• China
    • Shanghai
    • Beijing

Program Details

Teaching Practicum
Job Placement


Starting Price
Price Details
The 11-Week Online TEFL Course is the best option for getting TEFL certified before teaching English in China. Tuition for this course is $1,449.

Tuition includes lifetime job search guidance featuring:

✔️ Personal guidance from an experienced Job Search Advisor.

✔️ ESL Job Search Manual: All of our graduates receive a 400-page manual containing all relevant information for major job markets around the world.

✔️ESL worldwide school directory listing over 20,000 schools & online teaching companies worldwide.

✔️ Referrals to preferred recruiters, placement agencies, online teaching companies, and language schools.

✔️ Job interview guidance.

✔️ Engaged alumni community of 35,000+ ITA graduates in 80 countries.
What's Included (Extra)

✔️ University-level instructors
✔️ Award-winning accredited TEFL courses
✔️ Personalized pre-enrollment guidance
✔️ All courses include live practice teaching

Dec 26, 2022
Sep 09, 2019
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About Program

Interested in getting paid to live & teach English in Asia? International TEFL Academy is the world leader in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad & online. We offer award-winning accredited TEFL courses online and in 20 locations worldwide & all students receive lifetime job search guidance. By earning your TEFL certification with International TEFL Academy, you can teach English in China & 80+ countries worldwide.

With more than 400 million Chinese learning English, China represents the world's largest job market for teaching English abroad. China is also one of the most lucrative job markets, and even first-time teachers often receive free housing and/or paid airfare & many are also able to save up to $500-1,000 USD monthly after expenses.

A job teaching English abroad in China is a fantastic way to live overseas, build your resume, save money or pay off debt, and explore one of the most exciting countries in Asia!

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Why is International TEFL Academy the Right Choice?

  • One-on-One Pre-Enrollment Guidance: What TEFL class is best for teaching English in China? Is China the right country choice for me? How much money do I need to bring with me to China & what kind of visa do I need? Your personal ITA Advisor will help you navigate these questions about TEFL certification & teaching English abroad in China, including detailed information about English teaching jobs in popular cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Guangzhou, to name a few.
  • Professional TEFL Certification Courses: We offer accredited TEFL certification courses online (11 weeks online) and in-person (4 weeks) in 25 locations worldwide, and of these would qualify you to teach English in China. Every ITA TEFL class exceeds international professional standards for instructor qualifications, accredited curriculum, and student teaching hours. It’s recommended to get TEFL certified in your home country because you apply for your job in China via Skype before you leave. It’s much easier to complete your work visa paperwork from home before you head abroad.
  • We Have Been in YOUR shoes: Everyone on the ITA staff has extensive international experience. Travel is in our blood. It’s our passion to help people realize how realistic this dream of living & working abroad can be. We all appreciate the challenges & rewards of living, traveling, and working abroad.
  • One-on-One Job Search Guidance for Teaching English in China: How do I actually find a teaching job in Shanghai or Beijing? Once enrolled in any ITA TEFL class, you’ll work with our team of expert Student Affairs advisors to help you prepare for your job search in China. Enjoy access to the most comprehensive job resources & guidance on the planet to help you navigate international job markets across China, Asia, and in 80 countries worldwide.
  • Access to ITA Worldwide Alumni Network: Don’t know anyone in China? No problem! ITA has a massive group of ITA alumni in China, and you’ll be able to connect with a bunch of fellow teachers before you head abroad. As an ITA alumni you have exclusive opportunities to network, connect, and correspond with our 20,000 ITA alumni teaching English across the globe. This is a great way to meet friends before you leave for China & get all of your questions answered by current ITA alumni on the ground abroad in Asia!

How Do I Get Started?

Contact International TEFL Academy for your starter brochure or call us directly at 773-634-9900 & start working with your personal Admission Advisors. Your advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your all of your questions, go over your options & set up your game plan to see the world. Your advisor will be happy to speak with you as many times as you need to go over job markets, hiring requirements, TEFL course options & much more.

Your journey begins now so let’s get in touch & let’s get started!

Program Reviews

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  • Benefits 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.25
  • Facilities 5
  • Safety 4.25
  • Instruction 5
  • Support 4.85
  • Value 4.7
  • Academic Rigor 4.35
  • Job Assistance 4.35
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Yes, I recommend this program

ITA Online: July 1st

Awesome course! I was truly impressed with the amount of content and the quality of the content. I would recommend this course to my friends and anyone who is interested in teaching English overseas. My teacher for the course was very knowledgeable and offered more than enough help and feedback throughout the entire course. There was a plethora of videos throughout the course (average 3-4 per chapter) that not only offered help with the learning aspect of the course, but could also be used in lesson planning once you are in a teaching position overseas. The only thing I feel I would change is I would prefer there to be a section within the course that deals with the job search aspect of the teaching English overseas process. 10/10. Will recommend the course to anyone who wants to teach English overseas!!

What would you improve about this program?
I just feel there needs to be a sections within the course to go over the Job search aspect and maybe have prior students who have gone on to find a job there to ask questions.
481 people found this review helpful.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Thanks for taking the time to write this review, Quinton! Thanks for sharing this feedback about the Online class and the job search guidance section idea, I will pass this along to our Director of Studies. Don't hesitate to get in touch if we can ever assist you moving forward with your job search! - ITA

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Yes, I recommend this program

Worth It!

Don't let the big price tag scare you: this course has the bang to match your buck! I was impressed with the sheer volume of information, the difficulty of the assignments, and the extensive support network ITA has to offer. I felt like I was back in college - in both a good and an exhausting way! - while taking this course. I learned things in 10 weeks that 2.5 years working in the industry hadn't taught me. I also now understand the "why" behind a lot of what I do. This course has made me excited to move abroad, and equipped me with the knowledge to feel confident about doing so. Now that I'm done, I'm looking forward to taking advantage of the job search guidance ITA offers. I'm confident in their ability to help me, too, as one of my classmates already received her job offer - two weeks before the course even finished!

What would you improve about this program?
I would've liked a little more time to complete the Thematic Unit (Final Project) at the end, as the break-neck speed of this course left little wiggle room for life to squeeze in!
474 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

High Level School

This is not a simple certification course. The theory is provided in depth as are the assignments that need to be completed. I wouldn't consider this course to be part-time but full-time with all of the research and formatting needed to complete the assignments. The course will make you into a strong lesson planner and you will know how to find and incorporate materials whether or not you have a textbook for your class. You will learn how to create interesting lessons that your students will remember that are provided in context. Make sure you have plenty of time to pursue this course; it will help with your understanding and strengthen you as a new teacher.
Know that once you complete the course you will still have 4-6 weeks to wait for your final certification.

What would you improve about this program?
I recommend there be more actual demonstration on using the skills taught for that chapter via uploading videos of their use rather than writing research papers about them.
496 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Quality Education, Continued Support, and Great Resources

I was pleased with my ITA experience pretty much from the get-go. I was shopping around a comparing other programs when I first spoke to my advisor over the phone. He spoke patiently with my girlfriend and I for quite awhile, answering questions both broad and oddly-specific as best he could. At the end of the call, he discussed next steps if we wanted to sign up and told us where to reach him. No sales pitch, no pressure. From there we completed the course after work and on weekends. It's definitely legitimate work and the certification is not simply handed to you, meaning that you genuinely learn along the way. The course covers everything from teaching philosophies, to how to run a class, to cultural norms, and so much more, so if you've never taught (like myself) don't worry. I found the course to be effective, thorough, and well worth the money. Especially with the huge alumni group and resources made available. Very shortly after completing our course, my girlfriend and I both got hired to teach english online to students in China and will be heading over seas in a few weeks to work in a school. I highly recommend this course. For the quality and the opportunities it will afford you.

What would you improve about this program?
No complaints. I suppose a more affordable textbook would be nice but that would be just a luxury. You don't need a text book (you have the option to purchase one), as it's all done online.
489 people found this review helpful.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hey Zach, Thanks for your detailed overview of your experience taking our Online class. You're definitely right, it's not a piece of cake class that you can just fly through, but we're glad you had a great experience and feel prepared to head abroad! Keep us posted on your upcoming adventures and always reach out if you need anything! - ITA

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Yes, I recommend this program

ITA Tefl

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.
490 people found this review helpful.
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

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Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience with ITA

I took the online program through ITA and was really impressed with the material and feedback provided in the course. Outside of the TEFL course, I think the best part of ITA is the alumni base and job search guidance. I received invaluable help from alumni all over the world when I was deciding which country to move to. You can join Facebook groups for every country and ask questions about finding a job, what to pack, or the best area to live. This eased my mind so much before making the move across the world to China!

What would you improve about this program?
I really enjoyed every aspect of this program!
485 people found this review helpful.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Really glad you had a great experience with ITA and that you've been taking advantage of the ITA alumni networks on Facebook. Definitely always nice to be able to connect with some fellow travelers before heading abroad! If you ever need anything just get in touch! - ITA

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Yes, I recommend this program

International TEFL Academy: Live your Dream

When I graduated from college, I was looking for opportunities to travel, live abroad extensively and to make a global impact. This is when I first considered a career in TEFL. Upon doing my research, I discovered International TEFL Academy (ITA).

At first, I was a bit unsure. This company seemed to good to be true at first. It was only when I got an ITA representative on the phone that I realized I had come to the right place to be TEFL certified. From the start, International TEFL Academy was so supportive and willing to answer any questions I had. When asking about the online course schedule, I found that they were flexible and willing to work with my busy class schedule.

As my class was online, I found myself poring over the ITA website to learn more. I was inspired by the words of other alumni on their website. There was nothing better than to read about others with the same dream as mine who had gone on to make a difference in the world and to take a daring leap into new adventures and cultures. I remember thinking to myself, "This will be me." There was simply no question at this point: I had come to the right place. ITA was the perfect place to find a network of like-minded individuals to support me on my new journey and lifelong career support.

After taking the ITA online class in 2014, I arrived in France in the Rhone-Alps to teach English. I had countless teaching strategies under my belt and was ready to put them into practice. After I began teaching, I joined the ITA alumni France group to pose specific questions about life and teaching ESL in France. It felt good to have support and a network to connect with to share my trials and tribulations.

The rest is history.

After teaching in France, I moved to South Korea and taught for 2 years (2015-2017). I am now living in Suzhou, China and wouldn't change my life for the world! ITA has opened windows of opportunity in my life. I have been able to explore the world, while sharing my love of language. In every stage of my career as a TEFL instructor, International TEFL Academy has been there to support me and to help me grow.

In a way, ITA changed my life and has changed my perception of the world. The more I travel and learn, the more open-minded and understanding I have become. I have learned to give more, to listen more and to never lose my sense of curiosity.

As an ESL instructor, I create windows of opportunity for my students. I create a bridge between cultures and empower students to confidently express themselves. My favorite memories are those moments of impact, when I am able to see how learning English truly makes an impact on the lives of my students. There are simply no words to express the joy of a student finding their voice in English or finding a student's joy of learning rekindled in the classroom.

My tip to those considering ESL is to take the leap! If you have a passion for teaching and traveling, ESL may be perfect for you. Above all, I highly advise anyone looking to teach ESL to enroll in a class with ITA and to take full advantage of the resources and alumni network within ITA. I promise you will not be disappointed!

476 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

A Different World...From Where You Come From

Everything you know about democracy, first-world country and common sense needs to go out the window while in China. Be open to the 180 degree change of life that you will experience from the time you step off the plane. I say these things because I was blown away at how I was not prepared for China. Despite all that I read, I was still in shock. Teaching in China is another experience: their expectations for English are high. Be prepared to train on your own because they do not offer it. Thank goodness for the coursework with International TEFL Academy. You, as a native speaker, will be thrown into a classroom and will be told to teach. It's trial by fire. The good thing about these situations were that I learned that I spoke too fast. I also learned that the students did not speak English very well. Instead of me teaching them, WE taught each other.

482 people found this review helpful.

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