Teaching Abroad Content

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Teaching Abroad Content - Physical Education

In general, physical education teachers looking to teach internationally, regardless of country, must have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant major and a teaching license, must have on average two years of relevant experience, must have strong communication skills and cross-cultural awareness, and must be able to obtain the required work visa in the country of interest. The recruitment process is generally handled via a third party agency, with documents including a CV, cover letter, and references being required before an interview is granted, generally over video.

Education

Experience

  • In general, most schools require two years teaching experience. Some schools require as little as one year, and some three or more years. Also, some schools require the experience to be in physical education, while for others basic teaching experience is enough.
  • For most, previous experience in an international school is preferred.
  • Additionally, some schools will require that candidates have previously taught the subject to the same age group that the job requires.
  • However, there are some schools that will accept new graduates, with no experience, however, that typically means the pay will be on the lower end of the scale. More experience means a higher rate of pay.

Personal Characteristics

Legal Requirements

  • Depending on the country selected, candidates will need to have a passport from a country that is allowed. For example, for a job in China, the candidate must be a passport holder from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
  • The candidate will need to have the ability to obtain a work visa in the required country, which may have requirements such as necessary experience or education level.

Application Process

Research Strategy

The above insights were determined after reviewing both general information on requirements for teaching the specific subject internationally, and reviewing multiple job descriptions for the subject in different countries, and identifying the commonalities across the majority of postings. This was necessary to do as general information was extremely limited.

In order to attempt to obtain information, we reviewed the blogs and articles written by reputable recruitment agencies for international teachers, like Edvectus, to see what their general recommendations were for qualifications. Then, we looked for first-person experiences or narratives of teachers who have taught PE abroad, in the hopes that they would share their qualifications and information about the hiring process. Then, we looked for information put out by colleges or teaching programs to see what advice they had for student PE teachers interested in teaching abroad in the future. Finally, we reviewed multiple international job posting for PE teachers to identify the commonalities across countries.



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Teaching Abroad Content - Math

In general, candidates interested in teaching math abroad must have a Bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant field, have a qualified teaching certificate or license, and have experience teaching the same level and curriculum of mathematics that the job posting specifies. However, there are some lower-level mathematics teaching positions that do not require a degree or experience, other than being fluent in English. Candidates must also posses computer skills, be a strong communicator, and be able to handle challenges in the work place. Lastly, candidates should ensure they are eligible for a work visa in the specified country and are able to pass a background check.

Education

Experience

Personal Characteristics

Legal Requirements

  • Candidates must be able to obtain a work visa in the selected country, which may limit the nationality of potential applicants. For example, for jobs in China, the applicant must be a passport holder from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
  • Schools generally require identity checks, criminal background checks, qualification checks and employment checks (which may look for reasons for any gaps in employment and three satisfactory employment checks).

Application Process

Research Strategy

The above insights were determined after reviewing both general information on requirements for teaching the specific subject internationally, and reviewing multiple job descriptions for the subject in different countries, and identifying the commonalities across the majority of postings. This was necessary to do as general information was extremely limited.

In order to attempt to obtain information, we reviewed the blogs and articles written by reputable recruitment agencies for international teachers, like Edvectus, to see what their general recommendations were for qualifications. Then, we looked for first-person experiences or narratives of teachers who have taught Math abroad, in the hopes that they would share their qualifications and information about the hiring process. Finally, we reviewed multiple international job posting for Math teachers to identify the commonalities across countries.

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Teaching Abroad Content - Nursery Teacher

In general, candidates looking to teach nursery school/kindergarten abroad may not need much experience or education (simply an English language certificate). However, they must have strong personal characteristics such as the ability to be a team player, strong communication skills, and cultural sensitivity. However, some positions do require formal education such as a Bachelor's degree and 1-2 years of relevant experience. Additionally, candidates must ensure they can obtain a work permit in the country of interest.

Education

Experience

  • For international nursery/Kindergarten teachers, some jobs require no experience, although it is preferred.
  • Other schools require one to two years of experience, generally with a similar age group.
  • Some schools require familiarity with certain educational systems or techniques, like the Montessori system.

Personal Characteristics

Legal Requirements

  • Candidates must ensure they can travel to and work in the selected country. For example, for China, only passport-holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or South Africa are eligible for work visas.
  • Additionally, certain countries require formal four-year degrees in a relevant field to obtain a work visa.

Application Process

Research Strategy

The above insights were determined after reviewing both general information on requirements for teaching the specific subject internationally, and reviewing multiple job descriptions for the subject in different countries, and identifying the commonalities across the majority of postings. This was necessary to do as general information was extremely limited.

In order to attempt to obtain information, we reviewed the blogs and articles written by reputable recruitment agencies for international teachers, like TIE online, to see what their general recommendations were for qualifications. Then, we looked for first-person experiences or narratives of teachers who have taught nursery school abroad, in the hopes that they would share their qualifications and information about the hiring process. Finally, we reviewed multiple international job posting for nursery teachers to identify the commonalities across countries.
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Teaching Abroad Content - Music

Candidates looking to teach music internationally should hold a Bachelor's Degree in a music field and a teaching certificate, and may also need ESL certification. They should have at least two years experience teaching music, and experience teaching in an international school is an advantage. Candidates should be creative, organized, knowledgeable about a variety of different musical styles, and comfortable communicating and collaborating with parents, students and colleagues. Most international music teacher positions are hired directly by the international school and require written letters of recommendation, although some may use a third party recruitment agency.

Education

Experience

Personal Characteristics

Legal Requirements

Application Process

  • Most international schools hire music teachers as a direct-to-school position, although some schools hire through recruitment agencies like TIE, ISS, SEARCH and CIS.
  • The application process begins with the submission of a CV, official degrees and transcripts, letters of recommendations from previous teaching experiences. This is generally followed by a Skype or other online video interview.

Research Strategy

The above insights were determined after reviewing both general information on requirements for teaching the specific subject internationally, and reviewing multiple job descriptions for the subject in different countries, and identifying the commonalities across the majority of postings. This was necessary to do as general information was extremely limited.

In order to attempt to obtain information, we reviewed the blogs and articles written by reputable recruitment agencies for international teachers, like GoAbroad.com, to see what their general recommendations were for music teacher qualifications. Then, we looked for first-person experiences or narratives of teachers who have taught music abroad, in the hopes that they would share their qualifications and information about the hiring process. Finally, we reviewed multiple international job posting for music teachers to identify the commonalities across countries.
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Teaching Abroad Content - Modern Foreign Languages

Candidates looking to teach English abroad can do so with only a TEFL (or similar) certificate, however many positions require the TEFL certificate in addition to a Bachelor's degree in any field. No teaching experience is required, although it can be helpful. Candidates should be patient, culturally aware, and possess computer skills. Candidates will need to be able to obtain a work visa in the country of interest, and be able to pass a background check.

Education

Experience

Personal Characteristics

Legal Requirements

  • Most countries require a work visa in order to teach English. In order to obtain a work visa, applicants may need to have a passport from a native English-speaking country (UK, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Ireland or New Zealand).
  • Some countries require a medical exam and/or a criminal background check.

Application Process

  • Generally, English teaching jobs abroad recruit via a recruitment agency. Interviews are generally done online over the phone or online video.

Research Strategy

The above insights were determined after reviewing both general information on requirements for teaching the specific subject internationally, and reviewing multiple job descriptions for the subject in different countries, and identifying the commonalities across the majority of postings. This was necessary to do as general information was extremely limited.

In order to attempt to obtain information, we reviewed the blogs and articles written by reputable recruitment agencies for international teachers, like Edvectus, to see what their general recommendations were for qualifications. Then, we looked for first-person experiences or narratives of teachers who have taught English abroad, in the hopes that they would share their qualifications and information about the hiring process. Finally, we reviewed multiple international job posting for English teachers to identify the commonalities across countries.
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