as a TEFL teacher than before.

The I.T.A. alumni community is another terrific attribute of taking the TEFL course. The I.T.A. alumni community is very active on all forms of social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and blogs) and alumni are constantly reaching out to help other I.T.A. alumni when they are traveling, searching for jobs, answering questions, or if they need a place to stay while they get their affairs in order in their new country of residence. Taking that initial leap to go abroad as a TEFL teacher may be scary or intimating at times, but the I.T.A. alumni community provides a solid foundation and such a circle of support for all I.T.A. students and other alumni at every stage of their TEFL experience.

All in all, taking the TEFL course at I.T.A. is an extremely worthwhile investment. From the readings and classroom work, to the student-teaching practicum, I.T.A. students are well-equipped with a wealth of knowledge and understanding in order to become the best TEFL teachers possible; and they are also blessed with a strong community of I.T.A. alumni scattered all over the globe to assist as a foundation of support during one of the biggest adventures that life has to offer.

How can this program be improved?
The program is flexible for people of all walks of life; the teachers and staff are quick to answer any questions and provide assistance at a moment's notice; TEFL courses are offered in person and online; and there's a strong, supportive alumni community willing to help other I.T.A. students and alumni during the TEFL journeys. I cannot think of any area where this program is in dire need of improvement; however, if I had to choose one, I would say while students are taking the course provide them with more examples of experiences of how I.T.A. alumni found their current teaching positions, established housing, etc. That information is available to students and alumni who actively participate in social media, but not everyone partakes in all forms of social media so they may be missing out on those valuable examples and helpful information.
Response from International TEFL Academy

We can't thank you enough for taking the time out of your day to write this detailed overview of your experience with ITA and specifically the Online class. It's very interesting to hear your comparison between our Online class and your previous teaching experience, and truly we are so happy to hear how beneficial the course was for you! Please, please keep us posted on all of your upcoming travels and adventures. If you ever need anything just ask! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sophia
8/10

TEFL Academy Review

The staff working for TEFL Academy are very helpful, upbeat and responsive. I think this was a major benefit of the course. They provided prompt and helpful material as I was looking for a job and reviewed and gave feedback on my resume and cover letter. They even provided me with a contact that led to my current position. The course itself was fine. I found the reading and quizzes to be very easy and the lesson plan making a little more challenging. The instructor always provided good feedback. I also think the practicum element of the course is beneficial. There are also many live lectures offered for specific esl topics or specific country job searches.

Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Sophia, Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback about the Online class and our job search guidance. Sounds like things are off to a great start! If you ever need anything just ask! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Vanessa
10/10

If you have the WILL to teach abroad, ITA WILL help make it happen!!

I found out about the International TEFL academy from a friend who received his certificate and subsequently traveled and taught English in Thailand for a number of years. He related his experience to me about taking the course and how the organization made the transition in his words "exponentially simpler". He discussed with me that he may have been easily discouraged on traveling due to the complexity of the steps to take such as job search, if it weren't for the resources that ITA offers. With the desire to travel and an even bigger passion to teach burning in my heart, I took a chance and decided to sign up for the 170 hour online course. Now, I should mention that I have taken online courses before and I was, let's say, less than successful. However, with the online course that the ITA offers, I found the content to be not only useful and meaningful but also interesting, so much that I would even read ahead of the syllabus! The instructor was fair and also made sure to not only point out strengths but also areas for improvement in all returned assignments. I also like the discussion forum aspect of the course, it gave me an opportunity to share ideas about teaching with people from all over the world! Aside from the course, the resources, as mentioned earlier, is what sets ITA apart from the other TEFL/CELTA organizations. Life long assistance from the ITA's student affairs department is my favorite because I really do feel like the organization cares about it's students, rather than simply awarding the student a certificate and that it, you are on your own. Another great thing about the organization is that it utilizes social media, facebook in specific, to connect students with others that are alumni that are living or have lived in different countries. This kind of networking can not only be useful but also crucial for prospective students and students alike to make the right decision for themselves and make connections. Overall, I would recommend the ITA to anyone seeking to teach abroad. The courses offered provide relevant and practical information for anyone wanting to teaching in a foreign country so much that it can prepare anyone to be the ideal ambassador for their home country while abroad. 5/5 STARS!

How can this program be improved?
No improvements other than perhaps making it more affordable so that more people can have the opportunity to be a part of it!
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Vanessa,

Can't thank you enough for taking the time to share your experience getting TEFL certified with ITA, start to finish! We really appreciate the feedback about your class and your professor. Also, glad that you've started to utilize our job search guidance and alumni networks! Wishing you the very, very best in your upcoming adventures! If you ever need anything just get in touch! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
Jessica
9/10

When they say lifetime job guidance, they mean it!

I think what sets ITA apart from other TEFL programs is its lifetime job guidance support, which has been very important to me since completing the program 2 years ago. Since then, I have been able to revise my resume and write cover letters and have someone from ITA review it. They keep their job guidance manual for tips and such up to date, so whenever I have moments of thinking about changing countries, I always go there and check out the information about that country. Otherwise, I would be having to search on my own, and you never know if you'd be running into fake information. To this day, I still watch the webinars that they make available to everyone for more tips to improve my teaching. Whenever I've talked about ITA with others and I tell them the price, they think it's expensive. However, the fact that you are not only getting the TEFL, but also the support afterwords? That's more than what my university after school has certainly done for me, I paid MUCH more for that. The TEFL pays for itself.

How can this program be improved?
There's not really anything I can think of at the moment.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Jessica,

You're right - our job search guidance is something we are very proud of and it is certainly something that sets ITA apart from every other TEFL organization. We really, really appreciate your feedback! We are always here to help you as you country hop and travel the world! Keep the adventures going, again, thank you thank you! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jennifer
10/10

TEFL IS AMAZING!

I had an extremely rewarding experience during my certification/coursework with TEFL. From the very beginning I was met by kind staff who reassured and supported me along the way. The people that work here care deeply about travel, education, and culture and I could feel that in every post, conversation, and email I received from them. I am hoping to secure a job abroad this fall, and feel more than prepared for this adventure. Thanks TEFL!

How can this program be improved?
This is a great program -- no comments.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Thanks a lot for this kind review! So glad to hear that you've had such a positive experience with our staff and your class. Please keep in touch with us and if there's anything we can help you out with along the way, just ask! Happy travels! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tanner
10/10

Top of the Line School and Support

Let's no kid ourselves, most TEFL programs online are a joke. You pay the several hundreds dollsrs, breeze through a few hours of classes and print out your certificate. Not with ITA Academy. Anyone who researches best TEFL program online will come up with this result every single time. Courses are more challenging, staff is more hands on and cares about your struggles and personal success. ITA is all around a premium service. Anyone serious about being an international teacher should go through this program.

How can this program be improved?
Updates from advisor if you need placement help after the first year.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Couldn't have said it better ourselves, Tyler! Here at ITA, we pride ourselves on offering the very, very best TEFL class, professors, guidance, job search resources, alumni networks, and much more. We are all travelers and we understand and value QUALITY! Thank you for sharing your honest feedback. If you ever need any job search help please just ask, we're always here to help you! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Mason Douglas
10/10

#WorthIt

I'm an American living in Russia and I decided to get certified. ITA made it possible. I was able to finish the course online in my free time. I learned a lot and I actually feel ready to teach my own students. The best part is I know that even though I've finished the course, ITA will still be there to help and guide me. I'm not just going off alone, I have the support and assistance I need to succeed.

How can this program be improved?
No comment. They're doing awesome!
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Mason! Thanks for your review and really glad to hear you've had a positive experience with ITA. If you ever need anything we're here! Happy travels! - ITA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Monica
10/10

So worth it!

It was excited to see pictures of beautiful places! With real people interacting and serving the community all over the world! I wanted to be a part of it and my personal consultant, Andrew shortly after I expressed interest. We scheduled a time to chat and he answered all my questions both conscience and subconsciously. The coursework was hefty but I expected nothing less for a crash course of incredibly priceless material and instruction. Plenty of how to videos are available. The website can be cluttered and difficult to maneuver through because there is so

How can this program be improved?
More streamline design of the website to find routes more smoothly. More initiative from the staff to personally reach out and check in throughout the process.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
9/10

Effective for both Linguistics and Non-Linguistics Majors

Overall, the course is excellent. As a person that holds a BA in Linguistics, the course wasn't too difficult and I don't think Non-Linguistics majors would have much trouble picking up the concepts from the lessons. The price is competitive compared with other programs which often cost more, but have less hours of certification (make sure to take ITA up on their extra 30 hours for teaching Young Learners and Business English). The only problem I had was with the textbook. There were some concepts that would conflict with each other. For example, in one of the early chapters, it states that a teacher should not admit mistakes to students while a few pages later it states that they should. I imagine the best solution would depend upon the culture you are in, but the editors need to make sure the textbook has consistency or at least explanations for conflicting ideas.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Seth
10/10

Excellent Course for Experienced and Novice Teachers

As a teacher with a few years of experience already under my belt, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my ITA course was an excellent use of my time. I appreciated learning the theoretical underpinnings of the practices I had in place in my classrooms, and picked up many new techniques and lesson plan ideas from the course. I already had jobs in mind when I began the course, but ITA staff were very responsive and the job support after the course seemed very accessible.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Shae
10/10

Well Worth It

I opted for taking the TEFL course online, and I was very pleased with the experience. My advisor, Helen, went above and beyond to help me with any questions I had about the class or applying for jobs internationally. The teaching hours, which were part of the course, really helped me to secure a teaching position in South Korea. Right now, I am on my second contract. As a bonus, ITA also has wonderful Alumni services and contests!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Carley
9/10

International TEFL Academy Review

I went to school for Aerospace Engineering and now I teach English as a foreign language. Wait, what? Well, the summer before graduating I went to Italy to teach (but mostly, to be in Italy) and found myself happier than I had been in the four years prior. I loved being in the classroom and loved the feeling of spreading the language in my own small way. After that, I decided I’d rather be on a plane rather than build one. ITA helped make that decision a reality. After graduating from college, I enrolled in their online course. I learned about teaching methods, techniques, classroom management, and more. Each week was a different topic, quiz, reading, discussion, and lesson activity. The course closed with a practicum where I was finally able to put my new knowledge to use and observe/teach in a classroom for 20 hours. Aside from all the new material I was learning, I think I am most grateful for the lifetime job assistance and sense of community this program offers. I get on the ITA Facebook groups multiple times a week to check for recommendations from other students. There are various Facebook group for various countries! From my first call to register for the course to my most recent job assistance phone call, I have had nothing but genuine, attentitive advisors. Since completing my course, I have taught students from 33 different countries online and am now getting ready to step into a Spanish classroom this fall!

How can this program be improved?
I currently work for a teaching company that doesn’t allow our students to receive 5 stars so maybe that’s why I have the “everyone can improve” mentality. This is why you don’t see 10/10 ratings. The lowest rating is for “difficulty.” The main reason for this is because there were times throughout the reading where I thought to myself “well yeah, that’s common sense.” On the upside, since the course wasn’t difficult, this made the readings light and the coursework more enjoyable.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jaquelyn
10/10

Amazing Educational Experience

I have taken many hybrid courses at a separate university, but the International TEFL course was by far the most inclusive online class I have been in. The Professor was very connected and involved and was able to answer any and all questions I had during the course (even with the time change). The academy provided guides, resources, and connected me with alumni from all over the world. Through these connections, I was able to finish the course stress free and obtain a new position in Bilbao, Spain as an AU PAIR. My passion for helping others and traveling can now be done all at once thanks to International TEFL Academy!

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

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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.

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