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Interested in teaching abroad

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by vickylangdon, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. I'm interested in teaching abroad, probably in South East Asia and just need some advice!
    Firstly, I qualified as a teacher via the GTP route and can't find any information about whether this is now a widely accepted form of qualification in other countries.
    I will have been teaching for 2 years at Christmas and all of my experience has been in special schools, including my training year (apart from 10 weeks in a mainstream school). I feel that I would only be confident working either in a special school (which I assume is very difficult to find in somewhere like south east asia?) or in an early years setting.
    I also wondered whether getting a TEFL qualification would make it easier to find a job/ open more doors to working abroad?

  2. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Established commenter

    Vicky, few if any of us will have a comprehensive view of some of the issues you mention. Most can only comment from limited personal knowledge/ experience.
    Not all countries accept it (I believe Australia doesn't, for example). If in doubt my advice would be just to apply, making it clear that you are a fully qualified UK teacher with QTS. If you ask a question first you may receive no reply/ a negative response because the school simply doesn't know about GTP.
    Why do you think Special Needs somehow equates with Early Years? They are very different. Many mainstream schools employ special needs teachers. A TEFL qualification might make you more marketable but be aware that teaching in a language institute (as opposed to a school) is usually poorly paid.
  3. Hi, thanks for your response.
    Thanks for your advice about the GTP issue, definitely think that's a good idea.
    I certainly don't think that SEN equates to early years. I currently teach in an early years class and have limited experience outside of early years - sorry, I failed to mention this in my initial post. Early years and SEN are very much my comfort zones! Teaching abroad will definitely involve leaving the comfort zone of teaching in the UK so I would be keen to sticking to my comfort zone of teaching in the area I currently teach in, if that makes sense!
    Thanks for your advice.
  4. A TEFL qualification may be helpful in your situation but if you do decide to get one I would suggest staying away from the online qualifications. Do a CELTA instead.
    This has been discussed many times on here. A quick search on the forum will give you lots of helpful information.
    Good luck with whatever you decide to do :)

  5. Your qualification is QTS. THIS is all most countries (and therefore schools) require along with your original degree certificate. It is only Australia that doesn't accept the GTP route. Why would you effectively downscale your earning opportunities by then qualifying as a TEFL teacher?
    TEFL is a useful <u>addition</u> if you work in an EAL situation but your SEN skills would be equally valid and quaifying with TEFL would be a waste of money and, realistically, a step backwards. TEFL is a specialist area but usually taught to adults, most children attend a different style of school and may do TEFL as an after school addition. TEFL for children is actually a very different kettle of fish, not to mention a different style of qualification.
    You will need to sell your perfectly valid QTS skills carefully as many international schools do not operate large scale SEN departments so think carefully about the way that you package yourself. Whilst your SEN experience will be useful, try to sell it in terms of your NC experience and ability to reach a wide range of children who have varying educational needs.
    I know plenty of GTpers who work in varying countries around the world. Good luck.
  6. I didn't mean to imply that a TEFL qualification would be <u>necessary</u> to get a job, but as an addition to the qualifications and experience you already have it may prove useful.
  7. I agree j.j. I was not disagreeing with you, more with the previous poster who seemed to suggest that getting TEFL was the best way to go. I taught TEFL and loved it so am not denigrating it, but QTS opens more doors. GTP = QTS and is accepted as valid in most countries across the world. All schools ask for is the QTS and proof of your first degree.

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