For convenience, Magic Ears actually has their own TEFL course for applicants and it’s only $20.
I’ve heard this course can be used for other online English teaching companies, but I’m not sure if it would be accepted by major companies outside of China.
Can I Use The TESOL Certificate From VIPKID To Apply For Magic Ears?
Unfortunately, VIPKID has made their teachers jump through hoops in order to use the VIPKID TESOL certification on other platforms.
Currently, they require teachers to pay $79 in order to have their TESOL certification transferred to other companies.
I don’t recommend paying this price to transfer your TESOL certificate from VIPKID to Magic Ears. Instead, I recommend purchasing and completing one of the certifications listed above.
3. Native English Speaker
Being a native English speaker from a native English speaking country is another one of the requirements that Magic Ears has set in place.
Prior to late 2020, Magic Ears only hired teachers from the USA and Canada. But, after merging with another company and adding 250,000 new students to their platform, they have expanded their hiring grounds to any native English speaking country.
These countries include the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and South Africa, among others.
If you are a native English speaker from any of the above countries, you are welcome to apply to Magic Ears.
Do I Need To Speak Chinese To Teach With Magic Ears?
A lot of aspiring applications ask if speaking and understanding Chinese is a requirement to teach English online with Magic Ears.
No, you do not need to know a lick of Chinese in order to teach these students. In fact, even if you do speak Chinese, the company expects you to only speak English throughout your lessons.
4. A Computer or Laptop
One of the more obvious requirements to teach English with Magic Ears is a computer or laptop.
In order to access the teaching portal and deliver the lessons, you’ll need a reliable computer or laptop with internet access.
The computer you use to teach Magic Ears classes must have at least 4GB of RAM so that the classrooms load properly and quickly. You can check your computer hardware by looking under System Preferences.
For Mac users, click the Apple icon in the top left corner of your computer and choose About This Mac. The details will include how many GB of RAM your computer has.
Note: You cannot teach with Magic Ears from an iPad or a smartphone.
5. Reliable Internet
Along with a reliable computer, another one of the obvious requirements set by Magic Ears is stable internet.
Magic Ears has set a standard for internet speeds. They recommend:
20 Mbps Download 5 Mbps Upload
An awesome and free tool to help you check your internet speed is SpeedTest.net.
Having trouble with your internet speeds?
I highly recommend connecting to your modem using an ethernet cable. This will increase your speed and keep your connection stable throughout lessons.
6. A Webcam
A webcam is also necessary to teach for Magic Ears. So, whether you use the internal camera on your laptop or you purchase an external web camera, you’ll need to have one before you apply.
Personally, I use the webcam that’s built-in to my Macbook and it works perfectly.
If you want to purchase an external webcam, we recommend the Logitech C90 because it works well, it’s reliable, and it’s affordable.
7. A Headset
And the final tech requirement for Magic Ears is a headset.
Your headset will help block out the noises around you and keep echoing to a minimum during class.
Note: If you use my referral link to apply, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that I can get into contact with you and send you guides and tips to help you through the hiring process!
How Do You Get Hired With Magic Ears?
In order to get hired by Magic Ears, you must first meet all of the requirements listed above. If you qualify and meet all of the requirements, Magic Ears will ask you to complete the following steps:
1. Application 2. Mini Demo (Live or Recorded) 3. Training 4. Trial Class 5. Background Check
Once you successfully complete each of those steps, you’ll be asked to sign a 6-month contract. As soon as you sign your contract, you’ll be cleared to open your schedule for classes.
Note: As of December 2020, Magic Ears has relaxed the hiring process. It is currently VERY easy to get hired and start teaching with this company as long as you meet the requirements.
Is Magic Ears Better Than VIPKID?
Magic Ears and VIPKID are very similar so it can be difficult to put them up against one another.
Although these companies are similar in many ways, they are also different, too.
First, VIPKID focuses primarily on 1-to-1 classes where Magic Ears works with a 4-to-1 model. Many teachers prefer the 1-to-1 classroom model, but others like to have more students in class because it’s easier to get the students to participate.
Another difference is that Magic Ears typically pays a lot more than VIPKID. Magic Ears pays their teachers between $19-26 per hour. As of December 2020, VIPKID has cut their pay to approximately $14-17 per hour for most teachers.
In my opinion, Magic Ears is the hot company right now and I would jump in with them quickly so that you can build your profile and reputation.
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