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Job opportunities with no MA? Where can I teach?

 
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azurariverja



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:44 am    Post subject: Job opportunities with no MA? Where can I teach? Reply with quote

Hi all,

I recently moved back home to the US after teaching ESL in Tokyo for 5 years and completed a CELTA course. I have a BA in an unrelated field (Animal Science) but no MA.

I was hoping a CELTA would open some opportunities for me in the Middle East, but after looking around a bit it seems like most job opportunities require an MA, especially in places like the UAE and Oman. Do I need to completely give up on those places, or is there a chance I can find something? If not, are there other parts of the Middle East I can teach in with a comfortable living situation?

I'd love to hear thoughts/experiences on the matter. Thanks in advance!
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since you're not licensed to teach k12, you're limited to adult learners. The majority of those positions in the GCC require a TESOL-related degree, usually at the master's level. The exception is Saudi Arabia where there are contracting companies that advertise openings with flexible requirements. If you're interested in pursuing a job in KSA, be sure to research the company before agreeing to an offer.
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Gulezar



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:39 am    Post subject: Re: Job opportunities with no MA? Where can I teach? Reply with quote

azurariverja wrote:
I recently moved back home to the US after teaching ESL in Tokyo for 5 years and completed a CELTA course. I have a BA in an unrelated field (Animal Science) but no MA.


Would "Animal Science" have any relevance to Equestrian Management? Probably not, but people do have to be very creative when looking for a job nowadays in the Gulf. In the market there has been a flood of professionals who have been let go, all with Masters and years of experience in Gulf education.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do not believe everything you read. A job advert may state "MA holders only" but reality may force the employer to accept those with lesser qualifications. When i was recruiting I looked for evidence of sanity and solid experience, preferably in the Gulf. Sanity was the hardest quality to find.
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currentaffairs



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trying for a job at a College of Excellence in Saudi Arabia may be a good option.
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