If you are planning on taking a gap year, need a break from the nine to five, or want to start a whole new life and career, gaining a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is one of the most popular ways to go about it. Every year, many thousands of people just like you complete a TESOL qualification and head overseas to teach English in classrooms of all shapes and sizes, in countries right across the world. In order to join them, whether it's for a limited time or for the long term, an internationally accredited TESOL certificate from ITTT is the best place to start.
By gaining this qualification you will have access to a huge number of jobs all over the globe and learn everything you need to confidently start your first teaching role, no matter where it might be. As we now live in a world where high-speed internet access is widely available, it is unsurprising that online TESOL courses are now the most popular way of obtaining the qualifications required to get started on the path to a new life of travel and adventure. Take a look at our online TESOL course options right now and you could find yourself teaching English abroad quicker than you ever imagined!
Our most popular online TESOL course option
The 120-hour TESOL certification course is welcomed by employers of all sizes all over the world, which is one reason why it is consistently one of our most popular online course options. During your training you will cover all the most important subjects that are required to secure a position in a reputable school or language center that offers a comfortable working environment and a competitive salary. Another popular aspect of this course is you can complete it from any location in the world where you have an internet connection. You can also organize your study schedule to fit around any other commitments you might have, such as work or family as you are free to set your own timetable. If you can’t wait to get started on your new career as an English teacher abroad and you are prepared to put in the hours, it is possible to earn your certificate in just a few short weeks. Alternatively, if you prefer to take your time, you are given up to six months to complete the course. However you choose to study, the end result will be a qualification that allows you to join the tens of thousands of people who have already changed their lives by heading overseas to teach English abroad.
The perfect choice for volunteer teachers
If a spell of volunteer teaching is part of your travel plans, the 60-hour TESOL course provides the perfect introduction to the world of English language teaching. This course option is popular as it can be completed quickly, yet it still covers all the basic TESOL skills required for this type of classroom environment. It is also very flexible as you get to decide how, when and where you study, so it can fit comfortably around any other existing commitments you have. As long as you have an internet connected device, you can set your own study schedule as there are no fixed timetables or online lessons to attend. Some people choose to study hard in order to get certified as quickly as possible, while others take advantage of the six month time limit. Whichever approach you take to the course, once completed you should be more than ready to start as a volunteer teacher in any country you choose.
Tutored or non-tutored? That is the question
No matter which of our online TESOL courses you choose, you will have the option of a tutored or non-tutored version. By choosing the tutored version of a course you will be able to call upon the extensive teaching experience and expert knowledge of a professional teacher trainer for as long as it takes to complete the course. Whatever questions or problems you might encounter during your studies, you can be sure that your tutor will have dealt with it many times before and will be there to guide you to a successful conclusion. Although this is entirely your choice, we typically recommend a tutor for anyone who is unfamiliar with distance learning courses as they can be significantly different from a normal classroom based course. In our experience, having access to the guidance, encouragement and years of know-how that an online tutor provides can have a huge impact on how much you get from your course and the overall learning experience.
Expand your CV/resume with a specialized TESOL course
Upon completion of a standard 60-hour or 120-hour TESOL certification course many of our graduates choose to take an additional qualification to boost their CV/resume when applying for teaching jobs at home or overseas. We currently offer three specialized TESOL courses that could broaden your employment options and increase your potential income. These three courses have been specifically designed to reflect the fastest growing areas of English language teaching. Our Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners (CTEYL) will give you all the knowledge and skills that are unique to this popular area of TESOL, ranging from pre-school children right through to eighteen year-olds. The young learner sector makes up a large percentage of the global market for TESOL qualified teachers, which means the CTEYL course can open the door to many opportunities worldwide.
If teaching adults is your preference or you have any kind of background in the business world, our Certificate in Teaching Business English (CTBE) is certainly worth a close look. This potentially lucrative area of teaching has seen a major boom in recent times and this looks set to continue well into the future. Even if you have no knowledge of business whatsoever, this course will teach you everything you need to know to embark on a successful career in this specialized sector. Also booming right now is the world of teaching English online. This increasingly popular option is covered by our Certificate in Teaching English Online (CTEO). With this qualification in your toolbox you will be able to teach students from all corners of the globe without leaving your hometown
Learn to teach English from home with an online teaching course
Although the main intention for many TESOL trainees is to head overseas to teach English, not everyone is in a position to do so. Often, other commitments such as work, study, or family ties can mean you have to delay your departure or put it off all together. However, thanks to the rapid growth in demand for online English teachers, there is plenty of opportunity for those with a specialized online teaching qualification. Our specialized Course in Teaching English Online (CTEO) is a 50-hour short-term course that has been specifically designed to build on the skills and knowledge that are covered in a standard 120-hour TESOL course. With this qualification under your belt you will be in a great position to teach English from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. As demand is so high in this field of teaching, there are typically less restrictions on teachers, so having previous experience or a degree is not always a requirement. In the years to come online language teaching could well become the dominant force in TESOL, and with this course you can get a head start on the market.
Take a step up the ladder by completing a Diploma in TESOL
One great option for TESOL certified teachers who want to progress in their career is to take an advanced level training course, such as the Diploma in TESOL. The diploma course can be completed entirely online via individual study that features a significant amount of research based learning. Once graduated from this 250-hour high-level course you will be able to apply for a wider range of potential jobs that often include higher salaries, more responsibilities and the chance for future progression. If your post-course plans involve more than just earning a bit of spending money on a gap year, the Diploma in TESOL could be just what you need to establish yourself as a serious teaching professional.
Hit the ground running with a multicourse TESOL package
The wide world of TESOL includes a huge variety of employers and different teaching environments, so it can really help your job prospects if you have more than just a standard TESOL certification. One of the simplest ways to do this is to sign-up for a multicourse package that provides a range of skills to help you adapt to any classroom. With our 220-hour Master Package you begin with the standard 120-hour TESOL certification course that will give you all the basic skills and knowledge you need as a new English language teacher. In addition, you also get two specialized courses that are designed to build on this knowledge and make you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs. These two 50-hour specialized TESOL courses are the Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners (CTEYL) and the Certificate in Teaching Business English (CTBE). By completing these three courses you will significantly widen the scope of well-paid jobs open to you across the world.
If you want to do all you can to set yourself up for a long and successful career as an English language teacher, the 470-hour Professional Package is exactly what you need. Our ultimate course package includes four separate courses that cover all the basic skills, including two specialized courses that focus on the fastest growing areas of TESOL, and an advanced level course that could potentially lead to high-end jobs that offer a top salary. As with both our course packages, you first complete a standard 120-hour online TESOL certification course and then work through the CTEYL and the CTBE specialized TESOL courses. The final section of the package is the Diploma in TESOL course which will really stand out on your CV/resume. With these four courses under your belt you should find you can pick and choose from some of the best teaching jobs worldwide.
If the idea of possessing a full set of qualifications covering all angles of TESOL appeals to you, then the Expert Package is exactly what you need. With this option you get all our most popular courses in one great value pack. You start off with the 120-hour TEFL certification course and then work through five more courses in any order you choose. These five courses are the CTEYL, the CTBE, the Diploma in TESOL, plus the 50-hour course in teaching English online (CTEO) and a 30-hour certificate of teaching practice recognition (CTPR). With all these respected and highly relevant qualifications under your belt your job prospects will be without limit in most corners of the world.
Teaching practice certification without attending a training center
Although previous teaching experience is not required for a large number of jobs, there are some situations where time spent in the classroom either in a previous job or as practice lessons during a TESOL course can be a real advantage. This is particularly true with some of the higher paid teaching jobs on offer around the world. For first-time teachers the only realistic way to gain this experience was, until recently, to attend a TESOL training center for at least a week which can be difficult both financially and logistically for many people. However, due to the widespread availability of the internet and the unique design of our two TESOL courses with added teaching practice, you can now gain official recognition of your practical teaching ability online.
Completing a series of teaching practice sessions before you start applying for jobs will go a long way towards convincing employers that you are a suitably skilled professional. It will also give you a boost of confidence in your classroom abilities and demonstrate to your students that you are serious about improving their language skills. You can gain all these benefits on top of a standard TESOL certification course, by taking our 150-hour Certification Course with Teaching Practice or our 150-hour Certification course with Live Practicum. Both courses kick off with the 120-hour online TESOL certification course, which covers all the theory of English language teaching. Once complete, you then start the practical section of the course which can be taken at any school or language center in your local area. With the CTP course you will complete a minimum of six one-hour lessons under the supervision of the staff at your location. In contrast, your teaching practice during the live practicum course is assessed by one of our teacher trainers who will watch your live lessons online and provide feedback and advice for future improvement.
Need more information?
Our friendly and helpful online team is ready and waiting to answer all your questions and to provide any assistance you require when choosing the right TESOL course to suit your own personal situation. You can get in touch via our Contact Page where you will find a variety of options, including our straightforward contact form, several phone lines, and online message apps. We even offer a call back service that can be arranged for anytime that suits your lifestyle. No matter what your plans for teaching English at home or abroad, we are sure to have it covered with our extensive range of high-quality online TESOL certification courses.