Teach English in the United States

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Kirsten Colquhoun
July 18, 2023

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Introduction
Teaching opportunities
Teaching requirements
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How to begin teaching in the US

Land of the free, home of the brave, the United States is a gigantic geographical space just waiting to be explored. It’s a country of so many different parts you won’t know where to start. From the country music of Nashville in the south to the wilderness of Alaska in the north; the sunny climes of California in the west to the skyscrapers of New York in the east, and so much more in between.

If you’re not gambling away your money and partying the night away in Vegas, perhaps you’re enjoying the breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon. If you enjoy a little skiing, make your way to Colorado, but if you prefer an island getaway, head to the tropical paradise of Hawaii. Maybe you’d like a taste of the rich and famous and would enjoy a celebrity tour around Hollywood.

New Orleans in Louisiana is one of the most exciting cities in the US.  It’s popular for its jazz music, Mardi Gras Festival, and voodoo culture.  Local delicacies include beignets (powdered sugar doughnuts), alligator and turtle soup. The famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau of New Orleans is said to be buried in the St. Louis Cemetery #1, which is believed to be the most haunted cemetery in the US. There are numerous above ground cemeteries often known as ‘Cities of the Dead’ throughout New Orleans. The tombs were built above ground due to the low water table, but it’s no less haunting.

The largest urban bat colony in North America is found in Austin, Texas. To see the spectacular phenomenon wait by the bridge at dusk and watch thousands of bats fly into the sky. Moonlight towers were introduced in Austin in 1894 to illuminate the night skies. It’s now the only known city in the world that still operates the 50 m tower system. Austin is the fastest growing city and continues to thrive due to its live music scene, outstanding food scene and friendly locals.

In terms of cuisine, the US offers tastes which mirror its melting-pot identity. Burgers and fries, pizza, New York-style baked cheesecake, pretzels, southern fried chicken and biscuits, Starbucks – the United States has whatever your stomach desires.

Teaching opportunities

While the TEFL market in the US is not as big as Asia or South America, the US is home to a wide range of immigrants. In order to be successful here, a working knowledge of English is a must and for this reason there are loads of language schools dotted around the country to cater for the needs of the immigrant population.

As the number of language schools grows, so too does the number of international students coming to these shores for a few weeks or months to improve their English. You are more likely to find these schools in east- or west-coast cities like New York, Boston, Miami or San Francisco.

There are opportunities in the K-12 public school system and community colleges, but these fall under different laws to the private language schools so you are required to have a teaching license, which makes finding a job a bit more complicated. Also, it’s such a big country that laws and requirements differ state by state, so perhaps think about where you would like to live and work before finding out the details.

There are various summer camps which take place during the summer months of July and August which are a good option. It is not easy for non-US residents to work here and employers are not guaranteed to help with visas, so working for a summer on an Exchange visa is a good way to experience the States for a few months.

Teaching requirements in the US

A degree is required to work in the US, and the typical contract length is yearly, with peak hiring seasons year-round, particularly in July/August.

A visa is required for foreign workers, and the average monthly cost of living is between $2,000 – $3,000 USD). The average monthly salary for professionals in the US is between $1,500 – $2,500 USD).

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How to begin teaching in the US

Land of the free, home of the brave, the United States is a gigantic geographical space just waiting to be explored. It’s a country of so many different parts you won’t know where to start. From the country music of Nashville in the south to the wilderness of Alaska in the north; the sunny climes of California in the west to the skyscrapers of New York in the east, and so much more in between.

If you’re not gambling away your money and partying the night away in Vegas, perhaps you’re enjoying the breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon. If you enjoy a little skiing, make your way to Colorado, but if you prefer an island getaway, head to the tropical paradise of Hawaii. Maybe you’d like a taste of the rich and famous and would enjoy a celebrity tour around Hollywood.

New Orleans in Louisiana is one of the most exciting cities in the US.  It’s popular for its jazz music, Mardi Gras Festival, and voodoo culture.  Local delicacies include beignets (powdered sugar doughnuts), alligator and turtle soup. The famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau of New Orleans is said to be buried in the St. Louis Cemetery #1, which is believed to be the most haunted cemetery in the US. There are numerous above ground cemeteries often known as ‘Cities of the Dead’ throughout New Orleans. The tombs were built above ground due to the low water table, but it’s no less haunting.

The largest urban bat colony in North America is found in Austin, Texas. To see the spectacular phenomenon wait by the bridge at dusk and watch thousands of bats fly into the sky. Moonlight towers were introduced in Austin in 1894 to illuminate the night skies. It’s now the only known city in the world that still operates the 50 m tower system. Austin is the fastest growing city and continues to thrive due to its live music scene, outstanding food scene and friendly locals.

In terms of cuisine, the US offers tastes which mirror its melting-pot identity. Burgers and fries, pizza, New York-style baked cheesecake, pretzels, southern fried chicken and biscuits, Starbucks – the United States has whatever your stomach desires.

Teaching opportunities

While the TEFL market in the US is not as big as Asia or South America, the US is home to a wide range of immigrants. In order to be successful here, a working knowledge of English is a must and for this reason there are loads of language schools dotted around the country to cater for the needs of the immigrant population.

As the number of language schools grows, so too does the number of international students coming to these shores for a few weeks or months to improve their English. You are more likely to find these schools in east- or west-coast cities like New York, Boston, Miami or San Francisco.

There are opportunities in the K-12 public school system and community colleges, but these fall under different laws to the private language schools so you are required to have a teaching license, which makes finding a job a bit more complicated. Also, it’s such a big country that laws and requirements differ state by state, so perhaps think about where you would like to live and work before finding out the details.

There are various summer camps which take place during the summer months of July and August which are a good option. It is not easy for non-US residents to work here and employers are not guaranteed to help with visas, so working for a summer on an Exchange visa is a good way to experience the States for a few months.

Teaching requirements in the US

A degree is required to work in the US, and the typical contract length is yearly, with peak hiring seasons year-round, particularly in July/August.

A visa is required for foreign workers, and the average monthly cost of living is between $2,000 – $3,000 USD). The average monthly salary for professionals in the US is between $1,500 – $2,500 USD).

Start your TEFL journey with The TEFL Academy

Would you like to teach English as a foreign language around the world? Great! You’re in the right place. The TEFL Academy provides the very best in accredited TEFL courses, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout the world. The TEFL Academy is the world’s leading TEFL course provider. We can help you acquire the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language. Check out our TEFL internships, volunteer placements and the thousands of jobs on our exclusive TEFL jobs board.

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