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teacher asking advice on teaching abroad without a BA education

“Dear Teach Away

I have been applying for teaching jobs in the gulf region for months. I don’t have a BA in education but I have previous teaching experience. I have a BA degree + TEFL and years of teaching experience. Any tips or advice?”

Hi there!

If you’re looking for teaching jobs in the Middle East, it’s important to note that most positions require licensed or certified teachers. 

While TEFL teachers can certainly excel in the field, it’s vital to have the proper education and certification in order to stand out as a viable candidate. Typically, candidates should have a degree in education or the subject they’ll be teaching, as well as a teaching license or certification from their home country. 

Keep in mind that these positions are not typically focused on ESL teaching, but rather in international K-12 schools. While Asia may have the most opportunities for ESL teachers, there are still some positions available in Europe. However, these positions are often limited, so it’s important to do your research and apply strategically.

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Here are a few tips to consider while applying to teaching jobs, whether you have a BA in education or in another field:

Showcase your teaching experience: Though you may not hold an education degree, your previous experience teaching could be your biggest asset. Make sure to emphasize your teaching experience both on your resume and in your cover letter.

Focus on the jobs that suit your skills: While searching for a job, ensure to focus on the ones that correlate with your skills. Look for job postings that mention a TEFL certification and/or several years of teaching experience as prerequisites.

Expand your network: Get in touch with anyone you know who has connections in the Middle East or education sector. You can also explore joining online groups or forums related to teaching in the Middle East to connect with other educators.

Explore alternative options: If you’re having a hard time finding a teaching job in the Middle East, consider alternate paths like tutoring, online teaching, or volunteering in a classroom.

Stay persistent and patient: The job search process can be sluggish and frustrating, but you need to remain persistent and patient. Keep applying for jobs, following up with employers and networking until you land the right opportunity that matches your profile.

Best of luck with your job search!

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