Get TEFL Certified in Chicago

TEFL TESOL Qualification in Chicago

Most TEFL courses are held in the city centre. Some TEFL academies are based in Lakeview / Lincoln Park neighborhood which is around 15 minutes by train or car to the city centre. You can also choose to take an online TEFL course which are flexible and can be taken via your computer.



  • You will need to be aged 18+
  • Course are open to people who reside in Chicago, people who live in the United States and people who live overseas
  • If you are booking a TEFL course in the USA from overseas you will need to be eligible for a tourist visa 


Duration of Courses

Most courses are full-time and last around 4 weeks, this really depends on the course provider though.



Usually Monday - Friday, 9am to 6pm with lots of breaks.  


School Facilities

TEFL schools in Chicago are designed to the highest specifications with modern technology, free WiFi, a comfortable student lounge and friendly staff who will be able to help and provide information at anytime.


What You Will Learn

A TEFL course is designed to give you as much preparation as possible to teach abroad. You will learn in fresh and bright classrooms and lessons usually cover the following topics:

  • Lesson planning and preparation
  • Conducting a needs analysis
  • Establishing learning objectives
  • Language-learning theories
  • Presentation, practice, and use of language
  • Learner/teacher roles
  • Learner styles/group dynamics
  • Classroom management
  • Culture and living overseas
  • Textbooks/resources/testing/media & equipment
  • How to get a job + résumé building
  • Adapting/using appropriate lesson materials
  • Language-learning strategies, including role-play, group, pair, and individual work
  • Assessment of learners' language-learning achievements


What to Expect

You will learn in small groups and get lots of time to practise with role plays and discussions which will enhance your learning experience. Course have been running for several years and follow a method where you will be able to learn and improve your teaching skills and knowledge. Teachers encourage students to ask questions, work together and practice various teaching methods to improve as courses go on. Some TEFL schools arrange special classes where you can teach new EFL learners who are looking to improve their English skills. 



All TEFL teachers are professional trained with years of experience helping students learn in a structured environment. Teaching practices are always updated and monitored to ensure a high pass completion rate.


Tuition Cost

TEFL Courses in Chicago cost around $2,500 for a recognised 4 week TEFL course. You will usually need to pay a deposit online in advance and then the full balance on arrival.


How to Register

You can registration your interest and book a course via our website today.



You can choose from:

  • A family homestay
  • Shared residence
  • Private appartment
  • During summer you can stay in a university residence


Getting Around

Chicago has an excellent public transport system with a metro, buses, taxis and train.


What to Do in Your Spare Time

Chicago is an amazing city with lots of things to see and do here, you could enjoy the many outdoor activities, head to the beach, go sightseeing, see live bands, watch a live sporting event or join a day tour - these are just a few of the options available.


Prospects After Completing a Course

TEFL training schools provide lifetime job guidance to all students and graduates and will help you secure a TEFL jobs overseas.


Help & Advice

If you have any questions about taking a TEFL course in Chicago or need any advice please contact us today. You might also like to view our other TEFL courses.


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Chicago TEFL Course Reviews

If you have ever taken a TEFL course in Chicago and would like to review a training school or course please get in touch to tell us about your experience.


Past Student Testimonials

"I had a difficult decision between taking a TEFL certification in New York or Chicago, in the end I chose Chicago and I don't regret this. This city is fantastic and the course was everything I could have asked for."
Ryan S, London, UK

"I would recommend taking a TEFL course in Chicago, I was a complete beginner and learnt a lot during the 4 weeks which flew by."
Bryan A, Chicago

"I completed my course in 2013 and am currently teaching in Taiwan. Without my qualification in Chicago this wouldn't have been possible"
Shaina D, Chicago