I apologize if this topic has already been discussed in detail. I've seen posts about online TEFL, but not one that covers my specific situation.
I am interested to teach English in Taiwan, but only if I can do it legally.
My problem is that I don't have a degree, I have a two year diploma in Recording Engineering, plus a 1-year graduate diploma in Digital Applications. Both are from Fanshawe College in Canada. I'm not 100% sure, but I believe this would be considered the equivalent of an "Associate Degree" under the American system, not a Bachelor's.
I have read that Associate Degree holders must have a TEFL or TESOL certificate to teach in Taiwan legally. In fact, an old school friend with the same diplomas that I have, he was able to teach in Taiwan legally with his diplomas and a TESOL he got many years ago.
So I am considering taking a TEFL course online. My questions are:
1. From the government's perspective, is an online TEFL course OK to legally get an ARC?
2. Are there any things to consider when selecting an online TEFL? For example, a particular type of accreditation or a certain number of hours?
Right now I am living in Tokyo. I have considered asking the consulate here if they can give any more guidance on the topic. But I was hoping perhaps someone here might have some insight.