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>>>>> A bachelor degree in any major (Note: They are now being verified)
>>>>> A valid passport and a Z visa (Note; Any other visa will now get you deported)
>>>>> 2 years of previous teaching experience
>>>>> 21-60 years of age
>>>>> A police certificate (For Beijing now - Shanghai soon)
>>>>> Fluency in English (Some employers will test you)
Be advised that there are no mandatory requirements to have a TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA teaching certificate, although if you have never taught before it would be a good idea. Just because you speak English, does not make you an English teacher. At present, 8% of all expat teachers in China have one of these certificates.
If you decide to enroll in TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA course we urge you to find a program through a local university that provides a real classroom setting, and a real certificate that is internationally recognized and accepted. Online or software-based programs cannot provide you the proactive real-time dialogue nor realistic role play as does a classroom setting. As for what makes for a "genuine" certificate, you may want to read this here...
Also be wary of unethical or pushy recruiters who tell you they can not find you a job unless you buy a TEFL program with their assistance. See: http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=616386
2018 UPDATE: CFTU WHITE LIST NOW EXCEEDS 2000
HONEST & ETHICAL CHINA EXPAT EMPLOYERS
Here They Are! http://www.slideshare.net/LaowaiCareerCenter/2018-cftu-white-list-of-china-tefl-teacher-employers
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