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Where Can I Get A Bachelors Degree?

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Being a "newbie" to the thaivisa forum i found the replies constructive, controversial and comedic. Thanks to everyone who provided university info. I have started to look into the suggestions and find them to be good options. Though the degree from MFU in Thai Language and Culture still is still most appealing. I have no interest what western universities think about a thai gegree, or anything else for that matter, but found the dialouge thought provoking. Though, i would imagine many people on this form share a love for Thailand, I am surprised at the number of people who fell Thailand is somewhat substandard in academics and education.

Anyway, I just need to get a BA so i can tell and i would like to benefit from the education while i am at it. I hope this doesn't open a can of worms, but, is my understanding that it is NOT possible to teach in Thailand without a BA correct?

Maybe, I should have started with that question, though i think i committed to perusing my BA for general enrichment at this point. Thanks again for the info. It was helpful.

You do need a BA degree to teach legally :whistling: in Thailand.

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Not exactly true. You do NOT need a Bachelor's degree to teach. The law doesn't specify that. However, it is hard to get a job and a Teacher's License and ultimately a Work Permit without one.

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Not exactly true. You do NOT need a Bachelor's degree to teach. The law doesn't specify that. However, it is hard to get a job and a Teacher's License and ultimately a Work Permit without one.

I stand corrected. What Scott says is correct. I started studying at Payap when I couldnt get a teaching license because I didn't have the required bachelors degree needed to get my teaching license.

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Not exactly true. You do NOT need a Bachelor's degree to teach. The law doesn't specify that. However, it is hard to get a job and a Teacher's License and ultimately a Work Permit without one.

Apologise, Scott. The law, that is the National Education Act BE 2542 (1999) with reference to the Teachers and Education Personnel Act 2003, state that all teachers should have a degree.

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Thanks for the info. There are a lot of teachers who are legal who do not have a Bachelor's Degree. I know the Teacher's Council will grant a waiver to them.

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Along the lines of not needing a BA, many if not all the TESOL and TEFL cert companies (in Thailand) require submission of your BA before enrolling. If you dont in fact need a BA there is never-the-less a definite push in that direction. I wish there was a clear guild line about it. Has anyone seen anything official on a site?

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Along the lines of not needing a BA, many if not all the TESOL and TEFL cert companies (in Thailand) require submission of your BA before enrolling.

Really?

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teflcoursethailand.com/who-should-attend-tefl.shtml

"" A native speaker has great demand as an English language teacher in non English speaking countries. All that the native speaker must possess are:

• A TEFL certificate

• A degree in any discipline from any accredited university

• A valid passport

• A permit to work in foreign soil. ""

All the other schools I contacted said they require a BA and would need to provide it.

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Thats because they want to then put you in a job after your TEFL and get the commission. A win, win for the company.

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On the topic of the need for a BA to teach: The school I got my TEFL certificate from in Thailand suggested using a "diploma mill" degree. These are companies that give a 10 minute test over the internet and award a self-accredited "Bacholers" for only about 500 or so American dollars. At the time (2006) the Thai MOE accepted this...they expected the individual school to evaluate their prospects' creditentials. The school I got my TEFL certificate from employed me for three years to work a technical college. Since then, I've enrolled in a University here and changed my visa. Hope this helps.

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The enforcement of rules/guidelines in Thailand seem to be haphazard at best.A knowledgeable persons knowledge about one school and their experience, can be completely ignorant about what is happening 200 kilometer up the road, in a similar circumstance. If you think the advice given here is confusing, wait a few months/years and the rules may/will change again. There are Thai university graduates throughout Thailand who are working 15,000 baht/month jobs who are qualified to teach. The salaries vary from north to south, east to west and in between, as do the chances of employment, depending on current needs and what you have to offer.

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I can only inform you of my experience as a person in an administrative position. When someone applies for a job, I have to get a copy of their degree, their transcripts and some other documents. I also have to verify the degree is real/authentic. When you Google a school and it is widely reported to be a diploma mill with supporting information (such as newspaper articles, links to news videos etc.), it's a little risky to submit it to the relevant authorities (Ministry of Education). They know some of these schools.

A second problem is the transcripts, which are now 'required'. It's hard to get a transcript which isn't patently fraudulent from a diploma mill.

I don't know that Language schools and other educational institutions in the informal sector require a degree. I don't believe they have to get you a teacher's license either. In this area, however, I have little first hand experience.

Thailand is heading toward having B.Ed.'s for teaching, so rather than just getting any old degree, that's what I would head for.

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