Many thanks to Ajarn Forum member, Stamp, for supplying the following links to information on the complex topic of teacher licenses - and how you can teach legally in Thailand.
As of 2008, The Royal Thai Immigration Bureau has adopted the requirements set by The Teachers' Council of Thailand in Police Order 777/2551.
As of the beginning of 2011, The Ministry of Labour, Department of Employment adopted similar requirements when applying for an initial work permit or a work permit renewal.
The Teachers' Council of Thailand requires that applicants for a teacher license hold a degree in education or equivalent.
The Teachers' Council of Thailand distinguishes 3 routes when applying for a teacher license. 1) Degree in Education or equivalent, 2) Successfully completed the TCT Professional Knowledge Tests or 3) Possessing of foreign of teaching credentials.
Teachers can sit the Professional Knowledge Tests when they hold a bachelor degree or equivalent.
The employer of a teacher who doesn't meet the TCT requirements yet, can apply for a provisional teaching permit. Such a permit is granted for 2 years.
- The provisional teaching permit is actually a permission to the employer to employ the teacher. When leaving the employer, the teacher has to apply for a new provisional teaching permit.
- Having personal experience with new teachers in our school, the TCT knows which schools and teachers they've granted a provisional teaching permit in the past.
- The first provisional teaching permits were granted at the beginning of 2008. It is reported that when applying for a second provisional teaching permit the employer/ employee must show progression in meeting the TCT requirements.