Contact - Top TEFL / TESOL Programs in the U.S.

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1. School of Teaching ESL – Seattle, WA and online
Courses / Programs
Earn a Seattle Pacific University Post-Bachelor's TESOL Certificate via onsite four-week intensive classes, evening classes, or via online classes anywhere in the world.

School of Teaching ESL in Seattle, WA (in cooperation with Seattle Pacific University) gives students several choices regarding professional development in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

Offered via three study formats, our accredited TESOL program may be used to earn a Seattle Pacific University Post-Bachelor's TESOL certificate (12 credit or 24 credit options) or WA state ELL Endorsement offered at School of Teaching ESL.

The credits you earn may also be applied to the MA/TESOL at Seattle Pacific University.

This solid project-based program taught by highly qualified professional teacher educators prepares you to teach in the U.S. or overseas.

Since 1985, S-TESL has helped launch the careers of ESOL professionals. Lifetime access to the school’s employment resources.

Student Testimonial:
"I definitely recommend this course. I signed up for the course in order to receive the certificate but I gained so much more than that. It was more enjoyable and informative than I thought possible."
Accredited TESOL program, 120+ hours of instruction:

- 4-week intensive TESOL program: year round
- Evening TESOL classes: 4 quarters per year
- Online TESOL classes: 4 quarters per year
2. International TEFL Academy, Chicago
Courses / Programs
International TEFL Academy, based in Chicago, Illinois, is a TEFL / TESOL training organization that provides internationally-accredited and recognized English teacher certification courses worldwide. We offer onsite TEFL courses in over 25 countries around the world.

At our conveniently located Chicago campus in the heart of the Lakeview / Lincoln Park neighborhood, we offer a 4-week (160-hour) TEFL training program.

In addition to our full-time campus-based programs, we offer a professional level highly-interactive 170-hour online TEFL teacher training & certification.

Our TEFL / TESOL course curriculum provides the comprehensive skill sets required to succeed as a professional English teacher and incorporates teaching practice / practicum.

Additional TEFL course locations include: Boston, NYC, Argentina; Brazil; Chile; Greece; Italy; Mexico; Peru; Russia; Spain; and Thailand among others.

"The trainer was open and brimming with enthusiasm. I recommend this experience to anyone interested in teaching English abroad, while tasting the job you also get a new qualification."
- Joshua
- 4-week Onsite TEFL / TESOL Certificate Course:

Our 120 – 150 hour courses provide the comprehensive skill sets required to succeed as a professional English teacher and incorporate a 20-hour teaching practice module to provide all students with hands-on experience in a live teaching environment.

- Online TEFL / TESOL certificate course (170-hours)

Fully interactive distance learning course taught by a seasoned university level professor

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3. International TEFL Academy, Boston
Courses / Programs
Conveniently situated in the heart of historic downtown Boston MA, The International TEFL Academy offers a full-time, 4-week TEFL / TESOL teacher training course to English-speaking students from around the globe.

This intensive four-week course will provide you with a recognized TEFL certification that will qualify you for thousands of English teaching jobs in up to 100 countries around the world.

In addition to our campus-based programs, we offer a 170-hour online TEFL / TESOL certificate course.

Our internationally-recognized course includes hands-on, live teaching practice as well as quality training from our world-class instructors.

Residential options include our Student Residences, and a Homestay option where you live with a local Boston family for the duration of the course.

In addition to gaining the skills and qualifications you need to succeed as an English teacher abroad, this course will provide you with comprehensive lifetime Job Search Guidance to ensure you receive the guidance, resources and support you need to find teaching opportunities all over the world.
4-Week Full-Time TEFL / TESOL English Language Teacher Training:

Course features include:
- 4-weeks Mon-Fri full-time instruction
- Hands-on teaching practice
- Planning individual lessons
- Presentation, practice, and use of language
- Learner/teacher roles
- Classroom management / mixed levels
- Teaching business English
- Teaching English for Specific Purposes
- Homestay / student accommodation

- In addition to our campus-based programs, we offer a 170-hour online TEFL / TESOL certificate course.
4. Crossing Borders, Houston
Courses / Programs
Teach English in the United States or abroad!

Located in Rice Village in south-central Houston TX, Crossing Borders provides quality ESL programs for adults of all levels, including English teacher certification for both American and foreign English language teachers.

As well as our in-class program in Houston, we also provide a dedicated online ESL Teacher Certification course. 
- TEFL / TESOL Certification Program (4-week intensive course)

- English Language Training for Non-Native Speakers of English (4-week intensive course)

- Online ESL Teacher Certification course
5. TEFL Academy of Arizona, Scottsdale
Courses / Programs
The TEFL Academy of Arizona in downtown Scottsdale offers Arizona's only in-class 120 hour Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate course.

This focused and intensive TEFL course is available either as a full-time course during the week (4 weeks) or part-time at weekends (12 weeks). We aim to provide our students with the confidence and know-how to plan a lesson and teach English in ESL classrooms around the world.

All of our instructors are TEFL certified and exceed the highest levels of international TESOL /TEFL /ESL training standards. We also provide a Certificate in Teaching International Business English course and a TEFL certificate course for non-native speakers of English.

Our school is located in Scottsdale's vibrant entertainment district close to art galleries, restaurants, cultural venues, hotels, and lots of outdoor activities under the sunny Arizona sky. Students can enjoy wonderful weather and tourist attractions such as the Grand Canyon.
Teaching English Certificate Courses:

- TEFL Certificate Weekday Course for native speakers of English (4 weeks)
- TEFL Certificate Weekend Course for native speakers of English (12 Saturdays)
- TEFL Certificate Course for non-native speakers of English
- Certificate in Teaching International Business English

Courses include:
- Evaluated practice teaching in a real ESL classroom
- Observation of experienced ESL teachers in the classroom
6. ELS Tacoma - CELTA Certification
Courses / Programs
ELS Tacoma offers a four-week Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) course at our school in the heart of downtown Tacoma, on the campus of Bates Technical College in Washington State.

CELTA is an initial certification for people with little or no previous teaching experience, and can open a new world of exhilarating teaching opportunities for you.

Recognized worldwide, the CELTA qualification is awarded by Cambridge ESOL, part of the world-famous University of Cambridge, so you can rely upon its quality and recognition.

Just 26 miles south of Seattle, Tacoma is a vibrant and beautiful city filled with interesting sights and experiences. It has an impressive backdrop of majestic Mt. Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains.

ELS Tacoma is one of just eighteen CELTA certificate program locations in the USA, one of four on the West Coast and the only location in the Pacific Northwest (and in the Seattle area).

Student Testimonial:
"The course helped me professionally, and it gave me some inspiration to look at graduate schools and to present at conferences later this year. I recommend this course to anyone, from experienced to novice teachers. With an open mind, you will be surprised at how much you learn.”
- David
CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) Course:
4 weeks / 120 contact hours

- Language analysis and awareness 
- Methodology
- Lesson planning
- Classroom management
- Professional development
- A practical teaching component in a real ESL classroom

There is also an additional 80 learning hours devoted to pre-course preparation and tasks, on assignment writing, course reading and research, record keeping, and lesson preparation.
Updated: 2015-10-03
Updated: 2015-10-03
7. TEFL Training College
Courses / Programs
Do you want to travel to exotic locations and experience diverse cultures while earning money at the same time? Start an exciting new career as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher with TEFL Training College!

A global leader in online TEFL / TESOL education and learning, we provide internationally-recognized and accredited TEFL / TESOL certification courses that are taught online via self-study.

Our distance education teacher training courses are available to students in the U.S., Canada, the UK and around the world. We offer online certificate and diploma programs as well as a range of short certificate courses.

Studying online is an affordable and convenient way to achieve your TEFL / TESOL qualification to teach English abroad. You do not have to attend class in person and do not have to start your course on any specific date - if you enrol today, you can start today! Our courses are assignment-based so you do not need to take any exams.

Whether you are interested in teaching adults, young learners, Business English, private tutoring or TEFL management, TEFL Training College offers tutor-supported courses tailored to your every need.

Student Testimonials:
"As an experienced teacher, I highly recommend this course to both novices and experienced teachers."
- Andre Venter

"I thank you for the excellent service and professional tutors you have provided to me during my studies."
- Jan Lewis Vorster
Online TESOL/TEFL Courses:
- Preliminary Certificate (100 hours)
- Certificate (150 hours)
- Diploma (200 hours)
- Advanced Diploma (250 hours)
- Master Diploma of Educational Studies in TESOL (300 hours)

Short Certificate Courses:
- Teaching English Language to Young Learners
- Teaching Business English
- Teaching English 1-to-1
- ELT in International Schools
- Technology Assisted Language Learning
- Grammar Awareness
- Teaching Observation & Lesson Presentation Practice
- Teaching Practice Certificate
8. International TEFL Institute - ITEFLI
Courses / Programs
The International TEFL Institute (ITEFLI) provides internationally-accredited and globally-recognized certificate and diploma programs in Teaching English Language as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

Taught via online learning, our TEFL (TESOL) programs are available to students in the U.S., Canada and worldwide.

We equip you with the teaching skills and certification required to get a professional well-paid job teaching English anywhere in the world. 

A TEFL qualification from ITEFLI will help you find TEFL jobs throughout the world. Our online TEFL certification programs are provided through up-to-date, technologically-advanced interactive training media which enhance and promote the learning experience.

The main advantages of completing an online TEFL course are convenience and flexibility. You can study from any location you choose and you can start the program whenever you want.

Learn at your own pace with up to 6 months to complete a course. You don't have to take any exams - your qualification is earned through assignments you submit.

Student Testimonial:
"The course itself is professionally produced and contains great information...thank you very much for the wonderful time I had. I'm equally impressed with the professional materials. I highly recommend this course to anyone."
- Francis
Online TEFL Programs

- TEFL Certificate - 120 hrs: An initial TEFL qualification.

- Diploma Add-on: After completing the Certificate, you may upgrade to the Diploma by completing this course

- TEFL Diploma - 180 hrs: For students seriously contemplating a career in English Teaching

- Master TEFL Diploma - 250 hrs: Increase your understanding of the principles & practice of English teaching.

- Short Certificate Courses
9. Sol Schools Miami Beach
Courses / Programs
Located on the south east coast of Florida, Sol Schools Miami Beach is an English language school and teacher training center. We offer the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course which is an internationally-recognized ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching qualification. The course is offered on a full-time basis and can be completed in four weeks, making your transition from one career to the next quick and easy.

The Sol Schools Miami Beach CELTA program meets the TESL Canada and USA requirements, allowing you to teach English anywhere in the U.S or Canada. It is also an excellent choice for those who are looking to teach in Europe or the Middle East, although this certification can be used worldwide. We also offer a one-week TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate and 5-hour teacher training workshops.

Sol Schools Miami Beach is a member of International House World Organisation (IHWO) and Cambridge ESOL. International House is the largest and most recognized teacher training organization in the world, certifying more teachers than any other school.
- Full-time Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course: 4-weeks including practicum

- TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate Course: 1-week

- 5-hour Teacher Training Workshops (these cover specific aspects of English language teaching such as Teaching English to Young Learners; Teaching Business English or Teaching English Online)
10. Penn State World Campus
Courses / Programs
Penn State World Campus is the online campus of Pennsylvania State University, and provides quality distance education programs to students from around the world. Our Online Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program is offered through the Department of Applied Linguistics. It is designed for students who are interested in teaching English to adults in the United States or abroad. It can be completed from anywhere in the world.

This program consists of 4 graduate-level courses which are delivered entirely in an interactive online setting. You will have access to Penn State’s vast academic resources and a flexible 12-credit course schedule. On graduation, you will have earned entry-level English language teaching credentials. This course can be completed in as few as 2 or 3 semesters (9–12 months).

The courses are taught by the same faculty who teach in our resident Master of Arts in TESL (MA TESL) program at Penn State. All 12 graduate credits can be applied to the MA TESL program. If you choose to enter the master's degree program, you will only have 2–3 semesters of on-campus learning.
Online Graduate Certificate in TESOL - can be completed in 9 – 12 months:

- Focus on English: Teaching Form, Meaning and Us
- Focus on Learners: Identity, Community and Language Learning
- Focus on Classrooms: Planning and Supporting Language Learning
- Focus on Instruction: Teaching and Assessing Language Learning.
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