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  • Arthur
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    25 February, 2019 at 22:33
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    Hello, I have recently started teaching English as a foreign language in China. I am looking at studying a bachelors degree but am struggling to decide what degree I want to study. I was wondering if anyone on this forum has obtained degrees of any level in tefl, tesol, celta etc, and if so what the potential earnings are in different parts of the world. In other words I don’t want to commit to a career if the financial rewards aren’t what I see as worth it.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks Arthur.

    Briona
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    2 March, 2019 at 5:09
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    Hi there,

    I am looking at studying a bachelors degree but am struggling to decide what degree I want to study.

    It’s not clear what qualifications you have and what you qualifications you’re hoping to get. You mention Master’s degrees in the title of the post, but in your post you say Bachelor’s degree.

    I have recently started teaching English as a foreign language in China.

    A three- or four-year Bachelor’s degree is a visa requirement for an increasing number of countries, and it’s a must for a work visa in China, so if you don’t have one and/or you’re working on anything other than a Z visa, you’re probably working illegally!

    I was wondering if anyone on this forum has obtained degrees of any level in tefl, tesol, celta etc, …

    TEFL and TESOL are acronyms for the industry rather than specific qualifications. You can get TEFL/TESL/TESOL certificates – usually short courses, often online, that give you an insight into Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. While these certificates are often a job requirement, they do not replace the visa requirement of a Bachelor’s degree – you need to have both.

    For a more in-depth look at the teaching process, and observed teaching practice with real students as opposed to your fellow trainees, you might consider the Celta or Trinity CertTESOL. Again, these are just TEFL certificates, not degrees, and so will not qualify you for a work visa where a degree is a requirement.

    If you think you’re interested in TEFL as a career, you might consider getting a BA/MA or equivalent in something TEFL-related, e.g., TEFL/TESOL/Applied Linguistics, etc. If you’d only like to teach for a short time and don’t already have a Bachelor’s degree, you should study something that interests you, and that you can use to launch a career when you return to your home country.

    … and if so what the potential earnings are in different parts of the world. In other words I don’t want to commit to a career if the financial rewards aren’t what I see as worth it.

    When it comes to salaries, there is no one-size-fits-all – salaries and packages vary greatly from employer to employer and from country to country. It is important to consider not just the package on offer, but also the cost of living. A lower salary on paper does not necessarily equate to a lower quality of life.

    That said, if money is important to you, TEFL is probably not the right career for you, and certainly not if you don’t have a Bachelor’s degree. Without a degree, you’re very limited in the places you can legally teach (Cambodia, Myanmar, parts of Latin America, and not much else), and all the highest-paying places (Japan, South Korea, the Middle East, etc.) are off the table.

    Briona

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