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Chances of getting a position without a degree?

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  • louisjohnston12
    3 January, 2012 at 16:55
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    Hi everyone, hope you’re all well. I’ve completed my TEFL certificates including a 120-hour course and an additional teachers pack and a grammar and language awareness course, and have recieved certificates in all of them. But these seem to count for little as im struggling to find a position available which these are taken into much consideration and being a relatively new teacher im finding it hard to find anywhere that will take me on without a degree. Could anyone possibly give me any advice on where to look or what to go about doing?
    many thanks

    13 January, 2012 at 20:53
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    Reply To: Chances of getting a position without a degree? if so where?

    You could help by saying which geographic areas you feel would be of interest to you. Are you looking to teach young people or older students.
    Somewhere between A to Z……Africa to Zulu-land there is going to be a space for you. Tell all…..

    TEFL World Wiki
    14 January, 2012 at 12:13
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    Reply To: Chances of getting a position without a degree? if so where?

    If you don’t have a degree there are still possibilities. These countries do not always require a degree:

    * China – the demand here is so great they often overlook the need for a degree.
    * Colombia
    * Indonesia
    * Ecuador
    * Mongolia
    * Russia
    * Czech republic (although you will need a passport from an EU member state to teach here)

    You will, however, need a TEFL Certificate to show you have knowledge of the subject and teaching it.

    Also, don’t forget that you may well be able to find work in countries which normally require a degree.

    To get these jobs you usually need to be in the country in person, ideally around the start of the new school year. If you contact as many schools as you can you may well be able to find one which is in need of a teacher and is willing to overlook the degree requirements due to the urgency of getting a native speaker into the classroom!

    See TEFL without a Degree

    TEFL World Wiki: http://teflworldwiki.com

    China Scam Patrol
    20 November, 2015 at 8:32
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    If you try to work in China without a degree you will be doing so illegally and have a 50% of getting caught. If you do get caught the consequences are as follows:

    1) Arrest

    2) 30 Days in jail

    3) $2,000 fine

    4) Deportation with 10 days of release from jail

    5) 3-5 year reentry ban to China

    6) Your very own felony conviction

    Even if you do private tutoring are find an internship, you will still need to get a Z visa and Z visa’s require a verifiable bachelor degree from an accredited university. In 2014, over 2,000 expats were arrested for not having a Z visa (out of the some 25,000 teaching here). So I guess it comes down to how lucky you think you are and if you are willing to risk all of the above to earn $2,000 a month?


    For current news about China scams you can check the CFTU or CTA blacklists or visit http://reddit.com/r/chinascamcentral. Remember to read thrice and sign once!

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