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Q: What is i-to-i Chalkboard? A: It's the online community of TEFL specialists
Some people (usually graduates) and many course providers would have you believe that you can't teach English without a degree. But it needn't hold you back from becoming a TEFL teacher
Do you need a degree to teach abroad? Short answer - it depends. With such a wide range of TEFL destinations on offer, it's inevitable that different countries will require different qualifications. So, some countries will be off limits for those without degrees. It may seem unfair, but many governments state that you have to have a degree in order to get a work visa, without which you won't be able to teach legally. Not having a degree doesn't mean you'll be a bad teacher or that you're any less smart than a graduate - it's just a pesky legal requirement.
It's not the end of the world though - there are many countries where you can teach without a degree - take a look on where's on offer.
The daddy of all TEFL destinations, China's need for teachers is so great that they're willing to let the degree thing slide. Good news for you is that it's a fantastic place to teach. If it's your first time teaching abroad take a look at the Teach in China internship: you'll get plenty of support, making that first TEFL experience all the easier.
Tropical rainforests, astounding natural beauty, low living costs and high demand for TEFL teachers… Ecuador certainly isn't a consolation prize for degree-less TEFL teachers. The best bit? There are opportunities in Ecuador with i-to-i's hassle free job-placement service. Just click here for details.
Contrary to popular belief, Europe certainly isn't out of bounds for teachers without degrees. The Czech Republic, with it's great position slap bang in the middle of Europe (not to mention cheap beer), is open to those who never made it to uni. Check out the opportunities there through i-to-i's job placement service.
That's it! The longer your TEFL certificate (100 hours plus is the industry standard), the more chance you'll have of bagging that job, but often you'll be able to get by with just a 20 hour classroom TEFL course.
Some previous teaching experience (such as volunteer teaching) can help bolster your job applications, but certainly isn't necessary.
Unfortunately there are some countries where, due to visa requirements, you can't work if you don't have a degree. Here are some of the main ones:
The short answer is maybe. It just depends on your individual circumstances and how willing you are to take a chance and head abroad without having secured a job first. Often, if you just turn up in a country, you can secure work by word of mouth and approaching schools directly. However, due to the visa situation you may be a cash-in-hand employee, which puts you at risk of being exploited by unscrupulous employers.
Ultimately though, there are always exceptions to every rule - so if you have your heart set on a particular country network with teachers who are already there here on Chalkboard and see if they have any suggestions as to how you can make your dream to teach in _____ a reality.