English Teaching Jobs: International Requirements
TESOL Certification Requirements:
In general, the minimum entry-level requirement for English teaching jobs is a 120-hour TESOL, TEFL, or TESL certificate. Some schools prefer to hire teachers who have more than 1 year of teaching experience and/or completed a teaching practice module of 20 hours.
FAQ #1: What Type of University Degree Do I Need to Get an English Teaching Job?
The university degree can be in any subject.
A BA in English, Education, and or Linguistics is not usually required for English teaching jobs because an advanced TESOL certification program will give you the skills that you need to follow and adapt an ESL curriculum. A TESOL course recognized by TESL Canada, CELTA, or Trinity CertTESOL will teach you how to create lesson plans using the Communicative Language Teaching Method. You will also get training in grammar and phonology.
TESOL is a very specific subject, so a degree in English, Education, and/or linguistics would not make much difference in your development as an ESL teacher. However, some entry-level programs in the UAE, Hong Kong, and South Korea prefer to hire teachers who completed a BA in one of these subjects and some career advancement opportunities are open only to those who have a Masters degree in one of these subjects on top of their TESOL certification.