As we just yesterday confirmed with SAFEA HQ office in Beijing and China's Ministry of Education (Press Office) the below are the ONLY mandatory requirements for expat ESL, TEFL, AP Teachers and professors to LEGALLY work in China in 2015...
* Bachelor degree in any major
* Valid passport with a Z visa
* 2 years previous teaching experience
* English fluency
* Ages 21-60
* Police certificate for Beijing (coming soon to Shanghai also)
Please note that these are the exact same requirements as 2013 and 2014 so don't let any job agent or TEFL sales rep confuse you. And if they tell you to look at some China Daily news article from September 2014, send them this link and tell them to be truthful with you or hang up the phone: http://www.bjstuff.com/profiles/blogs/mystery-news-article-about-new-china-foreign-esl-tefl-teacher
TEFL, TESOL, & CELTA teaching certificates are NOT mandatory requirements in China and at present 8% of all expats working in China have one.
If you have never taught English before they would certainly help you become a better teacher IF they are not online nor software-based programs that hundreds of job agents hustle for a commission to all newbie teacher applicants. Getting more training as a teacher is always admirable. Find yourself a university that offers classroom TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA training that offers interactive live classroom dialogue and role play, if you decide you want this optional training. It will look good on your resume and help you confidence in the classroom when teaching. If you want to learn more about teacher requirements in China and related scams and frauds, we suggest you consider the below reading...