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5 Companies That Let You Teach English Online Without a Degree
Written by: Lynda Galea
Last Updated: March 27, 2020
Can I teach English online without a degree?
Yes, you can. There are several companies that will let you teach English online with no degree. Here are 5 that allow you to do so:
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Over the last two years, teaching English online has experienced rapid growth in both popularity and demand, and it doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon. With the world catching onto this phenomenon, it seems as though a new online school and platform is popping up every other week, with most of them having one thing in common - they require that you have a bachelor's degree to apply. Womp womp.
So, what happens if you want to teach English online but don't have a bachelor's degree or perhaps you're still in the middle of completing one? Don't worry, you have options!
Here are 5 companies that let you teach English online without a bachelor's degree.
The Cambly platform enables you to engage in short chat sessions with students from around the world via webcam - no experience necessary. Students are more often than not adults. Cambly looks for native English-speakers from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia as well as some other countries.
Pay: Cambly automatically tracks the time you spend tutoring and pays $0.17 USD per minute ($10.20 USD per hour), delivering your earnings every Monday via PayPal.
Hours: As a Cambly tutor, you make your own hours. Work as little or as much as you want. You can login online whenever you have a free moment and start taking chat calls within minutes.
Application Process: Becoming a Cambly tutor is made up of a 3-step application process.
- Step 1: You will need to make sure your connection can handle video streaming reliably. Here, Cambly will test your video and audio and automatically let you know if they pass the connection test.
- Step 2: Record an on-the-spot short introduction video. If you mess up, you can re-record it as many times as needed.
- Step 3: Fill out your tutor profile as you'd like it to be viewable to students. This is your chance to market yourself to students on Cambly. Submit your application.
Ready to apply? Click here.
PalFish is an app-based platform meaning you need an iOS (Apple) or Android cell phone/tablet in order for this to work for you. With PalFish, you can teach both one-on-one and larger groups of students. Non-native English speaking teachers are encouraged to apply. PalFish does not have any preference in regards to nationality for teaching positions.
Requirements: To apply to be a PalFish teacher, you must be fluent in English; have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; be creative and energetic; and be passionate about teaching students English. Due to recent changes from the Chinese government, you MUST have a valid teaching certification (TEFL/TESOL/CELTA) or teaching license to teach with PalFish.
Pay: You set your own pay rate - PalFish does not influence your decision at all. For one-on-one classes, the average pay rate is approximately $10-$18 USD per hour, however, there are teachers charging more than $30 USD per hour that are still quite popular. Please note, payment is made only via Payoneer. If you do not have an existing Payoneer account, you can set one up here (you will need it for the application process).
Hours: As a PalFish teacher, there is no time commitment required by you, it is totally flexible.
Application Process: In order to apply to become a PalFish teacher, you will need to...
- Step 1: Download the PalFish app here and follow the application steps within the app.
- Step 2: Choose an avatar - this must be a clear photo of yourself.
- Step 3: Write your self-introduction (must be 100+ words).
- Step 4: Record a self-introduction video. This must be longer than 30 seconds in length and should highlight your English pronunciation and proficiency.
- Step 5: Go to "My Wallet" and fill in your payment information. Once done, account verification can take up to two business days.
You can view a PalFish application checklist here.
The SkimaTalk platform looks for native English speakers with American, British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand an/or Irish/English dialects. Those whose mother tongue is another language or dialect than those listed above will be asked to wait until SkimaTalk expands its teacher qualifications. A teaching certificate is not necessary. Students are more often than not adults, and are from all over the world.
Requirements: To apply to be a SkimaTalk teacher, you must be a native English speaker; 18 years of age or older; prior teaching experience/training is preferred but not required; must have a reliable internet connection; and commitment, passion and professionalism.
Pay: You set your own pay rate - SkimaTalk charges a fee of 20% of whatever session price you set, less applicable PayPal fees. The remaining 80% of the session cost (less applicable PayPal fees) is passed directly to the teacher. Teachers will get paid once a month. For example, payment for services rendered during the month of January will be passed on to the teach on or before the last day of February, usually early February.
Hours: Set your own schedule. Work as many or as few hours as you choose.
Application Process: Becoming a SkimaTalk teacher is made up of four easy steps:
- Step 1: Create an account by singing up.
- Step 2: Fill out your teacher profile and record a video introduction.
- Step 3: Complete a few short, simple tests and then wait for approval and account activation.
Lingoda provides over 6,000 adult students with more than 7,000 live classes per week, happening around the clock. Students at Lingoda can learn English, German, French, and Spanish in small groups or in private classes and all lesson materials are provided to the teacher. Lingoda is the leading online language school in Europe.
Requirements: To apply to be a teacher with Lingoda, you must have at least 2 years of teaching experience, hold an ESL teaching certification (TEFL/TESOl/CELTA), and you must be a native speaker of the language you wish to teach (in this case, English). You must also be legally able to work as a freelancer.
Pay: Pay ranges from €7 - €11 per hour (~$7.85 - $12.34 USD per hour).
Hours: You pick classes from a full 24/7 job list at times that suit you best.
Application Process: There are two ways you can apply to teach with Lingoda:
- Option 1: You can fill out the application here and wait to hear back.
- Option 2: You can fast-track your application by sending a 1-minute video application to email@example.com and don't forget to mention your qualifications and experience.
5. Open English
Founded, in 2007, Open English is still the market leader in online English learning in Latin America. Small group and private classes run 24/7, with on-demand, interactive content and native English speaking teachers. Perks - professional development, flexible schedules, and a convenient shift drop/pick-up system
Requirements: Open English is looking for qualified EFL/ESL professionals who are native, North American English speakers to provide services as Academic Specialists. Candidates without a relevant degree must have a TEFL/TESOL certification and at least 1 year of EFL/ESL teaching experience. Preference is given to candidates that can also speak Spanish or Portuguese.
Pay: Up to $15 USD per hour.
Hours: Open English is a great fit for those who currently have a busy schedule working or studying, and have availability during evenings hours (USA ET). Teachers must provide a minimum of 10 hours of availability each week, and may be scheduled a maximum of 26 - 36 hours a week, depending on location (part-time employees are limited to 26 hours per week). There are no guaranteed hours, and assigned hours can vary seasonally.
Application Process: While completing the application to become an Academic Specialist with Open English, you will learn about the classroom experience and technical requirements, while also providing information about your qualifications, skills and experience. After completing the application, your application will be reviewed and may be held until there is a position available. You may be asked to complete an interview or video recording.
If you are selected, you will go through an on-boarding process and must complete training to become familiar with the Open English platforms and preferred methodologies before being assigned any shifts. To summarize the application process:
- Step 1 - Complete application
- Step 2 - Complete any additional steps required (interview or video submission)
- Step 3 - If selected, complete on-boarding
- Step 4 - Complete training
- Step 5 - Start teaching!
Interested in applying? You can do so here.
Special Mention: Qkids
We're also including Qkids as a special mention. Why? Because while they prefer a bachelor's degree, they also allow associate degree holders that have a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certification as mentioned here.
What are teacher requirements?
- AA Eligibility Required, BA Preferred
- Below BA will require a plan to earn TESOL/TEFL certification
- English teaching certification (TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, ESL) preferred
- Prior teaching experience or equivalent in education, tutoring, mentoring, homeschooling preferred
Qkids connects you to 500,000+ Chinese young learned between the ages of 4-12.
Requirements: To apply with Qkids, you must be eligible to legally work in the U.S. or Canada, a minimum time commitment of 6 hours per week (12 lessons / 6-month contract term), as well as the teacher requirements mentioned above.
Pay: A Qkid teacher can expect a base pay of $8 USD for a full lesson and $4 base pay for standby lessons (approximately 10 minutes with no teaching required). Incentives include eligibility for $1 Performance Fee for each lesson based on family review and eligibility for $1 Attendance Bonus for each lesson once a minimum of 15 lessons are taught in a week.
Your class schedule is set weekly. You can check your schedule for the upcoming week in the Qkids Teacher Portal every Sunday evening.
Application Process: Becoming a Qkids teacher is made up of a few simple steps:
- Step 1: Apply online with all required materials (resume, availability, a screenshot of your computers specs, 1-2 minute intro video).
- Step 2: Initial screening
- Step 3: Demo Interview 1
- Step 4: Demo Interview 2
- Step 5: Trial Classes & Background Check
- Step 6: Contract offer
You can apply to teach with Qkids here.
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STILL WANT MORE? There are so many companies you can teach English online with! Check our our comprehensive teach English online comparison chart to compare ESL schools, degree requirements, salaries, students, peak teaching times, and more!
An accomplished traveler (she's visited 40 countries!), Lynda hails from Melbourne, Australia. Since she joined ITA in 2017, Lynda has become a primary expert on the field of teaching English online. Not only has she published numerous articles on the topic herself, but she has worked with International TEFL Academy alumni around the world to produce an entire library of information and content about teaching English online. Lynda also serves as a primary organizer of ITA's ground-breaking Teach Abroad Film Festival.
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