Chicago TEFL Course

Earn your internationally accredited 190-hour TEFL Certification in just ONE MONTH at our onsite location in Chicago. This TEFL course is in one of the largest and most diverse cities in the U.S.A., with a multicultural blend of over 100 different ethnicities, making it an ideal location for you to prepare to teach English abroad. From cultural, recreational and culinary attractions to world-class art and opera, from professional sports to a vibrant music and nightlife scene, Chicago has something for you to get excited about.


  • In-person training–students study in a 4-week, onsite course in Chicago
  • Explore Chicago see all this metropolitan city has to offer, from cuisine to shopping, nightlife, and more.
  • Worldwide recognitionan internationally accredited, 190-hour certification course on par with the CELTA.
  • Teach English anywhere – Join graduates now teaching English around the world.
  • Lifetime job guidance – help finding an ESL job whenever you need it. Forever.

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  • 4-week intensive program
  • Chicago TEFL Course: 180 Hours
  • Student Teaching: 10 Hours
  • Monday – Friday.  9:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Student teaching with a rotating schedule Monday – Thursday 6:30 pm – 8 pm

*This course is the equivalent of one semester of college credit in just one week, so it’s long days, but it means you’re that much closer to moving overseas!

Total TEFL/TESOL Certification: 190 hours


Download the registration form here, then email it to us at info [at]


Who should take the course?

You should take a TEFL course if:

  • You aren’t ready to create a lesson plan and lead a class on your first day
  • You do not feel prepared and qualified
  • You prefer learning in a physical classroom over online course
  • You are interested in exploring a new city while earning your certification
  • You are a novice teacher: The course offers solid, practical, teaching techniques to ensure you enter the classroom with confidence
  • You want to immediately apply your skills to positively contribute to a local community


TEFL classes are held in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview/Lincoln Park neighborhood, just minutes away from Lake Michigan on Diversey Parkway and just north of Lincoln Park, DePaul University. A mile to the south, you’ll find the famous Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs, for you sports fans). With the Diversey Brown Line “El” (subway) stop just a block away, public transportation is easily accessible. It’s an easy 15 minute ride to “The Loop” in downtown Chicago, home to the city’s greatest architectural and cultural landmarks, including Michigan Avenue, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, Soldier Field, the Willis Tower (famously known as the Sears Tower), and hundreds of world class restaurants, shops and bars.

Spread over more than 4,000 square feet, the course center includes brand new classroom facilities, computer work stations, reference library and student lounge.



We’ll certainly provide advice and a variety of housing options to choose from, whatever your budget. There are plenty of hostels, hotels and rentals nearby in Lincoln Park and downtown Chicago, all within minutes from public transportation.

Several hostels are conveniently located near the course location with prices ranging from $27-$35 USD and up per night. Hostel options include Hostellng InternationalAAE Chicago Parthenon Hostel, and Chicago Getaway Hostel. Short-term furnished apartments and subleased rooms are available throughout the city year round.



Chicago has two major airports: The northern Chicago O’Hare Airport and Southern Chicago Midway Airport. Both Amtrak and Greyhound provide service to central Chicago.

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Transportation in Chicago to your class location:

Once you arrive in the city, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers excellent public transportation by bus and train; taxis are readily available as well. The classroom is located one block from the Diversey Brown Line stop. If you have a car, free parking is available in front of our building and around the block  in residential neighborhoods.

During your Chicago TEFL course, you will receive instruction from university-level professors and work with a highly experienced team of advisors and support staff, all of who have previously lived, traveled and worked abroad.



  • August 14 – September 8, 2017 – FULL 
  • September 18 – October 13, 2017 – limited availability 
  • October 23 – November 17, 2017
  • November 20 – December 15, 2017


  • January 8 – February 2, 2018
  • February 12 – March 9, 2018
  • March 12 – April 6, 2018
  • April 16 – May 11, 2018
  • May 14 – June 8, 2018
  • June 18 – July 13, 2018
  • July 16 – August 10, 2018
  • August 20 – September 14, 2018
  • September 17 – October 12, 2018
  • October 22 – November 16, 2018
  • November 26 – December 21, 2018

*courses tend to fill up 2-3 months in advance


$2,195 Now only $1,995 USD! Plus housing costs and text books (about $100).

Need a little help funding your teach abroad experience? We’ve partnered with to help you do just that! It’s a crowd sourcing website meant specifically for travel, so your important educational aspirations won’t be crowded out by cancer requests and earthquake donations.

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Contact us for more information or reserve your spot today!