[quote=“Acujer”]GBH are you taking the piss out of me or being serious?
I have been on the phone for hours with over 5 people discussing this.
This supposed “LIST” that I was told is crucial is for Taiwanese students to study abroad in America. This has nothing to do with teaching, as far as I know.
The person at the San Francisco Taiwan Embassy Education Department, told me that if I was to get hired, the government would issue me a work permit. It is the school that checks degrees and authentication.
All I have to do is have my Masters Degree authenticated by the Taiwan Embassy in San Francisco for $15. It takes a week.
Why did everyone make this so difficult for me? Am I wrong?[/quote]
Taiwan Embassy? I believe you mean “Taipei Economic and Cultural Office” hehe.
It isn’t just the school that checks your degree. As others have told you, when you apply for a work permit/ARC the government will check too.
And I was being sarcastic before. I trust the judgment of a lot of the folks who replied to you…many have been teaching English or working other jobs in Taiwan for a long time and have a lot of experience with this kind of thing.
But I think you’re doing the right thing by communicating with your local TECO and calling the MOE. That’s definitely the way to go. However, as many others here will attest, you can’t necessarily rely on just anyone at those government offices. I would be very very sure that your degree will be accepted by the MOE to get a teaching position. What you DON’T want to happen is you go to Taiwan, get a job, apply for your work permit/ARC, then find out a month later the government doesn’t recognize your school. THAT is what people on here are trying to help you prevent. The reason for my sarcasm is that you seemed to either ignore, or get offended at, any information that made it sound like that is exactly what will happen to you.
But seriously, it’s great you’re in direct contact with the Taiwanese government on the issue, and it’s great that things seem to be looking up as far as you being able to legally get a job. However, I would only recommend you re-read these threads and take people’s advice and words of caution seriously. Especially ironlady’s. If anyone on here is a reliable source, it’s her.
Best of luck to you. Hopefully in a few months you’ll be updating us, telling everybody what a great job in Taiwan and how you got your work permit/ARC without any hassles.