Just some general advice really. I have done the basic weekend TEFL course and I am very interested in finding my first teaching job but I don’t have a degree. I do have good grades in GCSE and a GNVQ advanced in business but I am wondering whether to take the CELTA course or something similar or look for a job and work on experience instead. Does anybody have any comments and is it too far fetched to think I could find a job just with the qualifications I have?
8 October, 2007 at 15:00
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Reply To: Some advice for starting in TEFL
In most places the basic requirements for entry level teaching positions are a degree plus a TESL/TEFL certificate – not necessarily a CELTA.
Not having a degree does not always prevent one from teaching and there are many teachers working around the world without these "basic" qualifications.
What often happens is that schools will be looking for teachers to start at the beginning of the school year (often after the Summer) and then again after Christmas (this is when some contract teachers decide to leave and the school is left with an unexpected vacancy). Obviously the schools will go for the most qualified candidates first, but if demand outstrips supply, they will be willing to employ teachers without a degree. One thing though you might want to consider is that often a degree is not so much a requirement of the institute that hires you but a requirement due to visa regulations. This is especially true in Asian countries.
Hi – You don’t necessarily need a degree to start teaching, so don’t worry too much about that. But a weekend course is not enough. It’s a good way of finding out whether TEFL is liable to interest you, and to give you some idea of what you’ll be doing – but that’s all. Go and do a CELTA – that will give you enough of a basic grounding to get a job. Yes, you might get one without it, but it’s unlikely to be in a reputable institution. Beware cowboys who are ripping off both their students and their teachers, and Method School who will offer you training in "their" method – which may not have a valid pedagogical rationale behind it, and won’t serve you in much stead for a future career in TEFL – presuming you want one.
If you do, and want to progress, sooner or later you’ll find your lack of a degree may block you. But you can forget about that till later when you’ll find there are ways to deal with it . For now, go and do the CELTA and get started. Good luck!