Do Certified Teachers Need a TEFL Certification to Teach English Abroad?

I am a Certified Teacher with an Education Degree:

Do I Still Need a TEFL Certification to Teach Abroad? 

By Michael Kunik

I often get this question when speaking with certified teachers who wish to teach English abroad, and for good reason.  Personally, I have a Master’s Degree in Education, and I am a former Elementary and Special Education teacher in Chicago Public Schools. I also earned my TEFL certification and taught English in Madrid, Spain, one of the great experiences of my life.

Schools around the world seeking to hire English teachers highly value training and experience. So, can you get a job without a TEFL certification?  Possibly.  Do I still highly recommend that you do become TEFL certified to teach English abroad?  Absolutely!  Here are several reasons why.