First, professional teachers must demonstrate their qualifications for teaching all the language(s) they intend to teach.

Examples:

Language(s) applicants intend to teachCertification/credentials applicants haveAcceptance
EnglishA certificate for teaching EnglishAcceptable
EnglishA certificate for teaching a non-English subject, such as Spanish or historyUnacceptable
English, Spanish, FrenchOnly has a certificate for teaching SpanishThe applicant will be accepted as a Spanish teacher

Acceptable documents

1. Accredited language teaching certificate

2. University degree in language teaching

3. Teaching license

4. Proof of employment at a language teaching institution

1. Accredited language teaching certificate

It must be issued by an accredited institution. The accreditation information is usually displayed on the certificate or available on the website of the institution.

Examples:

  • CELTA, DELTA (English)
  • TESOL, TEFL (English, minimum of 120 hours)
  • DELE, ELE (Spanish)
  • CTCSOL(国际汉语教师证书)(Chinese)          

2. University degree in language teaching

A university degree in teaching XXX as a foreign or second language (bachelor’s and above).

Degrees in literature, linguistics, or translation/interpretation don’t qualify you as a professional language teacher. You need to provide other documents or proof showing your language teaching skills. 

3. Teaching license

A national or state teaching license for the target language.

4. Proof of employment at a language teaching institution

It can be a copy of a work contract showing your employment as a professional teacher or a reference letter from a school director or reputable teaching institution.

All documents must:

  • Be signed and dated
  • Have clearly visible contact information
  • Show the dates of your employment
  • Describe your responsibilities as a teacher

Unacceptable documents

1. Unaccredited certificate

Free online courses or training, such as Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Participation, or Certificate of Accomplishment.

Examples, courses from:

  • Udemy, Coursera, or other MOOCs
  • Open2Study
  • ALISON online courses
  • Community-organized workshops

2. Language proficiency certificate

This type of document shows your language proficiency, not your language teaching skills.

For example:

  • IELTS, TOEFL (English proficiency exams)
  • DALF, DELF (French proficiency exams)
  • HSK (Chinese proficiency exam)
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