Advice on how to teach abroad if you don't have an undergraduate degree
Although most teach abroad jobs require a bachelor's degree, there are still plenty that don't. Different parts of the world have stricter requirements than others. For example, you can easily teach in places like Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Spain, or Cambodia without a degree, but places like the Middle East and South Korea usually won't accept a teacher without a degree.
Candidates without a degree are going up against more qualified candidates so can do a few things to differentiate themselves:
- Get a recognized ESL certificate (such as TEFL). This goes a long way towards securing a teach abroad job. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to 6 months to complete the course, but it will help give your teaching resume a boost. Check out our TEFL certification courses for a quick and easy way to get qualified.
- Volunteer to get teaching experience. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities across the world that accept teachers without a bachelor's degree. The hours spent helping out at an ESL summer camp will boost your profile when you apply for paid positions.
For those of you with an associate's degree, check out our blog on how to teach abroad with an associate's degree.