Hi there! Do you happen to know any information on education, specifically teaching internationally? I’m currently going into second year, so I only just enrolled in a double major for English and BMS, but now I’m wondering if I need to pursue an education degree to teach internationally. I’m aware that U of T doesn’t really have an “Education major,” just the education and society minor. How exactly would I become qualified to teach internationally then? Maybe I don’t need an education degree in my undergrad? Maybe I need to go to grad school for it instead? I’m very confused, and I’ve tried to do a ton of research online and in reddit but I decided to reach out to you because I was still confused 🙁 I hope you can help! Thanks so much 🙂
unfortunately i don’t feel all that qualified to answer this! i did a bit of research, but like you mentioned, it is a bit difficult to figure out. i was only to find stuff on websites that i don’t recognize, and that kind of info can be a bit hard to trust sometimes.
this webpage indicates that qualifications will vary depending on where and what you want to teach, which makes sense. it seems like the standard is to have a bachelor’s of education degree, though. if you’re looking for that at u of t, your confusion is understandable.
as far as i know, you are correct that the education and society minor is pretty much it for u of t education programs at the undergrad level. i believe other schools, like the university of alberta and the university of british columbia, offer bachelor’s of education programs. u of t does not. if you’d like a bachelor’s of education, you may need to transfer to another school. if you’re interested in doing a graduate degree in education at u of t, you may want to look into OISE’s master of education program.
i’m not sure what type of international teaching you’re hoping to do, but if you were hoping to teach english classes abroad, you might want to look into getting a “teaching english as a foreign language” certificate.
apart from that — sorry, bud. i don’t really know.
in terms of how to move forward, you can try reaching out to your registrar’s office. i’m not sure if the academic advisors will necessarily be specialists on how to become an internationally accredited educator, but they may know the right directions to point you in for more information.
i wish i could be more helpful! best of luck.