|New EPIK Requirements for 2015|
New EPIK Program Changes for 2015 and Beyond
Check the article (from Korvia Recruiting), but here are the highlights:
English and Linguistics Majors
Previously, English and Linguistics majors did not need to have a TEFL certificate in order to start at a higher pay scale. That exemption is now eliminated.
My thoughts: good! Even though someone studied English or linguistics does not mean they actually know what they're doing in the classroom.
Starting in 2016, only TEFL certificates with a minimum of 20 in-class hours will be accepted.
My thoughts: good! Those only online certificates are basically worthless and anyone who is serious about being a real ESL teacher should actually just do the CELTA. Why not change it to a 120-hour certificate?
EPIK has come out and officially stated that they will require a 2.5 GPA in order to apply. SMOE (Seoul public school positions) will require a 2.7.
My thoughts: why is it not even higher? Don't we want academically successful people in the classroom? The ones who know what it takes to succeed and not just scrape by?
It is now easier to get an acceptable FBI check if you're from the USA.
My thoughts: good! Anything that reduces the paperwork stress is a good thing.
South African Applicants
South African applicants are now required to submit official proof that their middle and high school education was in English.
My thoughts: why not people from Quebec too?!