I have been considering becoming an EFL teacher for many years now. I’m kind of stuck, though, in that I don’t have a Bachelor’s degree. I do have an Associate’s (2-year), and several semester hours beyond that, but trying to finish up a degree while working full time can be tough.
One option that popped up while I was looking at different job opportunities for non-degree-holding job seekers was Thongsook International. This is a college located in Bangkok that offers a BA in TESOL. According to the website, it is accredited by the Thai Ministry of Education and the Council for Higher Education.
The reasons this is attractive to me are that the courses are offered during normal holiday periods for students (meaning you can do TEFL work while going to school), very inexpensive, and are in-country in Thailand. Essentially, this gets you into the country, gives you a college degree in the subject you want to teach, and won’t cost you tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. On top of that, when you get your degree, you’ll have three years of teaching experience under your belt.
I do have concerns, though: Will this degree be recognized/accepted in other countries which require a degree for work visas (Korea, Japan, etc.)? While Thailand has been a country I’ve looked forward to living and working in, I would also like to work in other countries in the future.
Does anyone have any insight into this college? Mainly if you have gone to Thongsook or know someone who has and have tried to get work in other countries. I’ve seen the forums where people who generally don’t know anything about Thongsook or how the Thai government manages accreditation trying to bash the director of the school. I’d like firsthand or secondhand insight, please.