Mr. sideswipe. The reason it may not be accepted is because the masters isn't the requirement a BA/BS is. It is a bureaucratic loophole but it is a problem in many countries. I didn't have my undergraduate transcripts once just my Masters transcripts and was refused. I had to wait 2 months to get my undergrad transcripts and then reapplied. Some departments and personnel might let things slide others will not.
The other issue is that it is a distance learning degree. Sometimes they have been flagged by immigration/labor department also. So I would check the name against others on the list to make sure it isn't one of the reported degree mills. Someone else might have a link for the list. I recall seeing it here somewhere.
All I can say is that you shouldn't have a problem but bring extra money and a backup plan in case it doesn't.
MA is fine to get a work permit, did one for one of our teachers the other month.
You'll have no problems what so ever with finding work and such with what you have.
As you say it's only the degree mills which get flagged, the OP said it was from a reputable University.
Those that want to read whatever they can want all freedoms, but have to understand they can have freedom, but it must be within the law.
Thanks for all the help. looking positive enough. Guess I will find out when I apply for wp
I am one year into an MA TESOL via distance learning and I also have no BA. I'm afraid this is another one of those questions that you come across when in Thailand that has no single answer. I guess it is because there is no rule (at least not yet) that considers this (ever increasing) scenario. One thing I do know is that your MA certificate will not have 'distance learning' anywhere on it if it is from a reputable Uni. Nottingham, Reading, York and Sheffield Hallam all offer 'non standard entry' onto their MA TESOL courses for people who do not hold a BA. By the time I finish my MA I will have been teaching English full time for 13 years. I have taught adults, teenagers and YLs in various settings in 4 different countries. If all that is not enough to get a WP because I lack an unrelated BA then I will be calling it a day in Thailand and heading somewhere else!! I am confident it will be enough although yes, I do expect one or two eyebrows to be raised.
I suspect it will only be an issue if you make it an issue. Don't complicate your life.
I missed this thread.
Both Immigration and the Labour Office have adopted the requirements set by The Teachers' Council of Thailand in their rules. See http://www.immigration.go.th/nov2004...77-2551_en.pdf and http://wp.doe.go.th/sites/default/fi...m/form_tt1.pdf / http://wp.doe.go.th/sites/default/fi...m/form_tt5.pdf.
The Teachers' Council of Thailand itself writes the following about degrees in the requirements.
No mentioning of Bachelor, Master or Doctorate Degrees as such.1. Hold a degree in Education or
2. Hold other degrees and a teaching license from abroad or
3. Hold other degrees and a graduate diploma in Education with 1 year
course of study.....................................
Persons who have had teaching experience with not less 1 year and hold other degrees without a teaching license from abroad; or those who do not hold a graduate diploma in Education with a study course of not less than 1 year, must pass the test, training and assessment as follows: .......................