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Re: Additional certifications past a M.Ed?

Posted By: GambateBingBangBOOM
Date: Monday, 31 July 2017, at 5:15 p.m.

In Response To: Additional certifications past a M.Ed? (Tom)

1. It depends on what context you want to teach in. If it's university English language teaching (as it is for many people in language teaching) then your M.Ed will not be seen as highly relevant (or relevant at all, by some people). If you want to teach at an international school, then that is a different route, and language teaching qualifications are not always required.

2. The usual benchmark is THREE years experience in your home country after licensure for international schools, I think.

3. It also entirely depends where you decide to go. In Japan (where I am) you would be looking at getting your foot in the door by going with a dispatch company, or the JET program, and then aiming for a direct hire (probably limited term) junior / senior high job (these are good jobs, although limited term), or taking a run at the international schools.

Universities want to see relevant masters degrees (most universities won't accept anything other than an MA in Applied Linguistics or TESOL these days) plus language teaching publications but many universities are starting to 'prefer' (slowly changing to 'require') a doctorate in language education (PhD or Ed.D) to do what used to require only a related MA in progress, then a completed related MA, then a completed relevant MA with publications. There are fewer and fewer universities willing to take someone with a masters in another area because they usually don't need to. And then comes the problem that with a masters in a marginally related (or not related) area, if someone does manage to land a position, then at the end of their time with that university, they will likely have a very difficult time finding another contract (the startup costs can be quite high, and it might not be worth it for some people).

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Additional certifications past a M.Ed?
Tom -- Friday, 28 July 2017, at 12:10 p.m.
Re: Additional certifications past a M.Ed?
GambateBingBangBOOM -- Monday, 31 July 2017, at 5:15 p.m.
Re: Additional certifications past a M.Ed?
Tim -- Monday, 31 July 2017, at 10:58 p.m.
Re: Additional certifications past a M.Ed?
nomad soul -- Tuesday, 1 August 2017, at 3:42 p.m.

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