I have been in Thailand for many years and I used to teach without a degree. Over the years I worked in a variety of schools and universities. Then, about a decade ago, I started working for companies instead. Many companies will employ you without a degree if they like the rest of your profile.
However, I went back into education a few years ago but found things a lot more regulated now, so I decided to explore my options to get a degree. I found several respectable universities - i.e. not online paper-mills - in the US, the UK and the rest of Europe, offering the option of either applying for a postgraduate degree after finishing your bachelor's, or alternatively by providing proof that you have had several years worth of relevant experience.
I chose the second option and after nearly two years of intensive studying (I was initially taken aback by the intensity - had hoped it might have been more relaxed) I now find myself about to finish a postgraduate degree in education.
So I wanted to find out whether anything else was needed, since I heard this degree will need to be validated in-country before it will be recognised.
I contacted Kurusapha, as that was where one person directed me to. No help. Looooots of phone calls and emails later, both in Thai and English, and I have finally been told yesterday that it will be extremely difficult to have it recognised.
The problems are these:
1. I have no bachelor's degree (the biggest problem)
2. I have a secondary/high school degree, but where I am from, they do not hand out transcripts for these. No transcript for my secondary degree is apparently also a problem.
3. I may be asked to show that I have worked before, which is no problem, but I wonder whether providing this information may result in people/me retroactively being punished for employing me with incorrect documentation.
Finally then, my questions.
As I have taught every level/age, from 3 to 60+, in Thailand, I am comfortable with just about any level. However, I have come to realise that these different levels and formats (kindergarten / primary / secondary / uni / international / language) have apparently different requirements for the people they (can) hire.
So, for someone with (soon) a postgraduate degree in Education and slightly over 20 years of teaching experience, does anyone have a clear picture of where I am allowed to teach, or alternatively, can anyone point me in the right direction to find out on my own?
I find it difficult to believe that there are potentially other teachers, experienced and (finally, like me) trying to do things right, but unable to get a job, despite the fact that several decent schools are willing to hire me.
To be clear, I have gone on interviews, done demos and schools were happy, but discouraged because of unclear directions from the people like Kurusapha, meaning they simply did not know how to proceed.
Many thanks for any help and advice you can offer.