Can anyone shed some light on the official line re:Culture Course etc for Farang Teachers who have taught at the same school for 2 years? Exactly what documentation is needed? What is the process? I teach at a great school but the admin department is not so great!
for the cultural course you need nothing you just need to register and pay and then you go there with your passport and that's all
The culture course is one of the three requirements set by the Teacher Council to become a licensed teacher in K12 schools in Thailand when you don't have a degree in education.
Find more information on the site of the Teacher Council.
Khurusapah - The Teachers' Council of Thailand
Khurusapah now requires that you have a degree(copy) and your passport when you take the Thai Culture and Ethics course.
My last 10 teachers to take the course last spring were all required to produce a copy of their degree before they could get their certificate (along with their passport and fee).
Questions about the teacher license, please:
1) Is it easier to get a work permit for teaching at a university than for teaching at a K-12 school? I know friends who have taught English at Thai universities for many years and have never had to take any government course or do anything except sign lots of papers from their uni's administration.
2) Does it make any difference in regulations/procedures/enforcement if one teaches in an English Program?
3) Does it make a difference if you're teaching at a public or private school?
4) Coming at it another way, are there any practical methods to avoid having to take special courses to get a teacher license/work permit if one's degree is not in education? My degree is in the sciences.
Thank you very much for any clarification.
Last edited by Buoyant; 4th July 2012 at 21:27.
The Thai Culture Course. I took it back in 2010. Taught by a rather effeminate young Thai man who spoke pidgeon English, but he was certainly entertaining. The course was basically a trivia game which lasted about 8 hours over a day and-a-half. We were divided into 4 teams and got tokens for every question our team answered correctly. They also showed us a video clip from a movie starring Keanu Reeves as Buddha. I got my certificate and they got their money - 2000 baht per person, if I remember correctly. In short it was a joke.
"There's a beverage here man!"