TESOL Jobs in the USA

The demand for TEFL jobs in the USA is on the rise, with the emphasis being on English as a Second Language (ESL). Most of the colleges and universities in America offer an English language program, as do a great many charitable and governmental agencies. In addition to this, a very great many cities have private language schools, particularly in California and southern states.

Most TEFL job openings require that you be a US citizen or have a green card or some other work visa. Immigration and work policies are quite strict, and you will have a hard time finding legal work if you can not meet them.

A large proportion of the TEFL positions available is part time and may require that you have a teaching degree or a lot of experience in this area. Job openings also often require that you be bilingual, usually in Spanish and English. Jobs teaching English are generally paid on a per hour basis, and the wage is also often not very high.

Regulations for TEFL jobs in the USA

Because of the stringent requirements for ESL teaching positions in the US, there are a great many available. Combined with this, the numbers of students wanting to learn the language continues to rise. In response to this situation, many volunteer programs have sprung up in order to try and fill the need for teachers. The requirements for an unpaid position are lower, especially with regard to official permission to work in the country. This makes teaching jobs easier to fill. Having one of these positions can give you a great sense of satisfaction from providing a service that can have a deep and positive effect on someone’s life, giving them the chance to find better paid work in the US. It will also provide you with valuable work experience, which will make it easier for you to find paid work in the future.

Keep in mind that because English is the primary language in the states, there are vast quantities of teaching resources available to you. This can result in better prepared lessons, but may also increase your preparation time and require more attention to weed through material in order to find something appropriate. Living in the US and being surrounded by the language and culture everyday will help you to better understand your students’ needs and desires with respect to learning English.

Finding a TEFL job in the USA

A TEFL job search can begin on the internet. Many positions are advertised on TEFL related web sites. Thoroughly research your work and immigration status before going to the states, so that you are clear what kinds of jobs you can apply for. Before accepting a position, make sure that you ask questions regarding pay, population being served, class sizes, benefits, what kind of assistance the employer can provide with immigration and work visa issues, etc. Also ensure that any contract you sign accurately reflects these details.


Come and join TEFL International’s training course at our training center in New York City, where you will learn how to become a great English teacher. After completing your training course, you will hold in hand one of the most powerful teaching qualifications in the world.

New York City has endless opportunities to offer for qualified TEFL teachers. Many English learners from around the world come to New York City to improve their English and this is where you come in. Private language schools and universities around New York City are looking for qualified teachers. Many of our TEFL graduates also move on to South America, Asia or the Middle East, where the demand for English teachers is especially high.


However, New York City is not the only region in the US where you can find ESL jobs. Throughout the whole country, there are public and private schools looking for teachers. It is true that most positions are for US citizens only and most jobs in public schools or universities require degrees. However, your training course in New York City is the perfect stepping stone towards your teaching career in countries around the world, where the need for qualified TEFL teachers is high.


The courses at our training center in New York City are running throughout the whole year. You can start a new course every month.

Besides the intensive four-week courses, we also offer our combined course option at our center in New York City. Here, you only need to complete your teaching practice within one week. Upon completion of the course, you will benefit from our extensive job support. Our staff will find you your dream job, help with your resume and prepare you for tricky TEFL interview questions.

New York City is one of the most famous places in the world and a main tourist destination. Travellers from around the globe are dreaming about standing in the middle of Times Square at least once in their life. You can experience exactly this when you come and join our TEFL course in the Big Apple. The multicultural environment is truly unique in New York City and the city offers some of the finest entertainment in the world. NYC is home to famous sites and landmarks, such as Wall Street, visit the Empire State building, Central Park, and 5th Avenue. You will not regret coming to NYC for your training course and obtaining your TEFL qualification.

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