ITA's Vision & Mission


Meaningful TEFL + Meaningful Travel = ♥️

Our Vision: We connect the world & promote cultural exchange by providing access to the leading TEFL training courses & guidance.

Our Purpose: We believe top-level TEFL training builds a realistic pathway for our students to achieve their dreams and successes as professional English teachers, domestically or abroad.

Our Mission: As the worldwide leader in TEFL, we provide:

  • Pre-enrollment information and personalized guidance from expert advisors;
  • The gold standard in TEFL training and certification;
  • Lifetime job search guidance - online and worldwide;
  • Alumni community & peer engagement;
  • Our staff with a safe, inclusive, supportive environment to grow and learn.

About International TEFL Academy

International TEFL Academy was founded in 2010 with a goal to create the best TEFL school in the world.

Combining a wealth of expertise and commitment to excellence, we provide the finest training and personal guidance to enable students from all walks of life to live their dreams of exploring the world while teaching English.

We have trained more than 40,000 people from all backgrounds, and our students gain employment at schools and language institutes in more than 80 countries. Thousands are teaching English online as well.

We commit to complete transparency and integrity in representing:

  • Who we are;
  • What we do;
  • What we stand for.
Read More: 10 Reasons Why International TEFL Academy Offers the Best TEFL
for Teaching English Abroad & Online

International TEFL Academy in a Few Dates

  2010  Foundation of International TEFL Academy (ITA) in Chicago. ITA offers TEFL Courses online & in Barcelona, Spain.

  2012  ITA starts offering TEFL courses in Chicago, USA, and in a third sister location in Heredia, Costa Rica.

  2013  ITA starts offering TEFL courses in more than 20 locations worldwide.

  2015  ITA has certified more than 5,000 students.

  2016  ITA now counts more than 10,000 TEFL certified students & inaugurates the first edition of World Alumni Day, a way to celebrate our students in the form of a giant party in over 30 cities across the world.

 2017  ITA reaches:

  • Over $50,000 in total donations made to charitable organizations.
  • Over 50 employees. Since then, ITA has had around 60 people on staff, including our TEFL Course instructors.

 2018  ITA wins numerous awards, including:

  •'s People Choice Award - ITA is the first TEFL school to ever win the award.
  • Inc Magazine's list of 5000 fastest-growing companies. ITA has continued to annually make the list ever since.

ITA now counts over 20,000 TEFL certified students.

 2019  ITA inaugurates:

  • The world's first ever Teach Abroad Film Festival in Chicago, USA.
  • 3 Advanced Specialty Courses to further your TEFL training in Teaching English Online, Teaching Business English and Teaching English to Young Learners.

 2020  ITA reaches:

  • Over 30,000 TEFL certified students. 
  • Over $100,000 in total donations made to charitable organizations.
  • 10 years of helping you see the world in a meaningful way.

 2022  ITA reaches:

  • Over 40,000 TEFL certified students. 

The ITA Team

Here at ITA, our team works together to achieve one goal: to ensure our students realize their dreams of going abroad to teach, travel, and explore. Everyone on our team has lived, worked, and traveled internationally (primarily as English teachers), so we understand the challenges and rewards of teaching and traveling abroad.

Now, we seek to empower our students to share the experience of discovering new cultures, exploring the world, and becoming true global citizens while teaching English abroad and online.

Read More: Meet Our Team

International TEFL Academy Staff in Chicago

We Believe ♥️

  • All students have a fundamental right to receive instruction from a trained professional teacher.
  • All teachers have a responsibility to their students to provide them with the best possible educational experience, which requires professional-level training.
  • English language education enables millions of global citizens to enhance their lives by learning English and makes our world a better place by promoting acceptance and mutual understanding through cultural exchange.
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language provides English speakers from all walks of life with one of the greatest vehicles and most realistic opportunities to live an extraordinary life abroad.

4 Pillars of a Great TEFL School

Helping our students achieve their goals requires more than just providing great TEFL certification courses. Here are four key elements that make International TEFL Academy unique in the field of TEFL certification.

1. Pre-Enrollment Guidance

International TEFL Academy Admissions Team

From their first contact with ITA, our students receive personal guidance from trained and experienced Admissions Advisors.

From certification options to the realities of the international job market, our commitment is for each student to embark on their adventure fully informed and prepared in a manner that enables them to succeed.

Read More: Why You Need to Speak with a Professional TEFL Admission Advisors if You Want to Teach English Abroad (and do it right).


2. TEFL Certification Courses

TEFL Courses

International TEFL Academy offers TEFL/TESOL certification courses in more than 20 locations around the world in addition to our award-winning 170-Hour Online TEFL Certification & the new 4-Week Intensive Online TEFL Course. We also offer exclusive TEFL Specialty Courses to our students and graduates to further their training and job opportunities in areas like teaching English online, business English, and teaching English to young learners.

Each course is designed to provide students with the skills & confidence to become professional English teachers abroad. The quality and accreditation of our courses enable our students to successfully gain employment in schools and language institutes around the world.


3. Job Search Guidance

Job Search Guidance

Following enrollment, all ITA students receive lifetime Job Search Guidance.

This incorporates in-depth and personalized guidance from professional experts to assist them in navigating international job markets, gaining employment teaching abroad, and preparing to live & travel overseas.


4. Alumni Community & Engagement

International TEFL Academy Alumni

The ITA Alumni Association is here to facilitate conversations and engagement between all ITA students and graduates.

Building an international community of travelers & teachers where our students can share their stories and support each other is at the heart of our mission. Check out the ITA Alumni Association to learn more.


Charitable Contributions

Our Commitment to Making a Difference at Home & Abroad

Since the day we opened, International TEFL Academy committed to leaving the world a better place than how we found it.

Since 2010, ITA has donated more than $100,000 to over 70 charities in addition to providing free English classes to more than 1,000 ESL learners in Chicago. Read more about ITA’s Charitable Contributions.

Read More: ITA's Charitable Contributions

Diversity Abroad & Inclusion in TEFL

Our Commitment to Building a Culture of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

International TEFL Academy connects individuals through immersive experiences with a unique variety of people and cultures. As global citizens, we recognize that diversity and inclusion are vital to the culture of our organization.

We embrace policies, practices, and a general culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Learn More: ITA's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

Learn More about International TEFL Academy

Founded in 2010, International TEFL Academy (ITA) is a world leader in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad and teaching English online. ITA offers accredited TEFL certification classes online and in 21 locations worldwide and has received multiple awards and widespread recognition as one of the best TEFL schools in the world. ITA provides all students and graduates with lifetime job search guidance and has certified more than 40,000 English teachers. Our graduates are currently teaching in 80 countries worldwide.

Read More: ITA's Awards & Accolades


Named best U.S. TEFL Course
Named best Online TEFL class


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6,000+ certified students a year & graduates in 80+ countries