Teach English Abroad in United States

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Teaching Abroad in the United States


30 Teach Abroad Programs in the United States


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Teach abroad in the United States with ITTT. Programs are located in New York City where participants will undergo an intensive four weeks of International TEFL & TESOL Training. Prospective participants must be 18 and over and native or near native English speakers.


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Teach in the USA! Teach Away is now hiring for Elementary teaching jobs in school districts across the USA! To be eligible for these teaching jobs, you’ll need to be a qualified teacher and hold a state issued teaching license. To view all available elementary teaching jobs and to apply, click on the "Visit Site" button above or google: “TeachAway Teaching Jobs”


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Earn a TEFL or TESOL certificate in the United States. The International TEFL Academy provides participants with the chance to earn an internationally accredited certificate to teach English abroad. Training courses and teaching placements are available all over the U.S., including in Portland, Salem, and Seattle.


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Teach abroad in the United States with LanguageCorps. Participants who complete a LanguageCorps TESOL Certification Program will gain skills and new methodologies in teaching, which will prepare them for professional English language instruction. The program is located in Boston and lasts four weeks, during which participants complete 30 hours or more of actual teaching practice.


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Consider this course that will give you the best skills possible to get a placement overseas teaching English that pays! Our most comprehensive online TEFL course will give you a thorough grounding in the most important TEFL skills as well as specialist training, online video practice and a 20 hour course that'll explain the intricacies of English grammar. It's a perfect choice if you want high...


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When you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat. Just get on it fast... If you're longing to live abroad and get paid to travel, take the next best step and learn to teach English! Our internationally recognized, accredited 120 hour TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course will prepare you to teach English to anyone, anywhere. In fact, you could be on your way...


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Maximo Nivel’s TEFL Certification is the most highly reviewed TEFL course on GoAbroad. Our internationally recognized TEFL course is now available online and can be completed in 2-4 weeks. The Maximo Nivel online TEFL is very unique because you are coached one-on-one with a live TEFL Trainer and you get real practical teaching experience teaching English learners via Skype. The TEFL ...


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Get CELTA certification through Teaching House and teach abroad in the United States. Programs are located in ten cities across the country, including New York City, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. The course runs for between 4 to ten weeks, with teaching practice and job placement assistance included.


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UNI-Prep Institute's online TESOL certificate course is accredited and internationally recognized to qualify trainees to work as an English/ESL/EFL teacher anywhere in the world. The 120-hour course offers videos, tutor support, free shipping, and many other benefits. The institute also provides job support and exclusive placement opportunities in different cities and countries around the world...


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Teach in a public elementary or high school in the United States through WorldTeach. Participants will have the chance to teach a range of subjects beyond the typical English lessons, including Math and Science. All teaching placements are located in Cambridge, Massechusetts, in the northeast of the United States.


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Our highly trained, dynamic instructors focus on providing you with the practical classroom skills you need to become an effective ESL teacher. We cover a wide range of ESL teaching strategies. During the 60-hour in-class course, you will be exposed to a variety of concepts which include: interactive language teaching; principles of second language acquisition; multiple intelligence theory; cla...


Our course focuses on French language development and increasing awareness of social, environmental and cultural issues in the communities we explore. The course combines classroom learning, practical application of skills, home stays, cultural activities, and service learning. On this program, instructors will also participate in adventure activities from surfing to hiking. Broadreach prog...

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Teaching Abroad in the United States

From the skyline of New York City to the rippled coasts of California, the United States has long been a destination eyed by many travelers. Ranked 13th in the world in terms of retention and time spent in school, the U.S. continuously pours money into education, seeking to improve test scores, literacy levels, and specifically, graduation rates in inner-city areas. There is a blossoming movement of adults heading to the United States in hopes of learning the English language, and therefore, the demand for English teachers has grown. Whether teaching the next generation or the prior, teaching jobs in the United States will grant you access to thousands of miles worth exploring.


In a country as massive and diverse as the United States, your choices of where to teach abroad are bountiful. Whether you’re interested in teaching underserved populations in public schools located in large cities or supporting small, under-resourced schools in rural areas, there is a clear, high demand for passionate teachers in the U.S. Almost anyone can find a teaching job in the United States that is just the right fit! 

Tourists from all over the world flock to New York City, attracted by the big city sites of Times Square and the Statue of Liberty; within the city, however, residents attend large public schools where each child’s needs are not always met due to understaffing and overcrowding. If you decide to teach abroad in New York City, you may have the opportunity to shape the path of many students who might otherwise slip through the cracks of public education. 

From bustling Boston to smaller rural communities on the outskirts of the state, Massachusetts’ schools attract international volunteers, as the state advertises competitive teaching salaries and a guaranteed teaching job for up to three years within the state.

Due to immigration policies within the U.S., Arizona language schools and private institutions report a need for English teachers for adult learners hoping to be naturalized as American citizens. Additionally, neighboring California offers a variety of job opportunities, from Los Angeles to San Francisco, where individuals can earn TEFL certification and begin teaching English in the United States. Depending on the needs of each specific school, teachers may also find themselves teaching science and math courses in California.

Teaching Jobs in the United States

Teaching positions run the gamut within the United States. Depending on the population you want to work with (children, teenagers, or adults), there are plenty of teaching jobs in the United States to meet your goals or subject expertise.

Public Schools. The U.S. is not always the easiest place to secure a teaching job abroad. Mostly because, to teach at a public school or government-funded institution, a university degree and a teaching license is required. Elementary school teachers instruct all types of subjects, from math to history to art, while middle and high school teachers tend to specialize in different subjects. Keep these differences in mind when searching for a teaching job in the United States.

Private schools in the United States do not always require teachers to have a teaching license; instead, private schools have stricter academic curriculums so teachers typically must meet more extensive requirements. A master’s degree or a resume filled with teaching experience will most definitely help you secure a teaching job in the United States at a private school. Finally, private schools tend to offer more foreign language courses, art classes, and various types of physical education lessons, so for those with a specialty in mind or skills in a specific area, private schools may be the best option.

Adult Education. Although English is the national and predominantly spoken language in the United States, there is still demand for teachers to teach English as a Second Language (ESL), due mostly to large populations of immigrants. Completing a TEFL or TESOL certification in the United States will allow you to teach English abroad in a variety of settings. English language courses for adults are usually organized through local community colleges and tend to be a very popular draw for international teachers to teach in the United States.

School Year. The U.S. American school year begins in late August or September, following a three-month long summer vacation. The first semester of school lasts until mid-December, when a two week winter vacation takes place. The school year rounds out with a second semester beginning in January and ending in May or June. Therefore, hiring for teaching jobs in the United States typically occurs in early May, though last-minute hires are often been added during the summer months.

Salaries & Costs

Teachers in the United States are notoriously underpaid, and ESL teachers are unfortunately not the exception to this rule. The national average salary for a public school teacher with a college degree is $40,000 a year, or roughly $3,000 monthly. With a master’s degree in education, or any related subject, it is possible to make significantly more, as the national average for teachers with master’s degrees is as high as $48,000 a year.

Depending on whether you’re interested in living in a large city like Chicago or rural areas in other states, the cost of living will vary significantly. Large U.S. cities consistently rank amongst the world’s most expensive cities to live in, so on a teacher’s budget don’t expect to save money teaching in large cities; rent can account for nearly 80% of your monthly salary in large cities.

There are some programs, sponsored by the U.S. government, that exist in order to recruit teachers to teach in the United States in rural areas. In these locations, the cost of living is significantly lower and teachers will have access to larger housing options, more opportunities to build a savings, and cheaper utilities and food costs. However, some rural teaching jobs in the United States will be volunteer-based, in which case housing and food costs will be reimbursed, but a monthly salary will be not offered.

Accommodations & Visas

It is notoriously difficult to secure a visa to teach abroad in the United States, or travel to the U.S. for any purpose. Obtaining a work visa should be at the forefront of your preparation checklist, because it often takes months for an application to be approved or denied. The visa process is lengthy and requires each applicant to have a sponsor in the U.S., meaning you will have to have a job offer from a particular institution before you apply for a work visa.

For residents of some nations, temporary travel visas can be issued to visit the United States for up to ninety days, if you also have proof that you have sufficient funds to cover your necessary expenses in the U.S. It is possible to travel to the U.S., seek employment, and then have your employer sponsor you for a longer term visa, but this is not recommended as things get complicated when it comes to transferring your tourist visa to a work visa in-country. 

Accommodations are very rarely offered to those who decide to teach abroad in the United States. Although, employers will often have recommendations of specific areas where it is best to look for housing, schools will not reimburse teachers for rent costs or provide group housing arrangements. The only exception to this are volunteer teaching programs in the U.S., in which accommodations may be offered as a replacement for a monthly salary.

Benefits & Challenges

Without a doubt, teaching in the United States is going to be a challenge, in terms of both finding a job and fulfilling a job offer, especially if you’re just beginning your teaching career. However, teaching abroad in the U.S. can truly be one of the most impactful experiences of your life, especially if you are open to teaching unique subjects or traveling to unheard-of cities.

Wide Open Spaces. One appeal of teaching jobs in the United States is the thousands of miles of land, encompassing natural sights, cultural destinations, and even the world’s biggest ball of yarn that teachers will have at their fingertips. Those who teach abroad in the United States will have the chance to take advantage of their summer vacation, spring break, or Christmas holiday to embark on a road trip across the country and explore the expansive, awe-inspiring sites.

Improving Education. The U.S. is constantly aiming to improve their education system, meaning that, as a teacher, you’ll be exposed to a variety of new teaching strategies, techniques, methods, and resources. Those who decide to teach abroad in the United States will be able to help improve the foundation and future of education in the U.S., while improving their own teaching skills at the same time.

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