Hello, I've just completed a master's degree in applied linguistics and TESOL in England. I'm American, possess more than 20 years corporate work experience, and wish to become a school teacher. However, I am lacking paid teaching experience. I can go anywhere in the world to accomplish this due to no attachments. I would be willing to return to the UK for a PGCE or even go somewhere else in the world where a decent salary can help pay off some student loans for this latest master's degree. I welcome advice regarding potential career path ideas short and long term. Long term, I prefer to live in an English-speaking country aside from the United States and wish to work with primary school children here. I am not opposed to teaching secondary, however. Ultimately I really wish to work in England. I was going to apply for a PGCE programme this month. However, according to this forum, it's highly unlikely I can remain in the UK once QTS is achieved since the few schools offering a Tier 2 visa probably won't wish to pay a salary for an American worker due to local competition. I don't want to pursue the PGCE if I can't remain and teach in England for at least an additional year afterwards. Do I have skills/experience that sets me apart from other candidates half my age? I have all the necessary credentials for a UK PGCE. However, I do not have is the right to remain or work here full time. My student visa expired & my visitor visa will expire at the end of July. Unless someone here indicates that I have a high chance of standing out amongst competition once QTS is received, the PGCE will be placed on hold. The only way to return to England would be as a student/Tier 4 visa for the duration of the PGCE or to secure employment which would provide the Tier 2 visa. I know that the latter of the two options is nearly impossible unless a PGCE is sought first. I am only eligible for the PGCE degree to be paid out of pocket-an extraordinary amount of money to be paid for the year of tuition, accommodation and expenses. The student visa provided by a PGCE only allows several months to find a teaching position after the programme finishes. Therefore, in July/August, I would only have a short window of time to find a job in autumn. It seems highly unlikely to find a full-time teaching job in England after the PGCE due to competition with others who wouldn't require a Tier 2 visa. Is that still the case, even if I pursue a PGCE for secondary English or Science for which teachers are in demand? I prefer to teach primary but I would go the secondary route for QTS if need be. I'm aware that PGCE's from other countries such as Canada, the USA, and New Zealand are valid in the UK and sometimes require additional credentials/a little additional work. I don't wish to study in the USA again but I would consider going there or elsewhere if a transferrable QTS for England could result-particularly if they have PGCE programmes that are funded for/free for foreigners like myself. Does anyone know of any programmes abroad -besides in the US-that can lead to a free to moderately-priced teacher training which can be recognized in the UK for QTS? I have thoughts of pursuing a PhD and believe that the transition to teaching in the UK might be the most successful if this were to take place since these are advanced credentials. But this is the least desirable route considering the amount of time, money and energy involved. Going backwards from a PhD to a teacher training might also lead to visa issues later on due to the career-progression clause. Not sure if this notion should be discarded for these reasons. Does anyone know if there are international schools that exist which could provide a Tier 2 visa and salary to someone like myself for employment in teaching? Or a Tier 4 to study with them in some way? Ideally it would be a teacher-training of some sort. The problem seems to be that I have the specialized master's degree without teaching experience. I'm debating if money should be invested in the CELTA and then to seek some sort of teaching job abroad, or to pursue a job in UAE or China for a little money and a challenging experience. My intention in doing this would be to return to the UK later on. I would consider taking a online course or two that could make me a viable candidate for future employment in the UK. I'm not sure what those courses would be though and welcome ideas on this also. My apologies for the length of this posting. If anyone has information that could help shed some light on these matters, I would very much appreciate it. Thank you all very much.