Teaching English in Korea

If you are interested in teaching English in South Korea, or are already teaching there, it is important that you read on for a few paragraphs...

The important change...

The largest employer of English language teachers in South Korea, the government sponsored EPIK program, is adding a new requirement for the upcoming August 2013 intake. Candidates who wish to work in the EPIK program in Seoul and Busan will now need to have completed a TEFL/TESOL course of at least 100 hours that includes a 20 hour in-class component.

Take note...

Please be aware that the vast majority of the EPIK jobs are located in Seoul and Busan but for all other areas of the country an online 100 or 120-hour TEFL/TESOL certificate is sufficient to meet EPIK requirements. In the past, thousands of our online course graduates have gained employment teaching English in Korea and ITTT is the preferred training provider of the EPIK US Liaison Office and the leading recruiters in Korea.

The specially designed course…

In response to the change, ITTT has developed a new course to meet the full requirements of the EPIK program. The course consists of the 120-hour online course with tutor support plus 20 hours in-class attendance at our training center in Phuket, Thailand. The 20 hour in-class component will consist of face to face training; one to one guided lesson planning plus observed teaching practice which includes feedback. The course has been designed in consultation with leading recruiters in South Korea and the EPIK US Liaison Office and results in a 140-hour TEFL/TESOL certification with a full transcript.

Calling all teachers in Korea…

Due to the government sponsored EPIK program’s reputation and influence within Korea, it very much sets the industry standards relating to foreign teacher training and development. It is therefore expected that language schools and universities will follow suit in the near future so it is advisable for anyone wishing to teach English in South Korea to equip themselves with this certification.

What will it cost me?

The cost of the course is US$ 795. The course fee includes:

  • 120-hour, accredited online TEFL/TESOL certificate
  • 20 hours in-class, face-to-face training and teaching practice in Phuket
  • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Free advanced level 50-hour online course in teaching business English or teaching young learners

If you have any questions about this course or you would like to apply for it, please contact us on the form at the bottom of the page.


FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is EPIK?


    EPIK stands for English Program in Korea and is a government sponsored education program to improve the English speaking abilities of students and teachers in Korea and to develop cultural exchanges. EPIK has placed English teachers in Korean classrooms for over a decade and is overseen by the National Institute for International Education (NIIED).

  • What is the expected salary/benefits?


    You will be able to earn a monthly salary of up to 2.7 million KRW, (2.2 million KRW is average). You will have over 5 weeks of paid vacation time plus 1.3 million KRW entrance and exit allowance for flights and a free furnished apartment.

  • Can I attend the 20 hours in-class component in South Korea?


    At present we do not offer the 20-hour in-class component in South Korea but this is something we are looking into for the future. The good news is that Phuket is a low cost destination not far from Korea and the 1.3 million KRW > US$ 1,150 flight allowance from EPIK is enough to cover most, if not all, of an airfare from North America or Europe to South Korea via Phuket.

  • I already have an online TEFL/TESOL certificate. so how do I upgrade by only taking the 20-hour in-class component?


    The cost of the in-class component only in Phuket is US$ 500 and includes the 20 hours of face to face training and teaching practice and 3 nights hotel accommodation. To register your interest, please fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

If you're interested in taking a course that will allow you to teach English in Korea, please complete the form below.




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