APEX Foundation

English for Teachers (SIT TESOL certificate) course USA



Duration: 6 or 13 weeks
Season: Year round
Program Start: See “Key Points” below
Program Fee: From $3,350/6 weeks
Age: min 18
Student Status: Not required for applying
Participants from: All nationalities
When to apply: Min 8 weeks before intended start


This course is ideal for teachers and aspiring teachers who are interested in teaching English in their home country, or for those, who do not have the fluency of native speaker.

If you are interested in entering the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) profession or if you are currently teaching but you would like to deepen their TESOL skills, book the SIT Best Practices in TESOL Certificate for 6 weeks.

If you want a complete TESOL training, just book the Total TESOL Package, which includes also an English course and more additional practice.

SIT Best Practices in TESOL Certificate
An intensive 6 weeks-course, includes 6 hours of assessed teaching practice with real ESL students. Trainers provide participants with comprehensive training in teaching, speaking, listening, reading, writing and vocabulary.

Contact us for additional practice sessions on teaching, which are especially useful for participants planning to teach young learners after completing the course.

Complete Teacher Preparation Package
This is a 13-week package for students who want total TESOL training. The package includes:

  • 4 weeks Rapid Progress 30 English Preparation
  • 6 weeks SIT Best Practices in TESOL Certificate
  • 2 weeks Practicum Intensive
  • 1-week TEYL Certificate (Teaching English to Young Learners)

– The course can also be taken as a 9-week package without the English Preparation.
– Or add 1 week Cambridge TKT Preparation and test (Teacher Knowledge Test).

How it works

How the program works
from application to arrival

The procedure

Ask us for the application form, fill it out and send it to us together with the Application Processing Fee. After you are accepted for the program and paid the rest of the fees, you receive Confirmation of Acceptance. If you booked one, the accommodation department will also start arranging your accommodation. If you wish for a taxi to wait for you at the airport, you must supply your arrival details at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival. It is ideal to schedule your arrival for Saturday or Sunday around the noon time or before. That way, even if your flight is delayed, which happens quite often, you reduce the likelihood of arriving late at night. Your course will start on Monday morning at 8:15am.


You need the F1 Student Visa to take a course over 16 hours per week. This means that you must apply for the visa before you go. It also means that if you are already in the USA on a different non-immigrant visa, you can not take this course. Check with your nearest US Embassy how long it will take you to get the F1 visa and adjust your plans accordingly. Otherwise, the procedure is the same as for non-visa courses above, just mark in your application that you need the I20 form. You can not apply for the F1 student visa without it.

Exciting add-on courses
Add them to your basic course:
  • Fluency and Oral Production
  • Error Correction
  • American Idioms
  • American film & English in the Media
  • Fashion English
  • English for Filmmaking/Acting (intensive)
  • Intro to Jazz English
  • Jazz Piano English
  • Make-Up Artistry English
  •  Salsa Latin Dancing English
  • Culinary English
  • and many more!
where you can go

The TESOL Teacher training course is available only in New York City, NY.

New York

New York, also called the “Big Apple”, doesn’t need to be introduced. Landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, United Nations, Empire State Building, and Times Square are world renown. As are theaters on Broadway, Central Park, museums, restaurants, fashion and shopping districts that are the target of th school-organized excursions. Unlike many other American cities, New York is a walking city with an extensive network of public transportation to travel by subway, bus and a well-developed system of taxis. If you ever wanted to visit New York anyway, give yourself a treat and take you English course here in the “city that never sleeps”.

which one to choose

This program can offer you a wide range of accommodation from self-catering student residency to a full-board homestay with an American family. You are, of course, free to arrange your own accommodation.

Home Stay – the best for learning

Home Stay with a local family is the best choice for learning the language! You will be talking with the family members in the morning as you get up, during breakfast and then in the evening. This is not like talking in a class at school! In school, you can reply “I don’t know”. In human conversation, you have to somehow say what you mean. Staying with a family, you really practice your language skills, pick up new words and listen to the correct accent.

Student Residence

They are available in New York YMCAs. Many students prefer to choose a residential option as this allows much more independence and evenings with young crowd.

Self-Arranged Accommodation

You are free to arrange your own accommodation. Maybe you have friends or relatives who live in New York with whom you can stay for free. Or perhaps you are applying as a group of friends and will rent a cheap apartment together.

how to choose one

All participants are required to prove they have sufficient insurance coverage before they are accepted for the program. You will either select the sponsor-arranged insurance in your program application, or you will enclose a proof of your own insurance, including the coverage schedule – in English.

The advantage of the sponsor-arranged insurance is that it’s a US insurance and US medical facilities can easily contact the insurance company to verify your coverage. The advantage of an insurance arranged by yourself in your home country is that you can deal with your insurance company in your native language in case of problems. Buying your insurance while at home, but from a strong international insurance company with solid presence in Britain, gives you the best of both.

APEX Foundation is not involved in arranging the insurance in any way and can not offer any kind of support regarding insurance whatsoever.

Paid Work
alongside the course

Holders of the F1 Student Visa are not allowed to work in the USA! If you’re looking for and English & Work combination that gives a chance of paying for itself, check the Financial Guide for the General English Course in the UK, or Cambridge IELTS Exam Preparation Course in London, UK.

Key Points


  • SIT Best Practices in TESOL Certificate: 6 weeks, 210 hours
  • Total TESOL Package: 13 weeks, 420 hours


  • New York City, NY

Students per class:

  • Average 6-8
  • Max. 10

Class duration:

  • 55 minutes

2012 Start dates:

  • SIT Best Practices in TESOL Certificate: January 30, March 19, May 7, July 2, September 10, October 29
  • Total TESOL Package: January 2, Tuesday, February 21, April 9, June 4, August 13, October 1

School close dates:

  • All locations will be closed on the following 2012 holidays, for which there is no compensation for group instruction hours lost:
  • February 20, May 28, July 4, September 3, November 22-23, December 24-28
  • All locations will reopen on Monday, December 31, 2012 and will be closed Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

Required visas:

  • F1 student visa

When to apply:

  • At least 8 weeks prior to your desired course start
  • Check with your local USA embassy how long it will take to get your F1 visa and add that period to the 8 weeks.

Paid work permission:

  • Students of language courses are NOT allowed to get paid work in the USA!


  • Home Stay with American families
  • Student residencies
  • Your own-sourced accommodation
  • See the “How it works” tab for more details
  • See the “Prices” tab for the costs


  • You must be insured to participate
  • Buy the school-arranged insurance
  • Or enclose a proof of your own, in English
  • Find more details on the “How it works” tab
  • APEX Foundation can not offer support with insurance


Age: Min 18
Student status: none required
Experience: n/a
Required languages: English
Required level: From High-Intermediate* up
Nationality: Nationals of all countries are eligible
Type of visa: F1 student visa

*Because of the demanding nature of the course, potential students are required to complete an application and have a phone interview with the Head of Teacher Training before they are accepted. Their educational backgrounds, reasons for taking the course and English proficiency will all be evaluated during the application process.


Application Processing Fees: $205

APEX Foundation’s Application Processing Fee (non-refundable) $50:

  • Processing your program application
  • Processing your payment to the program sponsor
  • Transferring materials and communication between you and your program sponsor until your departure for the USA
  • Responding to your email questions until your departure for the USA
  • Check APEX Foundation Terms & Conditions for more details

The school’s Application Processing Fee (non-refundable) $155:

  • Proves your firm intention to take up the course
Program Fee:
prices in $

Tuition for the TESOL Teacher training course:

hrs tuition
SIT Best Practices in TESOL Certificate 210 3,350
Total TESOL Package 420 6,190

– Optional VIP one-on-one class: $100/hr in New York, $88/hr in South Beach, book min. 5hrs.
– Optional Elective courses (listed on the “How it works” tab): please inquire about their prices.

Prices include:

  • Enrollment on the program
  • Initial test, evaluation and class placement
  • Tuition for the chosen course option and number of weeks
  • Monitoring and support throughout the placement (24-hour emergency support)
  • Course evaluation and Certificate of Completion
Miscellaneous fees:
various other charges
  • Study Materials: $69 – Includes first set of books, unlimited broadband access, WIFI and student identification card.
  • Express Delivery $80 – Optional – Rush mail fee for I-20s and other forms.
  • All bank and similar fees associated with transferring funds, regardless of the direction of such transfer, are always born by the program participant/applicant.
prices in $ per week

Many accommodation options are available. Only prices of the most affordable ones are listed. Check the “How it works” tab for detailed explanation of accommodation options.

Administrative Fee (non-refundable): $85
One-time non-refundable charge for booking the accommodation you selected.

Home Stay Accommodation
Minimum stay for Home Stay accommodation is 2 weeks.

HomeStay Single room + breakfast Double room
New York, Manhattan 490/wk n/a
New York, Queens/Brooklyn 340/wk 225/wk

New York – Student Residence Halls:

  • The De Hirsch Residence at the 92nd Street YMCA: Minimum stay is 28 days. Single Room: 469/wk, Double Room: 395/wk per person.
  • Vanderbilt YMCA/West Side YMCA: Maximum stay is 90 days. Doubles are for two students arriving together. Single Room: 450/wk, Double Room: 350/wk per person
  • Brandon Residence for Women: Single Room: 395/wk

Meal Plans

Meals are NOT included in the price of accommodation, except where specifically listed. However, students may add meal plans to their stay. Meal tickets may be redeemed for food Monday to Friday at local eateries. Tickets are non-refundable. Price in U.S. dollars.

  • Breakfast: 20/wk
  • Lunch: 40/wk
Arrival Transfer
  • Airport Transfer Manhattan $159 – Optional – One-way transfer to or from Manhattan to Newark, LaGuardia, JFK airports.
  • Airport Transfer: Brooklyn/Queens $195 – Optional – One-way transfer to or from Brooklyn/Queens to Newark, LaGuardia, JFK airports.

*It is your responsibility to inform us of your arrival details minimum 14 working days prior to the transfer! Failing this, the transfer may not be provided as requested/paid. Arrival details include: arrival date, arrival airport, the airline, flight number and arrival time.

Cancellations & Refunds
if you have to cancel
  • $205 Application Processing Fee – non refundable, may be applied to booking this course in future, during the same calendar year.
  • $85 Accommodation booking fee – non refundable
  • All other charges are also non-refundable, unless specifically listed below

Program Cancellation:

  • More than 10 business days notice: full refund of tuition and study materials fee.
  • Less than 10 business days notice: no refund, amount paid may be applied to booking this course in future, during the same calendar year.
  • After classes begin: no refund, but unused tuition, less 4 weeks of tuition and less $60, may be applied as tuition credit for the same course during 1 year from the cancellation date.

Accommodation Cancellation:

  • More than 10 business days notice: full refund
  • Less than 10 business days notice: amount paid, less 2 weeks of accommodation is refunded
  • After arrival: 4 weeks notice required, amount corresponding to the unused part of the accommodation, less 4 weeks of accommodation, is refunded


  • Cancellations are only accepted in written. The date considered as the date of the cancellation is the date when this form, completed and signed by the program participant was delivered.
  • In the event a refund sent according to the applicant’s instructions is returned by a bank or the postal service as undeliverable or unclaimed, $20 administrative fee plus expenses are charged for each subsequent refund attempt.

Smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages and drug use are not permitted on any of the school’s premises! The school reserves the right to expel (with no credit or refund) students who are caught engaging in such activities on the premises.


In the event of serious or repeated misconduct or violation of school policy, housing policy or U.S. law, the school reserves the right to dismiss a student without any refund for unused classes or fees.

How to Apply

The procedure:
  1. We email you a computer-fillable PDF application form with instructions.
  2. Fill it out, save and email back to us, we will check that it’s done correctly.
  3. If everything is done correctly, we will ask you to send us the hard copy by mail.
  4. Get a $205 check (Traveler’s Check) for the Application Processing Fee and send the entire package to us.
  5. Once your application is accepted you will get instructions for payment of the Program Fee.
  6. We send your materials and payment over to the program sponsor.
  7. If you need visa for the USA, you will receive your I-20 form.
  8. Pay the SEVIS fee to the USA Department of Homeland Security (everybody).
  9. Apply for your USA visa, or your online ESTA travel authorization.
  10. Arrange your flight and give us your detailed flight arrival information.
  11. The ideal arrival day is Sunday, not too late in the case you’d need any kind of support.
  12. At about this point, you’ll receive arrival instructions from the school.
  13. After arrival, you will travel to your accommodation.
  14. On Monday morning at 8:15 am, the course will start.

It’s best to apply at least 8 weeks prior to your planned departure. Visa nationals, please check with your local USA embassy how long it will take you to get the F1 Student Visa.


Do I need a visa to participate in this course?

Yes. For courses above 16 hrs/wk you need the F1 student visa.

I am from a Visa Waiver country, do I still need a visa?

Yes. For courses above 16 hrs/wk you still need the F1 student visa.

I am already in the USA on a visa other than F1, can I take this course?

No. For courses above 16 hrs/wk you need the F1 student visa.

Can I apply with a friend?

Yes. Even groups of friends are welcome!

Can I select a location for my course?

No. The TESOL Teacher training course is available only in New York.

I am from – insert your country – can I participate?

Yes. The program is available to applicants from all countries.

Can I work in the USA alongside this course?

No. F1 visa holders are not allowed to work in the USA.

I am not a student, can I participate?

Yes. This course is opened for everybody.



6 Responses to “English for Teachers (SIT TESOL certificate) course USA”
  1. Ivonne says:

    I domicile in Manado, Indonesia.How can i follow-up this course??
    Are there online courses?

    • admin says:

      Dear Ivonne, this course takes place in New York City in the USA. This is not an online course. We unfortunately do not offer any online courses at the moment. Please, let us know if you’d like to take this course in New York, we will be happy to guide you through the entire application process.

  2. Navanjana says:


    Im currently working n Dubai as a Teaching assistant and i would like to improve my English and skills as a Teacher.I’m married and would like to migrate to USA for study and work with my Husband. Even for Australia would be fine as long as I can study and work as well my Husband would also study Business English or Marketing.

    Please advise me accordingly.

    • admin says:

      Dear Navanjaja, we are not involved in migration. If you wish to apply for this program, we’ll be happy to guide you through the application process. Otherwise, I recommend you to contact an immigration law firm.

  3. Nattakit says:

    Dear admin, I am professor in university at Thailand. I am looking to see English language institute for training to teach science and Math. I would like to improve my english to teach science and Math. please, suggest me.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your inquiry professor Nattakit. This particular course is intended specifically to get educators SIT TESOL certified. It isn’t really focused on Math and Science and sadly, we are not aware of a course with this specific focus. What you might consider is combining the American English Course with the English for Finance which inevitably involves some math. Or perhaps a general English course with private tutoring focused specifically on math. Private tutoring costs in the neighborhood of $100 per hour, but if you would take it specifically to learn math and science terminology, you might not need very many hours. Please, reply to us via email and let us know what is your approximate budget and if you have a preferred country where to take the courses. We can make arrangements for you in the USA, Australia, South Africa and the UK.

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