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Old 09-29-2004, 11:10 AM   #1
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Back when I had actually planned to go over to Europe this summer (lack of bling-bling caused a slight change in plans), I saw people mention TEFL as a way to stay over there and make some extra money. Apparently, with a little work, you could be certified to help people learn English (this was the impression I got from a post on the board).

Well, new plans have been drafted and it would be rather helpful to have some extra cash to stay a little longer after I study in Prague in the spring. But I went to the site and now it looks like it's become all professional. It's like Monster.com for english teachers. Now it says I have to pay $800-1200 to get certified.

Was this always the case? Anyone know what I'm talking about?

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I think it was, unless you have a bachelors degree in which case that certifies you. Now that I have one its nice to know that I can potentially go anywhere in the world and have a job if I so desire.
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I am not sure what site you went to, but from what I understand every language school charges for a TEFL degree (or the other types of teaching English degrees). Yes, you have to pay the fee of around $800-$1200, but this usually will include not only instruction, TEFL degree, and classroom experience, but also a place to stay while you learn and a guaranteed job once the degree is completed.

If a job is not guaranteed, I would be less willing to dish out that amount of cash considering the English teaching jobs don't pay all that much. I know the ones in the Czech Republic pay enough to have a basic life over there, but not enough to save.

I don't think a bachelor degree certifies you either. If you do have a degree in English, that might be a way to get around it, but a general bachelor degree does not seem to help. Of course, you can always find some schools that don't require a certain degree as long as you are a native speaker.
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You have to have a masters degree or bachalors in teaching to be certified. Once you have your masters you are certified to teach at any level in any subject. Ahhhh 4 more years ok who am I kidding.....ahhhh 6-8 more years, $30,000+ student loan payment and I will be there....LOL

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