What are the requirements to teach in Thailand 2017?
There are some essential requirements to teach in Thailand. The reality varies somewhat from the absolute requirements.
1. A bachelor’s degree: You need to have a bachelor’s degree to even be considered for a job. In the past, this rule was not applied strictly. There were several agencies and schools overlooking this requirement. In 2017 and the recent past things have changed and it has become increasingly difficult to get a teaching job without a degree. You will find teachers without them teaching in Thai schools. However, they may be just stuck with that job. Not having a degree seriously restricts your options.
Is TEFL an alternative? Having a TEFL or TESOL certificate does help along with a degree. It is an addon for English language teachers, not an alternative.
2. Police clearance certificate: Officially, all teachers must have a police clearance certificate, but many who have entered the Kingdom years ago and don’t have one, continue to get their visa extended without it. Another observation is that most Asian and “non-native” teachers are strictly screened as compared to citizens of “UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada”, it is only an observation derived from years of living and working here in Thailand.
3. Clean Appearance and Photos: Without mincing words, here’s the truth about teaching in Thailand! Looks matter, by looks I mean a certain appearance typically a good photo on your resume. While many schools actually look through the resume, the chances are that they will consider a good looking face over other skills. In the rural areas or remote villages of Thailand, the process of hiring may vary slightly, based on the location and how successful the school is in attracting foreign teachers to their villages. By this I mean they can jump at the first resume they get or get an agency to find a foreign teacher.
4. Prior teaching experience: Work experience outside Thailand hardly matters, because of the way things are in Thailand. It is highly recommended that you get some real-time classroom experience before you go and give a demo lesson. This is where a TEFL or TESOL acquired in Thailand becomes critically important. Typical Thai student in middle school cannot converse in Englis and may barely be able to count beyond 10 in English.
Some ability to speak in Thai will go a long way with the students. Classroom words like “write”, “look”, “read”, “repeat” and so on are best said in Thai.
Visa requirements to teach in Thailand
A tourist visa is not good enough to teach in Thailand and will invite trouble. A teacher must have a non-b teaching visa and a work permit to be employed legally in Thailand. beware of agencies that ask you to teach without offering to process a non-b Visa.
Must know facts about teaching in Thailand before you move here
6. Native vs non-native speakers: Being white, European and then other colours with a “native country’s passport” is the order of priority when it comes to hiring teachers. While this is an absolute reality, there are some exceptions. Qualifications and experience in Thailand along with contacts in agencies can improve the chances of getting hired. I have thought long and hard and keenly observed to find out if this had a reason. Apparently, most Thais think that English taught by a “native” is more real or authentic. It is often the reason for not being able to properly assess the individual’s ability to teach.
Do non-native teachers get good teaching jobs in Thailand?
Yes! they do but far fewer than “natives” just take a look at any job board or website showing teaching vacancies in Thailand and you ‘ll see what I mean. There are a number of teachers from every country on Earth but the pay depends largely on your nationality. Broadly, a native speaker should earn a minimum of 30,000THB while it can go as low as 15,000 THB per month for “non-natives” Filipino teachers, Indian teachers and African teachers are the most common non-native speakers teaching English and other subjects at Thai schools. While nationality is not a requirement to teach in Thailand, it is a factor.