The qualifications to teach English in a public school in China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan are often similar to teaching in a private language school or academy in Asia. However, there are some differences and each country has different requirements. In many cases you will be teaching with a co-teacher.

Teaching English in a public school in Taiwan

The requirements to teach English in a public school in Taiwan you need to be a certified teacher in your home country. That is not to be confused with a TEFL/TESOL certificate.

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Teaching English in a public school in Korea

The qualifications to teach in a public school in Korea are generally the same as in a private school (hagwon) except as of recent you need to get college transcripts and if you don't have a teaching license then you may need a language teaching qualification.

Programs such as EPIK, SMOE and GEPIK place teachers in schools across the country. You can also get hired directly through a public school without going through any program. These jobs are often listed by recruiters.

You may also enjoy reading this post about public school and hagwon differences.

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Teaching English in a public school in Japan

The qualifications to teach in a public school and in a private school (eikaiwa) are usually the same. A popular program provided by the government is the JET program. The JET program places foreign teachers (ALT's) throughout the country in public schools. Interac is a private company in Japan that does something similar.

Read more on teaching as an ALT teacher in Korea and Japan.

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Teaching English in China in a public school

The qualifications to teach in a public school in China are generally the same as in a private school. Some private companies in China will place teachers in public schools to teach. In some cases one does not need to have a degree to do so if hired through a private company.

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