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Posted 2012-05-13 20:23:38
i see this course is now advertised on tv. does this mean it is legit or what ?
Posted 2012-05-15 11:59:58
hi guys, got this email today from Bruce, Seems this course is up and running.
your thoughts please.
"Yes this thing is HAPPENING.
You are now officially accepted onto the BA TESOL at Thongsook College. To confirm your place you only need to make a deposit of 15,000 baht. You can pay by credit card or by bank transfer here in Thailand. Please let me know which method you would like to use.
If you need an EDU visa please Email me and, if you have not already, send me a scanned copy of your passport.
We will have an orientation at Thongsook College that will begin at 10 am on 2 June. Please confirm that you can attend."
Posted 2012-05-15 12:34:26
It looks good.
I saw this about 7 months ago however it said:
"Thongsook College International is currently seeking CHE approval for this program
and will inform applicants when they are fully approved by the MOE. "
Now it would "seem" they have the approval.
I am going to be looking into the classes starting in October.
Yes it will be a 3 year commitment, but you would end with...
1) A True BA degree in TESOL
2) 120 hr TEFL Cert.
3) Young learners extension added
4) 3 years documented teaching exp.
I would say after this the world would be your oyster as far as teaching english.
Keep us posted !
Posted 2012-05-15 13:46:59
Where's the confirmation that it's accedited
Don't get too excited.
Is the degree worth anything in the eyes of the Thai Ministry of Education?
Sure the college is accredited. But is it's new 'International program' accredited also? The BA in TESOL being it's only course.
I'd wait and see a bit first. If they get the thumbs up from the MOE then I'm sure the course will be full all the time.
Edited by justaphase, 2012-05-15 13:47:20.
Posted 2012-05-16 13:46:17
recieved this email from Bruce :
Yes. We fully comply with the laws.
On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM, john kelly <email@example.com> wrote:
I asked if it was CHE approved and approved by the Thai MOE and he answered in the afirmative. Thoughts please.
Posted 2012-05-16 23:01:13
OK Scott, I will do my best not to step on anyone toes here because this is a very touchy subject. However, I do work in the Admissions and Marketing Department at Payap University in Chiang Mai, so there are things I look for when (1) accepting new students and (2) evaluating my competition.
My advice, find an institution teaching international programs that's accredited by the Ministry of Education in Thailand and study there. Don't throw your money away. The same programs that are being taught all over Thailand in accredited institutions are also being taught in the west in countries like the United States, the UK, or Germany. They're just being taught differently.
I think there is great value in learning in Thailand at the right institution:
Posted 2012-05-17 11:44:21
Good post Richard.
Quite a few schools and training organizations in Thailand fly under the radar of the MoE. Good advice to check whether they are licensed by the MoE. If they don't list their school licence number on their website and they fail to provide when asked by email, there is probably a reason why.
Posted 2012-05-24 10:47:37
Just to let everyone know, Thongsook College is accredited by the MOE and the new international BA in TESOL has gone through all legal procedures to begin operations.
There will be an open house on campus on 2 June at 10 am. if you want to come and ask questions you are more than welcome.
I openly wonder why someone with an obvious conflict of interest would post untrue and negative comments about another institution of higher education on a public message board. Its certainly not very professional.
Edited by brucetefl, 2012-05-24 11:07:24.
Posted 2012-05-24 11:27:36
I really cannot see how this can benefit teachers that are already teaching anyway. Assuming that someone is already on a waiver. They have maximum 2 years to complete a degree course before their next waiver is due.
This course takes 3 years.
As far as I was aware the TCT rules now are no degree no waiver.
Posted 2012-05-24 11:29:38
Thanks for your post Richard. However I highlighted the words that can be used to nullify points 2 and 3. Usually... and Most...
Point number 1, I would be interested in how you know the accreditation is not there? Research shows the College achieved MOE accreditation in 1995.
Does each course and BA also have to be accredited? (genuine question)
If so how exactly does one see or check it's accreditation? Does each course have a unique MoE or CHE identification number that people can check? (genuine questions)
What exactly is a BA course's accreditation and how does one confirm it?
Let's get down to the nitty-gritty without things like 'most unis usually' and the such.
Thanks for your time and looking forward to your info. (I hold no bias for or against this course btw)
Posted 2012-05-24 11:35:04
Loaded, what sort of licensing numbers, accreditation numbers etc. does a college need to have to be fully accredited, and their courses (B.A) be fully accredited?
What is a school's license number (with the MoE?) and how can one check it.
I am interested in this course, but want to get confirmation from the MoE and CHE that both the college and this B.A. is fully accredited by both.
What numbers do I need to get before contacting the MoE and CHE to confirm they both accredit, license or whatever(?) this B.A. and the institutions that offer it?
I would guess that upon college accreditation the MoE give the institution a license number such as: 'MOETSK Accreditation/License number: 1000203030'
And have a list of every college in the country with their accreditation/license number that people can use to check.
And every B.A Course presumably has the same, with the CHE? MoE? Where every accredited B.A. Course in the country has it's own official number, such as: CHETSKBATESOL 10040303'? And this can be checked with the CHE and MoE?
Again I want to deal in cold hard facts of how I can check both the college and it's BA TESOL course without going through the college and the course providers, thanks.
Edited by Baytur, 2012-05-24 11:42:30.
Posted 2012-05-24 12:01:28
I am certain that the MOE can confirm that Thongsook College is accredited by the CHE. Here is the colleges Thai website:
For anyone interested, the process of getting a degree approved is the following:
Develop the degree. it must be in a format called TQF.
Have a panel of academics review the program and make suggestions. n our case our review panel included David Nunan and Brian Tomlinson.
Submit the program to the university Academic Committee for approval.
Once the Academic Committee accepts the program it is submitted to the University Council.
Once the University Council has approved it, it is sent to CHE for final approval. traditionally once the UC has approved it, it is legal and acceptable to begin accepting students for admission. In our case the program was sent to CHE and we did not begin marketing it. There were some clarifications that CHE wished to make and we answered a few of their questions and made some modifications. It was then resubmitted to both the AC and UC and sent to CHE again.
I can assure anyone reading this, including my slightly misguided friend at Payup, that this program has been fully vetted.
Edited by brucetefl, 2012-05-24 12:01:46.
Posted 2012-05-24 12:14:44
But even with this the TCT won't grant a TL, they are only interested in a BA in Education so you'll still have to take the nonsensical, pointless and degrading TCT tests with huge amounts of grammatical errors and often don't have a correct answer in the multiple choice options.
Posted 2012-05-24 12:23:30
Yes you are absolutely correct. It is a degree, nothing more nothing less.
Posted 2012-05-24 12:24:08
I would recommend anyone check out the thread on thailandteaching.asia
Posted 2012-05-24 12:24:37
I have just sent this email to the only email address on the MoE website (:
Posted 2012-05-24 12:26:59
Bruce, there is surely a document from the MoE/CHE approving this course and giving it accreditation?
Surely they put it in writing somewhere and didn't just phone to let ye know.
Posted 2012-05-24 12:39:23
Actually the CHE can just ignore the proposal and allow it to operate without even responding. Thats the way the rule book is written. I do not write the rules I just follow them.
Honestly do you think an accredited college in Thailand would run a program illegally?
If you really are that distrustful I strongly suggest either coming to the open house or just not taking the degree program.
Posted 2012-05-24 12:52:00
Bruce. You live in Thailand so you know that this is indeed true that uni's have offered unaccredited courses.
There have been a fair few cases of accredited Thai uni's that have run non accredited courses or that have started courses while waiting to be accredited.
As for you assertion that a course can be accredited but NOT have paperwork.
Quite simply I do not believe you. This is the land of paperwork and multiple copies. The MOE is at the centre if this paperwork universe.
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Posted 2012-05-24 12:58:06
Apologies for my curtness. I am only after facts.
The International Program of TSC, and the BA it offers are both brand new, as this is the first course that they are opening. Surely both of them had get approval from the MoE. Surely this approval/accreditation is given in an official document listing licensing numbers/accreditation numbers etc. The MoE don't just call on the phone to let the college know it's been accredited.
'It can be allowed to operate without...'
That doesn't sound like it's been accredited. It sounds that it can operate even without the CHE acknowledging its existence. Which seems to be the case?
In your above quote it wouldn't be running illegally, as it is 'allowed to operate without response from the CHE'
I am not distrustful. I want clear proof from the MoE and CHE before enrolling in a 3 year course. You cannot give official documentation/accreditation numbers or licensing number for this course. That is what I am after.
Again apologies for my curtness, but I (and others I'm sure) want to deal in cold hard, documented and stamped, fact.
Posted 2012-05-24 12:58:27
Also Bruce. I have to ask. Why is it a BA. And not a B'Ed which is required for a teachers license. I know the CHE asked the same question!
also do the TCT recognize this course as advancement so allowing continued waivers. Can you start taking the TCT tests before you have graduated the course ?
That's after all why many people will do the course to enable continued work and the TCT license.
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Edited by thaicbr, 2012-05-24 12:59:41.
Posted 2012-05-24 13:03:03
You can believe me or not. That's up to you. I have explained in detail the approval process. We have completed it.
If universities in Thailand have been running unaccredited degrees it is news to me. I hope they took away their accreditation.
In our case it is not the case. You are welcome to investigate this matter. But further discussion seems pointless at this time.
Again we will hold an open house on 2 June at 10 am at Thongsook College. If anyone would like to attend it is not far from the Southern Bus Terminal and Mahidol International Campus.
Posted 2012-05-24 13:04:37
The BEd would take up to five years. This program, although it is a full 120 credits, can be completed in 3. We felt it was not worht the trade off.
Posted 2012-05-24 13:05:47
There was a case in the news about a month ago of a group of 3rd year Thai students who had been informed that the college course had either no accreditation, and I think had lied about having it. I am not mentioning this in any relation to the degree and institution being discussed, but simply that in Thailand I feel it is important to be able to get full accreditation info for a course before beginning it.
As it stands it appears there is no document from the MoE or CHE that accredits this degree.
I am waiting for Loaded and Richard (or others) to answer the questions about licensing accreditation numbers, and what documentation a course needs to show approval and accreditation by the MoE/CHE.
Thanks for all your input Bruce. I'm not trying to be hard on anybody, but I want the clear, transparent truth about degree accreditation in Thailand, and how one can verify such with the MoE/CHE.
Posted 2012-05-24 13:09:55
But just to clarify, you say it is 'legally accredited by the CHE by way of them ignoring it for the legal period of time, which automatically gives it legal accreditation'?
Sorry to bother you Bruce, but do you know how we can get info from the CHE about courses in Thailand that they accredit?
Edited by Baytur, 2012-05-24 13:10:59.