In order to teach in Korea, each applicant must meet the minimum qualification requirements. These requirements are implemented by the Korean immigration office and not by the schools. Any school that hires a teacher who does not meet the qualifications, is doing so illegally, so it's important to know and understand the requirements.
A Bachelor degree or higher is a strict requirement. College degrees and incomplete degrees are not sufficient.
Applicants must be a native English speaker and hold a passport from the US, Canada, UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand or Ireland.
Applicants must provide a "clean" nation-wide criminal record check. (ie. FBI, RCMP)
ESL courses are not a strict requirement for private schools, but they are for public schools. However, most schools prefer to hire teachers with a TEFL/CELTA.
The requirements above are the minimum requirements set out by immigration to qualify for a teaching - E2 Visa. However, there are additional ways to ensure that your job hunt is successful and that you stand out among other candidates. Here are just a few ways to improve your application:
Don't have a TEFL?
A TEFL course can not only help you secure a position in Korea, but it will also prepare you for the classroom if you have never taught before. A well-designed course can be a great confidence booster for first time teachers and help them get familiar with lesson planning, grammar and how to approach problems that come up in the classroom. We have selected some well reviewed and competitively priced TEFL courses to help you get started.
Haven't taught before?
Teaching can feel intimidating at first, and while taking a TEFL course can be a great introduction to being an ESL teacher, nothing is as valuable as hands-on experience. You can gain this experience by teaching online first. Online classes are an effective way to ease your way into the ESL world, by teaching students one on one and setting your own schedule. Follow the link below to learn more about online teaching opportunities and to apply