Top Tips for Teaching English without a Degree
One question many people considering becoming a TEFL teacher ask is whether it is possible to teach English abroad without a university degree. The answer to this question is simply, yes. While there certainly are some countries and individual schools that do require TEFL teachers to have a degree, in the vast majority of countries it is not a requirement by governments or employers.
Below I look at the different regions of the world where you can work as an English teacher without having a university degree. Bear in mind that labour and immigration requirements for any country are always subject to change and that you should always contact your local consulate for the most up-to-date information before making your plans.
Europe is an ideal destination for those without degrees
Europe probably offers some of the best opportunities for those without degrees with a large number of countries in the region not requiring them as prerequisite for teaching English. In countries with high demand for business English instruction, such as France and Germany, you are more likely to succeed with some business experience behind you rather than a degree.
Volunteering in Africa is a great way to gain experience
Africa is a good destination for those looking to volunteer their services as English teachers and the majority of volunteer programs do not require teachers to have a university degree. It is possible to find paid positions in most countries and Egypt and Tunisia offer the largest share of paid jobs for those without degrees.
Teaching in the Middle East will require a degree most of the time
Countries in the Middle East tend to have far stricter requirements than the rest of the word and to get the best jobs in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates etc. you will often require a postgraduate qualification. Jordan and Turkey are just two in the region where requirements are more relaxed with regard to degrees.
Latin America offers plenty of opportunities
Latin America also offers good chances of employment for those without degrees and there are plenty of teachers working there from the United States and all over the world.Unlike Europe, which can be difficult to find work in if you are not an EU citizen, Latin American countries are open to almost all nationalities of English teachers.
Emerging markets in Asia are worthwhile investigating
Asia is the most popular destination for TEFL teachers and has a massive demand for English teachers. Although the big names such as South Korea and Japan are out of the question for non-degree holders there is still plenty of choice for finding work in this region. Emerging TEFL markets in Myanmar and Cambodia provide lots of scope when looking for teaching jobs without a degree.
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