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  • scrubmuncher
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    5 January, 2009 at 17:57
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    Hi all,
    I am interested in TEFL but do not have a university degree, I would like the opinions of those who are working out there with TEFL rather than that of those trying to sell me a placement on a course.
    Well, there it is, all advice, opinions and comments welcome.

    Many thanks in advance,
    X

    scrubmuncher
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    7 January, 2009 at 12:30
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    Reply To: Finding work without a university degree?

    I will take that healthy response as a no then, :lol:

    janeskiem
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    3 February, 2009 at 1:45
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    Reply To: Finding work without a university degree?

    Please forward any info you may find and I will do the same as I am in the same situation. Thanks MJ
    janeskiem@yahoo.com

    dan
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    3 February, 2009 at 18:24
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    Reply To: Finding work without a university degree?

    A lot of employers who require a degree do so because of legal restrictions in the country where the school is based, which require foreign workers to have a degree. So it really depends on where you want to teach – your choice will be more limited, but there are still plenty of opportunities out there for you.

    Dan

    KeithH
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    12 February, 2009 at 14:03
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    Reply To: Finding work without a university degree?

    The country I’m in now doesn’t require a university degree, although it helps. There are countries that don’t require one. I know Indonesia is one.

    angelboy
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    3 March, 2009 at 20:15
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    You say that there are countries that don’t require a degree to get teaching work. Can you please be more specific and name the ones you know of (you only mentioned Indonesia)? After April, I will have a CELTA qualification but no degree.

    Many thanks

    KeithH
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    19 March, 2009 at 11:52
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    Reply To: Finding work without a university degree?

    Sorry, just saw your post. I’ve been busy trying to find a job here. A number of TEFL sites will tell you what countries don’t require degrees. Having a CELTA is definately a leg up though.

    steveh
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    9 April, 2009 at 9:25
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    Reply To: Finding work without a university degree?

    to be fair, a degree and indeed a post grad degree is becoming steadily more and more important in the industry. It shouldn’t be but it is. A degree in English language or mechanical engineering will not make you a better EFL teacher and in my view neither will an MA, what they do is demonstrate the ability to follow a course of academic study! Having said all of this, I know of quite a few successful teachers and a few in senior positions who have neither first nor second degrees. I know one Head of (‘tefl’) Dept in a UK Uni who has only a first degree. It’s true of course that some countries won’t allow you to work there without a degree but there are plenty who will!


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    KeithH
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    16 April, 2009 at 9:45
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    Reply To: Finding work without a university degree?

    You say that there are countries that don’t require a degree to get teaching work. Can you please be more specific and name the ones you know of (you only mentioned Indonesia)? After April, I will have a CELTA qualification but no degree.

    Many thanks

    The reason I didn’t mention where I was is because the english lessons market here is saturated right now and now, since I have to go back to the states, I’ll tell you where I am. I am in Prague, but my visa ran out before finding a job. Of course, I didn’t feel comfortable teaching adults so my options were pretty limited, but still, there are ALOT of pre-schools here.

    If you want to persue Prague, check out expats.cz, prague.tv and praguepost.com. Those are 3 of the largest sites expats use.

    Oh well, I’m going back to Portland, OR. I miss that city….

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