Hi to everyone here from a new Pattaya resident.
Just moved to Patts 5 months ago. Before that I lived in Chiang Mai for 6 years. The collapsing Euro eventually pressured me into doing a 6 week TEFL course at Text and Talk, Chiang Mai, and then teaching English conversation at a local technical college. This January I went to England, and returned in June, left Chiang Mai and moved to Pattaya.
My degree is Bsc Hons Mathematics.
In Chiang Mai I did not have to have any of the qualifications I read about on this forum - Teacher license, Thai culture course - and as my finances still preclude retirement, I need a job.
What is the procedure here? Do I apply for a job and then chase the qualifications, or must I obtain them first?
Are there any other bits of paper that are now needed?
Last edited by Timothy; 22nd September 2012 at 08:59.
Once you have said job and income you may then wish to pursue further teaching qualifications and, no doubt, you will receive recommendations below.
The requirements set by The Teachers' Council of Thailand apply to schools that provide basic education only. Basic education is delivered from Kindergarten until grade 12.
When you're working in a school to which the requirements apply, the school has to apply for a provisional teaching permit.
http://www.ksp.or.th/Khurusapha/en/userfiles/file/02 Required documentation.pdf
If you want more cash for retirement (welcome to the club), perhaps Korea is a better option. Your degree alone is enough. You can save money. Change your won to dollars or yen our euros when the exchange rate is favorable.
I hear that some good teachers have come out of T&T, and I've heard that the MOE recognizes them. I haven't heard of them being accepted outside of Siam, or being as respected as Trinity or UCLES. (Maybe I'm just out of date.) It might be fun to try KSA and see if they'll accept the T&T cert.