Teaching English in China has become more and more popular resulting in an increasing competition. If you’re also seriously considering teaching in China as your next adventure, you might be wondering: what are the requirements do I need to meet?
Panda Buddy as the expert in connecting you with English teaching positions in China, has listed a few most frequently asked questions to help you understand the requirements and things you need to prepare.
DO I NEED A DEGREE?
If you want to apply for a work visa and work in China legally, then the answer is yes. The process of getting a work visa is quite straightforward, and a bachelor degree is needed for this to be approved.
DO I NEED TEACHING EXPERIENCES?
Not necessarily, you will be in a more favourable position during the interview if you have teaching experiences, and more likely to land on a better package. However, this is not a “must-have” for you to teach in China. In fact, there are a lot of programs offering training for graduates without any teaching experiences so that they can transition smoothly to their teaching in China life.
DO I NEED TO BE A NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER?
Yes, due to China’s recent visa regulations, candidates need to be native speakers and have to be passport holders of United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or South Africa in order to meet China’s visa regulations.
DO I NEED TEFL?
For those who don’t know, TEFL is the certificate to teach English as a foreign language which usually takes serious training for you to complete. You do need a TEFL certificate in order to complete your work visa application, but it’s not a must when applying for a position. There are also many different kinds that are equivalent to TEFL, such as TESOL certificate, CELTA, Cert TESOL, Dip TESOL, those are big ones. Actually, a lot of programs Panda Buddy offers can sponsor you for getting the certificate. If you don’t have one already, don’t worry, we got you covered.
TEACHING ENGLISH IN CHINA REQUIREMENTS – A BRIEF RECAP
So to recap, here are the answers to your burning questions:
• Yes, you need a Bachelor degree
• No, you don’t need teaching experiences
• Yes, you need to be a native speaker in English
• Yes, you need TEFL certificate (can apply first then obtain the certificate via online course)