Do I Still Need a TEFL If I Have a PGCE?

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While TEFL jobs present opportunities for people with experience in a wide range of fields, it is not surprising that many people who are already qualified teachers become interested in crossing over into TEFL territory. In these cases, teachers already have the PGCE and teaching experience, so it is then really necessary to get a TEFL certificate as well?

Overall, yes. For the most part, TEFL jobs are not the same as the jobs the PGCE has prepared you for and the teaching situations are actually quite different. Teaching English to non-native speakers is very different to teaching English to native speakers, and especially to teaching other subjects. This is why TEFL employers usually ask for a degree and a TEFL, even if your degree is the PGCE; some employers may not even realise the PGCE is a teaching qualification.

Having said that, there are a few teaching jobs for those with only a PGCE. These are the jobs in the international schools. In other words, you’ll be teaching non-native speakers through English as a medium and you won’t necessarily be teaching English as a subject. Essentially, this teaching environment is very similar to your previous teaching experience. These international schools can be in both English-speaking countries and in non-English-speaking countries and for these jobs a teaching qualification such as the PGCE is preferred. Indeed, if you are considering employment in a school in Australia or South Africa, for example, you will need a teaching qualification. However, if you are teaching in a non-English-speaking country, schools may well still ask for a TEFL certificate.

From a general perspective, even if you have a PGCE, it can be a good idea to do the TEFL certificate. Doing the certificate will not only open up more opportunities for you, but it will help you deal better with the TEFL situation. Remember that even though you may have teaching experience, there are certain aspects of teaching which are considerably different when teaching students who do not speak the language. So, if you have a PGCE, teaching experience and a TEFL certificate, you are putting yourself in the best situation possible.

Basically, the difference between whether or not you need the TEFL will depend on the country and the teaching situation. If you are hoping to teach adults in a language school in Brazil, then you will need a TEFL. If you were thinking more along the lines of an international school in Sydney, you may be able to get away with just the PGCE. At the same time, it will always be helpful to have a TEFL certificate behind your name, because you never know where you may end up and what opportunities may present themselves to you.

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