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Will an MFA in Creative Writing help or hurt my English teaching CV?

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  • tntefl86
    19 April, 2018 at 20:36
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    Hello all. I am about to leave to teach for the Peace Corps for two years and was thinking of getting a MFA in Creative Writing after my service as writing is one of my passions and I would love the opportunity to take writing workshop classes for two years. However, my only concern is how much this might hurt my CV in the long run for teaching English abroad.

    I am already TEFL certified and will have work experience with the Peace Corps but will Creative Writing be seen as a substantial masters degree? Will it do anything for me in terms of increasing salary and the like? Or will employers prefer a Masters in Education or TESOL? Thank you in advanced!

    20 April, 2018 at 5:41
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    Creative Writing could be useful for TEFL

    Hi tntefl86,
    My hunch is that your TEFL cert will be of greatest initial value, but the creative writing could become useful if you have any studies around editing. Helping English learners with their English documents can become a valuable asset. (Example: polishing resumes, prepping presentations, speeches, proofing important e-mails, reports etc.)

    In my opinion – for your resume – lead with your TEFL cert and teaching experience. Then be wise in how you present your Creative Writing studies – highlight the editing, composition, proof reading skills you have and who it could help you serve students or a language school.

    Hope that helps!

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