Published 28th March 2020
Teaching English is a dream for many people but if you don’t have a degree, your choice of destination is limited. This is not because of any requirements from employers but rather from governments with regards to work permits and working visas. It’s not impossible, but it can be harder than those who have a degree. Interestingly, it doesn’t matter what you degree is in, as long as it’s a Bachelor’s degree. Teaching English online, however, has a much more level playing field.
There are still companies that require their teachers to have a degree, but there are loads of companies that don’t. Just as when you are applying to a face-to-face TEFL position, we say don’t bother applying for jobs if you don’t fit the requirements – it’s just a waste of everybody’s time. Instead, find out which companies are happy to take on teachers without degrees and away you go!
So, for teaching English Online without a degree, here is our list of companies which are good options for teachers who don’t have degrees.
italki is a platform for teachers to teach more than 130 different languages. Teachers upload video introductions of themselves and students book lessons with them. Teachers set their own rates and organize their own schedules. In order to be approved as a teacher you need to a 120-hour TEFL certificate or teaching experience.
Lingoda is a language learning platform for adult learners. Teachers commit to a particular class at a particular time e.g. 9 a.m. group class on natural disasters, view the materials and turn up for the lesson. Classes can be 1-to-1 or groups of up to 4. Teachers are provided with in-house designed materials, so you don’t have to think about lesson preparation. To teach with Lingoda teachers need to have a TEFL certificate, speak English at level C2 or higher, and have at least 3 years’ teaching experience. Teaching with Lingoda you’ll earn about $11 an hour.
Palfish is an app which connects teachers with Young Learners in China. You can be a General Palfish teacher or a Palfish Official Kids Course teacher. A General teacher can teach 1-to-1 or group classes, but no materials are given. These classes are more like conversation classes. A Kids Course teacher will teach only 1-to-1 and is given lesson materials. There are no requirements to be a General teacher but you need to have a TEFL certificate and be a native speaker to be a Kids Course teacher. General teachers set their own rates and Kids Course teachers earn $22 an hour plus bonuses.
With Hugo English you will teach children in China aged 5 to 16 years old. Classes are 1-to-1 and lessons take place seven days a week. Teachers don’t require a degree but you must be a native speaker and a TEFL certificate is preferred. Teachers earn $14 to $20 an hour.
Amazing Talker is another company which allows students to choose their teachers. Teachers upload a demo or introductory video and students can book a time with the teacher of their choice. Lessons are 1-to-1 and 50 minutes long. Teachers set their own rates, but the majority of teachers charge $10 – $20 per 50-minute lesson. A degree is not required but a TEFL certificate or teaching experience is preferred and you must be a native English speaker or have proof of your proficiency. Teaching materials are not provided.
With Skimatalk you will teach English to Japanese adults through Skype. The majority of the lessons are Business English but these are conversation-based lessons so no formal lesson planning is required. Classes are 25 minutes long and teachers can earn $10 – $15 an hour – you set your own rates. You don’t need a degree or a teaching certificate but you must be a native English speaker. Interestingly, students are invited to give feedback on their teachers and you need to maintain a positive feedback score to keep teaching with Skimatalk.Teaching English online is a way for you to keep teaching and earning money if you cannot physically be in a classroom. It is flexible and convenient and it should definitely be an option if you’re considering teaching English as a Foreign Language, even if you don’t have a degree.