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Is a TEFL a worthwhile qualification to have?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by anon331, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. I'm about to start my Primary PGCE in September. I spent 6 months teaching English overseas ending earlier this year and absolutely loved it. I definitely want to teach overseas again in the future, though not permanently. If I did this, I'd look for International Schools rather than teaching English specifically I would think, just because it's better paid and slightly more stable. I've just been offered the opportunity to do a full 120 hour TEFL course for a very discounted rate of £65 instead of £300+. I'm just wondering, is it a qualification that will have any benefit to me as a teacher? Will it look good on my CV and set me apart from other NQTs straight out of their BEd or PGCE when it comes to looking for a job next year?
  2. Hi,
    I have a TEFL and worked abroad on and off for ten years before coming back to the UK to complete my PGCE and now work in a state school in England. Not once has anybody at school ever mentioned the fact I have a TEFL qualification. I think it set me apart when I was applying for a PGCE but once you have completed the PGCE and QTS, it surpasses the credibitily of the TEFL; especially if you are going to apply for international schools abroad. I would save your money and time; it's quite time consuming doing a TEFL!

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