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  • Austalian Master's Degrees In TESOL

    By: William2 < Show E-mail >

    Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2007

    Location: Online (Online)

    I am a Canadian with an undergraduate degree. I have been teaching English for more than 10 years in Canada and overseas. I am considering taking a Master's degree in TESOL and I have been advised to look into Australian universities which offer distance/online programs. Are these programs recognized outside of Australia? I am currently in Canada and may want to teach abraod again in the near future. Thank you.

    Discriminating against distance degrees (views: 4468)

    Online (Online) - Wed, 31 Jan 2007
    Posted by Belly

    Many of the master's degree programs taken by public school teachers in Canada are done by distance or a blend of on and off campus study. Why don't governments like Taiwan and Saudi Arabia recognize degrees done by distance in the TESOL field? I highly doubt they apply the same standard to administration positions at international schools when "real" teachers with distance or blended master's degrees apply.

    Re: Discriminating against distance degrees (views: 4256)

    Online (Online) - Thu, 08 Feb 2007
    Posted by eigoman

    Good point. My sense is that this disparity speaks more about respect for each profession (public school teaching vs. TESOL) then it does about the degree providers. ....

    Re: Austalian Master's Degrees In TESOL (views: 4505)

    Online (Online) - Tue, 30 Jan 2007
    Posted by eigoman

    I just read elsewhere that distance MA degrees from *any* country are not accepted in Saudi Arabia. Double-check that to be sure. It used to be that way in Taiwan as well but I'm not sure that is still the case.

    Recognition in Canada (views: 4362)

    Online (Online) - Mon, 22 Jan 2007
    Posted by GoTeacher

    This may be completely irrelevant but it's probably worthy of mention anyway: Australian Bachelor of Education are not always recognized in Canada. The reasons vary (click here for more) and likely have nothing to do with the quality or recognition of their TESOL Master's degrees in Canada. All that being said, it is always worth the effort to poll some target schools in advance of undertaking any TESOL training, whether it be a certificate course or a post-graduate degree.

    Re: Australian Master's Degrees In TESOL (views: 4459)

    Online (Online) - Mon, 22 Jan 2007
    Posted by eigoman

    My understanding is that Aussie degrees are a great way to go for experienced teachers who are concurrently employed. You can (and likely have to) use what you are learning in the classroom as your make your way through your coursework. This guy did his Master's through university in Australia and created this website as part of his coursework: www.englishabroad.ca

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