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Do I Need a Degree to Teach English?

21 July 2010

We are often asked both of the following questions:

1. Do I need a degree to do the course? 
2. Do I need a degree to teach abroad?

The answer to the first question is no and the answer to the second is not necessarily. 

To do a TEFL course with us you need no prior qualifications or experience - just the ability to speak English fluently and enthusiasm about teaching! 

However, without a degree you will not be able to teach in some countries. For example, in Asia, particularly South KoreaSaudi Arabia and China require you to have a degree in order to obtain a work permit and therefore work legally in the country. Working illegally can result in a lifetime ban from entering the country and a hefty fine or prison sentence - something that's best avoided!

While some countries specify that a degree is essential there are many other countries around the world where all you need is a TEFL qualification to start teaching. In Europe, within the EU at least, no degree is required to teach English. Many countries in the Americas, such as Mexico and Ecuador, do not need degrees.  As a general rule, voluntary positions usually do not require a degree, so that can be a great way of teaching English abroad.

If you are interested in teaching in a specific country then do your research and find out what the requirements are for you to work there legally. Remember that you don't need any qualifications or experience to do our courses and there are plenty of countries worldwide that don't require you to have a degree!  Our country guides will help you by giving you specific information.

Check out the TEFL Jobs on our site to find out specific information about teaching positions around the world.

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