Do i need a BA to teach in Korea?

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Do i need a BA to teach in Korea?

Unread postby akm4 » 29 Jul 2006, 23:20

Do i need a university diploma to work in Korea? I live in Canada btw if that makes a diffirence?

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Unread postby amm65 » 06 Sep 2006, 09:45

To legally teach full-time at an institution in South Korea, you must have a degree.

With a Canadian passport, you may enter South Korea for 6 months and work part-time. Some families hire individuals to live in their homes and tutor their children in English part-time. I've heard of sticky situations arising in such cases, such as the tutor baby sitting the child/children more than or beyond the agreed upon hours, or little free time for the tutor.

I don't know how to obtain such a job. An internet search may yield such information or opportunities.

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Unread postby candid » 07 Sep 2006, 08:11

You need a University Degree and must produce an Official copy of your transcript to get a visa that will let you teach in South Korea.

You can enter on a tourist visa and stay for up to 6 months..but you are NOT entitled to work in South Korea.

Teaching private lessons or acting as a live in nanny/tutor are both ILLEGAL. If you get caught, and you may because the government offers $$ rewards for reporting teacher that are working illegally, you face fines, deportation and being barred from returning to Korea for a number of years (even as a tourist).

Doing this also undermines the credibility of all the other EFL teachers in South Korea. Waegooks (Korean for "foreigners") tend to get lumped together in Korea media. If a few foreigners do something wrong..all of them are tainted.

Taiwan is a better bet for teaching without a degree.

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