Hi again. Well thank you for all your advice to my last post regarding Degree no degree teaching in Thailand. I have been making some progress and Have now completed 60 hours of study including the weekend practice for the TEFL Qualification.
I have also looked into the advice of finishing my degree. It isn't possible to finish it but someone recommended London External.
I didn't fancy what they had on offer and it looked as though my previous credit would not count or be relevant. So i have been looking at the Open University Open Degree.
I'm waiting to hear back from them regarding credit transfers but all being well, will only need to complete at least 2 x 60 point courses to obtain a BSc (Hons) (Open) Degree.
What I now need some advice on is the following:
Does anyone know anyone who is teaching or has taught with license with an (Open) Degree?
Does the MOE accept the Open University as a valid institution (I can't see why not but....)?
Any advice on this would be much appreciated.
Last edited by jcbradshaw; 14th February 2009 at 01:14.
It's a degree. A real degree. The MOE would have zero problem with it.
i have been doing a lot of similar like thinking and searching lately. the GF just told me about a page that shows all schools accredited with the Thai MOE and she told me Open University UK is listed (as accredited).
here is the link to the site but it looks like it is all in Thai script. maybe it will be useful for someone, especially if your Thai reading skills are better than mine. :D
oh well i guess no link until i boost my post count to >15. or maybe this will work... just remove the spaces.
http : // 22.214.171.124 / accredit / course_search_inter . asp
i have read of other teachers in LOS referencing degrees obtained from Open University. i am curious if it is possible to adjust the course load to accelerate the learning process or slow it down if required to a pace that one is comfortable with?
if so this would certainly be a big advantage of going this route for me... online / distance learning.
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Well that is certainly good news. I also found out that you can apply for help with course fees etc if you are resident in the UK , so as long as my dip ed gets me credit for level one and two i should be able to complete before i leave. Which is brilliant. Will keep you posted on the progress and any problems one might encounter, when I speak to them next i will find out about distance learning from abroad.
I am currently studying with the OU.
If you have any questions about it feel free to PM me.
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no problems with OU degree in Thailand....good luck
I recently completed an Open Degree with the OU and found them( and the courses, tutors, materials etc) excellent.
Have you told them you are in Thailand? It may be a good idea not to. All you need is an address back in the UK and a phone number for DHL. Any questions, give us PM.
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Also don't tell them you are planning to study from abroad. The international fees are a lot higher and there are limited courses that you can study. Better to do it on the QT
Last edited by Andy_in_Thailand; 20th February 2009 at 19:19. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
My degree was from the OU and I now teach in a top international school here. I am just finishing my PGCE which I think you can also do with the OU. Im doing mine at Sunderland Uni. I also got the CELTA at International house in Newcastle. In other words try and get as qualified as you can before you come or try like me study and work at the same time. )Be prepared not to have a life though).
It will pay off in the long run.
It took me 5 years to complete my degree while I was in England as I did 2 courses per year.
A masters studying here through the OU is 3 years depending on which one you choose and yes you just need an address in the UK so that materials can be sent to you.
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Last edited by Cyrille; 20th February 2009 at 21:22. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
No offence, but my degree took 4 years of hard slog, while I did part time jobs, and raised a family.
Whilst i have no ambition to become a teacher of English, i would like to think that one day I might be allowed to teach science/geography/mathematics/oceanography.
Hardly likely here in Thailand, but hey, what the heck, one day they will wake up.
p.s. I have been mentoring engineers in shipbuilding for many years, but had to learn Thai first,
Correction - I meant to say they don't offer PGCEs in English teaching.
They offer PGCE courses in six secondary subjects: Maths, Science, Design and Technology, Modern Foreign Languages (French, German or Spanish) and Geography.