Do I need a TESOL Certificate to Teach English Overseas?
Teaching English Overseas With or Without a Certificate?
Many people who want to teach English overseas ask themselves this question when they first consider taking a TESOL Certificate course. In many cases, it's easy to see why. You may be a native English speaker, possess a degree in a related area, have experience teaching, or just feel you'd be a fantastic teacher don't you already have what it takes? There is some truth to this though times continue to change.
25 years ago you really only needed to be a native English speaker with a passport and a pulse to find a teaching job almost anywhere in the world. Today, getting a job teaching English overseas can be more challenging for someone who doesn't have a TESOL Certificate. After all, other people applying for English language teaching job most likely are certified in TESOL.
Nonetheless, there are certainly circumstances in which a TESOL Certificate may not be needed. For most, earning a TESOL Certificate may be the best first step to take before teaching English overseas.
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Here are some of the factors that may influence your decision on whether or not to get a TESOL Certificate.