There is a common misconception that a TEFL certificate is something very expensive which you must have before you teach overseas or online. This is not always the case.
• A TEFL certificate is not always required for teaching overseas or online
• Some Employers offer FREE TEFL courses as part of your job placement
• There are a lot of TEFL courses out there so if you decide to do one please choose wisely
TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. You may also come across the following acronyms; ESL (English as a Second Language), TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language, ELT (English Language Teaching), TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). All these terms mean similar things and the terms can be used interchangeably – making the subject quite confusing!
China requires teachers to have at least a 120 hour hybrid TEFL. This is a TEFL which has an element of contact hours, usually classroom experience. If You have an online TEFL or a shorter classroom TEFL our partners in China can help you convert it into a hybrid TEFL FREE of charge. If you do not have a TEFL at all our partners will pay for you to complete a Hybrid TEFL courses FREE of charge.
Summary: You need a TEFL to teach in China but you do not need to have one before you apply and it does not need to cost you anything. Apply Here
Korea: No, but it helps!
A TEFL qualification is not essential for teaching in Korea but having one (of any length) shows potential employers that you have a real interest in teaching and can help you attract job offers, help prepare you for the classroom and is a great addition to your cv. The job market in Korea is quite competitive at the moment so having a TEFL qualification can help you stand out from the competition. It will not however mean that you will be paid more than candidates who do not have TEFL qualifications nor does it guarantee that you will receive job offers.
Summary: Having a TEFL is not essential but having one of any length, online or contact based, can help you receive job offers from Korea. Have a look at our TEFL courses here
Thailand: No, but it helps!
A TEFL qualification is not essential for teaching in Thailand. However, you are likely to receive a higher number of job offers if you have one and it can have a positive effect on your salary.
Summary: Having a TEFL qualification is not essential but having one can have a positive impact on receiving job offers, will help prepare you for the classroom and is a great addition to your cv. Have a look at our TEFL courses here
Teaching English Online: Maybe!
To teach English online candidates must have one of the following; a degree, a TEFL certificate (any length) or experience. Having two of the three is good, three out of three is great. Having a TEFL qualification is likely to positively affect your chances of being offered a position as well as your salary. You will be asked to do a demo class before you are offered a position and TEFL courses can prepare you for this. TEFL courses are also a great addition to your cv.
Summary: Having a TEFL qualification is not always essential but it can help you receive job offers and ultimately help you make more money. Have a look at our TEFL courses here