teaching english kids online

"The vast majority of the demand in this industry is for teaching kids and that's where the competitive pay is, too." - Lee355

Finding a job teaching English to kids online should not be too difficult. Teaching English online is an emerging market. It's growing and it's new. There are a lot of opportunities out there for finding a job.

Children are the students that dominate the market online and offline in Asia, so it shouldn't be so hard compared to finding a job teaching adults.

So how do you do it?

Here are 3 simple steps. 

1. Are you qualified?

requirements teach english online

So the first step is to either get qualified or figure out if you already are. Each online school is different. The requirements to teach English online are not that different from the requirements to teach English abroad.


They are often less strict since schools don't need to provide you with a visa and this is an emerging market. Perhaps in the future the requirements for teaching online will get more strict.

What are the requirements (or preferences)?

  • native English speaker (some prefer North American accents)
  • degree
  • TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA course
  • experience (many prefer experienced teachers)

These are the general requirements to teach online, but I know that some teachers teach without a degree so there may also be instances where you don't necessarily need a TEFL certification or to be a native speaker.

Or if you are not a native speaker or don't have certification you may make less money.

At the end of this article I will share an online course with you that is also focused on teaching kids.

2. Put your resume together

Do you know how you can enhance your resume for teaching abroad?

Well, the first tip I have for you is that you want to put all of your related experience on the top and for more tips you can check out the Advanced course that I will tell you about soon.

3. Contact companies

Here is a list of online companies for teaching English to kids. Many of these companies are in China.

  • Palfish
  • VIPkid
  • DADA
  • Qkids
  • Magic Ears
  • SayABC
  • Whales English 
  • Landi
  • Hujiang (kids and adults)
  • Alo7
  • SayABC

This is not a recommendation. I do not have any sort of partnership with these companies and I do not make any money from them. So you can do some research on them or look for reviews to find out if they are worth it for you or not.

For many of these companies the teaching is going to be on Beijing time.


Teach to students one on one with the age range 3-12 years old and possibly adults for a minimum of 4 hours a week.

How to apply to Palfish

$16-21 an hour

VIPKid says...

Work when you want, where you want - with no commitment or minimum hours. No lesson planning. Our platform allows you to focus on what you love - teaching kids.

$7-9 per 20 minute class.


Alo7 says...

Teach English as a Second Language to overseas K-12 students (Ages 3 to 15, China). Tutors will be provided with opportunities to experience ALO7′s cutting edge tutoring platform and interactive content.

$17-22 per 50 minutes



DaDa is an online one-on-one English education platform for children between 4 to 16 years old. They say, "DaDa empowers children with international competitiveness. The foreign teachers have recognized English teaching qualifications like TEFL, TESOL etc."

$19-24 an hour



Qkids connects 800,000+ Chinese young learners between 4 to 12 years old with you and thousands of other online teachers.

$16-20 an hour

How to get hired with Qkids

Magic Ears

"Magic Ears is an innovative online English learning platform for students ages 4-12." They say you must be a native speaker from the US or Canada to work for them.

$18-22 an hour

Magic ears


Says they have an Interactive platform with pre-uploaded National Geographic lessons and that you can set your own hours.

$13-17 per 40 minute class

Apply to SayABC

So do your research to find out if they are hiring and if you meet their requirements.

Teaching English online vs. in a classroom

Work hours

Teaching English online can be more flexible as far as the hours go. In a classroom you will have set hours and you won't get the option of choosing when you can teach like you would online. 


In Asia you will probably make more money by getting a job in an actual school. Teaching online can be spotty and it can take quite a bit of time to build up your hours with a company. Hourly rates online tend to be lower than in a classroom, yet that can vary depending on the school.

The actual teaching

If you work for a company online they will likely have premade lesson plans for you which will be easier to follow than in a classroom where you will likely have to plan your own classes. It tends to be easier and classroom management problems are fewer as you are usually only teaching 1 or 2 students at a time online.

In a classroom it will be more dynamic and likely more difficult, yet also possibly more interesting as online you are limited by space. It's more still (visual and auditory) and less kinesthetic. 


Basically teaching online will likely be easier (if you are new), but teaching in a classroom can be a lot more fun and less isolating.


Teaching online is way more flexible as you can teach from anywhere granted you have an internet connection. 

If you teach abroad you usually have to sign a contract for a year or more.


Teaching English abroad is a whole body experience. Beyond the teaching you get the chance to travel and interact with people from other countries.

Teaching online is more limited to a 13" x 8" screen (or whatever your laptop's size is).

Conclusion - How to get a job teaching English to kids online

If you need to enhance your qualifications or meet the requirements for a school to teach online here is an advanced course focused on teaching English to kids. There is also a section in the course towards the end for teaching online.

So getting a job teaching English online is not that different than getting a job in your home country. Contact the companies and start your application. 

Thinking about taking a course?

andrenalinepursuer said...

"I have the ESL insider TEFL, and I've taught at 3 different online ESL companies (DaDaAbc, Brentphone, Whales English) and I've never had any problems with it."