ITTT TEFL Certification

ITTT TEFL Certification – all the details


Introduction to ITTT TEFL certification

ittt tefl certification - ittt logo

In this post, I will take a detailed look at the ITTT TEFL certification. There is a special link at the end, that will give you a 15% discount from the regular price.

For the sake of simplicity, TESL and TESOL are used interchangeably here (this post explains why).

This article is based on personal experience and knowledge, as I have successfully completed some of their courses.


What is ITTT TEFL certification?

ITTT stands for International TEFL and TESOL Training.

The company has been active since 1993, with thousands of students successfully completing their courses each year.

The word ‘international’ is well-deserved, as this graphic of their training centres shows.

ittt tefl certification globe

Their mission is to provide all the knowledge and skills required to teach English as a second language.

They offer three options for getting your TEFL certification, namely

  • online
  • in-class
  • combined

Online courses are as the name suggests. You take the course at your own speed, from the comfort of your home or office.

In-class courses are 4-week courses where you attend the course at one of their training centres.

Combined courses are a combination of the other two – the online part is from home, with classroom practice at one of the centres.

They also offer advanced diploma and specialised courses.


What do the ITTT TEFL certification courses contain?

This is going to be somewhat awkward to describe, purely because of the sheer number of variables, in terms of course type, course duration, course location and course content options. If in doubt, please check out their website.

Online courses

This image shows the current content for the online courses – clicking the image will show a larger version.

ittt tefl certification - online courses

In-class courses

This image shows the current content for the in-class courses – clicking the image will show a larger version.

ittt tefl certification - in-class courses

Combined courses

These courses contain both aspects of the previous two styles. An initial online component needs to be successfully completed and then a 10, 8, or 5-day session (with or without observed teaching practice) follows (see what I mean about many options?).

This image shows a summary of the current content for the combined courses – clicking the image will show a larger version.

ittt tefl certification - combined course

Specialised courses

The specialised courses are Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL), Teaching Business English (TBE) and Observed Teaching Practice (OTP).

These images show summaries of the current content for the specialised courses – clicking the image will show a larger version.

ittt tefl certification - specialised courses

ittt tefl certification - otp

Diploma courses

The most intense courses are the diploma courses, as this graphic shows.

ittt tefl certification - diploma


How does ITTT TEFL certification work?

Online portion

If the course involves an online portion, you will receive emails with module information and assignments.

You work through the module, complete the assignment and return to ITTT via email.

If you’re thinking, “Haha – I can look up the answers online and make life easy for myself”, then I have bad news for you. Firstly, you would only be cheating yourself and secondly, the assignments cannot all be completed this way.

Many assignments require you to create original material, for example, to create a lesson plan based on a recent article in an online newspaper. You have to source the article (with URL) and present the lesson plan. I think this is a good idea and makes the final certificate more valuable.

If you have a course tutor, you will get feedback and suggestions on your assignments, which is very valuable and a reason to choose this as an option. The tutors I had were extremely sharp and their feedback was second to none.

In-class portion

You receive ‘classic’ instruction in a classroom situation.

The main appeal of this part is usually the location and many people combine the classes with a holiday. The ITTT can arrange accomodation for you, or you can sort something out yourself and there is plenty of time out of the classroom to enjoy the holiday part.


Who benefits from ITTT TEFL certification?

ittt tefl certification - teacher

If you’re interested in becoming an English teacher and are looking for a suitable qualification, ITTT is the place for you. They have a great track record and are very respected in the industry.

If you can’t get a large block of time off, then the online approach will be good for you.

If you prefer an intensive course, then the in-class options will suit you, especially if you like to travel.

When you finish your course, the ITTT still keeps in touch and offers support and information for finding teaching jobs all over the world.

There is a wide range of prices to cover all purses and financial circumstances.


What does ITTT TEFL certification cost?

Given the large number of factors that go into the course type and composition, rather than listing all options, I think the best thing would be to indicate ranges, rather than absolute numbers.

Prices start at around $250 for shorter online courses and go up to around $1500 to $2000 for in-class courses.

The ITTT website details the prices (and don’t forget about the 15% discount).


Summary

I really enjoyed my course with ITTT. The staff and tutors were extremely professional and helpful. The support for finding teaching jobs is also valuable.

While it is up to the individual to decide which course is best for them, I would make a strong recommendation to get a course with a tutor.

Would you like further information about ITTT TEFL certification? Or alternatively, you can go directly to the application page (the 15% discount is already embedded in the links).

Or have you already completed a course? Please tell us about your experiences in the comments.

4 Comments

  1. wildfind

    Hi Derek!

    I just wanted to say that you really did an awesome job
    explaining ITTT. It is quite vast and a bit overwhelming at
    first so I am glad I found your site. Plus…

    Hearing from a previous student makes all the difference.

    I wasn’t sure about where to get my certification from.
    I believe this is exactly what I am looking for.

    Thank you!

    • Derek Smith

      Many thanks for your kind words. Yes, there are a lot of options.

      Hope your course goes well and please come back and let us know how it went.

  2. Riaz Shah

    Hey Derek,
    I have MUET (Malaysian English test) and IELST but I’m planning to try out TEFL too just for the sake of it. However, most of my friends said that it’s pretty hard and the knowledge learned is not really a huge requirement for companies, is that true?

    Out of curiosity, besides becoming an English teacher ourselves, what jobs can we apply for with TEFL though? Pretty excited 🙂

    • Hi Riaz,
      Thanks for your comments and questions.
      The ITTT TEFL course isn’t easy, but that is what makes it valuable. As for company requirements, I suppose that depends on the company. You will use the things that you learn, some more than others. I use more from the TEFL course than my degree course.
      The TEFL course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge to enable people to teach English, so it’s rather specific. I’m not sure what other jobs would benefit from this qualification.

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