Why do some contries require a degeree to teach English
For those of us who want to teach English, TEFL courses are available in varying shapes and sizes, and are helping more and more people to get the
qualifications they need. Whether or not you need a degree does very much depend on where you want to go and how long you want to go for. If
you're volunteering for a few weeks by teaching in Latin America, a good TEFL course is generally all that's required, but if you're planning to earn
money on a permanent placement in Taiwan then you'll need a degree. A longer placement will require either more experience or more qualifications,
just as it would any other subject, but there are a few other considerations too...
One of the reasons you'll need a degree is the long arm of the law. In Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong a work visa for
teaching English requires a degree. It's illegal to work and earn money on a tourist visa, so unfortunately no matter how great your passion for
teaching is, you probably don't want to risk working without the right visa.
Individual countries have individual needs and often legal requirements are the only way of making sure they achieve what's best for the country. If
they're already over populated, or just popular with English teachers, being a little stricter with their specifications may be the only way of limiting the
number of applicants.
Higher paid jobs in countries like Japan and South Korea will receive a huge amount of interest and often the only way that schools can ensure they
choose the right candidate, is to insist on a degree. Fewer applications means more time to consider each application, so their choice of candidate
may have nothing to do with their degree but they will be the right person for the job!
Level of English
Teachers around the globe will tell you that it's a rewarding profession, but it's no easy option. TEFL courses can have a steep learning curve if your
grammar and group learning are rusty. It's surprising how much you can