TEFL Certification

What is TEFL?

The acronym TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and it can be used in any situation where the English language is being taught to non-native English speakers. Other acronyms are also used to describe the same scenario in different countries and settings, such as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), and ELT (English Language Teaching). In the context of teaching English abroad, these terms are often used interchangeably as they essentially mean the same thing.

The number of people across the world who have a need or desire to learn the English language increases significantly every year and therefore the demand for qualified teachers also grows substantially year-on-year. With the help of ITTT’s accredited TEFL courses you too can acquire all the specialist skills and knowledge required to become a qualified teaching professional in your home country or almost any other country in the world.

TEFL Certification

The globally recognized standard qualification for teaching English to non-native speakers is known as either a TEFL or TESOL certificate.

As mentioned, these terms are often used interchangeably, but technically speaking 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.

While there was a time when simply speaking English was qualification enough to secure a teaching position, those days have largely gone as the vast majority of employers now expect their teachers to have received some level of professional training. Many of the most popular countries for teaching English abroad also now require teachers to hold a TEFL certification in order to qualify for a work permit or visa.

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Teaching English Online with a TEFL Certificate from ITTT

A TEFL certificate is also a great way to start a lifestyle of teaching online. Whether you want to teach online full-time or earn some money on the side, a TEFL certificate from ITTT will allow you to make this a reality.

Our 170-hour Teaching English as a Foreign Language with Online Specialization has been specifically designed for people who would like to gain a qualification to enter the TEFL employment market - online and offline.

With education costs rising and the Internet becoming more accessible even to people from the most remote locations, e-learning is the bridge many of the 1.5 billion English learners need to succeed.

The 170-hour Teaching English as a Foreign Language with Online Specialization can be completed entirely online from the comfort of your home. While you can study at your own pace and have up to 12 months to complete the course, most people complete the course in 3-4 months. The course comes with or without the support of a tutor, who you can contact at any time with any questions or problems you may have. We recommend the tutored version of this course as it also includes a free extra course in teaching business English (CTBE) or teaching young learners (CTEYL).

Our network of renowned TEFL recruiters also includes online teaching positions ready to be filled. Apply today and start teaching online in a matter of weeks!


Am I eligible to take a TEFL course?

The most important quality required to teach EFL is the desire to embrace new experiences, other than that there are few limitations. In order to gain a TEFL certification with ITTT you need to be at least 18 years old, however, there are no upper age limits.

As long as you are fit and healthy and open to new ideas, you are welcome to join the many thousands of trainees of all ages and backgrounds who have gained their TEFL certification through us.

As it is not necessary to possess a university degree to teach EFL in many areas of the world, we do not require our trainees to have completed any specific level of education. While there are some countries where foreign teachers do require a degree to meet the criteria for a work permit or visa, there are plenty of other options worldwide for those without a degree.

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All our TEFL certification programs are open to native English speakers and non-native speakers alike and there is no requirement to speak any language other than English.

While there are some countries that have restrictions that prevent employers from hiring non-native English speakers, there are many other fascinating countries throughout the world that do not.

Regardless of which country you would prefer to live and work in, you do not need to be familiar with any other language as our courses are all based on the communicative approach to language teaching that ensures that only English is used in the classroom.

What kind of people become EFL teachers?

There is no single demographic that sums up EFL teachers worldwide as the profession is open to a wide range of people who have an equally wide range of reasons for doing so.

Many are driven by a passion for exploring the world in more depth than simple tourism allows, while for others it is a means of leaving behind the humdrum of the modern world for the excitement and adventure of foreign shores.

Whatever your own personal motivation, ITTT is dedicated to making your dream of a new teaching career become a reality.

Infographic TEFL Teacher Lifestyle

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Where can I teach EFL?

One of the main benefits of gaining a TEFL certification is that it opens up job opportunities in almost every country in the world.
For some graduates it provides the chance to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds to improve their employment prospects by volunteer teaching in parts of Africa, Asia or Latin America.

For others it can represent the first step towards a lucrative career teaching in international schools, within private businesses or even by setting up their own language school.
Upon completion of their training course, TEFL graduates might find that there is plenty of work available within their own country, but for others it is necessary or preferable to look further afield.
Check out this graphic for ten of the most popular international destinations for teaching English abroad:

Infographic Top Ten TEFL Destinations

How to get TEFL certification

When choosing a TEFL certification course the most important thing is to ensure that the one you choose is adequate for your own individual plans.

Many course providers, including ITTT, offer short-format TEFL certification online that can be completed in 60 study hours or even less.

Essentially these courses are designed to provide an insight into EFL teaching, which is perfectly adequate if you plan to teach on a short-term voluntary basis.

There are many worthy causes all over the world who are in need of knowledgeable voluntary teachers and these opportunities can often provide an amazing cultural experience.

However, if you are planning on a longer-term adventure that provides a solid income, then you should seriously consider a more in-depth qualification.

The internationally accepted minimum qualification is an online TEFL certification of at least 100 hours duration. These distance learning courses typically cover a range of important topics, including classroom management, assessment strategies and English grammar.

Although these courses do not provide any actual teaching practice, they are still enough to secure a good teaching position in many countries.

If you want to have as many options as possible, including the opportunity to teach in countries that offer the best salaries and other benefits, then you should take a serious look at an in-class TEFL certification program.

In-class courses are usually run full-time over a four week period and include teaching practice with genuine language learners. Alternatively, ITTT also offers a combined course option that is split between a period of distance learning and a shorter on-site attendance.

Whichever course you decide fits your needs, you should ensure that the provider you choose meets all the following internationally recognized standards set down by the leading bodies in the field of English language teaching:

  • All courses should meet international standards for the regulation of acceptable English language teaching certification.
  • They should offer online courses that include at least 100 hours of training and input.
  • They should offer in-class courses that include a minimum of 6 hours of observed teaching practice with real English language students.
  • Training materials should cover vital teaching skills, classroom management, language awareness (grammar), phonology subjects, as well as how to apply these effectively in the classroom.
  • All in-class trainers and online tutors must be highly-experienced and qualified professionals.
  • Every course must be moderated and inspected by an independent teaching body or professional.
  • All teaching materials and training methods should be updated regularly to reflect developments in language teaching.
  • The end certificate should be of a high-quality and internationally recognized by employers.

Of the many TEFL course providers available, ITTT is one of the few who can confidently say they meet all of the above criteria. In fact, we aim to go above and beyond the minimum requirements expected by employers and TEFL organizations to ensure we equip our course graduates with all the tools they need to confidently embark on a new career as an English language teacher in whatever location they choose.

TEFL course options

To ensure we provide the perfect option to suit all situations, we offer a range of courses that vary in duration, cost and method of study.

However, regardless of the course you choose you will receive the same high-level of study materials and first-class instruction.

Our accredited TEFL courses come in two main formats: online certification and in-class certification. Both formats have advantages and disadvantages but whichever you choose you can rest assured that you will receive the best TEFL certification currently available.

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In-class TEFL courses

If you are looking for the most comprehensive way to start your TEFL career, our in-class course might be perfect for you. This intensive course option is held over a four-week period at one of our international training centers. The major benefits of this course option are:

  • Direct classroom-based instruction by experienced, professional teacher trainers
  • The opportunity to practice your teaching skills with genuine language learners in an authentic classroom environment
  • Immediate feedback and constructive criticism on your lessons
  • Training in-class can often lead to job opportunities in the local area
  • When not in the classroom you are free to explore the local culture and to make new friendships with your fellow classmates.

In order to provide as much choice as possible, we offer our in-class course in dozens of locations around the world. We have many options throughout the USA, plus training centers in some of the most popular destinations for teaching EFL, including 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.

Our wide choice of destinations for the in-class course means you have an increased chance of being able to complete your training in the same country or region where you intend to find work. This approach offers many benefits including the chance to acclimatize to your new environment before you start work in your own classroom. You will also be able to take advantage of the extensive local knowledge of our teacher trainers which should provide invaluable help when looking for your ideal teaching job.

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Online TEFL courses

Although there are many benefits to our in-class course, the extra expense and the time away from home required to complete it mean that our flexible online course options continue to grow in popularity. Obtaining a TEFL certification online has many advantages:

  • As they are studied via 100% distance learning the overall TEFL certification cost is considerably less than for an in-class course.
  • They can be completed in your own time from any location with an internet connection.
  • You have the option of an experienced online tutor to guide you through your studies.
  • Tutor-supported courses also include a range of informative videos to complement the written materials.

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

With 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
10 Course Units
20 Course Units
Free Course CTBE or CTEYL
Technical Support
Job Guidance Lifetime Lifetime
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Combined TEFL courses

Another popular option that offers a compromise between the in-class and online course options is to take a combined TEFL certification course. With this option you can study the theories and principles of EFL teaching via distance learning at whatever pace suits you. Once complete, you can then attend one of our training centers to gain valuable classroom experience before starting your first teaching job. The in-class section of the combined course is available in a variety of exciting locations, including:

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

The in-class section of the combined TEFL course requires attendance at a training center for 5, 8 or 10 days depending on the location.

Completion of both sections of the course results in the same certification as the full in-class training course.

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

Advanced TEFL courses

If you are already TEFL certified and looking for a higher level of qualification, you might want to consider our 370-hour TESOL Diploma course.

This advanced level course is completed online and results in a qualification that will open up new avenues of employment within the EFL teaching world.

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

TEFL course packages

In order to provide the best TEFL certification options possible, we have put together three exclusive course packages that offer a great value for money opportunity to gain an extensive level of expertise in EFL teaching.

Our three course packages are:

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

All three course packages include the 120-hour online TEFL certification course, the 50-hour course in teaching business English (CTBE) and the 50-hour course in teaching English to young learners (CTEYL).

220-hr Master Package 370-hr TESOL Diploma Course+ Tutor & Videos (+ Free Course)
Technical Support
Supplementary Materials
Free Lesson Plan Access
Grammar Units
Phonology Units
Video Lessons
Full Tutor Support
Job Guidance Lifetime Lifetime
120-hr Course + Videos
CTBE Course
CTEYL Course
Diploma course + Tutor
PDF Certificate
Embossed Certificate
Internationally Accredited
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On top of these three courses, the Professional Package and the Expert Package include our advanced 370-hour TESOL Diploma course. In addition, the Expert Package also comes with the 50-hour course in teaching English online (CTEO) and a 30-hour certificate of teaching practice recognition (CTPR).

As with all our online course options, you can choose between a tutored or non-tutored course package.

You also get to choose between receiving an individual certificate for each section you complete or a single certificate that encompasses all sections of your chosen course package.

470-Hour Professional
With 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
Free Course CTEO
Job Guidance Lifetime
CTBE Course
CTEYL Course
$ 1298
US$ 799
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For more information on our course packages, please visit our online courses page.

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Other TEFL course options

At ITTT we do our utmost to provide a course option to suit all individual needs. On top of the previously mentioned options we also offer Observed Teaching Practice (OTP) courses aimed at TEFL graduates who are looking to add a teaching practice component to their portfolio but are unable to travel to one of our training centers.

The OTP course is completed entirely online so no attendance at a training center is required.

For more information, please visit our OTP courses page.

If you are in a hurry to get your TEFL career started but are not familiar or comfortable with distance learning, we offer a 5-day combined TEFL course that allows you to gain your TEFL certification quickly and effectively.

One popular aspect of this course option is that the in-class section of the training is available in some of the most popular locations in North America, such as New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Toronto to name just a few.

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


Once you complete your certification course you will be in a great position to start applying for teaching jobs in your home country or anywhere else in the world that interests you.

The demand for teachers in China is so high that you should be able to choose from a range of options, while other Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam all have a strong demand year-round.

If Latin America is your preference, you should have little trouble finding employment in most countries across Central and South America. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico are all popular destinations, but there are many others to consider in the region.

For many of our graduates, gaining a TEFL certification is the first step on the road to living and working in Europe. Western European countries such as France, Italy and Spain are among the most popular locations, while Eastern Europe also attracts many teachers due to the lower cost of living.

EFL teachers who are looking to earn as much as possible often head to the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates traditionally offer the highest salaries to be found anywhere in the world, however, a high level of qualifications and experience are often required to secure the best jobs in this region.

For more information on the international TEFL job market, please visit our TEFL Jobs page or click on the interactive world map below to see where ITTT’s TEFL & TESOL training centers are located.

If you already know where in the world you want to teach or if you are undecided and looking for inspiration, you can also check out our tips for teaching abroad page where you will find a wide range of information on dozens of possible teaching destinations. Each country’s page offers a varied selection of guides, including useful travel tips, guides to the local culture, cuisine and popular attractions, as well as some light-hearted facts that you never knew you wanted to know.

Why choose ITTT?

With so many different companies offering TEFL certification, why should you choose ITTT for your studies? There are many reasons why we believe that ITTT offer the very best TEFL certification solutions on the market:

  • We have a wide range of high-quality courses that are designed to address the needs of every individual student.
  • Whichever course you choose you can rest assured that you will receive the same high-level of study materials, tuition and support.
  • Our courses are open to anyone over the age of 18 who has a good standard of English language comprehension, regardless of their educational background.
  • We pride ourselves on our effective support services that are available to every trainee before, during and after their training with us.
  • Every graduate will have access to our post-course job support services for as long as they continue teaching EFL.
  • We regularly offer exclusive special offers that include additional free TEFL certification courses when you sign up for our most popular course programs.
  • Our in-class course offers a wide choice of exotic and exciting locations around the world ensuring there is an option to suit everyone.
  • Our in-class course also includes extensive teaching practice with genuine local language learners under the guidance of a highly experienced and dedicated trainer.
  • Our online courses offer the utmost convenience as they can be studied from any location at the pace of your choosing.
  • Our range of online TEFL certification programs are assessed via automated tests so there are no formal exams to sit.
  • 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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While we are confident that ITTT offers the very best TEFL certification programs currently available, don’t just take our word for it. Why not visit our TEFL certification reviews page to see what our graduates think about us, our courses and their own unique experience earning a qualification with ITTT?

You can also take a look at this video which features newly qualified EFL teachers from all corners of the world speaking about their training experience and how gaining a qualification with ITTT has had a positive impact on their lives and teaching careers.

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