TTC /TLI/ EAL Frequently Asked Questions

What does it take to earn the TTC Certificate of International Teaching? The Advanced Certificate of International Teaching
Participants must complete four TTC courses to earn the Certificate of International Teaching and six TTC courses to earn the Advanced Certificate of International Teaching. Five-day courses taken during June and July are considered to be full courses. All courses must be completed in five years. For the Advanced Certificate of International Teaching, all courses must be completed in seven years. Participants in joint courses with the TTC must choose whether they will use participation in a course towards a TTC Certificate of International Teaching or an International EAL Certificate. Participation in a course cannot be used towards more than one certificate.

Is the TTC certificate equivalent to certification from my own country or another country?
In most countries teacher certification is done by some government body.  Requirements for certification vary by school and by country.  Even in the US, a university can only provide you with the course of study that would meet the requirements for certification.  Those requirements are then presented to a 'state' certification board.  So, the TTC certificate is not a substitute.  The certificate will be recognition of engagement in training designed specifically for teachers working in the international school setting.  While it is not typically the equivalent of a government-endorsed credential, the certification shows that a person has received additional training for working in the unique international school setting.  Many school heads are familiar with the TTC program and view it as a desirable certification. TTC courses may be taken for graduate credit through TCNJ or (for people already enrolled in their program) SUNY Buffalo State.  Check with each university to determine how you can use credits toward a graduate degree, bank credits or work toward state accreditation.

I’m a teacher and have a degree in something other than teaching. Can I still get my certificate of international teaching with the TTC?
Yes, if you complete four courses with the TTC, you will be awarded the TTC's Certificate of International School Teaching. If you complete six courses, you will be awarded the Advanced Certificate of international School Teaching.

 What are the benefits of a TTC certificate? How do I get the certificate? How long will it take?
Participants who successfully complete four courses will receive the Certificate of International School Teaching; Six courses for the advanced certificate. The certificates will be a recognition of engagement in training designed particularly for teachers working in the international school setting. While it is not typically the equivalent of a government-endorsed credential, the certification shows that a person has received additional training for working in the unique international school setting.  Many school heads are familiar with the TTC program and view it as a desirable certification.

Is the certificate recognized as a teacher certification for a state in the US?
No. US teacher certification is granted only by each state and all states have different requirements. You will need to contact that state directly to inquire on the procedure to apply for U.S. teacher certification. With the exception of Virginia, you must be a US citizen.

 What is the difference between the TTC and the PTC curriculum courses?
The PTC curriculum course focuses primarily on the leadership of the curriculum process.  It provides the big picture, an overview of an effective written curriculum, but then deals with how we get it in place and monitored.
The TTC’s curriculum course focuses on the specific skills of writing or selecting good learning standards, how to write a good unit plan, how to become more knowledgeable about what to include in a subject area or grade level curriculum, what actual documents are most helpful to teachers and how to write them. This will be a much-needed addition to our international schools - actually having teachers who can write curriculum.

What type of background or degree is required to attend TTC courses? Do you accept people with degrees and work in fields other that education?
The TTC is dedicated to professional development for those currently teaching or are about to teach in international schools.  We do not have a specific program for those who are not yet in teaching, although it is possible to take a masters degree in Multidisciplinary Studies through our program.  The only requirement would be an undergraduate degree in any area. All TTC courses are oriented to the international setting and you would need to feel comfortable with that orientation in each course.

I teach at in the US public school system (or I’m retired from the US public school system); I am interested in teaching abroad. Do I qualify for one of your courses?
Our TTC courses are geared towards those who are already working in international schools or who are about to enter their first job in one.  Occasionally we have had a teacher from the US or some other country who has only worked in their own national system.  So, yes, you could potentially come, although we do give priority to our member schools as well as those already in an international setting.

Are TTC courses for teachers only? Can principals participate as well?
Yes, our courses are open to teachers and principals. Depending on your needs, please check both the PTC course descriptions and TTC course descriptions.

 Do you offer courses online?  
The TTC does offer two EAL courses online. We will be offering a course about online and blended teaching soon. Check our website for updates. We do not offer additional online courses due to our enhanced onsite learning experience along with reflection and networking to form new relationships between colleagues in the international teaching arena.

Do you offer any tuition discounts for the courses?
The TTC offers a unique discount to faculty of schools who are members of the Principals Training Center (PTC).  Contact your school to inquire on their membership status, or check  


Can I become a certified tutor of EAL?
Participants taking TTC’s course, EAL for the Mainstream Classroom, will not become 'tutors' for it. Participants will be from international schools around the world and will practice the key teaching strategies that significantly add to learning for a wide range of ESL learners.

Can I obtain EAL/ESOL certification from TTC?
Certification requirements for ESOL vary from country to country and from state to state within the US.  So acquiring 'certification' will vary depending on where you intend to eventually use it.
All TTC courses, including the EAL course, may be optionally taken for 3 graduate credits with Buffalo State, SUNY and (new for 2019) TCNJ. These credits can then in turn be applied to general teacher or ESL certification in just about any state in the US. The TTC also does its own Certificate of International Teaching, of which EAL is one of the available courses.

 International EAL Certificate

1. Can I use the course from the summer of 2017 to meet the 5-day requirement? Yes, but we will not accept any participation before the TTC course of 2017

2. Can I use a course that I took with Dr. Gini Rojas somewhere else during 2017 towards the certificate? No. We will only accept TTC courses towards the International EAL Certificate.

3. Can I use the 5-day EAL course towards the TTC Certificate of Teaching as well as the International EAL Certificate? No. Participants need to choose which certificate they want to use course participation towards. Beginning in 2018, this will mean a choice between the TTC Certificate of Teaching (and Advanced Teaching), the International Teacher Leader Certificate, and the International EAL Certificate.