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Re: Suggestions welcome...

Posted By: Tom <register@koredinco.com>
Date: Thursday, 31 October 2013, at 10:46 a.m.

In Response To: Suggestions welcome... (Brittney)

I am aiming to go to South Korea to teach English for a year sometime in late 2014. I have my B.A. in History and a Masters of Arts in Teaching and I hold two Certificates of Eligibility with Advanced Standing to teach Elementary (K-5) and Secondary Social Studies (K-12) in New Jersey. I am currently working as a long-term substitute and expect to gain a year's experience doing so. I also taught English in China for seven weeks this past summer (through the CSETC program).

- With that said, I am unsure if this is adequate in terms of being eligible for a public school (I hear they are better than private) position in Korea.

Public teaching positions in South Korea are better in many ways compared to private institutions. However, it is a choice that must be made by the individual. Most people coming to South Korea do not have formal teacher training or teaching experience, so they are willing to opt for private school. Since you have both formal training and teaching experience, you would probably feel better suited to a public school IMO.
- I have been looking at listings on a number of websites and they list TEFL or CELTA certification as a pre-requisite and some state "or a degree in Education". Would I be at more of a disadvantage if I do not get one of the aforementioned certifications in a job search in South Korea, or are my degrees and experience sufficient?

With your educational qualifications you would not have any need for additional training regardless of whether it was CELTA, TEFL, TESOL, etc. The hiring agencies along with the Provincial Offices of Education now require some kind teacher training component, and very recently both private and public schools began refusing to accept any job candidates who did not have some form of onsite training in addition to the online training offered by TEFL-TESOL providers and others who offer credentialing exclusively online.

Having lived and worked in South Korea as a professional educator in public schools and University for the past ten years (total of 33+ years in education in the USA and South Korea where I now live) I can tell you that you should have no serious difficulties in finding a decent job, but much depends on the hiring agency you work with.

I have heard story after story from people who were misled regarding where they would work, the conditions of employment, etc. So the primary concern it to make sure you find a reputable recruiting service.

I hope this helps and if you need anything further you can post your questions here or simply send me and email to the one in the reply heading. Cheers!

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Suggestions welcome...
Brittney -- Thursday, 10 October 2013, at 5:37 p.m.
Re: Suggestions welcome...
nomad soul -- Saturday, 12 October 2013, at 11:01 a.m.
Re: Suggestions welcome...
Tim -- Sunday, 13 October 2013, at 1:00 p.m.
Re: Suggestions welcome...
Tom -- Thursday, 31 October 2013, at 10:46 a.m.

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