In Thailand the hoops aren't that bad. Certainly no worse than Korea - apostilles, ARCs, LORs, TEFL for PS jobs, etc. For new entrants Thailand is pretty easy. BA, police check, pulse and passport. The problem is that far too many people after a couple of years, in spite of deciding to stay on as a teacher, can't be bothered to do any self improvement. "The next guy didn't so why should I?" The race to the bottom is the issue and they are the ones who have problems with moving goal-posts and trying to do as little as possible to hang on to their 30k jobs. The flip side of that coin... 2 quick semesters of weekends and some on-line courses gets you a Dip.Ed / Dip.T or PGCEi. 2 semesters (28 weekends) + a thesis will get you a legitimate M.Ed or related MA. Any of these will get you a license rather than farting around trying to get waivers. No moving goalposts to hit. The fact of life is that people with a B.Ed / PGCE Dip.Ed, etc. aren't working for 30k (unless they want to). A quick scan of ajarn.com jobs board shows more than a fair few jobs for qualified teachers at 50k+. There are several at 60k, 80k and for math/science teachers, 100k. B.Ed / PGCE + MA/M.Ed and some experience will easily land you a head position at 100k+ and while 100k isn't what you would make at home it does leave a LOT to send home. Certainly a better standard of living and better savings that you would get at home with similar credentials. .