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Re: Certification

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Thursday, 4 July 2013, at 3:02 p.m.

In Response To: Certification (Talktome)

I've been researching what I should do in regards to finding an ESL job and the certification that goes a long with this.

But, I haven't quite seen a post that applies to me. I am a licensed English teacher in the state of Massachusetts. I have been teaching ESL in the summer months and substituting during the academic year for three years at a private institution in Boston as I have a passing score on the ESL MTEL (teacher test). Does this even mean anything to employers abroad?

Now, I'd like to teach abroad in Europe (Spain or Italy)) or South America (Spanish speaking). Preferably, in a private institution, but I'm not opposed to public either. I'm just not sure what I should do about certification. I know that most everyone says avoid the online TESOL programs. BUT I'm wondering if maybe in my case in could be more effective. I know there's is no practicum involved, but between college and my job I have thousands of hours of experience, not to mention state regulated practicums.

I am of course, in the camp of believing that a teacher is never done learning so a CELTA or TESOL certification may be useful to me, but I just don't want to spend $$ and time for something I wouldn't find useful. If I'm going to need to spend lots of money, I rather begin investing in a masters degree.

So that being said, do I need the certification at all? Could online work for me? What about CELTA or TESOL? Should I look into a masters in linguistics or something along those lines?

I'll also add that I'd be looking to do this initially maybe 2 years, but possibly longer as a dream of mine is to have my own school. I speak Spanish and Italian conversationally (ie I can communicate, but never learned how to read or write in an academic setting). I also have dual citizenship between the USA and EU.

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You didn't state what your degree is in nor what age group you presently teach; however, it seems like your current credentials would be sufficient. Since your questions are country-specific, I suggest you head over to the ESL Cafe's job discussion forums (forums.eslcafe.com/job/) for helpful advice from seasoned teachers already working in your target countries and region. You'll need to register to post your questions, but when you do, be clear about your present academic qualfications and teaching experience and include the type/level of teaching situation you're seeking.

Messages In This Thread

Talktome -- Wednesday, 3 July 2013, at 6:14 p.m.
Re: Certification
nomad soul -- Thursday, 4 July 2013, at 3:02 p.m.
Re: Certification
talktome -- Friday, 5 July 2013, at 2:34 p.m.
Re: Certification
Tim -- Friday, 5 July 2013, at 12:14 p.m.

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