I've been browsing these forums (which are phenomenally useful, and I'm very glad to have discovered them) but I've been unable to find any information that relates to this particular issue. I came to China to teach ESL after completing an MA in Literature in the UK. My plan was to get some overseas experience and think about PhD research proposals before going into academia. The academic route in the humanities, having researched quite extensively, seems like a huge investment with little certainty. I have, however, begun to enjoy teaching and have started to see it as a viable and rewarding career. I've worked a few jobs here, and have almost two years of experience. I've taught kindergarten to adults, including a semester at an international elementary school (a good one with embassy connections, but mostly non-native students) and short courses in American History and Literature. I'm currently teaching middle school-age students at a private language centre. I find the teaching aspect of the job interesting, but the training centre business culture is quite grating, for reasons that probably don't require too much elaboration here. My plan is to get into international high school teaching (English Language and Literature) as a career. I have been offered jobs at low-level "international" schools in China that I have turned down due to location issues or contract date overlaps, so I know that I can find work teaching either literature or a mixture of English language and literature (or, in reality, ESL with a literature flavour) at that kind of place when my current contract ends early next year. I applied for these jobs outside of normal hiring periods, so I'm sure there will be more options if I apply for August intake rather mid-way through the year. So, the short-term goal is to move out of ESL into subject teaching, albeit at the very low end of the international school scale. The middle-term goal is to become properly certified and find employment in more middle-tier schools. My understanding of the tier system is incipient, but I mean schools that are not just cash-cows, have a decent educational culture, reasonable salary, teaching isn't overly stymied by language barriers, require qualified teachers and won't use foreign teachers for PR at every opportunity. So, basically, teaching without some of the shoddinessexcessive commerciality that all too often comes with ESL/very low-end international schools. The long-term goal is to work at as good a school as I can. I want to keep developing and improving, and move onto better jobs whenever necessary. I'm unsure as to whether it would be best to do the PGCEi through Nottingham Uni at Shanghai, and do a (very) entry-level international school gig in China at the same time, or go back to the UK for one year to do a PGCE. I have seen that some unis in the UK offer a 1 year PGCE that also comes with QTS. I was under the impression that an additional placement year is needed for QTS, but this doesn't seem to be the case. The tuition fees (and loss of income) initially put me off going back to do a PGCE, but I have seen that English teachers can get a £15000 bursary, and I could apply for a maintenance loan to cover the tuition fees, so I wouldn't need to use up my savings to do the course. This makes it a lot more viable. When I was looking into PhD funding a while ago, it seemed like I'd need to be actually living in the UK to apply. I haven't seen anything similar in relation to PGCE bursaries, and I hope this isn't the case. It's important that I can apply for the course and qualify for funding from overseas. I have a BA in English/American Literature (2:1), MA Literature, Culture and Modernity (Distinction), 26 years old. I have a Chinese spouse but she is happy to relocate to the UK for the duration of my PGCE. She is interested in doing graduate study abroad and has considered doing a masters in the UK. We could make sure our study time/location are compatible, and she would have a student visa, so there would be no need to jump through any onerous immigration hoops proving income and whatnot. In the short to medium term, I would be looking for work in China or Hong Kong. Japan and South-East Asia are also okay if the package can support us comfortably. We don't plan to have kids, but if that changes, we would probably choose to take a pay cut to be in Western or Northern Europe. Apologies for the long and tedious autobiography. Hopefully this gives you some idea of where I'm at and what my goals are. Would a PGCEi be okay to get a foot in the door? Would not having QTS affect me from the start? Would not having QTS not matter so much for the first few years, but create a ceiling in my career later (keeping the very good schools off-limits) It's easier for us to just stay in China, we have a good network of friends and contacts, and a comfortable life. But we're not averse to going to the UK for a year or so. It's just not a place I would want to teach in as a career, as I'm sure many here understand. Basically, I'm looking to avoid inconvenience in the short-term, and equally, to avoid limiting my options in the long-term. So, what do you recommend for someone planning to make a career of teaching: The PGCEi or going back to do the PGCE? Thanks for making it this far! Any and all advice is hugely appreciated.