TEFL Courses in North America

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90 TEFL Courses Abroad Programs in North America

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Each year, thousands of people of all ages from a variety of educational backgrounds become TEFL TESOL certified. In a few months, you could be an International TEFL Academy graduate telling your friends how great it is to live and teach English abroad!

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Where the world is your classroom… ITTT offers a wide variety of high quality, internationally recognized TEFL and TESOL courses. Courses are available in-class, online or through a combination of both formats. Our teacher training courses enable graduates to obtain teaching jobs in nearly any location worldwide. No previous experience or qualifications are required. ITTT offers certific...

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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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The LanguageCorps TESOL Certification Programs will give you the skills and methodology needed to be comfortable and competent teaching English abroad. While the particular details of the Programs vary by country, all include approximately 140 hours of training, and as many as 30 hours of actual teaching practice. The TESOL Certification Programs incorporate classroom instruction in effectiv...

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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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Our top of the range 140 hour TEFL course will give you all the skills, knowledge and TEFL certification you'll need to find well paid TEFL jobs with 1,000s of language schools and institutes worldwide. It includes 120 hours of expert online TEFL tuition and 20 hours of practical TEFL training at a classroom TEFL course near you. As a leading and established TEFL/TESOL course provider, i-to...

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In the heart of Chicago, Illinois, just a short walk to Lake Michigan or Wrigley Field, is the learning center for our onsite Chicago TEFL course. It's a rigorous, 190-hour program (including 10 hours of teaching practicum) in just four weeks, where students get hands on experience from some of the best professors in the field. Our Chicago TEFL course is a top-notch, internationally accredi...

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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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Take the most interactive and thorough TEFL certification course without physically being in a classroom for 4 weeks. The online TEFL course runs for 170 hours and is a fully interactive, collegiate level course, and is taught by a university level professor. You will be fully engaged from day one, both with the professor and with fellow students in the course. Through a series of TEFL co...

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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 our 100-hour course, you will be exposed to a variety of concepts which include: - Interactive language teaching; principles of second language acquisition; - Multiple intelligence theor...

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Over the past 25 years, thousands of students from over 75 countries have learned English at New York Language Center. So strong is our reputation that word-of-mouth is our most effective advertisement. Most of our students learn about NYLC from alumni who have had positive experiences at our school.

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The TEFL Training College offers internationally recognized TEFL / TESOL Learning and Education. Participants can choose to take the courses online, combine the courses with in-class Teaching Practice (TP), take paid internship with teaching placements abroad, or take onsite classroom TESOL Certification courses with work contract. The TEFL Training College takes pride in providing the best ...

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WorldTeach Summer programs are perfect for immersing one's self in teaching and learning in international contexts between school years. These programs tend to fit perfectly for volunteers who are too busy year-round to teach abroad otherwise. With 7 prime teaching destinations in Ecuador, Micronesia, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Poland, and South Africa, and a myriad of different teaching circumst...

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Get certified in 4 weeks and start traveling abroad. Apply today to begin your adventure with the premier school for TESOL teacher training: Teaching House. With over 300 courses annually and more than 20 global locations, Teaching House is the best place to get your CELTA, the most widely-recognized TEFL certificate in the world. All of our courses are accredited by Cambridge University.

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As the world of business continues to expand into one large global marketplace, the demand for teachers trained in Teaching Business English continues to grow. The Teaching Business English Certificate Course at Rennert New York TESOL Center is the right choice for new and experience teachers who want to increase their marketability by breaking into this area of teaching English for Specific Pu...

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TEFL Courses in North America

From the cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula to the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, North America offers an endless juxtaposition of languages, cultures, landscapes, and opportunities for high-quality TEFL certification. A magnet for people from across the world, the birthplace of the “melting pot” cliché really does provide a whirlwind of adventures. Though English is spoken in its most populated countries, North America offers a chance to get TEFL certified with the added challenge of learning quirky regional dialects. Whether you are moving to the next city over or to country that seems a world away, earning TEFL certification in North America is a proven grand adventure.

Locations

From sea to shining sea, there are cities-a-plenty to choose from when earning your TEFL certificate in North America.

The best choice for where to study will depend on your personal interests and goals you have for getting TEFL certified. Are you more interested in a metropolitan city like Vancouver or New York? In these cities, you can focus on your future professional network and job opportunities. However, a more low-key city with beautiful parklands nearby is Portland. Whatever scenario is up your alley, North America has you covered with a range of TEFL and TESOL training options.

If it is your first time going away from home, it may be more comfortable to try a similar environment in the U.S. Good location options for TEFL certification in North America include Chicago, with its beautiful Lake Michigan, and Seattle, home to some of the country’s best food, coffee, and outdoor adventures. If you are keen for warmer temperatures and want to experience more Latino culture, Miami is also a great pick. But if you’d like to get away from the mainland all together, try a TEFL program in Honolulu!

If you’re ready to up and go somewhere much different, you may want to look at the TEFL and TESOL programs in Belize, Costa Rica, or Guatemala. These locations may also offer you a guaranteed paid job after your training, so it’s a valuable experience in more ways than one. Alternatively, you could explore the flavors of Mexico, with a delectable, daily, dose of chilaquiles for breakfast, hop on a cable car in Montmorency Falls, near Quebec City, or feast on some poutine in Montreal. Lastly, why not get your TEFL surf up, while living on the coast in San Diego? The options for TEFL certification in North America are (as we said) endless.

TEFL Programs in North America

TESOL and TEFL courses in North America can be structured in different ways, depending on where you study and what provider you choose to complete your certification with. TEFL programs in North America vary in length, which is most often noted in hours, from 20 hours to 140 hours. An average TEFL program length which is deemed acceptable by employers is 120 hours. You can also choose to earn TEFL certification part-time or full-time, or even online.

For most TEFL programs in North America, there is a combination of online and offline coursework required. One of the benefits to having online coursework is the opportunity to complete forum assignments, where students from around the world contribute their perspectives on a given discussion topic. Experiencing this diverse interaction will help you become more sensitive, as a teacher, to the mixture of opinions and learning styles which future students may share. TEFL courses in North America usually blend exams, quizzes, and real-world application of lessons. This is another major benefit because it keeps the coursework engaging and helps achieve necessary learning objectives in a thoughtful way. 

Keeping up with readings and staying on top of lesson planning assignments is an important aspect of becoming TEFL certified abroad. Learning the theories and philosophies of education and language learning will become just as important as your own language learning endeavors.

Costs & Affordability

TEFL program prices will differ significantly based on where you decide to earn your certification and what additional resources the program provider includes. Much like in any other case, if it’s a reliable and legitimate organization, “you get what you pay for!”

There are TEFL programs in North America that will appear more expensive than others, but that may be because they offer a pre-training course, an expansive alumni network, guaranteed job placement after the program, and/or housing. This is not the case for every TEFL certification program in North America, so be sure to ask all the questions you have during or before the application process.

TEFL programs in Canada can range from $900 to $3500, while some TEFL programs in Guatemala and Mexico will run about $1995. However, remember to keep in mind the cost of living in specific locations. Even if you sign up for a cheaper TEFL program, you might end up spending more on accommodation and daily living. Consider both the TEFL courses and the country!

Accommodations & Visas

Each TEFL certification program in North America will have its own requirements about what type of visa is needed to study and/or work in that specific country. More specifically, it will depend on what country you are coming from. The best way to find out is to speak with an advisor at the provider’s office, and be sure to check out GoAbroad's Embassy Directory for more information.

Some countries will consider the practicum/placement portion of your course as “work” and some may view it simply as part of the course-work, so it’s important to check if you only need a tourist visa (since the course is short) or a work/study visa.

Accommodation can vary from shared student dorm rooms to small apartments. There can be homestay options, hostels or hotels, based on where you study and how long your program is. TEFL program providers will typically help enrolled students to find cost effective housing in the area, but the decision on where to stay is ultimately up to the student.

Benefits & Challenges

The benefits to earning TEFL certification in North America are as boundless as the opportunities thereafter! Your network of friends and colleagues will expand enormously, as there are students from all sorts of different backgrounds in the program with you.Many people who care about becoming this type of educator care because they were positively impacted by a teacher somewhere along the way. It’s interesting to get to know your classmates and their motivations for taking the course.

A majority of the TEFL programs in North America offer job search support and provide helpful professional connections upon completion. They will support their alumni even after program completion, so that their students apply the new skills and knowledge gained as a TEFL/TESOL certified instructor.

The biggest challenges for TEFL and TESOL program students can be stepping outside of their comfort zone and getting to know new people, quickly. Public speaking is an essential skillset for all teachers, because of how often they stand in front of a classroom full of students. It’s especially important for language teachers to lead by example. Being a native English speaker is helpful in this regard, but it can also make it hard for TEFL teachers to remember their students’ perspective, as second language English learners. Remembering to consider unique learning styles and differing viewpoints from the students is most valuable.

The best reason to consider TEFL courses in North America is the value given to communication throughout the country. There are so many different places, people, cultures, and so much history, that it can be very confusing finding a correct identity. It’s important to understand why ESL students need the instruction they do and it’s best to put yourself in their shoes. North America offers so many TEFL opportunities for teachers, who wish to do just that!

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