What Are the Requirements for
Teaching in Taiwan?

chinese studentsYou've heard that teaching in Taiwan is cool, the money is great (English teachers can earn up to US$4000 per month), the cost of living is cheap, the people are nice... Now you're really interested in the idea of teaching ESL in Taiwan, but you probably have some big questions on your mind such as:

  • What are the requirements for teaching in Taiwan?
  • Do I need a university degree to work as an ESL teacher?
  • Should I have a TESOL or TEFL certificate?
  • And what about experience... Is teaching in Taiwan possible for someone who has little or no experience at all?

I'll do my best to answer these questions about the requirements for teaching in Taiwan on this page.

ESL teaching requirements in Taiwan

First, let's discuss the basics - the things you need to physically bring.
In order to legally teach in Taiwan, you need a university degree. Bachelor's or higher, is required. Master's and teaching degrees will get you better pay and a chance to teach at universities, but are not required per se. Other than that, you will need a valid passport (obviously) and a health check that will be done by a Taiwanese hospital once you get here.

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Is that it?

So you have a passport and a Bachelor's degree in sociology or history or religious studies or something. Does this mean you meet all of the requirements necessary for teaching in Taiwan? Yes and no.

Emotional requirements

chinese students in taiwanIt is true that you can find a teaching job easily in Taiwan. It is true that you can make plenty of money doing it. It is true that ESL teaching jobs afford you lots of free time. It is also true that many English teachers abuse this privilege by sucking Taiwanese parents dry then doing the same to a bottle of whisky.

It's important to know how profound the value put on learning English is amongst Taiwanese people. For the most part, it is seen as the ultimate window of opportunity. Nearly everybody and their brother is constantly carrying an English textbook. Strong English skills mean a Taiwanese person can study at the world's top universities, work abroad or at international companies, read a bottomless pit of academic articles in any field and more.

Find out why Taiwan is the best place in the world for TESL:
Teaching English as a Second Language!

Are you patient?

As an English teacher in Taiwan, you must be willing to care about the job you are doing and the impact it will have. Caring about the education of kids and people in general is a must. Being patient and tolerant about cultural differences that you may come across is a must. Having an open mind about absolutely everything - traffic laws, lifestyle, eating habits, the sweetness of tea, language, approaches to education - is a must.

This isn't written to sound preachy or parental, or to make you stay away from Taiwan. It's only a warning about what can happen if your interests or goals don't lie squarely within the realm of teaching. It's easy to get frustrated about the highly different culture that gravitates around you every day in Taiwan. Being aware of this will help you get what you want out of the experience, and to provide the people of Taiwan with the best you have to offer.

How to become a "real" ESL teacher

  • Get TEFL certification at a recognized school.
  • Enroll in a TESOL training program.
  • There are many ways to become a real, qualified English teacher, even from the comfort of your home. Get on Google and search terms like "esl classes online", "esl certification online", or "TEFL / TESOL online courses" and you should find plenty of info on the subject.

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