Sry Sky Blue, I was under the impression that a degree (of any sorts) was a minimum requirement to teach in Thailand. I was only under this impression as the 3 places I have worked in 6 years, ALL refuse applicants without a degree; one was a government University and two private Prathom schools. Furthermore, I also have to submit a copy of my degree and transcript periodically to obtain my teachers licence and without that (at our local office) you do not get it.
Also Sky Blue, I agree with you that a degree does not make you 'educated' per se, but it certainly offers a prospective employer a guide that you are capable academically ....afterall, teaching requires you to be academic yeah? Yes, I also felt wise enough before I got my degree but it certainly helped me doing a degree with understanding my own English language.
Anyway, this thread has gone a bit off topic ......hows Hippo doing with his plight? Any reply yet Hippo?
I can only speak from personal experience and my experience is that you can be legally employed as a teacher and be issued with a work permit without having a degree. Yes, many places do ask for a degree but many places accept applicants without a degree, do you really think there are enough degree holders here in Thailand to fill all the teaching positions? And there are some very good teachers out there who don't have degrees, should they all be fired? I was offered a good job after finishing my 2yr diploma back in the UK 15 yrs ago which I accepted and I'm glad I did, instead of getting in a lot of debt I gained valuable work experience and ended up having people with degrees working for me. The only time I've ever regretted not doing a degree is since I've been here as it would give me peace of mind even though I'm, so far, doing OK without one. I teach English conversation to 9-13 yr olds, do I really need to have a degree in order to do that? Colleagues have told me that the previous teacher before me often used to go into school late and hungover stinking of alcohol and one a few years ago died of a drug overdose while on a trip to Laos, both had degrees but were they good teachers?!
I've read the teachers council's requirements and on there it does say you must have at least a bachelors degree but I currently work at a private prathom school and just had my WP renewed. I have never claimed to have a degree and my boss is aware I don't have one and doesn't care, he's happy with me. I have only ever submitted my diploma when asked to supply documents for WP & visa extension and have not had a problem yet and the director of my school visited BKK last week and came back with a waiver letter from the teachers council which is good for another 3 yrs.
Yes, any update from Mr H?