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datokate



Joined: 24 Aug 2013

PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:43 am    Post subject: Questions about my credentials Reply with quote

Hey everyone,

I'm a newbie here and I'm very interested about teaching in Korea/Abroad. I've been searching on here for a lil while and have had an interview with one school in Korea, but was not offered a job.

I have my BA in Journalism with no teaching experience and no TEFL cert. BUT I have a State Substitute Teacher's Certification that expires in a few years.

When they say an "English" Degree, would Journalism suffice? Would a Substitute Cert help at all? I realize it's a long shot but I figured I'd ask. Confused

Thanks in advance,

Kate
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YTMND



Joined: 16 Jan 2012
Location: You're the man now dog!!

PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends on the job you are applying for. The normal ESL job at a school called a hagwon just needs a degree. Yours in journalism I would think would be better.

If you are applying for a college position teaching specifically one area, then math, science, or literature might be preferred. However, they usually fill positions when there is a warm body.
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:26 am    Post subject: Re: Questions about my credentials Reply with quote

datokate wrote:
Hey everyone,

I'm a newbie here and I'm very interested about teaching in Korea/Abroad. I've been searching on here for a lil while and have had an interview with one school in Korea, but was not offered a job.

I have my BA in Journalism with no teaching experience and no TEFL cert. BUT I have a State Substitute Teacher's Certification that expires in a few years.

When they say an "English" Degree, would Journalism suffice? Would a Substitute Cert help at all? I realize it's a long shot but I figured I'd ask. Confused

Thanks in advance,

Kate


You have what you need for a job as an EFL teacher in a hagwon.
(US passport, US degree, pulse).

You do not meet the requirements for a job as an EFL teacher in a public school (get a TEFL cert with at least 20 hours of in-class study). Just because you can write does not mean you can teach EFL effectively.
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Troglodyte



Joined: 06 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need a university degree to get a work (teaching) visa. Most places won't care what you studied. Public schools may have their own requirements but generally they won't care what you studied either.

The university degree has to be from one of the seven countries that Korea considers to be English speaking countries. USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Aus, NZ, SA. Same with your passport.
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young_clinton



Joined: 09 Sep 2009

PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Troglodyte wrote:
You need a university degree to get a work (teaching) visa. Most places won't care what you studied. Public schools may have their own requirements but generally they won't care what you studied either.



Although it might help if you are young, have blue eyes and blond hair, preferably attractive. This would especially pertain to EPIK/GEPIK.
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