OISE University of Toronto TEFL

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Pairing your bachelor’s degree with a TEFL certificate from a top-20 global university is the best way to find an amazing job to fund your overseas adventure. The OISE TEFL course was designed by a team of professors and TEFL experts. Unlike a traditional university course, OISE TEFL is 100% online and self-paced, so you can fit it into your busy schedule or hustle through it in a shorter time frame. OISE TEFL is delivered by Teach Away, world leaders in international teacher placements.

Your OISE TEFL course options:

100-Hour TEFL Course
This course is best for new ESL teachers on a budget who want to get started teaching English.

120-Hour TEFL Course
This course is best for recent university graduates and current students looking to teach abroad.
*Choose two specialization units

150-Hour TEFL Course
This course is best for serious ESL teachers seeking a comprehensive course to accelerate their career.
*Choose two specialization units
*Extended curriculum
*Teaching abroad unit


Cater your course to your personal interests as well as your teaching destination with a combination of specializations that can be added to your TEFL certificate. Specialization units include:

  • Teaching English to Korean Speakers
  • Teaching English to Arabic Speakers
  • Teaching English to Mandarin Speakers
  • Teaching English to Young Learners
  • Teaching Business English
  • Teaching Test Preparation Courses
  • Digital Technology in the Classroom
  • Learner-Centred Classrooms
  • Teaching Abroad
  • Global recognition - Designed by a top-ranked faculty of education, language schools around the world will recognize the OISE University of Toronto TEFL certification. Upon completing your course, you will receive a certificate directly issued by OISE.
  • 100% online and self-paced - Accessible from a connected device at any time, the OISE TEFL course is yours to complete at your own pace. All aspects of the course are done entirely online, so you can enroll today and get started from anywhere you please.
  • Job assistance - Partnered with Teach Away, a leading international teacher recruitment agency, OISE TEFL connects graduates with free job placement services. You’ll get immediate access to opportunities at reputable schools all over the world.

Questions & Answers

There are no prerequisites to enroll in the course, you may do so at any time and begin instantly by paying the course fee. That said, do keep in mind that generally the internationally accepted minimum requirements to teach abroad are a TEFL certificate and a bachelors degree (in any subject area). This is not to say, however, that teachers with less than a degree do not continue to be hired...
There are no prerequisites to enroll in the course, you may do so at any time and begin instantly by paying the course fee through our website here: https://teflonline.teachaway.com/enroll/ That said, keep in mind that the internationally widely accepted minimum requirements to teach abroad are a TEFL certificate and a bachelors degree in any subject area. This is not to say, however, that...
Hi Ariel, The University of Toronto does participate in the Title IV federal student aid programs, however, students in this course are not considered full or part-time students at the University of Toronto. Though the course was designed by education faculty at the University of Toronto but is also jointly administered by Teach Away. Moreover, the course is offered at a department level. As such,...
Hi Tasheira, Thank you for your question! If you are currently applying for placement through the Teach Away website, there are a few things to be mindful to ensure that your applications stand out. 1) Ensure you meet all of the requirements specified in the job posting, listed requirements are not optional, 2) Make sure your Teach Away profile is up to date and accurate. Placement Coordinator's...


based on 50 reviews
  • Benefits 9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 7.4
  • Facilities 8
  • Safety 6.9
  • Instruction 7.8
  • Support 7.4
  • Value 7.6
  • Academic Rigor 5.5
  • Job Assistance 5.8
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About the course

The course is really helpful, especially for career growth. The course helped me to understand better when teaching children that are learning English as Second Language. Also, the course provides great flexibility for a full-time teacher like me to learn as I get to study at my own pace despite my busy schedule. The staff provide relevant assistance when needed, the lessons are easy to understand and assessments are provided to ensure your understandings of the lesson.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jenny's Review

I thought this course was excellent. It was well designed, with valuable information. I liked that it was very practical with real classroom examples. Many university and college courses are too theoretical and don't prepare students for the actual job. I feel this course prepared me for an actual job and that I could go out and teach tomorrow with relative ease. I especially thought that the Business English teaching component of the course was incredibly well designed.

How can this program be improved?
I am working in Israel and I only have limited ability in the Hebrew language. I would have liked a lesson on how to teach when you don't know the local language. How do you control a class, implement procedures, and teach when you don't have a good grasp of the local language? I think a whole component of the course could have been devoted to this.
Response from OISE University of Toronto TEFL

Hi Jenny,

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the course. Congratulations once again on your successful completion!

We appreciate your feedback on the difficulty of teaching when you don't speak the local language. This is something that many TEFL teachers find difficult which is why it is discussed in the specializations aimed at teaching speakers of other languages, such as 'Teaching English to Mandarin Speakers'. Though we do not currently offer a module on teaching Hebrew speakers, it is certainly something we will keep in mind for the future.

Best of luck to you in your classroom!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Interesting Course

The course is a great source to sharpen my teaching skills to serve foreign learners more effectively.
Having experience in teaching to foreign learners in Canada and abroad, I was keen to dig into the basics and utilize other teachers experiences and classical knowledge.
U of T TEFL course helped me to understand the requirements to be a teacher who wants to teach foreign learners.
Now I am going to put back those knowledge into practice.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Great program

This program gave me more insight in the teaching career. I really understood a lot of teaching techniques and how to become successful in the teaching career. Teaching English has become a loving career to me due to the approach used to teach it. I will advice anyone willing to take up a teaching career abroad to go through this program because it prepares you for what you will encounter in future no matter which country you end up teaching in. I also appreciated the tips given to write up a curriculum vitae. It was very useful to me.

How can this program be improved?
By helping other nationals apart from US, UK citizens etc in getting a teaching job in their desired locations.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ticket to travel abroad

I enjoyed the online TEFL certification program through the University of Toronto. It was very clear, interesting, up to date, concise, relevant and practical. I'm grateful to this program for giving me the tools and confidence to make my dreams of travel abroad a reality. The course website was very well done and easy to understand and follow. And I loved the convenience of being able to do it at home, at a cafe, at the library...wherever there was WIFI. It was an overall very positive experience and I would highly recommend this course.

Yes, I recommend this program


Learned lots and I get to keep any worksheet material after the course. Detailed instruction and activities to practice during the lesson too. Great to reflect through journals at the end of each module. Overall great experience, technical support can be improved. Please don’t blame your students for not keeping a copy of the journals, it your error when the journals dissapear when I try to access them.

How can this program be improved?
The journals dissapear if I try to access them, the support blamed me for not keeping a copy of the journals after I submitted them. Better technical support needed.
Yes, I recommend this program
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TEFL Online from the University of Toronto

In 2014, I was two years into my teaching experience overseas, when I decided to pursue a TEFL certification to help improve my qualifications. I graduated with a Bachelor of Education in 2003, and so achieving the TEFL certification helped improve on my previous knowledge with the added advantage of gaining the educational and practical working knowledge of teaching English Language Learners. The feedback and support provided by the professors who lead each of the courses was valuable, since they were able to add to what the course had to offer. The flexibility of an on-line course is that you can complete it at your own time. My TEFL certification helped in opening doors to the expanding field of teaching students where English is a second language either on-line or on-site in an overseas country. I thank the University of Toronto for offering this program and look forward to what new experiences I can achieve with my certification!

How can this program be improved?
Just in that it should be highly promoted to gain attention.
Yes, I recommend this program

Online TEFL Certification Program

The University of Toronto's TEFL 150-hour online course was thorough and simple to navigate through, albeit for constant technical glitches that include frozen slides. Receiving certification from a distinguished university should provide an additional boost during the job hunting process in the future.

However, processing of the certificate upon completion of the course is delayed indefinitely. It has been 3 weeks since the course, and no scanned certificate is provided to me, except for an email from them asking me to confirm my name. Their email states that I will receive the scanned certificate within 2 weeks, but no such thing came about.

I would rate the program much higher if the turnaround time for the certificate is as promised.

Response from OISE University of Toronto TEFL

Hi Callista,

Thank you for your feedback and for taking the time to offer your insights on your TEFL Online course experience.

It's helpful to note that we are unable to begin processing certificates until a student's name is confirmed. Thereafter, it takes 1-2 weeks for students to receive a scanned copy of their certificate. All certificates are then sent via regular mail and are subject to standard mailing times.

I can see that you've now received a scanned copy of your certificate so if you haven't already, you should receive your physical copy of the certificate in the mail shortly!
If you have any further questions regarding your certificate, or on beginning your teach abroad jounery, please contact us directly.


Yes, I recommend this program
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University of Toronto should be ashamed

This was such a joke, I am not sure where to start. First of all the 4-6 week waiting period to receive your certificate is unreasonable and totally unacceptable.
Second, there are numerous errors including 13 test errors about which I sent two emails and made one phone call, about were totally ignored. University of Toronto you should be ashamed to affiliate with this organization.
Any half way intelligent person will blow through 120hrs two weeks, (and have time to log the errors and organize the accompanying screenshots)
Fourth, a good chunk of this course appears to be written by one person (who begins nearly every slide with "In my experience...") This is highly opinionated, and frequently uninformed content written from subjective experience. This is not content created by a team of educators. Its so bad that 13 major errors were missed, and several technical glitches.
Fifth, the course does not work with Firefox ( which they of course deny, like fixing test errors, which might mean actually having to do actual work.)

Response from OISE University of Toronto TEFL

Hi Sarah,

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback.

We do advise all graduates of the program that it can take up to 4-6 weeks to receive their TEFL certificate after completing their course. As certificates are issued direct from the University of Toronto to teachers living all over the world - both within and without the US and Canada - certificates destined internationally can take up to this maximum time.

As you reside in Canada, a digital copy of your certificate has already been sent to you and your physical certificate mailed; set to arrive at your address within 3 weeks of your course completion. We strive to keep the processing time for certificates as short as possible.

All of your feedback has been received by our technical support team. If you are curious to know more about the U of T professors that designed the course, please visit: https://teflonline.teachaway.com/online-tefl-designers/

It was a pleasure to speak with you on the phone, and I wish you all the very best for a great international teaching adventure!


No, I don't recommend this program
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Terrible class, basically a scam, and UoT astroturfs reviews online

This class is awful and should be avoided at all costs. I took the 120 hour class and it was so easy and repetitive that by the end I was pulling my hair out. It gives you no real tools to use when you enter a classroom, and the grammar section is superficial at best. It is also not accredited so this TEFL "certification" can not be used in Canada or the US. Also, they make you submit tons of writing within the class that seems to just be deleted after you submit it. Then at the end of each section make you turn in review journals that are obviously not read by anyone based on the turnaround time.

However, I could have gotten passed all that. It is an online class, and a popular one at that. It would be impossible for UoT to keep a 100% online class to the same standards as an in person TEFL course. I can understand why these deficiencies exist. BUT they also don't send you your certificate with any kind of speed. When you finish they say you will get an electronic copy in about 2 weeks, and the physical copy in a totally ridiculous 4-6 weeks. Even this terrible turnaround time is a lie. I finished almost three weeks ago now and have received nothing from UoT other than them asking me to confirm my name. When I finally found the correct number on their terrible website, and called they said I would be receiving my certificate in the next couple of days. Nothing came. It feels like I have been scammed out of $1,000.

Based on my experience there is no way that this course should be receiving the universally good reviews that it has online. So I decided to read every review I could find, and found they are all repeated across sites and all written in stilted prose with overly effusive praise for the course and UoT. It seems that UoT has payed someone to astroturf for them.


How can this program be improved?
By being accredited, and by actually sending the certificates out once you finish. Basically by making it into a real TEFL course.
Response from OISE University of Toronto TEFL

Hi Tucker,

We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to offer your insights on your TEFL Online course experience. We are sorry to hear our program fell short of your expectations.

I think it is helpful to clarify here, for yourself and other readers, that no TEFL course is truly accredited (as other ESL teaching certificates may be in the US and in Canada). There is no global accrediting body that governs the standards of Teaching English as a Foreign Language courses. As a result, TEFL programs that advertise they are accredited are privately accredited. In the end, the only way to ensure that you are receiving the best TEFL training that will be recognized internationally, is to undertake your TEFL certification with a reputable provider like a College or University, or with an internationally recognized private organization.

Your certificate is on it's way to you now, and you can expect it to arrive to you shortly. Certificates for the TEFL Online program are issued direct from the University of Toronto to teachers living all over the world, both within and without the US and Canada, and in rare cases certificates can take up to 6 weeks to arrive to a student living abroad.

If you have any questions regarding your certificate, or how you can take your first steps towards teaching abroad, please contact us directly.


No, I don't recommend this program

My Experience

I have been teaching English Language for over the last three years in Africa.I have always been appreciated by my schools and students as a good teacher.But when I took the initiative to pay for the TEFL 150 hour course ,I realized that I had throughout my teaching been violating my students rights. Most of the time I decided and imposed on them. I spent a lot of energy during teaching. Infact, it’s stressful. After going through the section on Classroom Management, teaching now is less stressful and more of a fun.Even my students have noticed it. Some keep on asking me why I didn’t introduce the methods I am now using the previous years. I can’t tell them that I was not really a teacher. The program is so rich .The course administrators are accessible all the time.My internet connection eventhough is not strong,gave me little or no problem. I completed the course for a period not more than 4months at my own pace. I strongly encourage all aspiring teachers not to continue wasting their time before paying and start enjoying the course to do so immediately.For,you will neither regret nor be the same. Thank you so much The University of Toronto!

How can this program be improved?
Just keep on doing the good job you've been doing
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

There are a lot of TEFL certificate programs out there, but the one that I always recommend to teachers looking to teach overseas is the TEFL certification through University of Toronto. Unlike many TEFL programs out there, University of Toronto is internationally-recognized. This means that the teacher training will be recognized around the world. This is very important as there are several TEFL programs that are NOT recognized. The course itself designed really great and provides all the info needed for an ESL teacher. I would definitely recommend to my colleagues.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Amazing Course

The online course was amazing, easy to navigate, and most importantly provided great tips and material for you to know as a TEFL instructor. My favourite parts of the course were little 1-5 minute video clips of actual instructors talking about their experience overseas. This was great because it was much more casual and gave you a better idea of what situations you might get into while teaching.

How can this program be improved?
Looking back on it now I believe a small amount of the links that were provided in the online course did not work (either out-dated or the hyperlink address must have been changed).
Yes, I recommend this program
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The TEFL course content was great and was easy to work through at your own pace. I really liked the focus on English and the tests were not too hard because I always felt prepared after doing the work before. I took a look for a long time to see what TEFL certification courses were available and this one seemed to be the most convenient and easy for me to complete on my own time. I will be leaving soon to teach overseas and I can't wait to use the new skills and my confidence that I have gained by completing this course!

How can this program be improved?
Yes, I recommend this program
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Great TEFL Course

I must have spent a week of researching the best TEFL Course to take. I wanted to invest in a course that was by a great university and 100% online (have a full time job and not much free time).
After talking to Christie about some questions I had, I signed up in February 2016. I took the course from home or the cottage (it works great on an ipad). I finished the course in 3 and a half weeks. The course is not very difficult and a couple of times that I needed some clarifications, I heard back from their support department within a couple of hours.
I have applied for a few teaching in positions in Thailand and Abu Dhabi. For both positions I have an interview scheduled this week. I am confident that the TEFL Certificate from University of Toronto was a big boost in securing these interviews.
Highly recommended. This is an actual certification course from a top university; unlike some tefl courses going for 1/10-th of the price but are a waste of time.

Yes, I recommend this program


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OISE TEFL is an internationally-recognized TEFL certification course designed by professors at the University of Toronto OISE and offered by Teach Away. The course is 100% online, self-paced and will qualify you for a variety of international...