International TEFL Academy

Program Reviews

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Charlotte
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I will begin by saying that I absolutely recommend the ITA to any person looking to get ESL certified. I took the online certification, so my review is about that option in particular. It was perfect for someone like me who was already working full time and couldn't take weeks off to go do an on-site class. There was enough material to keep me engaged throughout the several month period, but not so much that I couldn't handle the workload. My assigned teacher was there only really to assist if we had questions or problems- I don't remember her doing any real teaching. In that way it was sort of a self study thing, so you do have to be motivated on your own. The coursework was designed in such a way that we had to read the material carefully though, and I thought that the content was of great quality.

Unlike most online courses, the ITA requires students to complete practicum hours which, while potentially difficult to find without assistance, make you more marketable upon completion and enhance the learning experience.

There is tons information avaialable for students as well. Job search info, country-specific information, alumni testamonials, and more. The most valuable part of the whole program and experience for me has been gaining access to the alumni network. I have met ITA alums in several countries and been in friendly contact with many more. Most are very happy to answer any questions you might have, and their photos, blogs, and videos are invaluable insights to the places they are.

ITA was one of the more expensive options, but for what I've gotten, I think it's worth the price. I think this course is the ideal choice for teachers-to-be who are eager and motivated!

What would you improve about this program?
I would have appreciated more involvement with my assigned teacher
Response from International TEFL Academy

Really appreciate the time you took to explain your experience with our Online TEFL class and your job search guidance and practicum. Glad to hear that things have been going well for you so far and as always, reach out with any questions and we're always happy to help! - ITA

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Sophia
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The staff working for TEFL Academy are very helpful, upbeat and responsive. I think this was a major benefit of the course. They provided prompt and helpful material as I was looking for a job and reviewed and gave feedback on my resume and cover letter. They even provided me with a contact that led to my current position. The course itself was fine. I found the reading and quizzes to be very easy and the lesson plan making a little more challenging. The instructor always provided good feedback. I also think the practicum element of the course is beneficial. There are also many live lectures offered for specific esl topics or specific country job searches.

Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Sophia, Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback about the Online class and our job search guidance. Sounds like things are off to a great start! If you ever need anything just ask! - ITA

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Vanessa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I found out about the International TEFL academy from a friend who received his certificate and subsequently traveled and taught English in Thailand for a number of years. He related his experience to me about taking the course and how the organization made the transition in his words "exponentially simpler". He discussed with me that he may have been easily discouraged on traveling due to the complexity of the steps to take such as job search, if it weren't for the resources that ITA offers. With the desire to travel and an even bigger passion to teach burning in my heart, I took a chance and decided to sign up for the 170 hour online course. Now, I should mention that I have taken online courses before and I was, let's say, less than successful. However, with the online course that the ITA offers, I found the content to be not only useful and meaningful but also interesting, so much that I would even read ahead of the syllabus! The instructor was fair and also made sure to not only point out strengths but also areas for improvement in all returned assignments. I also like the discussion forum aspect of the course, it gave me an opportunity to share ideas about teaching with people from all over the world! Aside from the course, the resources, as mentioned earlier, is what sets ITA apart from the other TEFL/CELTA organizations. Life long assistance from the ITA's student affairs department is my favorite because I really do feel like the organization cares about it's students, rather than simply awarding the student a certificate and that it, you are on your own. Another great thing about the organization is that it utilizes social media, facebook in specific, to connect students with others that are alumni that are living or have lived in different countries. This kind of networking can not only be useful but also crucial for prospective students and students alike to make the right decision for themselves and make connections. Overall, I would recommend the ITA to anyone seeking to teach abroad. The courses offered provide relevant and practical information for anyone wanting to teaching in a foreign country so much that it can prepare anyone to be the ideal ambassador for their home country while abroad. 5/5 STARS!

What would you improve about this program?
No improvements other than perhaps making it more affordable so that more people can have the opportunity to be a part of it!
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Vanessa,

Can't thank you enough for taking the time to share your experience getting TEFL certified with ITA, start to finish! We really appreciate the feedback about your class and your professor. Also, glad that you've started to utilize our job search guidance and alumni networks! Wishing you the very, very best in your upcoming adventures! If you ever need anything just get in touch! - ITA

Jessica
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I think what sets ITA apart from other TEFL programs is its lifetime job guidance support, which has been very important to me since completing the program 2 years ago. Since then, I have been able to revise my resume and write cover letters and have someone from ITA review it. They keep their job guidance manual for tips and such up to date, so whenever I have moments of thinking about changing countries, I always go there and check out the information about that country. Otherwise, I would be having to search on my own, and you never know if you'd be running into fake information. To this day, I still watch the webinars that they make available to everyone for more tips to improve my teaching. Whenever I've talked about ITA with others and I tell them the price, they think it's expensive. However, the fact that you are not only getting the TEFL, but also the support afterwords? That's more than what my university after school has certainly done for me, I paid MUCH more for that. The TEFL pays for itself.

What would you improve about this program?
There's not really anything I can think of at the moment.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Jessica,

You're right - our job search guidance is something we are very proud of and it is certainly something that sets ITA apart from every other TEFL organization. We really, really appreciate your feedback! We are always here to help you as you country hop and travel the world! Keep the adventures going, again, thank you thank you! - ITA

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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The last two years of my undergraduate program I took Arabic and decided I needed to move to the Middle East and sharpen my language skills. I thought the best way to make that happen was to find a teaching job, it also helped that I was passionate about education in the Middle East.
Before landing on ITA I did looked into a lot of different options for a TEFL certification. ITA offered flexible schedules and a decent price. I was able complete the course while I was in my last year of college. My instructor, Nina, was fantastic. Her feedback was always timely and constructive. I still remember doing the lesson plan activity which became instrumental in my success as a teacher.
Although I did not get my job from ITA the material and guidance they provided prepared me for many offers that I turned down and then finally the one I accepted. I used a lot of what I learned from ITA in my interview for my top choice school to work for. I ended up getting an offer on the spot and was also able to choose which location (they had multiple across the Gulf) and which grades I wanted to teach, or rather, which grades I didn't want to teach.
Thanks to ITA I was able to land a fantastic teaching job in my dream location. I spent the best two years of my life in the Middle East which has had a profound effect on where I am today. I don't think I could have done it without ITA!

What would you improve about this program?
Offering the option for culture specific training.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Wow, sounds like you've been on a pretty epic trip! Thank you for sharing your story and your feedback about ITA, your class, and your professor. If you ever decide to head back abroad and continue teaching, just get in touch and we're always here to help! - ITA

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Samantha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

ITA is one of the more expensive TEFL certification courses, for good reason. The value and assistance you'll receive are above and beyond. Career and course counselors go above and beyond to give you as much information as possible about your future home, guiding you in the right direction. My advisors called the Korean embassy and found out that exactly what moving with my husband would involve. Their advice pointed us in a much better fitting direction and to our new home - Taiwan!

What would you improve about this program?
This program is amazing. The only way you might improve it would be to add more interaction for the online courses, although it is part of their draw that you can complete these on your own time.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Thanks for sharing your experience with ITA. Really glad to hear that you felt the class was a good value for the cost and that you're on your way to Taiwan! Thanks for the tip about the Online class, we are always trying to find innovative ways to improve communication throughout the class while also keeping it convenient. Keep us posted on all of your upcoming adventures!! If you ever have any questions please get in touch! - ITA

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Jennifer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an extremely rewarding experience during my certification/coursework with TEFL. From the very beginning I was met by kind staff who reassured and supported me along the way. The people that work here care deeply about travel, education, and culture and I could feel that in every post, conversation, and email I received from them. I am hoping to secure a job abroad this fall, and feel more than prepared for this adventure. Thanks TEFL!

What would you improve about this program?
This is a great program -- no comments.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Thanks a lot for this kind review! So glad to hear that you've had such a positive experience with our staff and your class. Please keep in touch with us and if there's anything we can help you out with along the way, just ask! Happy travels! - ITA

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Adam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The reason I went with International TEFL was because I had read really good things about their job assistance. Moreover, they were one of only a handful of companies to promote this aspect of their business. When I began taking their lessons, I was impressed with the quality and ease of understanding with which they developed the program. Overall, I felt I received a really great foundation to build upon.

What would you improve about this program?
I might add a little more 1 on 1 time with an advisor via skype or the like.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Really glad to hear that you've had a positive experience with your TEFL class so far. If you ever want to work one-on-one with your job search advisor just ask! We're always happy to hop on a Skype/phone call with you! Happy travels! - ITA

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Tanner
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Let's no kid ourselves, most TEFL programs online are a joke. You pay the several hundreds dollsrs, breeze through a few hours of classes and print out your certificate. Not with ITA Academy. Anyone who researches best TEFL program online will come up with this result every single time. Courses are more challenging, staff is more hands on and cares about your struggles and personal success. ITA is all around a premium service. Anyone serious about being an international teacher should go through this program.

What would you improve about this program?
Updates from advisor if you need placement help after the first year.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Couldn't have said it better ourselves, Tyler! Here at ITA, we pride ourselves on offering the very, very best TEFL class, professors, guidance, job search resources, alumni networks, and much more. We are all travelers and we understand and value QUALITY! Thank you for sharing your honest feedback. If you ever need any job search help please just ask, we're always here to help you! - ITA

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Deidra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

When I first looked into getting certified to teach abroad, I honestly wasn't sure where to start. I did a Google search and found a bunch of different resources but most of them only had classroom options. When I found ITA and saw they had an online option I was extremely excited. After looking into it a bit, I realized I wasn't sure I could afford the price but my email correspondence helped me immensely and we were able to figure out a payment plan that worked for me. Just a few short weeks later and I was on my way to getting certified! The class was definitely a challenge but well worth the money. I have not yet used their resources for job placement but the information I have gotten from not only the website but the Facebook groups has been a tremendous help in finding a job and moving to China. I can honestly say I am happy with my decision to go with ITA and I know that they will forever be a valuable resource for me when looking for a new job in a new country!

What would you improve about this program?
Make the website more user friendly. It is a bit difficult to navigate.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with ITA, Deidra! Glad that you felt your class was a good value! Don't hesitate to get in touch during your job search in China, we're always here to help you out along the way. Sorry to hear you felt the website was a bit difficult to navigate. There is a lot of information to consider when moving halfway across the world, so we're always trying to find new and better ways to share this info in a clear way. Enjoy China! - ITA