EF Education First: Teach English Online

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Would you turn down working from home? Why not start your mornings teaching cute kids English online? With so many online teaching companies out there, it can be tough to figure out which are legit. EF Online, which is part of the EF (Education First) family, is the OG of teaching companies. They’ve been around since 1965 and have mainly focused on sending teachers abroad to work. They’ve found their sea legs in the online education game and are setting native English-speaking teachers up with gigs. So, trust me when I say, this is legit.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not.

There are just a few things that you need if you want to work with EF. You must have the ability to connect with people. No brainer, right?

Children are aged between 5 – 12.

You’ll also need to make yourself available in the early hours of the morning, which is great if you want to earn some cash before the kids wake up. Eligible teachers must be from the US or the UK and will need a 40 hour TEFL certification (not as bad as it seems). Finally, you need some type of teaching experience. You don’t have teaching experience? Stop selling yourself short; coaching, babysitting, mentoring all count. It may go without saying, but you’ll also need access to a headset, computer, and the internet. So, unless you’re on a deserted island a la Tom Hanks in Cast Away, you can do this from anywhere in the world.

You can make some good cash through EF, enough to replace your day job (unless you’re Mark Zuckerberg). You can earn up to $20/hour through a mix of base salary and incentives. Average base pay is $13.20/hour, but there are a ton of incentives to increase your take home. Teaching during busy hours, keeping your class time, and teaching more than 45 classes within the month will all earn you some extra cash. To sweeten the deal, EF Online has a great milestone program. The more you teach, the more you earn right up to $1000. Sign me up!

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Hate lesson planning?

Another major perk of EF is they give your teaching materials ahead of time. All you need to do is log into the portal and familiarize yourself with the content. The lessons are mostly conversational practice, so specific teaching skills aren’t necessary. Each lesson is 25 minutes, so you can do quite a few per morning, and have the rest of the day to yourself.

This all sounds fine and well, but how do I apply?

It is super easy to get started. Go to this website and hit apply now. You’ll fill out a brief bio, then select a few interview times. 

The Online Teacher Application Process is quick and easy, taking under 10 minutes on average.

EF will contact you during one of your interview times to discuss your qualifications and your comfort with the platform. From there, you’ll receive an offer of employment. You’ve got this.

There are two things to consider with EF. First, you must be living in the US or the UK to be eligible. If that doesn’t apply to you, move on. Second, you must be TEFL certified. TEFL is a document that proves you’ve completed basic training on how to teach English as a second language. There are a few ways to get this document: in person or online. Since the name of the game is working from home, I vote the latter. To save some money, you can find discounted courses by clicking here or here.

The companies out there advertising online teaching jobs are plenty. So long as you are living in the US or UK, EF is a sure-fire way to make some extra cash without ever leaving your home.

In Summary…


Earn up to $20 per hour to start through a combination of base fee and achievable incentives. Full breakdown here.


Must reside in the U.S. or U.K.


Fully-fluent English speaker, completed bachelor’s degree in any field.

Good to Know

If hired, you will be required to complete a minimum 40 hour TEFL Certificate or equivalent.