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  • lita76
    11 January, 2013 at 13:21
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    I want to teach in Mexico, ideally at a university, but I am not sure what qualifications are required.
    I have a PhD in literature (English), three years of experience teaching literature at the university level, and some non-certified ESL experience from Korea (1999-2000). Would I still be expected to have a Master’s in TESL to teach in a university in Mexico, or would an ordinary TEFL certification be acceptable? Also is online certification generally accepted? I’m thinking of doing a 100-120 hour online course with Bridge.
    Thank you

    21 January, 2013 at 8:35
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    Hi Lita,

    Wow! A PhD and teaching experience?! I reckon you’ll probably get snapped up in an instant. But if you feel more confident getting more specific TEFL skills input then of course do it.

    I taught in Mexico City and Veracruz and had a great experience.

    Good luck and enjoy :)

    Julie Johnson

    22 January, 2013 at 13:29
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    Thanks Julie! I am hoping the other qualifications make up for my not having, say, a Master’s in TESOL or anything.

    27 March, 2014 at 21:43
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    Hi :Lita76
    I recently applied for a University position in Mexico based on qualifications of a Bachelors degree and the CELTA. I was told that while I had the academic qualifications, I lacked the ESL experience of one year, since I just got the CELTA. Generally, you’re qualified to teach in a University if you have a Bachelors and one year ESL teaching experience. I’d be careful about any tefl course that is less than 120 hours and lacks sufficient classroom practice. If you have additional questions, feel free to email me at ccjcf@earthlink.net. I’m currently looking for my first ESL job in Latin America and would be more than happy to share what I’ve learned.


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