TESOL/TEFL and University Jobs

Well, I have some good news! I finished the 100-hour course about Teaching in English as a Second Language. Now I have to choose if I want to receive a TESOL or a TEFL certificate. TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I’m going to look into the differences for which is more usable for me. I got this to help me find a ‘better’ job.

For those of you unaware, the time is ticking to end of my contract. I’m trying to decide what I’m going to do come September. I know I want to stay in Korea. I would love to teach at a University and so I plan on sending out some applications pretty soon.

I’ve been trying to monitor job openings on-line. From what I’ve seen, university openings are posted with a very short time frame to submit the application. On top of that, they all require a Master’s degree and/or at least 3 years teaching at the university level. Unfortunately, I don’t have either of those going for me. I’m tempted to throw out my application to those places though—just in case!

In addition to my lack of qualifications, most of the recent university postings are for open positions in the major cities. So of course, it’s much more competitive for those positions. If I can find an opening in a smaller city/town then I will have a much better chance at getting the job (mainly because it will have lower qualifications). Another slight problem is that the Korean school year begins in March, so I’m trying to get hired for the second semester. It’s not a HUGE disadvantage, but I think it does mean fewer openings.

Anyway, I’m still going to scour the internet for university positions. I’m also going to apply/send out my CV to the few universities that are nearby regardless if they post an opening or not. If I don’t get a university job, I think I will stick with EPIK. However, I’m going to ask to move to an Elementary School.

I think it’s time to change it up. Wish me luck!



  1. I wished luck for you!

  2. Yah, congrats on the completion of your course!

  3. Thanks you guys!

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