With tons of flexibility, plus appealing salaries, teaching English online is a brilliant way to TEFL. You can teach and earn online from wherever you happen to be in the world (whether that’s a beach hut in Bali, a hotel room in Brussels, or your own home) and there are heaps of TEFL jobs available online right now. Perfect!
In fact, the hardest part is narrowing down your selection to the company that’s right for you. So, to give you a helping hand, we’ve pulled together our pick of the online TEFL companies, complete with the qualifications you need and the salaries available. Now all you need to do apply and start earning!
ONLINE TEFL COMPANIES FOR NEW TEACHERS WITHOUT A DEGREE
No degree? No problem! As long as you’ve got your TEFL qualification and are fluent in English, you can still teach English online. It’s all about focussing on the right companies – and first up are our pick of online TEFL platforms that don’t require you to have a degree AND are open to newbie teachers.
Oxinity makes lesson planning and goal tracking easier, as they have a tool that stores the individual progress of each student, so you can see what is left to be learned and how far they have come! This tool can also be accessed during your lessons so you can easily keep track of what you’re doing in real time!
Expected Salary: You can earn from $14 – $35 per hour!
Required hours: No minimum time commitment, so you set your own schedule.
Experience needed: You don’t need any previous teaching experience to land a role with them, just a TEFL qualification.
Nationalities accepted: Oxinity accepts candidates of any nationality, as long as you have a ‘native-speaker level’ of English.
Preply is another platform that makes it super-easy for newbie TEFL teachers to find work. You can teach students of all ages from anywhere in the world and you set your own rates. Plus, as Preply offers lessons in heaps of languages, you could even pick up some new skills of your own. Amazing!
Expected Salary: At Preply you set your own rates but, as a rough guide, English tutors usually charge between $15 to $25 per hour. New TEFL teachers often start out at the lower end of the scale to attract students and then increase prices as their experience grows – but ultimately, it’s up to you how much you charge.
Required hours: There’s no minimum working hours. You’re the boss and you can work as much or as little as you choose.
Experience needed: You don’t need any previous teaching experience to work for them, you just need your TEFL qualification. Awesome!
Nationalities accepted: Preply accepts fluent English speakers of all nationalities.
For newbie TEFL teachers without a degree, Cambly is a fabulous option. You chat with students all over the world, which is a brilliant way to learn about their cultures at the same time as getting paid. Now, that’s a win!
Expected Salary: You’ll normally earn around $10 an hour but you actually get paid per minute you’re chatting with your students.
Required hours: There’s no minimum or maximum hours for teaching English online with Cambly. It’s super flexible as you set your own schedule.
Experience needed: Apart from fluent English, you don’t need any qualifications or experience to teach on Cambly but a TEFL qualification is a definite plus.
Nationalities accepted: As long as you’ve got great English language skills, you can work online for Cambly, no matter where you’re from – making it a great option for non-native English speakers.
Profy is a one-to-one online English teaching platform based in Latin America. Most students are adults / professionals and are looking to get from (lower) intermediate to fluent. Many are looking to practice conversation, but some will need more structure.
Expected Salary: Usually around $10 per hour! (Average salary ends up being around $1280 per month and you get $20 enrolment bonus every time a student books a course of lessons with you after their intro class!)
Required hours: No minimum hours required – you set your own schedule and availability.
Experience needed: Previous teaching experience isn’t necessary. Profy also don’t need any certification but if you want to make sure you know what you’re meant to be doing, so you actually retain and grow your pool of students (and earn a good wage!), we’d recommend you get TEFL qualified first!
Nationalities accepted: Profy welcome both native and non-native speakers of English, you just need a high level of fluency to be able to teach.
This is a Japanese-owned online teaching company that operates all over the world, but the main bulk of their students are Japanese. They offer amazing flexibility to teachers and lots of training materials, so it’s great for when you’re just starting out!
Expected Salary: Unlike most online TEFL employers, Native Camp pay you monthly instead of weekly! You can expect to earn between $412 – $1236 per month and there are bonuses for good performance.
Required hours: Completely flexible and set by you. You can teach (or not teach) to suit your schedule.
Experience needed: You don’t need any previous teaching experience. All you really need is a TEFL certificate.
Nationalities accepted: Native Camp accept candidates from anywhere in the world. You just need to have an intermediate level of English or above.
ONLINE TEFL COMPANIES FOR EXPERIENCED TEACHERS WITHOUT A DEGREE
If you’ve got some teaching experience under your belt, you can usually bag yourself a better rate (and sometimes even a better job), even if you don’t have a degree. Take a look at these TEFL companies that are open to experienced TEFL teachers without a degree and find your perfect fit.
If you can commit to at least 10 hours per week and want to teach students from Latin America, then Open English could be your dream role. This platform delivers English lessons to both children and adult students from Latin America, either one-to-one or in small groups. Plus, it’s one of the higher-paying TEFL options for teachers without a degree. Lovely!
Expected Salary: You can earn between $13 to $15 an hour.
Required hours: You need to be available for at least 10 hours a week, which makes it a good option if you’re looking for regular work.
Experience needed: You stand a better chance of getting hired if you’re both TEFL qualified and have previous teaching experience. However, if you can show other relevant experience, you might still land a post.
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted, as long as you’re fluent in English. If you also speak Spanish, that’s a definite plus!
Verbling is an amazing portal for online TEFL teachers that connects you up with English learners from across the globe. You even get to highlight your interests, so you can link with students who want to talk about topics you like. Win!
Expected Salary: You set your own rates, so it’s up to you how much you charge.
Required hours: You also set your own schedule, so you can work as much or as little as you fancy.
Experience needed: You normally need previous teaching experience plus a TEFL qualified to work at Verbling.
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted but you do need to be brilliant at English if you’re not a native English speaker.
This is a fantastic platform for non-degree holders who want to work with business professionals. If you can commit to at least 10 hours per week for a year, Learnlight can be a brilliant way to gain job security as you develop your online TEFL career.
Expected Salary: The pay at Learnlight varies, depending on your experience and contract but you can expect to earn $10 per hour or more.
Required hours: You need to commit to at least 10 hours per week in peak times to work for them, plus you have to sign up for a minimum of a year – which can either be a huge pro or a downside, depending on what you’re looking for!
Experience needed: Learnlight expects their teachers to have at least 2 years of teaching experience plus a TEFL qualification.
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted.
If you’re looking for a flexible role that lets you teach small classes of adult students, then this is the company for you! You can teach anyone from beginners right up to specialist classes, such as business English. Even better, Lingoda supplies the teaching materials meaning you can focus your energy on the delivery. Amazing!
Expected Salary: You’ll normally earn between $8 to $13 per hour.
Required hours: Technically, Lingoda doesn’t have a minimum number of hours. However, they do expect their teachers to work for between 5 to 20 hours per week. When you teach those hours is completely up to you however and you can set your own schedule each week.
Experience needed: Lingoda asks for 2 to 3 years of teaching experience plus your TEFL qualification.
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted but you need to be at least C2 level of English and also at a higher level than any class that you teach (hopefully, that last bit’s obvious!)
Last but not least! On this platform, students of all ages send in their requests for tutors and an automated matching system links them up with potential teachers. It’s a slightly different approach to other online TEFL companies we’ve listed here – but why not give it a go!
Expected Salary: You set your own rates! The platform claims its top tutors earn £17 to £49 per hour – but definitely don’t expect to hit these heights from day one. £8 to £11 per hour is more usual when you’re just starting out.
Required hours: There are no required minimum hours. You set your availability and students book on to your classes.
Experience needed: You need at least two years of teaching experience and a TEFL qualification.
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted but you do need to have a minimum C2 level of English or have a degree in English.
ONLINE TEFL COMPANIES FOR NEW TEACHERS WITH A DEGREE
Looking for your first online TEFL job can feel daunting. But if you’ve got a degree in any subject, shout about it! There are some amazing options out there for newbie TEFL teachers with a degree. Take a look at our top pick.
EF English First
We’re big fans and we reckon you will be too. You can teach students of all ages and you even have lesson plans prepared for you – awesome! There’s also the possibility of working abroad with EF once travel restrictions are lifted. Sign us up!
Expected Salary: You can earn between $10 to $17 per hour.
Required hours: You normally need to be available during peak teaching times – although this will depend on which time zone you’re in!
Experience needed: You don’t need previous teaching experience but you do need to hold both a TEFL qualification and a bachelor’s degree.
Nationalities accepted: EF accepts fluent English speakers who hold passports for either the UK or US.
ONLINE TEFL COMPANIES FOR EXPERIENCED TEACHERS WITH A DEGREE
If you’ve got a TEFL qualification AND a degree AND teaching experience, go straight to the top of the class. You can pretty much take your pick of jobs and can expect to earn a higher wage than newbie teachers. Take a look at 2 great options below.
If you’re from the US or Canada, this is a great way to teach English online. You can earn an amazing salary and teach a mixture of teenagers and children – plus teaching materials are provided. Count us in!
Expected Salary: You can earn between $14 to $22 per hour.
Required hours: VIPKid has now removed their minimum hour requirement, meaning you can work as much or as little as you choose – but you will definitely get more work if you open your schedule for peak teaching slots. You do also need to commit to a 6-month contract.
Experience needed: You’ll normally need at least two years’ relevant experience on top of your TEFL qualification, and a bachelor’s degree in any subject.
Nationalities accepted: Only teachers eligible to work in the US or Canada can apply, but you can be based anywhere in the world.
Whether you fancy teaching kids or adults, iTutorGroup has the students for you. This well-respected platform delivers both junior classes for 5 to 18 year olds and adult classes for those aged 18+. iTutorGroup provides teaching materials and support for tutors, making your life super simple.
Expected Salary: iTutorGroup works on a pay scale structure, where the more you teach, the more you can earn (with monthly reviews for your base rate). This means salaries vary significantly – expect anything from $5 to $34 per hour.
Required hours: You need to work at least 6 hours per week but you can set your own schedule, to ensure the hours you work suit you.
Experience needed: You’ll need at least one years’ experience as well as your TEFL qualification and a bachelor’s degree.
Nationalities accepted: They accept applicants from the UK, USA, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa.
START TEACHING ENGLISH ONLINE TODAY
There’s never been a better time to teach English online so why not apply today? Remember, if you’re not successful with one company, don’t give up! There are tons of fabulous online teaching jobs out there – you just need to find the one that’s right for you. Check out our LoveTEFL jobs board for some amazing options. And if you need an extra helping hand, give our fabulous TEFL jobs team a call. They simply love matching brilliant TEFL teachers to their perfect online TEFL job.
You’ve got this!