Teach English Online without a Degree

How to Teach English Online without a Degree

You do not need a degree to teach English online. I repeat: you do not need a degree!

Even though getting a certificate to teach English online is amazingly easy and cheap, you don’t have to get one. In fact, there are a lot of online English jobs that hire teachers without a degree. That’s right, many E.S.L. companies are just looking for native speakers with outgoing, personable personalities that can engage students over video chat. 

You can teach English online without a degree.

These platforms or companies are interested in your enthusiasm and energy, not your degrees. Actually, your ability to engage students and make them feel comfortable will always trump your credentials. Remember, it is scary to speak in a foreign language! So, a student who is just beginning to learn the basics of English needs a smile and an encouraging attitude far more than a Ph.D. holder.

So, if this sounds like you, then look below for some well-known companies that hire teachers that don’t have a degree.

Companies that pay you to teach English online without a degree

One of the best options for teaching English without a degree is working for Cambly.


One of the best options for teaching English without a degree is working for Cambly. Teachers who want a flexible schedule and a lot of freedom should strongly consider teaching on the Cambly platform. Though the pay is on the lower end, Cambly has a lot of things going for it.

First, you can teach anytime because the platform attracts students from all over the world. This means that there will be students in any time zone.

Then, teachers can be based in any country and work for Cambly. The only requirement is that you are a native speaker. This makes the platform ideal for nomads or people who value flexible working and traveling arrangements.

Finally, you can teach adults or kids on Cambly. Cambly Kids even offers higher pay.

Teachers who use the Cambly platform come from a variety of backgrounds. You don’t even need teaching experience to work for Cambly (though it is preferred).


Additionally, you can teach for Engoo without a degree. They’re always hiring and you don’t need a degree. You need to be careful to keep a good rating, though, so be sure to read all tips on maintaining ratings before teaching there.

It iis also low pay

US$10 an hour for Native Tutors and Non-Native tutors get US$2.4

What are the requirements for Engoo?


  • At least 18 years old.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Headset and Webcam.
  • Laptop or Desktop.
  • High-Speed Internet Connection.

Skima Talk does not require a degree to teach English

Skima Talk

SkimaTalk is a Japanese-based teaching marketplace where teachers create a profile and students can book them through the software. Classes are conducted through Skype video chats. Classes can be conducted at any time, 24/7.

Teachers can choose to teach their own material, or use SkimaTalk course content, which includes English Basics, Everyday English, Business English Basics, Business Skills & Knowledge, Writing Test Prep Topics, and Kids Courses. Finally, while there are some children students on the platform, most of the learners are adults.


Lingoda is an online language school that offers English, German, French, and Spanish lessons. This platform holds classes live in their innovative virtual classrooms using Skype. You just need to be a native-speaking teacher to work for them.

Teach English Online for Open English without a degree

Open English

Then, Open English will also hire you without a degree. It is an online English school based in Florida. It mostly caters to Spanish speakers. In 2014, the school had 100,000 students in the Spanish-speaking world as its main audience.


Verbling is an online language learning platform that pairs individuals with language teachers via video chat. 

Teaching on an online platform like italki lets you Teach English online without a degree


Finally, you can consider posting your teaching profile on teaching marketplace platforms and build a following there. One way to do this is to work for italki, an online language-learning platform that connects language learners and teachers through video chat. The site allows students to find online teachers for 1-on-1 tutoring, and teachers to earn money as freelance tutors.

You can also watch the video below to learn more about companies that will pay you to teach English- no degree required.

Many online E.S.L companies will hire you to teach English online even without a degree

However, if you don’t have a degree, then the best thing you can do to strengthen your application to teach English online is to sign up for a TEFL full circle course or an equivalent online English certificate. There are many courses that are cheap (less than fifty dollars) if you sign up through Groupon.

There are many entry-level online English teaching jobs that do not require a degree, but many will require a TEFL or TESL certificate or some teaching experience. Don’t be discouraged. It is quite easy to obtain your TEFL.

Smaller ESL Companies

If you don’t have a degree, you might want to check out some lesser known companies, too. They might offer more opportunities to a teacher without a Bachelor’s degree. 

Bottom line, if you are committed to remote teaching, then don’t give up until applying to every online ESL company that you can.

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