Teach online English classes to kids in China
EF Teach Online
Earn surge fees by teaching classes starting between 6:00am & 8:30am EDT

Earn up to $20 per hour to start

Choose your schedule teaching from home

Classes available to start teaching within 2 weeks

Teach students each week & watch them thrive

Earn extra for teaching more & at peak times

Let’s get to know each other!

Application process

Submit qualifications

Please tell us about yourself by filling out the online form.

Initial call

Have a call with us and get an exclusive virtual tour of the EF Classroom.

Receive offer

Discuss your contract and next steps for getting you started on the platform.

Submit qualifications

Please tell us about yourself by filling out the online form.

Initial call

Have a call with us and get an exclusive virtual tour of the EF Classroom.

Receive offer

Discuss your contract and next steps for getting you started on the platform.

The EF difference

Providing the highest quality teaching platform to attract the highest quality teachers

Rewarding day-to-day

Deliver 25-minute one-on-one online classes to kids aged 5 to 10 as part of students' in-class/online experience

Work when it works for you - and earn more early mornings & weekend nights

Bring your own voice and teaching style

Make an impact and see the growth teaching the same students every week

Keep parents connected and see your students' progress by submitting a short lesson summary

Reliable platform & support

Set your own availability and have lessons scheduled around your life

Teach in EF’s user-friendly online classroom

Work from home with the confidence of access to local time-zone support

Access online lesson material and add your own expertise to each session

Easy payment process from local staff in our US-based headquarters

How you make a difference

A blended model of learning

It's a better way to learn: combining in-person group lessons with one-on-one online sessions. EF students attend lessons at our English centers in China and also choose personalized online sessions with skilled teachers like you.

As an online teacher you are part of our students overall learning journey. This individualized attention allows students to reinforce their skills & learn new ones, gain confidence in themselves, and experience a global perspective.

If this sounds like you, join us!

Talented in motivating and connecting with kids

Eager to share your knowledge, learn about new cultures, and impact others

Native English speaker, completed bachelor’s degree in any field

Minimum 40 hour TEFL Certificate or equivalent (provided by beginning of contract term)

Comfortable using computer & headset and have a reliable WiFi connection

Living - and authorized to work - in the U.S.

Join our global community of educators teaching with EF since 1965


EF stands for Education First

EF's mission is simple: opening the world through education. We've helped millions of students of all ages learn new languages, travel, and connect with other cultures. In 1997, EF was the first to launch an online English school with live teachers available 24/7. With a global network of 600+ schools & offices in 100+ countries, we are committed to putting education first.

The best technology to unleash your best teaching

EF operates schools, not just platforms. We add our language learning expertise to use technology to fundamentally improve the way people learn a language rather than using technology for technology’s sake. As a teacher with EF, you are given the best tools to do what you do best - teach.

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Frequently asked questions

What can you tell me about teaching fees and additional fee opportunities?

Earn up to $20 per hour to start through a combination of base fee and achievable incentives. And, earn even more for teaching more classes. Opportunities for increased pay per hour for teaching during surge times, teaching more classes and providing excellent student service. Additional rewards as the number of classes you teach with us increases. This is an independent contractor position. Details are as follows:

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What qualifications do I need to teach with EF's online teaching platform?

Our team considers all aspects of a teacher's professional background when determining qualifications for a contract. Experience in early childhood development, teaching, coaching or mentoring is preferred, but not required. Life experiences count.

Teachers must be a native English speaker and live in the U.S.

Teachers must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in any field. A diploma or official transcripts noting a conferred bachelor’s degree must be submitted before your contract can be finalized. Feel free to apply without these documents if you need a few extra days to obtain them from your college, but college credits or a bachelor’s in progress is not sufficient. We'd love to talk to you once you've completed your degree.

Teachers must be willing to submit to a secure online background check, the costs of which are covered by EF.

By the start of a teacher’s contract term, he or she must submit documentation of a 40 Hour TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification (or higher). Let us know if you have questions on how to obtain a TEFL -- it can be done quickly and affordably!

In addition to the above qualifications, teachers must supply their own personal computer, headset, and have a reliable WiFi connection.

Please note that this is an independent contractor position, with most contracts offered for a six-month term with options for auto-renewal for each party. Contractors are responsible for their own taxes, as no withholding is taken from payments.

What services will I provide as an EF online teacher?

Unlike many other online ESL programs for kids, EF students engage in a blended learning approach. All of our online students take lessons at one of our physical schools in China (over 300 and counting!). This combined in-school and online method provides young learner with the benefits and excitement of group learning with the much-needed encouragement and practice of one-on-one online lessons.

All EF online lessons for kids are 25 minutes in length and are one-on-one with Chinese children aged 5 to 10. Two-way video between the teacher and student makes the distance disappear and brings the teacher and student together into one online classroom.

The lesson material is uploaded into the online classroom for you, based on what the student is currently studying and his/her parent’s preference. You are able to preview the material prior to the lesson and then can use your own expertise to respond to the student’s individual learning needs to deliver the lesson. No mandatory teaching props or backdrops needed!

After the lesson, you provide students and their parents with a brief summary in English of the lesson.

Parents typically wish to book many months of lessons upfront. Though you set your own availability and schedule, teachers with consistent availability to teach in the same time slots week to week will get the most bookings. This is based on the parents’ preference for the same teacher to instruct their child for the duration of their five-month course. If teachers continue to be available thereafter, some parents may even wish to book him or her for a second course.

How will I get up and running to teach kids online with EF?

Contracted teachers are provided with access to an introduction to our online platform which guides you through everything you need to know to get started. The introduction typically takes a few hours, and most teachers complete it in about one week on a self-paced schedule.

You will be in touch with our U.S.-based team every step of the way. You can ask questions at any point and have the opportunity to schedule a personal meeting with a member of the team before you start teaching.

Though there is no fee tied to participation in the introduction, teachers can invoice for an extra fee of $30 after teaching their first lesson.

When do parents want to schedule lessons?

Peak lesson demand is during the Chinese evening, which is 6:00am to 9:00am weekday mornings and 9:00pm to 11:00pm weekend nights (Eastern time during Daylight Savings Time). We offer a supplemental surge fee of $2.80 per hour ($1.40 per class) for classes taught during these peak times. 

In general, parents schedule lessons for their children as early as 4:00 am weekdays, and on weekends from 8:00pm Friday night to 8:00am Saturday mornings and again Saturday nights at 8:00pm to Sunday mornings at 8:00am, all Eastern time during Daylight Savings Time.

Class times eligible for the surge fee and other supplemental fees are subject to change.

How do I get more lessons each week?

We have classes available to be booked! Your likelihood of getting lessons is based on the availability you submit and the rapport you develop with students. Opening availability during our weekday peaks (6am to 9am Eastern time during DST) gives you the best chance of getting lessons quickly and consistently. This platform is ideal for teachers looking for a touch of stability as students' preference for having the same teacher week after week provides teachers with a more steady and reliable schedule than do other companies.

Our team is always available to help if you have questions on parents’ preferences for availability and scheduling. Our scheduling platform gives you the freedom to build a teaching schedule that works for you!

What if I have questions after I start teaching?

We are a U.S.-based company with a global presence. That means you can get in touch with our core staff to discuss any important issues during the U.S.-business day. We also offer 24/7 help for urgent technology and scheduling issues.

As a U.S. company, we pay teachers via direct deposit (after initial bank validation via physical check for 1 to 3 months). Teachers invoice by the 5th of the month following each teaching month, and payments are processed on the 26th day of that month.

Ready to have control and teach with EF?

Ready to have control and teach with EF?