I have been reading the forums and the variety of opinions and I would like to begin another thread. I realize that there are a variety of opinions about what degree to get, who recognizes the degree, etc. I have no interest in rehashing this.
What I am interested in is this. I don't know if I want to make a career out of TEFL. I do want to try it out and see. I am going to go to Japan and teach. I could probably get a job without any training at all. Would having an Online TEFL cert help either
1. Appearing to be at least a little more committed and prepared than someone having no cert at all? I realize that there is a very larger difference in the quality of online schools, but say it is a better school for the sake of argument. If you had the same candidate with or without the online cert, would the cert help a little bit? (I know @ICAL_Pete and @Lucas what your take will be.
Feel free to add it anyway, as I know you guys run good schools.)
2. As a starting teacher, no experience at all, would it help to get even some online training while deciding on whether to pursue TEFL as a career? I guess this question is more for @Alex Case and @systematic, but anyone feel free to chime in. I realize that your opinions are that CELTA or a college degree are better, which in general I agree with. But say you are not willing to commit the $2000 for CELTA until you try out teaching and see if you want to pursue that as a career. What are your opinions on online TEFL cert for the purpose of getting at least some starter knowledge and prep so you don't enter the classroom completely cold. (Or do you feel that online certs are completely useless?)