Pre-course information...

Enrolling in an In-class TESOL/TEFL course at AVSE-TESOL in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phnom Penh, or a Virtual or Self-paced TESOL course is really straightforward. Applications are accepted 12 months of the year and it only takes 10 minutes or so to complete the plain-English, online enrolment form. You can access an enrolment form here.

After filling out the enrolment form, follow the instructions to send it by email directly to Ms SJ, AVSE’s Admissions Officer. Ms SJ does her level best to contact all applicants within 3 business days of receiving an enrolment form. After reviewing the enrolment form, Ms SJ will either:

  • Offer you a place in your chosen course;
  • Invite you to participate in a SKYPE discussion; or
  • Respectfully decline your application.

If you are accepted to an In-class TESOL/TEFL course at AVSE-TESOL, you must pay a deposit of US $750.00 (US $200.00 if you hold a Vietnamese or Cambodian Passport) within 7 days to formally reserve your place. If you are accepted to the Virtual or Self-paced TESOL program at AVSE-TESOL, you must pay a deposit of US $500.00 (US $200.00 if you hold a Vietnamese or Cambodian Passport) – again, within 7 days, to secure your place. The Course Coordinator will email you immediately after your deposit is received, confirming your place is locked-in. You will find our options for receiving payment here.

Teaching English in Vietnam without a degree, what about Cambodia?

Pretty much on a daily basis at AVSE-TESOL, we’ll receive a phone call or an email from a well-meaning person enquiring if it’s possible to get a job teaching English in Vietnam without a degree. We tend to get fewer enquiries about teaching English in Cambodia without a degree, presumably due to Vietnam’s popularity as a destination for aspiring ESL teachers, although ‘watch this space’ – Cambodia is on the march!

So, is teaching English in Vietnam without a degree possible and how about Cambodia? The short answer to this question is ‘yes’ for both Vietnam and Cambodia, but here’s the ‘small print’. ‘Yes’ in the sense that ‘exception to the rule’ and varying interpretations of a rule in developing countries like Vietnam and Cambodia are more prevalent than literal compliance.  By way of example, the rule related to eligibility to obtain a work permit for the purpose of teaching English in Vietnam says the minimum standard is: “……. a degree of associate or higher …….and a certificate in teaching skills”.  An ‘Associate Degree’ is commonly used to describe a qualification between a high school certificate and a Bachelor’s Degree. In a literal sense therefore, assuming you hold quality TESOL/TEFL certification and can jump through a few more hoops, teaching English in Vietnam without a degree is not only possible, it’s legal and the same applies in Cambodia.

If you’ve completed a study programme in any discipline post high school that involved a total time commitment of two years – and you can produce a certificate that says as much – for Work Permit purposes in Vietnam and Cambodia in theory at least, you’ll be treated exactly the same as someone who holds a full-on university or college degree that took years to complete. Moreover, if you can point to 5 years of relevant experience and you hold a quality TESOL/TEFL certification, there’s every reason to think a Work Permit is a realistic proposition.

Worst case scenario, let’s say you didn’t complete high school, you don’t have an Associate Degree, you don’t have a Bachelor’s Degree, you can’t point to 5 years of relevant experience, but you do have quality TESOL Certification that’s accredited by a government. Is teaching English in Vietnam or Cambodia completely out of the question? No, it’s not – see the earlier comment about ‘exceptions to the rule’. In this instance, the school that wants to employ you might simply make a plan with the local authority, such is the demand for TESOL, TEFL or CELTA qualified people.

Regardless of your academic history, responsibility for ensuring that you’re ‘legal’ rests with you. AVSE-TESOL can certainly provide advice based on our understanding of prevailing circumstances, but ultimately you need to work out what’s best for you. If it happens that you are a person who is looking at teaching in Vietnam without a degree or Cambodia, it’s best to be upfront and there’s a good chance we’ll be able to make a plan.

With all of the scenarios outlined above, there is one common denominator – quality TESOL/TEFL certification is paramount.

Core entry requirements for the TESOL/TEFL course

Regardless of where you choose to do your TESOL/TEFL course with AVSE-TESOL, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phnom Penh, or if you opt for our Virtual or Self-paced programme, you will see that we are an ‘equal opportunity’ educational institution and we celebrate diversity. While previous teaching experience and tertiary level qualifications are valued, neither is a core requirement to enrol in one of our TESOL/TEFL programmes. Being a native English speaker is also not a core entry requirement.

Interestingly, over the past decade, more than 30% of our TESOL/TEFL graduates were non-native English speakers, from the 4 corners of the world. Similarly, a high percentage of our TESOL/TEFL graduates are folks who don’t hold a university or college degree. Many of these people have been legally teaching English in Vietnam without a degree – and in other countries – for years.

The core entry requirements to join an In-class, Virtual or Self-paced TESOL/TEFL course at AVSE are as follows:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age on the day the course starts (unless granted dispensation);
  • You must be proficient in all aspects of English;
  • You must have completed secondary education to pre-university level (unless granted dispensation);
  • You must be able to produce a police/criminal record check from your home country that shows you haven’t been convicted of an offence; and
  • You must have a clear understanding of what constitutes professional conduct, punctuality, cultural sensitivity, the ability to get along with others and suchlike.

If it happens that you don’t meet one or more of the core entry requirements you should contact the Course Coordinator to discuss your personal situation.

Service Agreement

By submitting an application to join a TESOL/TEFL course at AVSE-TESOL (directly or via an agent), you acknowledge acceptance of the AVSE-TESOL Service Agreement. It is really important that you read the Service Agreement before locking in your enrolment. We have made a concerted and genuine effort in the Service Agreement to define what we do in plain-English in order to avoid misunderstandings. Among other things, the Service Agreement offers guidance on: how to lodge a complaint if you are unhappy with an aspect of our work; privacy matters; customer responsibilities; and a range of other pertinent issues. You can view the Service Agreement here.

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