Common Qualifications Required for
English-Language Teaching (ELT) in Hong Kong
When recruiting English teachers, school employers will most likely look for relevant qualifications. For individuals who wish to pursue an ELT career in Hong Kong, the most straightforward approach would be to study for a relevant degree or an English PGCE at university level. However, with a prerequisite of a Bachelor’s degree, graduates from non-teaching disciplines can also consider several pathways to establish essential qualifications in order to be eligible for English-teaching positions.
Dive into the rabbit hole of ELT qualifications and you will come across a lot of acronyms. If you have started your research process, you will most likely have heard of the ‘Cambridge Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults’ (CELTA), one of the most commonly recognised ELT qualifications worldwide. You may have also heard of TEFL and TESOL, which respectively stand for ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’ and ‘Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages’. There are numerous private TEFL/TESOL course providers and institutions out there, offering certification options of varying quality, duration and cost. In Hong Kong, quite a lot of schools accept accredited online TEFL/TESOL certificates as valid teaching qualifications, as long as the chosen course involves at least 120 training hours. We will provide more information about these qualifications below.