View Full Version : No degree, TEFL cert.= Possibilities?
2001-10-07, 12:22 PM
I have no university degree, but I plan on taking a TEFL program, to obtain the certificate. I'm a native English speaker from Canada. I'm 20 years old, and I went to high school in Nagoya for about a year as an exchange student. I have experience tutoring Japanese students, as well as tutoring Canadian students learning Japanese.
So, my question is this: will the TEFL/TESOL Certificate suffice?
Thanks a lot for any help!
A degree is the minimum qualification needed. For now anyway!
You can apply to be a student in Japan again which would enable you to work part time.
2001-10-10, 11:10 PM
Go on a working holiday visa. Some places may look look the other way if you have this. Also what you can say is that you are currently a university student and taking a year off to travel...
2001-10-27, 01:51 AM
Buy a degree from Harrington University, then apply to Phoenix Associates (they're desperate for native speakers), it'll do you.
2001-10-28, 01:56 AM
May work but 20 with a degree...some might get suspicious
2001-11-01, 01:04 PM
Im in the same situation. I am currently 17 years old and a Canadian citizen. After i finish high school i plan to move to Japan(maybe tokyo) and live/work there for 1 year. The most promising type of job seems to be teaching english. Im not fluent in Japanese and i have only completed high school level in the language. I must go to Japan when i am 18 because i will die otherwise. I am willing to clean toilletes if i have to, as long as it will allow me to experience Japan. I wont have a degree but i will have a working holiday visa. It seems that the reason many companies want a university degree is for working visa/immigration laws. If i already have a working holiday visa maybe i can get a job? Im sure its possible to get a job without a degree if i look in Japan, but i dont want to get sqrewed. Is it possible for me to get a job without a degree? And what is this your saying about buying a degree?
Anyone know the contact details, including emails, of Harrington Universtiy and Phoenix Associates?
2001-11-08, 03:26 AM
Here's the webpage of Phoenix:
I haven't heard any negatives about this company...yet. For Harrington, try doing a websearch.
2001-11-08, 05:19 AM
I'm in the same position but living in London- I am sure there are possibilities out there, so try to be positive, I think it's just a case of finding them. There is a newspaper called Japan Times which is an English paper advertising positions for english speakers on Mondays. If you can get someone to send you a copy it might help you. I was in Japan recently and I noticed some jobs advertised that asked for Native speakers only so there is hope. Although I can't remeber what salaries were!!