Teaching License

How to get a Teaching License in Thailand


An EFL teacher who plans to teach in Thailand for a while must consider obtaining a ‘teaching license’ from the Teachers’ Council of Thailand (TCT).

The TCT is in charge of setting professional standards; issuing and withdrawal of licenses; overseeing maintenance of professional standards and ethics; and development of the profession of teachers and educational administrators.

To be a licensed EFL teacher, here is the list of requirements outlined by Teachers’ Council of Thailand:

“Standard Teaching License Requirements For Foreign Teachers”

1. Not younger than 20 years of age
2. Have academic qualifications in one of the following:
    (a) Have a degree in education or its equivalent
    (b) Have a degree in another field and a teaching license from another country
    (c) Have a degree in another field and a graduate diploma in the teaching profession with 1 year of
         course study
    (d) Have a degree in another field and have passed other professional certification in accordance
         with the professional standards of the Teachers’ Council of Thailand
3. Have continuing experience in teaching of not less than 1 year
4. Have a Thai work permit
5. Have evidence showing that an applicant has been permitted to stay in Thailand
6. Not possess any of the prohibited characteristics pursuant to section 44 of the Teachers and
    Educational Personnel Council Act B.E. 2003
    • Having improper behavior or immorality
    • Being an incompetent or quasi-incompetent person
    • Having been sentenced to imprisonment in any case, in the opinion of the Teachers Council of Thailand, which may bring dishonor upon the profession.

Meanwhile, it is important for applicants to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments about the list of requirements for the Thai teaching license. It is helpful to check The Teachers’ Council of Thailand website from time to time or follow several discussions on this topic over Ajarn.com for recent updates.

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