Around the world there are always a huge number of EFL teaching jobs waiting to be filled which means there are potential opportunities for almost everyone. So what qualifications, background or characteristics do you require to take a TEFL course?
How important is a student's attitude when taking a TEFL course?
First and foremost, anyone thinking about earning their TEFL certification with ITTT needs to be enthusiastic, motivated and determined as every course requires a considerable amount of commitment in terms of both time and effort. If you are fully committed to becoming an English language teacher, either at home or abroad, then you should have little trouble successfully completing the course and becoming a qualified EFL teacher.
How important are English language skills when taking a TEFL course?
In order to be an effective English language teacher you do need to have a thorough understanding of the language. In some countries employers actually have a preference for native English speakers, but there are also plenty of places in the world where non-native English speakers with a TEFL certification are sought after in the workplace. Essentially, as long as you are a fluent English speaker, you are eligible to take our courses and are also eligible to apply for teaching jobs worldwide.
How important are academic qualifications when taking a TEFL course?
While some TEFL course providers insist that their trainees possess certain qualifications, including a degree in some cases, at ITTT we have no such criteria. As many employers do not insist on their teachers holding a degree or any similar certification, we feel there is no need for us to require it. As long as you are prepared to put in the work, we have no interest in your previous academic background.
Are there any age restrictions when taking a TEFL course?
The only age restriction we have for our range of TEFL certification is you must be at least 18 years old at the start of your course. Crucially, we have absolutely no upper age limit. Over the years we have successfully trained people of all ages, many of whom have gone on to enjoy exciting new careers in countries all over the world. While more mature teachers might find it harder to gain employment in the most crowded teaching markets, there are always plenty of other great options open to qualified EFL teachers of all ages.
Are there any restrictions to consider when looking for TEFL jobs?
Although we have few restrictions on who can take our TEFL courses, you do need to be aware of the potential restrictions put in place by foreign governments or individual employers. While there are tens of thousands of TEFL qualified teachers working throughout the world without a formal degree, there are some countries where this is not possible. In recent years certain countries, including China, have made it law that teachers require a degree to qualify for a work permit. Also, there are similar restrictions in place in some countries where only native English speakers can work legally. The bottom line is, before making any firm plans it is essential that you check the latest visa situation in the country that you are interested in. Even if your first choice is not possible, don't lose heart as there are many other great options all over the world where a TEFL qualification is all that is required to land an exciting new job.