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Re: Which certification is right for me?

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Monday, 17 September 2018, at 3:59 a.m.

In Response To: Which certification is right for me? (Julie)

I realize that ultimately I have to answer that question, but I'm having a difficult time navigating all the programs out there. I am a licensed Spanish teacher with a master's degree in Spanish and 10+ years in teaching. I would like to get a certificate to teach English abroad, but I don't know which one is suitable for someone in my position. I don't need classroom management and how to prepare lessons, etc. Can anyone recommend which path to take? Everyone says CELTA is the best, but do I need that?

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It really depends on: 1) what your TEFL career goals are, and 2) where in the world you want to teach.

You may see yourself as a capable EFL teacher based on your current quals. However, prospective employers looking for an experienced candidate to teach English skills are likely to see a CV that has "Spanish" written all over it. That could put you below candidates possessing a recognized cert like CELTA, SIT TESOL, or Trinity CertTESOL. Plus, more holders of TESOL-related master's degrees seem to be flooding the market. That's your competition for the better jobs.

For a wider and larger pool of opinions, I suggest you head to the Cafe's jobs discussion forums per the link I gave in your other thread. Be sure to include your teaching goals (long or short term) and where you expect to teach.

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Which certification is right for me?
Julie -- Monday, 17 September 2018, at 3:59 a.m.
Re: Which certification is right for me?
Stephen -- Monday, 17 September 2018, at 3:59 a.m.
Re: Which certification is right for me?
nomad soul -- Monday, 17 September 2018, at 3:59 a.m.

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