[quote=“gavmasterflash”]I think the first thing you have to know is what you want out of this teaching certificate. What do you want? Do you want to work at a public school? An international school? Are you looking to become a career teacher and get off the ESL/EFL hamster wheel? Are you looking to teach for just a few more years and then move on to something else? Start with that first. Then how much time, money and effort are you willing to put into your teacher training program? Looking to do the bare minimum in all regards? Looking for something that will offer more opportunities but may cost more and take more time and effort? Are you willing to make that investment?
Anyway, some questions to answer for yourself before you get started. There are two programs in Taiwan for foreigners looking to get a proper teacher training. The first is Framingham State. It seems that they are on the cheaper end and are located in Taipei City. You get a masters degree in education but you do not get a state issued teaching license. In my opinion, it on the lower end of the scale in terms of value.
The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) offers an offsite graduate program in Hsinchu and various locations around Asia and the world. This costs much more than Framingham but you get a better value because it is a more challenging degree and the contacts you will make are more valuable for future job prospects and because you get a teaching license from the State of New Jersey that will last you for LIFE.
Here are a couple of links to get you started:
framingham.edu/academics/gr … ites/index
I am not too sure what you are basing your opinion that the Framingham program offers lower value. As someone who has gone through the program, and friends with someone who has done both programs in Taiwan, I have been reliably informed that both courses are of similar rigour in terms of the content that is provided. Also, the Framingham program offers more face-to-face interaction with the professors. It is also my understanding that the TCNJ program doesn’t deliver you a teaching license - it provides you with eligibility to take the Praxis exam in your area of specialisation. If you are not a US citizen, then you can only receive a Certificate of Qualification, which isn’t a NJ teaching license.