Online TEFL Comparison Chart

Comparing Online TEFL programs is enough to make you pull your hair out. Some companies list everything in chapters and units while others list in hours.

Below is our  comparison chart of the heavy hitters in the TEFL world. (These guys sell courses in the thousands every year.) We've listed the major points of comparison, namely price, hours, support and who they're accredited through. All of these courses are delivered either through e-mail or physical mail and are designed to be as flexible and user friendly as humanly possible. (Most of them can be started in your home country and finished anywhere on the planet.) Course content is similar in that all these courses will provide you with a basic qualification to teach English as a second language.

Those looking to work in Japan as an ALT might take care to note that of the 4 listed below, i-to-i Travel

and ICAL not only offer 1 to 1 personal tutor support, but they place literally hundreds of candidates each throughout Asia in ALT positions year in and out. Note that the course listed below are purely on-line - meaning that there isn't a practical or hands-on part to these courses.

Course Provider i-to i ICAL Global English TITC
Hours & Price in USD
40 hour course $236* -- -- --
60 to 70 hour course 60 for $292* -- 70 at $385 --
80 to 150 hour course 80 for $476* 100 for $265* 150 for $735* 100 for $190*
Accreditation & Placement
Accredited by ODLQC EMBHK ISO 9000 IATQuO
Job Placement Help In Japan yes yes No Yes
Support & Other
Personal Tutor Yes Yes No. Info No
Post Program Support yes yes yes yes
Other Support Letter of Rec Letter of Rec. Letter of Rec. & Resume Resume & Interview help
Money Back Guarantee Yes yes yes - 14 days --
Work at Your Own Pace yes yes yes yes

Courses marked with an * offer video support in their on-line TEFL course.


There are quite a few hurdles to jump in getting a job in Japan and we don't want course recognition to be one of them. For this reason, we've stuck with the most well known courses in this chart. There are literally countless programs you can spend your money on but it's best or safest to stick with programs your potential employer is either familiar with or has heard of such as i-to-i

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