Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate vs a College Degree
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification courses provide valuable training that can make your teaching experience more enjoyable for you and your students. A good course gives you the tools necessary to create lesson plans and communicate effectively with students.
Some English teaching schools do not require a college degree as long as you are a native speaker. At times, full time teaching positions require a bachelors' degree, though not necessarily in education. The qualifications required by employers vary widely depending upon the demand and availability of teachers and work visa requirements in your country of interest.
There are schools that employ native English speakers who do not have a TEFL certificate, but many competitive employers require a TEFL certificate. Regardless, you can be sure that any certificate will help you develop your skills and prepare you for the classroom experience. A TEFL certificate is a must if you are serious and you want to be a better teacher. While native speakers are often preferred for English teaching positions, a non-native speaker with a TEFL certificate may also qualify. In general, most certificate programs assist with job placement.
In most cases, English teach abroad programs do not require teaching experience but it does not hurt if you have it.
If you have a degree in teaching English as a foreign language there are no limits to your destination options. Companies and organization from the US, UK, Australia and many other destinations have highly paid teaching jobs for professional teachers.
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