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Dear TDA -- Degrees and Experience needed for Teaching Abroad?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by ParlezVous, May 29, 2011.

  1. Hi everyone, thank you in advance for any help!
    I am currently a college student in the US-- Indiana to be exact! I am pursuing my BS in two majors: French and Elementary Education. By the end of my undergraduate degree, I will be certified to teach K-6 in the US, but not yet certified to teach the french language (that is something I am trying to work out with my courses ATM). I am looking to getting TESOL certification some time soon as well. My overall career goals include teaching experiences abroad as well as in the US-- while this may change, my current goal is to end up staying in the US and raising a family there instead of abroad.
    I absolutely plan to pursue a masters degree somewhere within the educational field-- elementary education, ESL, TEFL, and administrative degrees have all crossed my mind. However, and maybe some of you have insight on this, I have been told many times to teach immediately after my undergrad for a few years before going back for a masters. At this point, that would be the plan.

    Since I am interested in teaching abroad (Ideally a french speaking country), I was curious as to what qualifications would be necessary to be truly considered for a position. What further education/degrees should I pursue to keep me on a good path for this goal? Would I be qualified enough to go right after my undergrad? Is there other certification I should look into as well? Would becoming a teacher's assitant and/or subsititute abroad open up doors in the future to actually be a classroom teacher?
    Again, this is all very premature, but I am definitely the kind of person who enjoys having a plan and goals to achieve, so I appreciate any advice you are willing to provide! Merci beaucoup!
     
  2. Hi everyone, thank you in advance for any help!
    I am currently a college student in the US-- Indiana to be exact! I am pursuing my BS in two majors: French and Elementary Education. By the end of my undergraduate degree, I will be certified to teach K-6 in the US, but not yet certified to teach the french language (that is something I am trying to work out with my courses ATM). I am looking to getting TESOL certification some time soon as well. My overall career goals include teaching experiences abroad as well as in the US-- while this may change, my current goal is to end up staying in the US and raising a family there instead of abroad.
    I absolutely plan to pursue a masters degree somewhere within the educational field-- elementary education, ESL, TEFL, and administrative degrees have all crossed my mind. However, and maybe some of you have insight on this, I have been told many times to teach immediately after my undergrad for a few years before going back for a masters. At this point, that would be the plan.

    Since I am interested in teaching abroad (Ideally a french speaking country), I was curious as to what qualifications would be necessary to be truly considered for a position. What further education/degrees should I pursue to keep me on a good path for this goal? Would I be qualified enough to go right after my undergrad? Is there other certification I should look into as well? Would becoming a teacher's assitant and/or subsititute abroad open up doors in the future to actually be a classroom teacher?
    Again, this is all very premature, but I am definitely the kind of person who enjoys having a plan and goals to achieve, so I appreciate any advice you are willing to provide! Merci beaucoup!
     

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