Since July 1st 2017 all teachers need to get the following documents authenticated at a Chinese embassy or consulate in order to teach in China:
- Bachelor’s Degree (or higher)
- TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certification
Process for US nationals
For US Nationals, the process is as follows:
1. Notarize your documents
2A. Get your documents certified by the Secretary of State's office All documents must be certified by the Secretary of State’s office in the state where the document was issued.
2B. Get your documents authenticated by US Department of State Documents issued in certain states must be authenticated by the US Department of State after certification by local secretary of state’s office. These states include Washington DC, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.
3. Get your documents authenticated by Chinese Embassy/Consulates After certification by the Secretary of State’s office and/or the US Department of State, your documents can be authenticated by the Chinese Embassy/Consulate that holds consular jurisdiction over the state where the document is certified.
To make the process easier for you, we provide the following services:
- Printing and shipping of your TEFL Certificate - $25 USD
- Printing, notarization and shipping of your TEFL Certificate - $40 USD
- Printing, notarization, state-level authentication and shipping - $60 USD
- Printing, notarization, full authentication and shipping - $200 USD
In our experience, option three is the most cost-efficient if you also need to get your university degree authenticated. Upon state level authentication of your TEFL we will ship your certificate to you in the US and you (or a friend or relative) can submit it along with your (notarized and authenticated) university degree at the Chinese consulate/embassy.
Process for non-US nationals