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Work with two-year associate's (AA) degree and tefl or tesol?

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Work with two-year associate's (AA) degree and tefl or tesol?

Postby sticks of fury » 14 Apr 2003, 14:29

I have a friend who has a two year college diploma and he wants to work in Taiwan. Is there any way he can get a work permit with a two year diploma plus tefl certification?
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Postby Sir Donald Bradman » 14 Apr 2003, 18:34

In a nutshell yes. (Sorry I don't know the exact details, but it has to be an acredited college, and an acredited TESOL type qualification.

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Postby sticks of fury » 14 Apr 2003, 20:24

Thanks, and do you think an accredited TEFL certification would be possible instead of TESOL?
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Postby Sir Donald Bradman » 14 Apr 2003, 20:29

I think so. It just has to be a real course. I'm not even sure that the MOE have clear regs on this. It might just be a case of try and see. The best info I could find out, when I tried to find out was 2-years plus TEFL/TESOL/CELTA etc

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Postby sticks of fury » 14 Apr 2003, 22:06

Thanks Brian!

I'll give my friend to OK to take the accredited TEFL course. BTW Do you think the TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certifications are handy?
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Postby Steeevieboy » 14 Apr 2003, 23:05

Hey man, to my knowledge you have to have *3* year accredited College Diploma plus a TEFL from aaccredited College. Last year, when we went to get our papers checked by the MOE they were very carefull to make sure our diplomas were for 3 years! MAKE SURE THAT THE COLLEGE DIPLOMA AND THE TEFL CERTIFICATE ARE BOTH FROM ACCREDITED SCHOOLS. The MOE will check, they did for us.
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Postby ckvw » 15 Apr 2003, 02:46

I'd always heard a university degree (BA, BS) was required... in the US, that is usually four years. I haven't heard that two-year college degrees (AA, for example) are eligible or that having TEFL or TESOL makes a difference in regard to visa application as long a school was willing to sponsor you and you had a uni degree. I have heard of folks who managed to get around the uni qualification one way or another but I can't confirm exactly how they did it. I don't know if there are standard qualifications for non-uni applicants. If someone's got a current, definitive answer, please let us know.
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Postby Sir Donald Bradman » 15 Apr 2003, 09:37

4 year degree without TESOL (although three year seems to work), 2 year diploma with TESOL.

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English centers that have minimum requirement of AA + TEFL

Postby Mikaiei » 14 Apr 2005, 11:20

Hello everyone, I have been doing some research on various job opportunities within Taiwan for teaching English. Through this research I have done, I have mostly found schools which require BA degrees. However, I came across the HESS website and discovered that they had a minimum requirement of an AA and TEFL certification. Since I would truly prefer not to spend another two years in school because I believe it would not help any more than studying on my own, I was wondering if teaching with only an AA and TEFL certification is a viable option? Are there many other teaching organizations that allow this as the minimum requirement? And I only want to work legitimately, so any under the table employment situation is out of the question for me. Thank you in advance :)
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Postby Loretta » 14 Apr 2005, 14:11

If this is the minimum requirement for a big employer then I would guess it's a viable option. They wouldn't be advertising it if they couldn't hire you, would they?

Hess is the biggest and best-known chain school on the island. They don't do under-the-table, and they're pretty good to work for. I was at their head office yesterday, for the first time in two years, and they seem like a good crowd still.

Doing another two years at college won't make you any more employable or get you any more money. If you want to come and they'll take you then send your application right away.
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