Teaching English without bachelors degree
Replies: 43 - Last Post: Nov 11, 2013 2:36 AM Last Post By: LIzelle
Apr 4, 2012 3:25 PM
Apr 4, 2012 3:30 PM
try this company for teaching in china. i had an interview with them and was accepted, and i dont have a degree....
Apr 22, 2012 12:37 AM
17Hi there, I just found this website, "that if your part of the 'big 5' (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K. or the U.S.), especially between the ages of 25 and 55, you will be able to find a job teaching English in China with or without a degree, prior teaching experience, or a TEFL Certificate.
I just wish it would lead us to where to find them.
The website is: www.middlekingdomlife.com/guide/qualifications-in-practice.htm
Good luck :-)
Apr 30, 2012 7:54 AM
18I've lived in Foshan and Guangzhou, China for almost 2 years. While it is probably true that the best jobs would require a degree, there is such a high demand for English teacher that jobs can be easily be found. You can find jobs if you are from Egypt, India, or another former British colony, but China in particular is extremely racist and most places are looking for nice looking (to them) white Americans or British.
It may be hard to find a good job because most places have little clue what to do with you and may not support you at all or provide any teaching curriculum or materials. This has nothing to do with whether you have a degree or not, its just the condition of Chinese education: big money is usually the only consideration.
For my second job, I came back for the second semester. It was a lot harder to find a job online. I really really wish I would have come here first and looked for a job here in China. Other people probably think that's stupid. The truth is you can really get taken advantage of when you are not able to look at the school or talk to the teachers. Many schools you can immediately know whether the teaching is taken seriously or not. I took a job online, and it was a complete joke. The whole school, except the principal apparently, thinks the class is play time (teachers and students) and teaching the students was impossible... I already had half a year left on my visa so I wish I would have just come here first.
I already have almost 3 years experience teaching, so that can basically replace not having a degree. There are legal provisions for this also. I've even heard that there are some community colleges that have no foreign teacher. Finding these jobs would probably take some digging around. You need to be able to have good people skills and be friendly (smile).
May 1, 2012 12:45 PM
19Hi all, i know this topic was started a while ago but i just wanted to know if anyone in a similar situation to me has managed to obtain working visa to teach. I dont have a Bachelors but i have a Master of Arts from a Scottish University. Its Non-honours, General Humanities degree, sometimes called an Ordinary Degree. Does anyone know if that is sufficient to get a visa? I dont want to pay for the Apostille documents and go through the whole process to get my visa application rejected at the last minute! Nowhere has any info on this and nobody seems to have an answer for it! Please help if you know anything.
May 13, 2012 12:50 PM
May 13, 2012 4:19 PM
May 14, 2012 6:26 PM
22Well I know that in Korea you need to have an apostilled copy of it AND transcripts. In China, last I knew you just needed a copy. And in Taiwan I think you just needed to give the officials the diploma temporarily.
May 14, 2012 6:42 PM
May 17, 2012 8:35 PM
24I am thinking about teaching English in Thailand or Laos. I will take a 4 week intensive CELTA course to get certified, but I am wondering if all the schools that pay a decent salary that require a college degree...would verify if the degree is real? I know this sounds terrible, but I don't have my degree yet. I am working towards one, but there is going to be an enrollment freeze starting this coming spring, which is going to block all transfer students from even enrolling into any Cal State university! I want to keep it legal, but with this new dilemma, I am hoping that I could still get by teaching there just until I can go back to college. I would greatly appreciate any help with this.
May 28, 2012 1:20 PM
May 29, 2012 2:35 AM
May 29, 2012 1:11 PM
27Hi All, This thread is interesting. I am 28 and don't have a degree because I ran my own businesses all these years I was supposed to have been in school, or I've been traveling.
So it would seem that most of Asia including Thailand, Indonesia requires a BA actually. At least from what I see on the job boards. I don't think the schools care so much but getting the proper paperwork is the key. Unless you are talking about teaching at a university in which case I would think your employer would want a degree in something.
It's been discouraging after I got my Tefl/celta because I didn't realize how this market was growing in # and at the same time growing more closed to people like us.
S. America I don't speak about, I don't know and I don't look.
I think it's good to get a placement before you go to a country so you enter with the right type of visa. Thailand is not easier then say a Eu country it seems after some digging to get papers in.
Then you may find the real work after you arrive and knock on doors.
I'm sure I could be enticed by advertisements online for schools I would never want to manage a classroom in.
Good luck to us all!
Jun 4, 2012 1:34 PM
28There is loads of "Just turn up and knock on doors" to get a job which I am more than willing to do (I am studying for my TEFL and I don't have a degree). But do you literally turn up, CV in hand, best British accent and say "Hi, fancy employing me!?"
And Thank you, this thread has been helpful!
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