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TESOL Minor instead of TEFL Certification

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  • OlsonT
    23 December, 2013 at 5:27
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    Hello, everyone!

    I am currently an undergraduate student in the United States pursuing a TESOL minor. My majors are International Affairs and Spanish. I am curious about my TESOL minor being a viable replacement for a TEFL certification. I would prefer not to need to take a separate course if I don’t need it.

    Does anyone have any advice pertaining to TESOL minors and TEFL jobs?

    Specifically, I’m most interested in English Program in Korea (EPIK). I would like to qualify for the program with my minor. Also, I have 3-weeks experience teaching in China through a study abroad experience with my university.

    6 January, 2014 at 12:53
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    Reply To: TESOL Minor instead of TEFL Certification

    A couple of questions: How many hours of training/study does the TESOL minor involve? Do you get to do some teaching practice as part of the study?

    Regarding EPIK, on their website (http://www.epik.go.kr/) they say:

    So long as you are a Level 2 on our pay scale (click here to check), a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate is not necessary. That being said, as EPIK becomes more competitive, it is highly recommended that applicants without one or those without a valid teaching license should seriously consider taking a course.

    The "click here to check" link on their site doesn’t work by the way.

    So, I would conclude from this that a TESOL minor would be okay, and if it involves as many hours (or almost as many hours) study as a CELTA or other TEFL course, then your chances would improve.

    Hope that helps.


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