Educational institutions take the selection of candidates to serve as primary school teachers seriously, and so should you. The application process is therefore something that should be carefully approached. In addition to the prerequisite qualifications, there is the social aspect and expected duties the teacher must also perform. Typically, teachers are responsible for maintaining the well-being and safety of young people under their supervision which involves detecting and identifying household or family issues that may mean keeping child or minor from properly learning. The school wants to know if the candidate for primary school position is mindful of all these duties, inside and out of the classroom.
Certain schools or countries will stress candidates meet the standard certification requirements and hold the degrees necessary more than others, so you should be prepared to demonstrate that you meet the expected qualifications. Teacher training courses designed to help acquaint teachers with methodologies and concepts of instruction compatible with modern practice. Other jurisdictions will stress the same for all manner of primary school jobs, whether they involve teaching or other staff positions that put them in contact with children and minors.
Those who wish to apply for related primary school job specialties such as English as a Second Language positions should be aware of the following minimum qualifications and ESL training requirements needed to get the job. ESL can be a very rewarding field to work in due to the travel and interaction with other cultures. The first qualification to get is a Teaching English to Speakers of Other (Foreign) Languages, or TESOL or TEFL certification. Beyond the certificate itself, take care to find out the specific qualifications employers may require and what geographical circumstances (country or state) where your services may be needed.
The certificate training and exam can be taken in an in-house setting, or online at your own pace. Having a related degree or college courses in language, such as linguistics, can be very helpful, as can reviewing sites that provide resource information. A degree in English literature also works, as it will enhance your proficiency and expertise in the language. You may be required to also demonstrate some proficiency in the host language of the neighborhood a country where you will be teaching. In such case, the position may also require making a social adjustment, where you learn to speak the native language of the locality where you will be teaching English.
It is not required to get the certification to teach abroad, but it's the expected main criterion in most situations. You generally spend about 100 hours to complete certificate requirements for the TEFL/TESOL. If you don't have the associated degree in languages for English lit, it isn't required, just a bit more awkward, but any well rounded college degree will work. Many people traveling the world as an ESL have degrees in sociology, mathematics or engineering. Those staying closer to home teach will have to obtain the direct qualifications, as well as the general teaching certifications within their country to perform the work.
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