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

82%
based on 48 reviews
  • Benefits 9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 7.4
  • Facilities 8
  • Safety 6.9
  • Instruction 7.7
  • Support 7.2
  • Value 7.5
  • Difficulty 5.2
  • Job Assistance 5.6
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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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Heather
4/10

... eh, it was alright

I took the 150 hour course, signing up because I received a coupon from a university job fair.
I can't honestly say I learned much. I did just graduate from the Masters of Teaching program at OISE, so I cannot say if the course didn't do much for me because I had just been immersed in educational theory and training.

If you have no teaching experience, do not take this course. I would highly recommend you take a program that includes in-class teaching experience. Honestly, that is where all of the learning happens. If you already are a seasoned teacher and is just looking for the TEFL qualification, this is an easy course that you can just breeze your way through. The quizzes take little thought to ace. The only frustrating part of this course is the outdated coding: Often there would be slides with broken buttons or quiz questions you cannot answer because the click-and-drag submission button does not line up.

I cannot say if having a certificate from U of T helps in the job market. There is a lot of educational theory covered, but I do not know if it compares with the U of T quality.

How can this program be improved?
Update the coding on the slides! Quiz buttons are broken and often text overlaps when it is "revealed" by clicking on tabs.
Response from OISE University of Toronto TEFL

Hi Heather,

The course is designed to train even those with no teaching experience or training to succeed in the EFL classroom. As such, the curriculum involves things that would certainly be a review for a licenced or experienced teacher such as yourself.

The course curriculum touches on lesson planning, classroom management, student evaluation and resource management, concepts which are essential to teaching alongside basic skills needed for teaching foreign language learners, such as English grammar.

TEFL courses do not typically include in-class work and it is not required to qualify for jobs abroad. The minimum requirements to teach English abroad are, in general, a Bachelor's Degree and a TEFL certificate.

For licenced or experienced teachers, TEFL is not always required to qualify for jobs abroad, but can certainly help put you ahead of the competition and provide you with the skills to deal with teaching in the foreign language classroom. We apologize if this was not clear to you upon enrollment.

We also appreciate your patience with the updates to our course which may have caused the delays you have noted. We encourage students to reach out to us if they experience difficulties so we can provide assistance.

Thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback and we hope that your TEFL certificate helps you land your dream teaching job abroad!

No, I don't recommend this program
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Robyn
7/10

UofT TEFL Online

After completing the 150-Hour TEFL Program online through UofT, I feel as if I have a strong base in teaching English as a foreign language. The course provided a variety of topics and opportunities for specialization (i.e. Business English or English for Young Learners) depending on your own personal interests and career goals. I very much enjoyed covering curriculum topics such as lesson planning, learner-centred learning, and classroom management, and I feel prepared to apply the skills learned in a classroom setting after completing this program.

How can this program be improved?
I feel as if the program could be improved by providing more opportunity for interaction - either between students, or between students and instructors. As this is an online program, it would have been highly beneficial to have a more established platform for collaboration and communication. I also saw an opportunity for more constructive, and specific feedback to be provided back to students by the course administrators on assignments.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Zorina
7/10

Teaching English as a Second Language

I found that the course provided the novice student with tools to teach English as a second language. The course was in depth and covered a lot of material. The multiple tests and exams given ensured that the student had a good understanding of the material.
Although the course provides material for teaching abroad there are some students who would like to teach at home. Upon completion of the course, I find that there was minimal assistance in trying to locate a job in Canada!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maria
10/10

A continuous TEFL journey

With a prior background in education the TEFL program enriched my knowledge of how language is acquired and equipped me with the necessary tools to be able to instruct learners effectively in order to acquire the language skills they require for communication . I found this program exciting and thought provoking! In addition to this, the program has given me the opportunity to meet and teach pupils from a wide array of backgrounds by offering them English language tuition in my newly established language and creative arts institute! Through the program I have had the chance to meet people from China, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Lebanon, Syria, Greece, Africa and all over Europe! I feel that not only do I teach these people English but at the same time I learn from them, therefore I am on a continual journey of learning! These are encounters I believe I would never have made without a TEFL certification. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in teaching English as a foreign or second language.

Yes, I recommend this program
Gary
8/10

GRHambley U of T TEFL Training

The course was terrific. The information and materials provided, to my mind high up on the curve. I don't know what the definition of "provided for" would be but I do believe what I received was well beyond adequate.

I have no clue on what constitutes degree of difficulty. For me it wasn't difficult and it was work. The degree of difficulty changes with the desire you have for something.

Not having a teaching certificate prior to taking the course I found myself going sideways out of the material to explore and better understand some of the components. There were a good amount of outside resources that U of T, OISE and TeachAway pointed you to and I very much appreciate those resources!

I was a Life Coach before I went in to this and before I was Life Coach, I was a writer. I'm still those things with a different perspective and added skills. Point being the course is big on making use of the "Experiential" so when you bring yours along, you'll hit things you disagree with or may in fact be wrong in the place you come from.

The problems I encountered all stemmed from technical issues that developed with the implementation of a revamped web site. Those matters were addressed with the University and for the most part when an issue appeared, the school was quick to respond.

The Impact on my life post program is still to be determined. I'm looking for a country to teach in.

Had I not hit those technical issues my overall grade for the course would be a 9 instead of an 8. The problem never should of happened.

I'm not going to write you a book. You can look at my "Exit Slip" piece and use the links at the end of the piece to get probably more information than you care to know about my experience.

MY EXIT SLIP
https://transitionu.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/my-exit-slip/

How can this program be improved?
I think some of the information needs reviewed and updated. A couple times the instruction was in conflict with what I know, that is correct by what I know as a Life Coach.
Yes, I recommend this program
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WEE PIN
8/10

About the course

The course is really helpful, especially for career growth. The course helped me to understand better when teaching children that are learning English as Second Language. Also, the course provides great flexibility for a full-time teacher like me to learn as I get to study at my own pace despite my busy schedule. The staff provide relevant assistance when needed, the lessons are easy to understand and assessments are provided to ensure your understandings of the lesson.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jenny
9/10

Jenny's Review

I thought this course was excellent. It was well designed, with valuable information. I liked that it was very practical with real classroom examples. Many university and college courses are too theoretical and don't prepare students for the actual job. I feel this course prepared me for an actual job and that I could go out and teach tomorrow with relative ease. I especially thought that the Business English teaching component of the course was incredibly well designed.

How can this program be improved?
I am working in Israel and I only have limited ability in the Hebrew language. I would have liked a lesson on how to teach when you don't know the local language. How do you control a class, implement procedures, and teach when you don't have a good grasp of the local language? I think a whole component of the course could have been devoted to this.
Response from OISE University of Toronto TEFL

Hi Jenny,

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the course. Congratulations once again on your successful completion!

We appreciate your feedback on the difficulty of teaching when you don't speak the local language. This is something that many TEFL teachers find difficult which is why it is discussed in the specializations aimed at teaching speakers of other languages, such as 'Teaching English to Mandarin Speakers'. Though we do not currently offer a module on teaching Hebrew speakers, it is certainly something we will keep in mind for the future.

Best of luck to you in your classroom!
Elspeth

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...