No Degree? No Problem! How to Teach English Without Going to College

Your grasp of English is impeccable, you’re a stickler for good grammar and you have a real knack when it comes to sharing your knowledge with others. In fact, the only thing standing between you and your dream career as an English teacher is your lack of a college education.

The good news is that there are several means of making a living teaching English, even if you’re not qualified to work in a school.

1.     Teach Overseas:

Teaching English as a Foreign Language is a popular method of earning money as an English teacher without the need for a college degree. Any English-speaker with a good grasp of the language can take online TEFL courses, which will open many opportunities for teaching English abroad to both adults and children. It doesn’t matter whether English is your first, second, or even your third language if you can speak it fluently and explain it to others clearly.

2.      Private Tutoring:

You probably won’t be tutoring college students without a degree of your own, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share your skills with younger students. If you were always top of your English class at high school, you will surely be able to help high school students with the same topics now. Since you don’t have a college degree, you will likely need to accept a lower rate than tutors who do. But, don’t let that put you off – if you can demonstrate your excellent skills to potential clients, they just might give you a chance.

3.     Teach Online:

Today, more and more students at all educational levels are opting to study for their qualifications online instead. Offering your services as an online tutor using freelancer sites is ideal for finding remote teaching and tutoring gigs. Additionally, you can utilize online classified sites; simply upload a listing that details the services you offer and how to get in touch. For the best results, offer a range of online teaching options to your clients. For example, give them the choice of contacting you via either email or Skype, and offer weekend lessons. Be a student, too – you can find great English teaching courses on the web.

4.     Start a Blog:

With a blog, you could be teaching English with the world as your classroom. Running a blog where you provide your readers with tips to improve their English skills is a great way to quench your thirst for teaching and sharing your knowledge. The best part – there are no formal qualifications required; all you will need to get started is a passion for your subject and the ability to command an online audience.

Have you found a way to teach English without being required to study for a degree first? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.


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