Am I Qualified to Teach in Korea?

Qualifications Required for Teaching English in Korea

Degree diplomaSo you are fascinated by this idea of teaching English in Korea. Great! But before you go diving into your hunt, it’s a good idea to make sure you will be eligible for a great job in Korea. To qualify for job teaching English in South Korea, you have to fulfill three main requirements.

Should I Take a TEFL Course?

Let’s get this out of the way first: you do not need to have a teaching certification to teach English in Korea. In fact, most foreign teachers in Korea have not completed any kind TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certification. However, taking a TEFL course undoubtedly makes you a stronger job candidate and can be invaluable in this competitive job market. There are a few reason why you should consider taking a TEFL class:

1. Strengthen your resume. These days, employers and recruiters see thousands of applications per month. And almost all of them have the same qualifications: native English-speaker with a Bachelor’s degree. Having a TEFL certification on your resume makes you stand out from the mob, and can mean the difference between the “Call Back” folder and the recycling bin.

Do I Need to Speak Korean to Teach English?

Do you need to know a word of Korean to get a great job teaching English in Korea? No.
Do you need to speak the language to have a great time living in Korea? No.
Does studying Korean make for a more convenient and deeper experience in Korea? Absolutely!

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