TEFL Certification



What is TEFL?

TEFL is an acronym that stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It is used to describe a variety of situations where the English language is being taught to non-native speakers of English. You might also come across a few other acronyms that are used in much the same way, such as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), and ELT (English Language Teaching). Despite having small technical differences, these acronyms are often used interchangeably within the teaching world.

Every year the number of people who take up English language study grows enormously leading to a continuous need for more and more qualified teachers. At ITTT our goal is to help anyone who wants to take advantage of this ever expanding opportunity by providing accredited TEFL courses that provide all the specialist skills and knowledge required to become a qualified teaching professional.



TEFL certification

Regardless of where you would like to work, the international standard for teaching English to non-native speakers is known as either a TEFL or TESOL certificate.

In terms of teaching English abroad, both certificates are identical and are accepted worldwide. However, on a technical level TEFL refers to teaching English in countries where English is not the native language and TESOL refers to teaching English in countries where English is the native language.

In previous years it has often been possible to secure a teaching position simply by virtue of being an English speaker. However, this is no longer the case as most employers around the world now expect teachers to be qualified to teach in the classroom. A TEFL qualification is also now a requirement when applying for a work permit or visa in many of the most popular countries for teaching English abroad.


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Am I eligible to take a TEFL course?

Due to the large and widespread demand for EFL teachers around the world, there are few restrictions on who can embark on a TEFL certification program. To sign up for a course with ITTT you must be at least 18 years old, however, there are no upper age restrictions.

The most important requirements for taking a TEFL course are a strong desire for new experiences and a willingness to embrace new ideas. If this sounds like you, then there is nothing to stop you from joining the thousands of trainees who have become TEFL certified via one of our internationally accredited courses.

It is not necessary to have a university degree to take any of our courses. Although some countries do have restrictions that require teachers to possess a degree in order to qualify for a work permit or visa, there are plenty of popular destinations that have no such requirements.


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You will also find that a few countries have restrictions on hiring non-native English speaking teachers. However, there is no shortage of other great options that are open to native and non-native speakers alike. With this in mind, all of our courses are open to anyone as long as they have a good standard of written and spoken English.

Equally, there is no need to be familiar with the local language regardless of where you choose to teach. All our courses are based on the communicative approach to language teaching which stipulates that English is the only language used in the classroom.

What kind of people become EFL teachers?

Due to the wide range of opportunities available to those with a TEFL qualification, there is no single demographic that sums up those who choose to become EFL teachers.

People of all ages and backgrounds embark on a teaching career for all manner of different reasons. Whether it is the excitement of travel to exotic destinations or the chance to make a fresh start away from the tedium of the modern world, TEFL certification provides the perfect opportunity.

At ITTT we are committed to turning your dreams of a new teaching career into reality, regardless of your future plans.


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Where can I teach EFL?

One major benefit of completing a TEFL certification is that it gives you access to a wide range of job opportunities in countries throughout the world.

With a teaching qualification on your CV/resume you can choose one of many different paths, from volunteer teaching in remote parts of Africa, Asia or Latin America to opening your own language school at home or abroad.

You can also use it as a means of earning some spending money while travelling the world, while for others it is the first step on a long and lucrative career as a teaching professional. Whatever your long-term goals, you will find plenty of places around the world to start your journey.

Below you will find a guide to some of the most popular international teaching destinations.


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How to get a TEFL certification?

As there are a variety of TEFL certification courses available, it is important that you choose the right one to suit your own personal situation.

For those in a real hurry, we offer short-format TEFL certification online that consists of 60 hours of study. This course is specifically designed to provide a clear insight into EFL teaching which is more than adequate if your plans are to volunteer teach on a short-term basis.

Volunteer teaching can often provide an unforgettable cultural experience, while also helping to provide a brighter future for your students.

If you are looking for something a bit more long-term that has the potential to pay a decent salary, then you should probably choose a more advanced qualification.

To meet the internationally accepted minimum standard you should look for an online TEFL certification with at least 100 hours of study time. The contents of the course should cover essential skills such as classroom management and assessment strategies, as well as English grammar topics.

As these courses are completed online they do not include any actual teaching practice. However, a good quality online TEFL certification is still enough to allow you to find teaching positions in many countries worldwide.

If you want to maximize your global teaching opportunities and have the experience and confidence to apply for the best paying jobs, an in-class TEFL certification program is highly recommended.

A typical in-class training course is run full-time over an intensive four week period. One of the great benefits of this form of study is that it includes many hours of teaching practice with real students in an authentic English language classroom.

At ITTT we also offer a combined TEFL course option that includes a period of online study followed by time spent at a training center.

Whichever style of training you choose, it is important that the course provider meets the internationally recognized standards as specified by the leading bodies in the field of English language teaching:

  • Courses should meet all international standards for the regulation of English language teaching certification.
  • The provider should offer online courses of at least 100 hours of study time.
  • The provider should offer in-class courses with at least 6 hours of observed teaching practice involving real English language students.
  • The materials supplied should cover all the most important teaching skills, such as classroom management, language awareness (grammar), phonology subjects, as well as how to apply these effectively in the classroom.
  • All teacher trainers, whether in-class or online, should be highly-experienced and qualified professionals.
  • Courses must be moderated and inspected by an independent teaching body or professional.
  • Training materials and methods should be regularly reviewed and updated to reflect developments in language teaching.
  • The end of course certificate should be of a high-quality and recognized by employers worldwide.

Although we are confident that we are one of the few international course providers who comfortably meet the above requirements, at ITTT our aim is to go above and beyond the minimum standard expected. By earning your TEFL certification through us, you will be taking the first big step on the road to a new teaching career in any part of the world that you choose.



TEFL course options

As individual requirements vary from one trainee to the next, we have developed a wide range of course options that vary in method of study, duration and cost.

Our range of accredited TEFL courses all come with the same high standard of materials and instruction. Whether you choose an online course or an in-class course, you are also guaranteed to receive the very best TEFL certification in the English teaching profession.



In-class TEFL courses

Our in-class TEFL certification course provides a comprehensive training experience that will fully prepare you for life in an international English language classroom. This option involves four weeks of intensive training at one of our centers. Some of the many benefits of the in-class course are:

  • Face-to-face instruction led by highly experienced, professional teacher trainers.
  • Observed teaching practice with real students in a real English language classroom.
  • Guidance on lesson planning and immediate feedback on your practice lessons from our professional trainers.
  • As our centers are generally located in areas where teachers are in high demand, in-class training can often lead to employment in the local area.
  • Although the course is intensive, you will still have time to enjoy the local attractions with your fellow classmates.

Our in-class TEFL course is available in dozens of locations around the world. We have multiple options across North America and many others in some of the most popular teaching destinations, such as China, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy, Spain, France, and Costa Rica.

For more information, please visit our in-class TEFL course page or click on the interactive map below.


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Another major benefit of our in-class course is that many people are able to take it in the country or region where they would most like to live and work. This will allow you to find your feet and get to know the area before deciding on a final location. You will also have access to the extensive local knowledge of our staff members which could prove invaluable during your job search.

Online TEFL courses

Our in-class course is a great option for many people; however, the overall cost in terms of time and money can be prohibitive for many trainees. The affordability and flexibility of our online course options means that they are always a very popular choice. Gaining a TEFL certification online has many advantages:

  • Studying via distance learning ensures that the overall TEFL certification cost is significantly less than for an in-class course.
  • As long as you have access to the internet, you can complete your course from anywhere in the world at any pace you choose.
  • You can opt for the additional assistance of an experienced online tutor who will provide all the help you need to successfully complete your studies.
  • If you go for a tutored course, you will also have access to a range of instructional videos that add extra meaning to the written materials.
  • As well as our standard 120-hour certification course, we also offer a 60-hour introductory course.


For more information, please visit our online TEFL course page.

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60-Hour
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60-Hour
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With Tutor Support
and Video
120-Hour
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120-Hour
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With Tutor Support
and Video
Continuous Assessment
Internationally Accredited
Embossed Certificate
Letter of Recommendation
Technical Support
Job Guidance
Supplementary Materials
Free Lesson Plan Access
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Phonology Units
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Free Course CTBE or CTEYL
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Combined TEFL courses

The combined TEFL course offers a convenient mix of both online study and in-class instruction. The course starts with an online section which covers all the theory of EFL teaching. The online section can be completed from anywhere in the world and at any pace that suits your situation. The second part of the course requires attendance at one of our training centers where you will receive face-to-face instruction and plenty of teaching practice with real language students. You can choose from any of the following training centers:

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • London, England
  • New York City, USA
  • Paris, France
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Rome, Italy
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Shanghai, China

Attendance at the training center will be for 8 or 10 days depending on the location you choose.

Once you have completed both sections of the course you will receive the same certification that is awarded for the full in-class training course.



For more information, please visit our combined TEFL course page.

Specialized and advanced TEFL courses

Once you have become TEFL certified you might want to consider an additional course to increase your teaching knowledge and your job options.

Right across the world there are two specialized areas of EFL teaching that have grown significantly in recent years. The following courses have been developed to meet this increasing demand:

  • Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners (CTEYL)
  • Certificate in Teaching Business English (CTBE)

The study materials for these courses have been designed to build on the subjects covered in our standard 120-hour TEFL course. Our specialized courses both require around 50 hours of study and are completed 100% online.



For more information, please visit our specialized TEFL courses page.

We also have a 250-hour TESOL Diploma course for graduates who want to add an advanced level certificate to their CV/resume.

The diploma course is primarily research based and is completed online. Upon graduation, the diploma certificate should significantly increase the number and quality of teaching jobs that you can confidently apply for.



For further information, please visit our TESOL Diploma course page.

TEFL course packages

If you are looking for a comprehensive start to your teaching career and want great value for money, you should take a look at our two exclusive course packages:

  • 220-hour Master Package
  • 470-hour Professional Package

The Master Package consists of three courses: the 120-hour online TEFL certification course, the 50-hour certificate in teaching business English (CTBE) and the 50-hour certificate in teaching English to young learners (CTEYL).

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With tutor support and video
Continuous Assessment
Internationally Accredited
Embossed Certificate
Letter of Recommendation
Technical Support
Job Guidance Lifetime Lifetime
Supplementary Materials
Free Lesson Plan Access
Teaching Skills Units
Grammar Units
Phonology Units
Overall 32 Course units
Video Lessons
Full Tutor Support
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CTEYL Course
$599$349
$699$399

For more information on our Master Package, please visit our online courses page.

The Professional Package has the same three courses as the Master Package with the addition of the 250-hour TESOL Diploma course.

Depending on your preference, you can choose to take either package with or without the support of an online tutor.

You also have the option of receiving a single certificate that encompasses all sections of the course package or an individual certificate for each course completed.

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Continuous Assessment
Internationally Accredited
Embossed Certificate
Letter of Recommendation
Supplementary Materials
Free Lesson Plan Access
Teaching Skills Units
Grammar Units
Phonology Units
Video Lessons
Full Tutor Support
Part research based
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Technical Support
Job Guidance Lifetime Lifetime
CTBE Course
CTEYL Course
$990$699
$1298$799

For more information on our Professional Package, please visit our diploma course page.

Other TEFL course options

At ITTT we regularly add to our course options to ensure we can provide the right course solution to suit every individual requirement. One of our newest options is the Observed Teaching Practice (OTP) course. The OTP course is designed for TEFL graduates who want to add a practical teaching component to their portfolio without having to travel to a training center.

The OTP course comes in a 30 hour and 50 hour version and is completed entirely online.

For more information, please visit our OTP courses page.

For people who want to get started as soon as possible but would also prefer to receive some face-to-face instruction, we have a 5-day combined TEFL course. The course includes online study plus in-class instruction at one of our training centers.

The in-class section of this course is available at over a dozen locations across North America, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Toronto.

For more information, please visit our combined TEFL course page.

TEFL Jobs

Upon successful completion of your TEFL training, you can then start to apply for the teaching jobs that interest you. You may decide to stay within your own country or you might prefer to look further afield.

Asia is always a popular choice as there are many countries such as South Korea, Thailand, Japan, and Vietnam where you will find plenty of available jobs at any time of the year. In addition, China offers the single largest market for teachers anywhere in the world and you can often choose from multiple job offers.

If you are considering Central or South America, the good news is that the cost of living is generally quite low and there are plenty of job opportunities throughout the region. Popular destinations include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

The top destination for many graduates is Europe. Countries such as France, Italy and Spain have long been popular teaching destinations, although the popularity of Central and Eastern European countries continues to rise due to a more affordable cost of living.

If you have the right qualifications and some experience, you might want to consider the Middle East region as that is where you will find the best salaries in the EFL world. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are the two biggest markets but there are several other options worth considering.

For more information on TEFL jobs worldwide, please visit our TEFL Jobs page or click on the interactive map below.


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Argentina
Australia
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China
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Germany
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Another good resource for information on potential teaching destinations is our tips for teaching abroad page. Here you will find an individual page for most countries you are likely to consider. Each contains a variety of information, from guides to the local cuisine and popular attractions to light-hearted facts that you might find interesting.

Why choose ITTT?

When choosing a TEFL certification course you will find that there are many course providers to choose from. With so much choice, why should you pick ITTT? The following are just a few of the reasons why we think we offer the best solution for your TEFL training:

  • 1. With a wide range of high-quality courses we are able to offer a TEFL certificate program to suit most individual needs.
  • 2. Every course we offer comes with the same high standard of study materials, tuition and support.
  • 3. Anyone over 18 can enroll on a course with us providing they have a good standard of written and spoken English.
  • 4. Our support services are available to every trainee, from choosing the right course right through to post-course assistance.
  • 5. Our post-course job support services are available to every graduate for as long as they continue teaching EFL.
  • 6. We have regular special promotions that offer free TEFL certification courses when you enroll on a standard course.
  • 7. If you choose an in-class course you can pick from a wide range of exotic and exciting locations in most corners of the world.
  • 8. The in-class course features extensive teaching practice with local students of English and the guidance of dedicated trainers.
  • 9. Our convenient and flexible online courses can be studied from anywhere in the world at the pace you set.
  • 10. Online courses are assessed using automated tests so there are no formal exams to sit.
  • 11. At ITTT we are affiliated to and accredited by some of the leading individuals, institutes and schools in the language teaching field.
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