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  • Sarah
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    3 June, 2006 at 18:39
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    Hi all,

    I am hopefully going to do the CELTA certificate at the college where i work this year but most of the jobs i have seen advertised ask for you to have a Batchelors degree.

    Unfortunately i wasn’t able to finish school as i had to look after my mother who is disabled but i managed to get my English GCSE on a distance learning course. I’ll also (fingers crossed) have my BSL level one and C&G 7321 in Learner Support by the end of this month.

    As you can tell this isn’t exactly a Batchelors degree and i am worried that my lack of qualifications will be a problem. My written and verbal english are both very good but i just haven’t sat any exams beside my GCSE.

    Do any of you know if you can get decent work with just the CELTA and no experience?

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
    Sarah

    jayjay
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    3 June, 2006 at 20:46
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    Hi Sarah

    It really depends where you want to teach.

    There are some countries where a degree is a legal requirement for foreign workers, so the employers are bound by this.

    In other countries, a degree is not a legal requirement, but is requested by schools. It can still be worth applying to some of these positions though, as employers will sometimes \"bend the rules\" if a teacher has other strengths that they consider outweigh the need for a degree.

    And in yet other countries, a degree is not required at all, and you’ll be able to find a job with little or no experience.

    Where are you interested in teaching?

    J

    Sarah
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    3 June, 2006 at 23:11
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    Hi J,

    Thanks for replying, I don’t really mind where I teach to be honest, I’d just like to see a bit of the world and find which places i like best. What countries do you think would be willing to accept me?

    Also I currently work as an Education Support Worker for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities supporting them in college. Is there any kind of TEFL work that deals specifically with people with disabilities? I think that i would like to go down that route as I really love my job.

    Thanks again
    Sarah

    jayjay
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    6 June, 2006 at 19:06
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    China and Thailand are a couple of good options to start your teaching career. You’ll find though that a degree is not a legal requirement in too many countries, even if employers specify it in their job adverts. Like I said, most tend to be more interested in having a motivated, enthusiastic, creative teacher, so it’s worth applying for any and all jobs that interest you, and see what comes back.

    As for working with people with disbailities in TEFL, I haven’t personally had any experience of this, or seen any adverts for this type of work, but I’m sure it must exist. Sorry I can’t be of more help wth that one…

    J

    Sarah
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    17 June, 2006 at 17:54
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    Hi J,

    Sorry it took me so long to reply.

    Thanks for all of your info, it’s been a big help!

    Sarah

    jayjay
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    19 June, 2006 at 7:30
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    No problem! Any luck finding jobs teaching people with disabilities?

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