What being a certified or licensed teacher means
A "teaching license" refers to the teaching credential that allows you to legally work as a teacher within a given area (i.e. in countries abroad or your home state, province, or country). A certified teacher has a recognized teaching qualification or license awarded by an education board or local governing body.
A "teaching license" can also be referred to as a "teaching certification", "qualification" or "credential", depending on where you qualified as a teacher. Every country has different processes for obtaining a teaching licensed. It’s wise to research the specific requirement for the Department of Education you are interested in working for.
Although it qualifies you to teach in many countries, an ESL/TEFL certification is not considered a teaching license.
Visit our blog post on teaching licenses and credentials to find out more.