TEFL Certification Online

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 offering accredited online 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.


Infographic Why take a TEFL Course?


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 online 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.


Infographic Teaching English without a Degree


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 English language 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, online 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.


Infographic TEFL Teacher Lifestyle


Where can I teach English abroad?

One major benefit of completing an online 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.


Infographic Top Ten TEFL Destinations


How to get TEFL certification

As there are a variety of online 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 online TEFL certification 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.

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. Our 120-hour online TEFL certification course has been designed to cover all the topics you need to start a teaching career, including classroom management, assessment strategies, and a wide range of English grammar subjects.

As long as you have access to the internet, you can complete either course from anywhere in the world at any pace you choose. In addition, you can opt for the assistance of an experienced online tutor who will provide all the help you need to successfully complete your studies. By choosing the tutored option, you will also have access to a range of instructional videos that add extra meaning to the written materials.

For full information on our standard online TEFL courses, please visit our online TEFL course page.


TEFL course options

Our wide range of high-quality TEFL courses is designed to offer the right solution for each trainee’s individual needs.

All our course options come with professional standard study materials and instruction, although the duration, cost and method of study varies from course to course.

Our accredited TEFL courses can be categorized into two distinct formats: TEFL certification online and in-class TEFL certification. Whichever form of training you choose, you can be certain that you will receive the leading certification in the world of English language teaching.



In-class TEFL courses

Our in-class TEFL course is an intensive four-week program which provides a comprehensive preparation for life in an international classroom. This course format has many great benefits, including:

  • Input sessions on a wide variety of important subjects led by professional teacher trainers.
  • Multiple hours of teaching practice with genuine language learners in an authentic classroom environment.
  • Individual feedback and constructive criticism on your lessons from trainers with years of international teaching experience.
  • The location and duration of in-class training can often lead to job offers within the local area.
  • In your free time you can enjoy the local attractions on your own or in the company of your new friends and classmates.

To ensure we offer a wide choice of in-class course options, we have dozens of training centers throughout the world. We have many centers right across the US, as well as international centers in some of the most popular teaching destinations, such as China, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy, Spain, France, and Costa Rica. If you would like more information on our in-class course, please visit our in-class TEFL course page or click on the interactive map below.



As we have a large number of training centers in different parts of the world, there is a good chance that you can complete your course in the same country or region where you would like to teach. This will not only allow you time to acclimatize before starting your first teaching job, but it also means you can take advantage of our local staff knowledge of employers and other contacts in the area.

online TEFL courses

Although our in-class TEFL course provides a thorough training experience, not everyone is able to afford the expense and inconvenience of a four-week attendance at a training center. With this in mind, our online course options have been developed to provide great flexibility and value for money. Completing a TEFL certification online has many advantages, including:

  • As they are conducted entirely via distance learning, the overall TEFL certification cost is considerably less than an in-class course.
  • Online courses can be taken from anywhere in the world with an internet connection, at any pace you choose.
  • All online courses come with the option of an online tutor to provide help and guidance throughout your training.
  • If you choose a tutor support option, you will also receive access to a wide range of instructional videos that complement the written materials.
  • Our standard online TEFL course comes in a 60-hour or a 120-hour version depending on your requirements.


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

Introductory Standard
Course
Specifications
60 Hour Course 60 Hour CourseWith Tutor Support and Video 120 Hour Course 120 Hour CourseWith Tutor Support and Video
Technical Support
Supplementary Materials
Free Lesson Plan Access
Grammar Units
Phonology Units
Video Lessons
Full Tutor Support
Free Course CTBE or CTEYL
Job Guidance Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime
120-hr Course + Videos
CTBE Course
CTEYL Course
Diploma Course + Tutor
PDF Certificate
Embossed Certificate
Internationally Accredited
$ 299
$ 199
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$ 380
$ 235
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$ 340
$ 239
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$ 495
$ 349
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Combined TEFL courses

Our combined TEFL course option is a popular choice for many as it blends the flexibility of online study with the practical benefits of in-class training. During the first part of the course you study the theoretical side of language teaching online at any pace you feel comfortable with. Once you have successfully completed the online section, you then complete the course by attending one of our training centers where you will receive valuable teaching practice under the guidance of experienced teacher trainers. You can complete the in-class training in any of the following locations:

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

To complete the in-class section of the combined TEFL course you will need to attend one of the above centers for either 8 or 10 days depending on the location.

By successfully completing both the online and in-class sections of the course you will receive the same certification that is awarded for the full in-class TEFL course.



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

Specialized and advanced TEFL courses

If you have graduated from our standard TEFL certification course, you might be interested in adding further qualifications to your CV/resume by completing one or more of our additional courses.

Across the world there are several specialized areas of English language teaching that are growing at a rapid rate. To meet demand for the two largest sectors we have developed the following courses:

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

Our two specialized courses have been designed to follow on from the content covered in our standard TEFL certification course. Both courses require around 50 hours of study which is completed entirely online.



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

For anyone who is looking to add a higher level of qualification to their teaching portfolio, we also offer an advanced 250-hour TEFL Diploma course.

This research based course is completed via 100% distance learning and results in a qualification that allows you to apply for management level positions within the language teaching sector.



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

TEFL course packages

In order to provide the most comprehensive and value for money TEFL training possible, ITTT has put together two great course packages that will get your teaching career off to a flying start.

Our two course packages are:

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

The Master Package includes three of our most popular 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).

Advanced
Course
Specifications
220 Hour Master PackageWith Tutor Support and Video 250 Hour Diploma CourseWith Tutor Support
Technical Support
Supplementary Materials
Free Lesson Plan Access
Grammar Units
Phonology Units
Video Lessons
Full Tutor Support
Free Course CTBE or CTEYL
Job Guidance Lifetime Lifetime
120-hr Course + Videos
CTBE Course
CTEYL Course
Diploma Course + Tutor
PDF Certificate
Embossed Certificate
Internationally Accredited
$ 699
$ 399
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$ 1390
$ 599
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For further information on our Master Package, please visit our online course page.

The Professional Package includes these same three courses, plus our advanced 250-hour TEFL Diploma course.

Both packages come with the option of an online tutor to help guide you through your studies.

You can also choose how you receive your certification. You can opt to receive a single certificate that covers all sections of the package, or an individual certificate for each course you complete.

Pro
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470 Hour Professional PackageNo Tutor 470 Hour Professional PackageWith Tutor Support and Video
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
Overall 44 course units
Technical Support
Job Guidance Lifetime Lifetime
CTBE Course
CTEYL Course
$ 990
$ 699
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$ 1298
$ 799
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For further information on our Professional Package, please visit our TEFL Diploma course page.

Other TEFL course options

One of our main goals at ITTT is to provide course options to suit as wide a range of needs as possible. As well as the courses outlined above, we also have an Observed Teaching Practice (OTP) course for TEFL graduates who would like to add a teaching practice component to their portfolio but are not in a position to visit a training center.

Our unique OTP option requires no attendance at a training center and is therefore completed entirely online.

For further information, please visit our CTP courses page.

If you want to get your teaching career under way as soon as possible, but would also like the benefit of face-to-face instruction, we have a 5-day combined TEFL course option.

After completing an initial online section of the course, you then attend one of our many training centers across North America where you will receive 5 days of professional teacher training. This course option is available at over a dozen locations, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Toronto to name just a few.

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

TEFL Jobs

Once your TEFL training has been completed you can then start applying for teaching positions anywhere in the world, including within your home country.

Asia is always a popular choice due to the large number of jobs available. Demand for teachers in China is so high that you can generally pick from multiple job offers. Other popular destinations such as South Korea, Thailand, Japan, and Vietnam all offer plenty of jobs throughout the year.

Latin America is another popular choice due to a strong demand for teachers and a low cost of living. There are many great destinations to consider across Central and South America, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.

The modern infrastructure and popular culture of Europe also attract a large number of teachers to countries across the continent. In the west, destinations in Italy, Spain and France are among the most popular. However, more and more teachers are now looking towards Central and Eastern Europe where jobs are abundant and living costs significantly less.

If your prime motivation for teaching overseas is to earn as much as possible, then you might want to consider the Middle East region. Countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates routinely offer high paying positions with a range of extra benefits thrown in. However, it is worth noting that experience and qualifications are usually required for the most sought after jobs.

For further information on the international TEFL job market, please visit our TEFL jobs page or click on the interactive map below.



You can also visit our tips for teaching abroad page which hosts a wide ranging collection of information regarding countries worldwide where you might consider teaching English. The individual sections for each country contain all kinds of facts and figures, language and culture guides, tips for travel, and lighthearted content that you might find interesting before you start your journey.

Why choose ITTT?

A simple online search for TEFL certification will bring up a multitude of options. So why should you choose ITTT? As one of the longest established course providers in the field of TEFL training, we believe there are many reasons why we offer the best TEFL certification:

  1. Our wide range of high-quality courses are designed to suit the needs of students in a variety of situations.
  2. Regardless of the course you choose, you are guaranteed to receive the same high-standard of study materials, tuition and support.
  3. Our inclusive courses are open to anyone over the age of 18 providing they have a good level of English language comprehension.
  4. We provide wide ranging support services to all our trainees both during their training and after they have graduated from their course.
  5. All our graduates can take advantage of our extensive post-course job support services for as long as they require them.
  6. We have regular special offers that often include additional free TEFL certification courses when you sign up for a popular course program.
  7. If you sign-up for our in-class course you can choose from a wide range of exotic and exciting locations in all corners of the world.
  8. In-class course trainees also benefit from extensive teaching practice with local language learners, all under the guidance of highly experienced teacher trainers.
  9. If you choose an online course you can study from any location in the world at any pace you prefer.
  10. Our online TESOL certification programs do not involve any formal exams as they are assessed via automated online tests.
  11. ITTT is affiliated to and accredited by several leading individuals, institutes and schools in the field of English language teaching.
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With all these reasons in mind, we are confident that ITTT offers the very best a TEFL certification currently available. However, you do not need to simply take our word for it. Our TEFL certification reviews page gives you the chance to hear what our graduates have to say about their own experience completing a TEFL certification with ITTT.

The following video also offers an interesting insight into our courses as it features newly qualified teachers from all over the world speaking about their own TEFL journey, from the initial training to finding work and beyond.


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  • 2Anyone fluent in English and aged 18+ is eligible for our courses.
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