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

Reviews

93%
based on 86 reviews
  • Instruction 9.2
  • Support 9.5
  • Value 8.5
  • Difficulty 7.3
  • 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
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Keenan
10/10

Choose this program!!

There are lots of TEFL course options. I would highly recommend International TEFL Academy. I opted to complete the on-line course. The materials were appropriate and adjusted for on-line learning. I had access to resources during my course completion, while I completed the practicum and life-long job guidance. How great is that!? In addition, there are so many resources about job searching and preferred schools. A great choice and so much value to the course.

Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Keenan,

Sounds like you had a great experience with your ITA Online class and practicum - awesome! If you ever need anything or have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch! - ITA

Yes, I recommend
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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
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Angela
10/10

International TEFL Academy

In my experience ITA provided me with an invaluable experience of learning and support in the convenience of an online course, without being overly expensive. I found the course challenging and comprehensive, and I feel that it has prepared me to step into a classroom and be an effective teacher. The curriculum was much more difficult than I had anticipated from an online course, but they offered easy to navigate support for any issues that I had, which weren't many. I would recommend ITA to anyone looking to become an ESL/EFL teacher.

How can this program be improved?
I don't think the program can be improved, it had everything I needed.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Really glad to hear you had a positive experience with the our Online class and that you found it to be a good value! If you ever need any assistance with job search or if you have any questions, always just get in touch! - ITA

Yes, I recommend
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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
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Zach
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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

Yes, I recommend
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Kristina
10/10

She decided she could, So she did!

I packed my bags and moved abroad to Italy and have looked back since. I searched for a month about all the different courses and online companies as well as in person venues. I always came back to ITA. Shortly, before making the jump I discussed my desire to teach abroad with a close friend. Little did I know the information she was withholding! After hearing about her online experience with ITA I instantly had to contact an adviser to speak about my viability with the program. After speaking with Amanda my path was aligned. I signed up for the course starting on February 12th, 2018. (I know not that long ago, right?) Well, at first getting back to school was difficult. I had to redefine my study habits and sleep schedule. I worked full time while completing the program. I worked really hard and you have to work really hard. The course isn't easy. It test your creativity, flexibility, and perseverance through weekly reading, blog post, and assignments. My Instructor Kenneth always gave honest and critical feedback which is what I needed. I appreciated his forwardness and correction through the online platform. The fellow classmates I have met along the way have strengthened my network of friends worldwide! Everyone assumes that completeing the course online isn't tailored to each student but I highly disagree! My assignments all cam from me and what I found to fit best under the criteria given. This trained me to be agile in the classroom. At the end they offered a FREE additional 2 week course in Business Professionals and Young Learners! I took advantage of this option and I gained so much newfound knowledge that I didn't even think about. Like remember those rhythms we learned as a child... those actual are great in teaching English as a Foreign Language. Since completing this course I have received multiple job offers overseas in Asia and Europe. I am now teaching online with VipKid and it is so much fun. The kids are great and the schedule is flexible with my other full time job. I will be accepting a position teaching abroad within the next week. Shhhh..... I haven't told anyone yet!!!

Response from International TEFL Academy

Wow, what an awesome story! Thank you for taking the time to share it with us and everyone. So happy to hear that you've had a great experience in your TEFL class so far and that you're off to a fantastic start. Wishing you the very, very best in your upcoming adventure abroad! As always, if you ever need anything just get in touch! - ITA

Yes, I recommend
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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
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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
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
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Hannah
10/10

ITA helped me achieve my dreams!

The last two years of my undergraduate program I took Arabic and decided I needed to move to the Middle East and sharpen my language skills. I thought the best way to make that happen was to find a teaching job, it also helped that I was passionate about education in the Middle East.
Before landing on ITA I did looked into a lot of different options for a TEFL certification. ITA offered flexible schedules and a decent price. I was able complete the course while I was in my last year of college. My instructor, Nina, was fantastic. Her feedback was always timely and constructive. I still remember doing the lesson plan activity which became instrumental in my success as a teacher.
Although I did not get my job from ITA the material and guidance they provided prepared me for many offers that I turned down and then finally the one I accepted. I used a lot of what I learned from ITA in my interview for my top choice school to work for. I ended up getting an offer on the spot and was also able to choose which location (they had multiple across the Gulf) and which grades I wanted to teach, or rather, which grades I didn't want to teach.
Thanks to ITA I was able to land a fantastic teaching job in my dream location. I spent the best two years of my life in the Middle East which has had a profound effect on where I am today. I don't think I could have done it without ITA!

How can this program be improved?
Offering the option for culture specific training.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Wow, sounds like you've been on a pretty epic trip! Thank you for sharing your story and your feedback about ITA, your class, and your professor. If you ever decide to head back abroad and continue teaching, just get in touch and we're always here to help! - ITA

Yes, I recommend
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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
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Adam
10/10

Quality program with good job assistance

The reason I went with International TEFL was because I had read really good things about their job assistance. Moreover, they were one of only a handful of companies to promote this aspect of their business. When I began taking their lessons, I was impressed with the quality and ease of understanding with which they developed the program. Overall, I felt I received a really great foundation to build upon.

How can this program be improved?
I might add a little more 1 on 1 time with an advisor via skype or the like.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Really glad to hear that you've had a positive experience with your TEFL class so far. If you ever want to work one-on-one with your job search advisor just ask! We're always happy to hop on a Skype/phone call with you! Happy travels! - ITA

Yes, I recommend
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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
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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

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