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Boatabike

Teacher Licensing, Culture Testing, TCT

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First I would like to apologize to mijan24 as reading my post again I came across some what defensive I feel. You were offering your thoughts and doing it in a polite manner sorry if I was a little snappish there. My school is on the case for me so I say no more on this till I know for sure, they understand the problem and have taken on board the fact that it worries me; they really are rather nice folk. 2 of our department were very genuinely concerned I was losing sleep bless.

It was just bad luck for me that Thailand should decide to amend its Visa laws and working requirements both at the same time as I seem to be having a mid life crisis. Hmm or maybe they triggered it. Anyway for those who have advised Jai yen I agree and have taken note, thanks for the time taken to reply to my concerns.

Robski a lot of what you say makes sense too, although you are rather implying that they have managed to master the art of forward planning which may very well scupper your theory totally. But I like what you say and to a logical person it seems quite possible that these ground rules, as you put them, could just sit there waiting for the right moment to be used against you. I will await the results as my paper work was all submitted to the office today. Good luck to all who may need it.

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Part of the story I don't find clear is my case. Got here way before 2003, have California State teaching credential, 25 years experience but my present WP is 5 months old. Will they count all the other WPs from the past?

This is new rule insane! I can earn 60+K a year in California but I like it here, have no Thai wife but I don't drink and whore around, keep a lo pro, got a stack of letters of recommendation, no legal hassles in either country, treat Thais with respect .. isn't that enough? Do they expect more from a teacher at 33,000 a month?

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The way i have heard it is yes. If you have been working for more than 3 years you will still have to submit your documents but it will go no further than that. Part of what is happening is to weed out those without any WP. If you have been working for the time scale you say then unless you have changed jobs a lot and the trail has been broken at some point, if all your paper work is in order there really should be no problem at all. Then again anything could happen. Good luck to you.

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if you have teaching creds too, then that will also exempt you from further action. You should be fine go get a good night sleep with no worry.

Edited by Boatabike

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That's nice. Thank you, although I can sleep through a world war without chemic inducement.

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just a quick check as i have read through all 4 pages so far and no one seamed to mention the 500 baht fee, i submitted all my docs today along with the 500 baht fee, was told the exam was on thai language and some english but nothing more.

Did anyone else have to pay this fee or was the Englsih dept on the fiddle?

Mike

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No, the fee is legitimate. Anyone licensed before June 2003 does not have to pay the fee--they will get a new teacher's license after their documents are submitted. Those after the 2003 cut-off date have to pay the 500 baht fee.

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There is some confusion as to why the rules are being changed now and why the June 2003 is magical. In 2003, they changed the rules for Teacher's Licensing. Since that time, they have been working on the Licensing of Thai Teachers. Like foreign teachers, the Thai's had lots of people who were licensed without degrees--either two year certificates etc. They changed the rules on them. Those before that time were allowed to continue with their license. New ones, however, had to meet the new criteria.

The Thai portion is complete, so now it's our turn.

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I think we need to have a serious and detailed discussion about the new teacher's requirements and regulations that may or may not be in place now. On some other websites, bits and pieces of the rules have already been posted. Does anyone have the whole slew of them, and could you please link to them or post them here?

I will "control" posts that take us unduly in the direction of "do you have to have a degree to bake a cake?" but it isn't my desire to stifle debate. Any information that is genuinely helpful in interpreting details of the new policy is welcome.

"Steven"

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I am shamelessly stealing this from the Antithesis at Ajarn, to whom all we teachers owe a lot:

Translation

The Teachers’ Council Thailand

Standards, Methods of Testing and Knowledge Evaluation of Foreigners Applying for Teacher Permits 2006

Clause 1: In this announcement, ‘permit applicant’ means foreigners who are applying for a teacher permit. ‘Foreigners’ means people not of Thai nationality.

Clause 2: Requirements in the testing and knowledge evaluation of foreign applicants for a teacher permit consist of the following:

2.1. Language and Thai culture.

2.2 Professional Ethics

2.3 Pedagogical Knowledge

(Translators note: ‘pedagogical knowledge’ is defined in another official document elsewhere and is omitted here for brevity and sanity)

Clause 3: Permit applicants who have at least one year of teaching experience must pass only 2.1 and 2.2 in the testing and knowledge evaluation requirements listed above and hold one of the qualifications that follow:

3.1 A degree related to Education, or;

3.2 A degree from another field and teacher registration from the applicant’s respective country or;

3.3 A degree from any other field and certification related to Education which took at least one year to complete.

Clause 4: In cases where the permit applicant holds a degree in a field other than Education and has at least one year of teaching experience, but does not have teacher’s registration from his/her respective country nor a certificate in the field of Education- which took at least one year to complete- the permit applicant must pass 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 in the testing and evaluation requirements listed above and here for convenience:

2.1. Language and Thai culture.

2.2 Professional Ethics

2.3 Pedagogical Knowledge

(Translators note: pedagogical knowledge is defined in another document elsewhere and is omitted here for brevity and sanity)

Clause 5: Upon the successful completion of the evaluation requirements listed in clauses 3 or 4, the permit applicant has within three years to lodge the application for a teacher permit. The application must be lodged with copies of the following documents…

__________________

It is apparently a translation of a document scanned and posted as follows:

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Further helpful comments by Zehner continue:

here's the gist of it as far as i can tell.

Teachers appointed prior to 12th june 2003 can apply for the license by themselves. They need to supply a photocopy of educational qualifications. They do not have to do the thai language, culture, and ethics ( ) training.

All teachers appointed after 11th june 2003 (very basically) have to supply a letter certifying assessment and evaluation criteria.

The educational qualifications bit means a B.Ed or PGCE equivilant as far as i can tell. If you don't have this then you will have to do a course (which has not been set) and sit an exam consisting of 4 papers:

Paper 1 - language and technology for teachers

- educational innovation and information communication technology

Paper 2 - Curriculum development

- learning management

-classroom management

Paper 3 - academic assessment and evaluation

-educational research

Paper 4 - psychology for teachers

- professionalship (?) of teachers

Pass is average of 50%

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The people who were appointed after 2003 will all have to do the thai language, culture and ethics course.

The structure of this is:

3.1 Thai language and culture area - 14 periods

1) thai society

2)thai language and culture

3)thai etiquette

4)thai arts and music

3.2 Professional ethics area - 6 periods

Total : 20 periods

Evaluation criteria: pass or not pass.

and furthermore:

here's the course outline for the thai language, culchhhuurrr and professional ethics programme.

***please grit your teeth***

4.1 thai society (4 periods)

thai society in the past and present

structure of thai society

thais' way of life

thai politics and government

environment

thai local wisdom

4.2 thai language and culture (6 periods)

thai language in everyday life

thais' beliefs, norm and personality characteristics

thai costumes, food and traditional games

thais' behave in accordance with buddhism

4.3 thais etiquette (2 periods)

the practice of thai physical disposition etiquette (?????)

formal and informal saluting,sitting,standing,standing up wai

gestures paying homage to the 3 gems, buddhist places and objects of worship

objects of worship

gestures with the seniority

approching and presenting objects to and receiving objects from the seniority

4.4 thai music and arts (2 periods)

local arts in the regions

value of the beauty and uniqueness of local arts

features and identity of thai music instruments

thai traditional dances, thai literature and sports

4.5 professional ethics (6 periods)

professional standards and ethics

important provisions of teachers ciouncil nad educational personnel act b.e. 2546

the importance of professional ethics

behaviour according to one's ethcis

ethics towards those recieving service, those in the same profession and towards the society

As far as I can tell, this is the bulk of hard information out there right now. Any other tidbits or interpretation would be most welcome. This is affecting most schools which employ foreigners legally, including mine.

Has anyone been through the whole "process" yet, and either rejected or stamped "approved" and given a gold star to wear in his/her navel?

"Steven"

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Thanks to Ijustwannateach (You shameless man!).

The problem here is that nobody is the same; we're each unique. Even if the exact same bureaucrat interprets 198 candidates for this teacher's license, and is consistent and gets a good night sleep each time, he'll be confused. Cecil will have a degree from England that's written in English, but isn't a degree in English, and Hermione will have been to some unknown uni in northern Wales or Ireland that counts semesters/quarters/credits in Gaelic, and Homer from Muskogee, Oklahoma will have credits from "Sock-jock" (South Oklahoma City junior College; I really earned credits there!). How do you evaluate 126 different kinds of acadmic transcripts on 1903 different subjects like SOC OF EDUC 303b?

Let the games begin...

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The educational qualifications bit means a B.Ed or PGCE equivilant as far as i can tell. If you don't have this then you will have to do a course (which has not been set) and sit an exam consisting of 4 papers:

Paper 1 - language and technology for teachers

- educational innovation and information communication technology

Paper 2 - Curriculum development

- learning management

-classroom management

Paper 3 - academic assessment and evaluation

-educational research

Paper 4 - psychology for teachers

- professionalship (?) of teachers

Pass is average of 50%

----------------------------

Very interesting if these test are for those who do not is have a degree, as it seems to be worded.

I await further news on this point .

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Many Thai school associations are protesting strongly against this. I believe it will be shelved. It's unworkable for a number of reasons already stated on other threads.

Thai schools won't be able to survive with the new proposed regulations. They will scupper the proposals.

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I'm just waiting for the explanation of how my ability to point out important features of Thai musical instruments adds to my ability to teach, say, math.

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