firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:I have been doing research into TESOL Diplomas. Most qualification providers ask for you to have done a degree and have 1-2 years teaching experience...
This is not quite true, and you may need to extend your research, as many other threads on this board have explained almost exhaustively in great detail what the current situation is, with links to more information of an official nature.
Even the most respected of all courses, the Cambridge CELTA, does not insist on a degree or on any previous teaching experience. The very existence of course providers is to train those who have no previous teaching experience.
The road to a proper MA is however more ambitious. Holders of the Cambridge DELTA - the next level up from CELTA - can benefit from major course credits for degrees at several leading UK universities. The DELTA does require provable minimum teaching experience within the previous five years.
The better jobs in TESOL of the kind long term or career teachers will be seeking, will almost always require either a 120 hour face-to-face course with at least six hours observed practical teaching, an MA TESOL, a BEd, or a subject degree with a PGCE. Most countries require a degree to be able to teach legally..
The bottom line is that good employers are looking for experience, so there is no real substitute for a face-to-face course.
Do check out the other threads on the various forums of this board on course providers and TESOL / TEFL / ESL training.