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Getting my MA in Poland. Will it affect my TEFL prospects?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by bluedude588, Nov 13, 2019.

  1. bluedude588

    bluedude588 New commenter

    Hi just looking for some advice. My BA is in history and education, and I am a licensed teacher in the US. I am looking at doing my MA in Poland in Russian Studies. Would this impact my job prospects in the TEFL field? I know some countries have visa requirements that stipulate that your degree must be from an English speaking country, but since my BA is from the US I assume I can check that requirement still. I'd love to be able to teach at a university or international school, which is why I am interested in getting a masters degree. Thanks!
  2. Ne11y

    Ne11y Occasional commenter

    It would depend, I think, where you go. You are, as a qualified teacher, already eligible I would imagine.

    I am doubtful an MA in Russian Studies would greatly support a teaching application however, unless it was to teach Russian....
  3. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    It shouldn't make a difference to your visa prospects, though some small number of countries might care. Overall, not an issue. If you're qualified for a visa, an additional degree shouldn't change that.
    As for job prospects in general, the degree is rather irrelevant to teaching TEFL. It won't help you get a job, and it won't give you a salary bump. It could potentially work against you slightly if you put your time into this and don't also demonstrate commitment to keeping current with the pedagogy of language learning.
    If you're teaching history and seeking jobs in that field, the MA could be more beneficial.
  4. shakes16

    shakes16 New commenter

    Hi. Why would you love to teach in an int sch? Many int schools do not offer free accommodation (eg Western Europe) and many do not offer miuch more of a salary than you would get teaching in the US or the UK. SOME DO yes but quite a lot do not. I doubt that it will affect your chances in the TEFL field since TEFL only requires a degree in any subject plus a TEFL certificate or a TESOL in the US. EAL at int schools only requires a TEFL too in most cases or they hire English teachers or trailing spouses who can teach English/EAL. So an MA from Poland would probably stand you in good stead actually. I wish I could do an MA in Poland but I am too old now lol. I did mine in a neighbouring country, well tech it is not an MA but I did my time so why not? ;)
  5. bluedude588

    bluedude588 New commenter

    I do hope to eventually teach history at an international school or at a university. You think a MA in Russian Studies would help those goals?
  6. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    It could if supported by a matching teaching credential.
  7. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    Not related to dumbells are you?
  8. danillitroff

    danillitroff New commenter

    You should go there. Poland has pretty decent taxation "The corporate tax in Poland is set at 19%. Personal income tax ranges from 0% to 32%, depending on your specific situation and income level. VAT in Poland is 23%." (source: http://www.confiduss.com/en/jurisdictions/poland/economy/ )
    I think it's great, and Poland is a good country for living and, in your case, working in this country.
  9. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    I would have thought that the best thing, if you want to teach TEFL, is something called a CELTA.
  10. ACOYEAR8

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    I agree with the hippo (above). Regardless of whether your degree is from Iceland or Peru -it's your qualification to teach that counts. CELTa is required by most language schools.
  11. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    I think someone should point out that a CELTA, TEFL is not required to teach in an international school. For that you will need a formal teaching qualification, and for this you will be psid considerable more thst sny language school regardless of what shakes16, as this is totally false information.
  12. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    It used to be the case that a CELTA would cost about a thousand pounds and it took a month of hard, intensive work. Friends who have done one said to me that it was pretty exhausting, but very practical and "hands on". The upside is that it is a internationally-recognized qualification and it almost guarantees you a job at the end of the course.

    On a rather different tack, I would have thought that Poland was not the best place to do an MA in Russian Studies.

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