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 Korea, Saudi 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
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