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Teaching Overseas: Are you Qualified?

By Cynthia Nagrath

07/06/2011

Requirements for Teaching Overseas
Teachers who are looking for a change of pace, or just feel like they are getting into a dull routine, might want to consider teaching overseas. Many teachers wonder if they are qualified because they may never have worked, taught, or even traveled abroad, and concerns about language requirements consistently surface. Additionally, many people hold the mistaken notion that without any experience, they can still go overseas to teach English.

To answer these questions and dispel any myths about what is required to teach abroad, here is a quick guide to what you will need to teach at an international school overseas:

Language Requirements
“I don’t speak a foreign language,” is the common reaction of most teachers, but knowledge or fluency in a foreign language is not necessary to teach at international schools.
The only language requirement for teaching at an international school is that you speak English. In fact, native speakers of English, or those who command a high level of fluency in English, are exactly the types of candidates that international schools are looking for. American and international schools all over the world consist of diverse, multicultural student bodies whose common denominator is that they are all English-speaking.

This means that regardless of what subject or grade-level you teach, you will be teaching it in English.

Education Requirements
International Schools are looking for teachers who hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher in their subject area. Therefore, if you are planning to teach Social Studies at the middle or high school level, you should have a degree in history, political science, anthropology, sociology or any of the other social sciences. The same applies for secondary teachers of English, Mathematics, Science and other subjects. Elementary school teachers should hold a degree in education, childhood development, or other related subjects.

Experience
Is overseas teaching experience required to get hired by an international school? No, you need not have taught overseas before! But you do need a minimum of two years of teaching experience before you can teach at an international school. Contrary to a common misperception, teaching abroad is not the place to learn how to teach and to get your first experience running a classroom. “International schools are looking for proven performers who can hit the ground running and are capable of managing their own classroom independently,” explains Forrest Broman, President of The International Educator (TIE), a non-profit organization dedicated to the dual mission of helping teachers find positions at international schools and providing qualified candidates to staff these schools.

It’s a Small World After All
Once you have landed your first international teaching job, you are a more desirable candidate going forward, because you have already proven that you are adaptable in a foreign environment and that you have been successful at an international school. Furthermore, the references and recommendations you will have secured after your first international teaching stint will make future placements easier. The expression, It’s a small world, really bears true in the international school community. School heads know one another, and will place greater value on a recommendation from a colleague they know well or have worked with in the past. For teachers getting into the international circuit Mr. Broman has some sage advice: “It’s important to honor contract agreements and maintain professionalism, because your reputation precedes you.”

Certification Requirements
Many international schools require that teachers be certified in their subject area and grade level. Depending on your state or province it could be K-3, K-6, K-12 certification, or licensure for your specific subject and grade level. Check with your state’s Department of Education for specific requirements. International schools will accept certification from the state or region in which you are licensed.

If you are not certified, but have experience teaching at a private school, do not be deterred.
Some international schools will waive the certification requirement if a teacher has valuable experience. “Private independent schools in the U.S. employ talented teachers who often are not certified,” explains Mr. Broman, a former head of international schools in Latin America and the Middle East. According to Broman, “International schools are willing to hire these teachers, despite the fact that they are not licensed, because they bring valuable experience to their schools.”

Ready, Set, Go!
Don’t let your blank passport pages stop you! If you are a teacher with at least two years experience and you are fluent in English, then you are qualified to teach at an overseas international school. So what are you waiting for? Brush-up your resume, pack your bags, and get ready for the experience of a lifetime!




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05/11/2017 - Cindy
Hi Mimibel,

If you have two years experience you can apply to TIE and start searching for and applying to the international school positions we have in the U.A.E.
Please go to home page of this site and hit subscribe.

Good luck!

04/13/2017 - mimibel
I have a bachelor degree in the history of civilization, religion and Egyptology and I want to apply as a teacher in any school in UAE.How I can send my application
04/10/2017 - Riette
I have a 3rd year diploma in education, will this be enough? I am applying for my 4th year (higher diploma in Education ) will this be enough? I have 12 years experience in the foundation and intermediate phases. I would like to teach in Australia or new Zealand
04/07/2017 - Cindy
Hello Maree,

What a good question. You most certainly have the educational qualifications to teach overseas.

The experience is related because you taught at the university level, but there are different teaching styles at the K-12 level versus the university level.

I think international school heads would be willing to hire you, but it would be great if you could get some experience teaching at a secondary school.

Good luck!

04/07/2017 - Cindy
Hi Lorray,

You can teach Special Ed at most international schools around the world. At TIE we have international schools in our network located in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Central and South America. If you would like to get started, just go to the homepage of this site (www.tieonline.com) and click subscribe button.

Good luck Lorray!

04/05/2017 - Maree
Hi. I have a PhD in nutrition. Although i have not taught in a secondary or primary school i have extensive extensive experience in university lecturing and tutoring. Would this fulfil teaching requirement?
04/05/2017 - Sifiso Mnyoni
Thanks for information, I am ready to try. I wanted this for years now it's the time.

04/03/2017 - Lorray
Hello I have a Washington State Teaching certificate and an endorsement in Special Education. I have taught Special Education for 12 years. Where can I teach Special Education? I'm very interested in Australia. I would appreciate any help you could give me. Sincerely, Lorray
04/03/2017 - Cindy
Hi Jay,
Your qualifications are excellent, and yes older teachers with traditional and digital art credentials are most certainly acceptable educators for overseas teaching!

04/03/2017 - Cindy
Hu Sulene,

If you want to teach in the U.S. there is an organization that might help you get that first position, it’s called Southern Teacher’s Agency. Go to www.sothernteachers.com for more info.
Good luck!
04/03/2017 - Cindy
Hi Tink,

I can understand your envy – there’s something very alluring and exciting about living and working overseas – it is an adventure! As a medical doctor looking to teach overseas at an international school, I am certain you would be qualified to teach biology. In addition, you could be an asset to any school as a resource for health education and even back-up medical services to the Nurse/Health office and overall community.

Good luck!
03/29/2017 - Jay Wing
Teaching is a second career for me; I was a Graphic Designer for 20 years before returning to school to earn my credential in Art, and a Masters in Education. I have taught for 4 years and have always considered returning to Europe, as my father was stationed in Germany for my Junior High School and two years of my High School. Are older (in age, only) teachers, specializing in traditional and digital art acceptable educators overseas?
03/28/2017 - SuleneC
Hi
I'm a qualified teacher with a Bachelor degree in finance, I've recently came back from 2 years teaching in South Korea. Will I be able to teach in the States? If yes, what should I do?
03/28/2017 - Tink1038
Hi, I am a Medical Doctor (D.O.), with experience teaching medical students and residents (i.e. all adults). I have a Bachelors degree in English. I have family members who teach internationally and I am always impressed (and a bit jealous) of their lifestyle and opportunities. Would my background be of any value/benefit or would I have to start from scratch (such as go back to school for a teaching degree and accept less desirable foreign posts for s while)? Thank you
03/27/2017 - Cindy
Hi KK,

Yes, over 6 years teaching math, and certification in grades 9-12 math make you very qualified.

International schools are looking for teachers like you!

Regards,
CN
03/23/2017 - irum naz
It is really an encouraging offer for the teachers . Hope to access this opportunity the process would be easier too.
03/22/2017 - KK
Hello! I have taught high school math in Texas for the last 6.5 years. I am certified to teach math grades 9-12. Do you think I am a competitive enough applicant to find a teaching job abroad? Thanks!
03/22/2017 - Cindy
Hi Clara of St. Clara,

You are definitely qualified so the best way to get started is to subscribe to TIE and get started. You can subscribe on the home page of this site, www.tieonline.com and immediately start viewing the positions that are available. The schools will help you get your visa for the country where you’ll be teaching.

Good luck!

CN

03/22/2017 - Cindy
Hi Julianne,

As a NZ qualified teacher with 2 years teaching experience at an international school, you are qualified to teach at an overseas international school. All of the locations you have indicated are places where we have international school vacancies in the TIE network.

As far as how a CV should look for international school jobs, we have made that easy for you at TIE. When you subscribe, you will fill-out TIE’s online resume template that is based on a format that international schools utilize.

Your chances of finding a job at an overseas international school are very good!

- CN

03/21/2017 - Clara, of St. Clara
I have been working with kids in early childhood and up through 6th grade for twenty years and the last twelve years special education. I am looking to teach overseas for years and retire back here in the states or Canada, after I get a Visa from there. Please let me know how to go about this great feat in my eyes.
03/21/2017 - ChrisLloy
I want to teach abroad and have a diploma in primary teaching.I taught for three years as untrained class teacher and for a year as a trained class teacher.I was teaching Maths,English, science,social studies and CTs
03/21/2017 - ChrisLloy
I want to teach abroad and have a diploma in primary teaching.I taught for three years as untrained class teacher and for a year as a trained class teacher
03/21/2017 - Cindy
Hi Sheila,

If you have been teaching English for the past 26 years then you are most qualified to teach overseas! I understand you might be concerned about age restrictions, but there are many countries/schools that do not have age restrictions, so you should go for it!

For more information on this, please see our article beneath this one entitled, "Teaching Overseas - Does Age Matter?" on our homepage. I think it will answer a lot of your questions.

Best of Luck!
CN
03/21/2017 - Cindy
Hi Ame,

Your teaching license in Elementary Education and your teaching ESL certainly counts as teaching experience!

Plus your overseas teaching experience in South Korea and Thailand, and substitute teaching in the states all count! You are qualified to teach at an international school and I strongly recommend that you get subscribed on the home page of this site, www.tieonline.com, so that you can begin your job search process!

CN
03/21/2017 - Cindy
Hi Belinda,

Your 15yrs experience teaching primary school, plus your 2 Australian teaching degrees, Bachelor in Primary Education and Masters in Learning Support make you very well qualified to teach at an international school!

The international schools are looking for teachers of every subject and grade level. So if you're a primary classroom teacher that's what you'll teach. It's the number one mis-impression people have that you have to teach English. Every single K-12 subject is needed at international schools and you can teach your subject (in the English language).

Please go to the homepage of this website www.tieonline.com and hit subscribe. Once subscribed you'll have access to the hundreds of jobs in our international schools network one of which is certainly yours!

Good Luck!
CN
03/21/2017 - Cindy
Hello Lee,

I can't speak for the schools in NZ, but I can tell you that international schools in the TIE network will accept a degree from South Africa and her 7 years teaching experience makes her qualified.

Please tell her to subscribe to TIE and get started!

Good Luck!

CN


03/21/2017 - Cindy
Hi Elisa,

You do not need a TEFL certificate to teach abroad. If you are an elementary school teacher you can be a classroom teacher for the elementary grade-level of your choice.

The TEFL certificate is specifically for ESL teachers, but there are many other subjects needed including elementary classroom teachers like yourself, along with math, science, English, social studies, PE/Health, Art, Music and other common subjects you'd expect to find at a K-12 school.

You are qualified to teach overseas. Simply go to the home page of this site and hit subscribe!

Best,
Cindy
03/19/2017 - Arshi Taj Rahman
Thanks a lot for such a valuable and honest information which I was looking for , now I am more confident to teach at an overseas International School. Great job sir Once again Thanks
03/18/2017 - Elisa
Hi,

I am so torn- do I need a TEFL certificate in order to land a decent job abroad?? Everything on the internet seems to be saying I need it. I have been teaching as an elementary school teacher in the States for 10 years, but have never taught abroad. Please help!
03/12/2017 - Bilkish
I am extremely inspired to teach abroad and use my skills to develop our future leaders into being critical thinkers in a global world.
03/02/2017 - Julianne
Hi Cindy,

Thank you for the very informative post! It was really helpful in what I've been looking for but I was wanting more advice as I am looking to work either in Georgia USA, or Canada, or places like Germany, Amsterdam, Norway, Switzerland, etc.

I am a New Zealand qualified teacher, with a Bachelors degree in Education & teaching, and an extra year of honors. I only have provisional teacher registration as I have only done relief/supply teaching in NZ for less than 1 year. I have been teaching for almost 2 years now at an international school. What are my chances at international schools around the world? Do you have any tips on how international teaching resumes should look as NZ teaching CVs look very different to the rest of the world :P

Thank you in advance for your help!!

Julianne
01/05/2017 - Lee Van Tonder
My wife is teaching Life Sciences and Biology and has a B.Ed obtained from the University of South Africa. She has 7years teaching experience 2 of which have been after achieving her degree. We have heard that New Zealand does not accept this degree obtained in South Africa after 2006/8(not sure of the year). Is this true and are there other countries that do not accept this degree?
01/05/2017 - BelindaT
I am an Australian teacher with 15yrs experience. I have 2 Australian teaching degrees, a Bachelor in Primary Education and a Masters in Learning Support.

I'd love to teach in a primary school in the Philippines, but am struggling to find out the requirements and chances of a job. I would like to be in a regular 'elementary classroom' role and not just a person who teaches English. Can you offer any assistance or tips on where to look?
12/27/2016 - Ame
Hello,
I have my teaching license in Elementary Education and I was wondering if teaching ESL counts as teaching experience? I taught English for one year in South Korea, one year in Thailand, and have a total of around 7 months of long-term substitute teaching in the states. Am I qualified to teach at an international school?
12/26/2016 - Sheila
I am teaching English for the past 26 years and am looking to explore teaching abroad in Any American School that will accept me. I am 65 years old, will I qualify ?
12/17/2016 - Komal
Hi!

Thanks alot dear for clear and such a valuable information that you have shared for teachers like us who r willing to work overseas but don't have correct trail to walk on reach our goal. Thank you once again.
12/12/2016 - Cindy
Hello Austine,

Thank you -- we're glad you have found the article helpful and mathematics teachers are definitely needed!

12/12/2016 - Cindy
Hello Austine,

Thank you -- we're glad you have found the article helpful and mathematics teachers are definitely needed!

12/09/2016 - austine
Hello. I'm a mathematics teacher in Nigeria working with an international school presently. I like your article on teaching overseas and I am looking forward to teaching overseas too. Thanks...
12/09/2016 - Cindy
Hello Readers,

All of you who have mentioned that you have over 2 years teaching experience in your respective subjects are indeed qualified to teach overseas at an international school.

For Marinda, it does not matter that you do not teach English, but you must be able to teach your subject in English. Additionally, it must be one of the K-12 subjects such as Math, Science, Social Studies/History, PE, Art, Music, etc.

Best of luck to all of you!
11/27/2016 - Roneiko
Would 10 years experience as a Sociology professor at a community college qualify for teaching overseas? I have both a bachelors and masters degree in the subject.
11/21/2016 - Coach Phil Webster
How do you find ooenings for teaching and possibly coaching positions in foreign nations
11/19/2016 - Marinda
Hi I have been teaching in Foundation Phase since 1991. I have a four year teaching diploma and a advance certificate in management. Unfortunately English was not one of my major subjects. Currently I am an HOD. Will I be able to apply for a teachng post abroad? Greetings.
11/16/2016 - sir babs
I've teachers' certificate 'A' ,diploma in basic education from university of cape coast in Ghana and bachelor's degree in agriculture science from university of education in Ghana and have taught in English ,science, agriculture and mathematics for 11 years,I am qualified to be employed?
11/14/2016 - Cindy
Hi Ahmed,

You have great experience and certifications, but without the degree, an international school cannot hire you. You're best bet is to pursue positions teaching English as a Second Language abroad at language schools or local national schools that might not have the degree requirement.

The other piece of advice is to pursue getting your degree so that you can take your teaching career to the next level.

All the best!
CN
11/14/2016 - Cindy
Hi Ahmed,

You have great experience and certifications, but without the degree, an international school cannot hire you. You're best bet is to pursue positions teaching English as a Second Language abroad at language schools or local national schools that might not have the degree requirement.

The other piece of advice is to pursue getting your degree so that you can take your teaching career to the next level.

All the best!
CN
11/14/2016 - Cindy
Hi Ahmed,

You have great experience and certifications, but without the degree, an international school cannot hire you. You're best bet is to pursue positions teaching English as a Second Language abroad at language schools or local national schools that might not have the degree requirement.

The other piece of advice is to pursue getting your degree so that you can take your teaching career to the next level.

All the best!
CN
11/12/2016 - Ahmed
Hi guys, I'm a US citizen with no degree but have CELTA and TEFL certifications with about six years of teaching experience. I'm interested in teaching English at better schools but have no degree because I could n't afford one before. Now, I don't have time to get one. So, how much of a chance do you think I might have4 in this area? There has to be a way around this. Any suggestions, advice or guidance will highly be appreciated. Thanks once again!
11/10/2016 - Cindy
Hi Susan,

Your chances are quite good. You have extensive teaching experience and international schools are taught in English, so regardless of your subject, you will teach it in English.

Because most schools only have one art teacher, I would recommend that you pursue the classroom teacher positions and your spouse go after the art positions, since it would be hard for both of you to be hired as art teachers in the same school.

Good luck!
Cindy
11/09/2016 - Susan
Good morning,

I am interested in finding work as an art teacher in Germany.
I have a masters in art education and have taught kindergarten through 5th grade for the past eleven years and high school for one year prior to my current position.
I studied abroad in Saarbrucken in collage, but that was nearly 20 years ago and my German is rusty at best. I am married (to another art teacher) and have two young children.
How likely is it to find work teaching in an international school in Germany that speaks English?

Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer.

Sincerely,
Susan
10/13/2016 - Cindy
Hi Lis,

At TIE we specialize in the international school sector with our participating schools being mostly schools outside the U.S. and Canada.

If you’re interested in teaching in Canada you should be aware that Canada is a federation of 10 provinces and three territories. Under the Canadian Constitution, provincial governments have exclusive responsibility for all levels of education. There is no ministry or department of education at the federal level.

For more information on the 13 education systems, please go to the Provinces and Territories of Canada section of the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials at www.cicic.ca .

10/13/2016 - Cindy
Hi Quda,

Yes, there is definitely demand for English teachers -- both as a primary subject and English as a second language. A diploma in education with English as your main subject is a suitable degree for international teaching candidates.


10/13/2016 - Cindy
Hi Christina,

Virtually all of the international schools in our network are English medium schools. Information about these opportunities can be found on our website and I will email you additional information to help get you started!

CN

10/12/2016 - Lis
If I am an Australian qualified teacher who has a Graduate diploma in Primary Education can I teach in Canada?
09/24/2016 - Quda
what if you have a diploma in education with english as your main subject ,can you be considered
09/23/2016 - philly teach
I have been a teacher for 16 years. I was born and raised in America. I speak only a English. I am very interested in teaching abroad for a change of scenary. Please email me any information I may need to look further into this opportunity. Thank you so much!
Christina
07/12/2016 - Cindy
Dear Readers,

Thank you all for your interesting questions and comments. When you subscribe to TIE you will find you have the combined expertise and experience of professionals with over 30+ years experience in international education.

It is our goal to make you aware of the outstanding opportunities that exist at international schools around the world and give you the tools to find the perfect position at one of these schools.

Subscribe to TIE by clicking on the subscribe link on the homepage of this site and follow the prompts. You will be guided every step of the way and it will be our honor to help you launch your international teaching career!

06/20/2016 - Monica
Hi I'm just finished an Advanced Diploma and Special Education and I'm looking to do the teaching course? Please help. Thank you.
06/17/2016 - Mash
Greetings,
I have a B.ed and i've been teaching for a while now. In my country Nigeria, most of the standard international schools only take applicants with 'knowledge of British Curriculum'. I have searched till date but I can't find any institution that provides such training and certification. I don't even know what type of exam to take online with an accredited institution to be certified with the knowledge of British curriculum. Please help. Thank you
06/08/2016 - narinder
its a good article which is full of knowledge and energy.
06/08/2016 - Kelkid
Hi what about studets in third year doing primary diploma?
06/06/2016 - candy
Hey,am a diploma holder in primary teacher education from Kenyatta university in kenya with two years teaching experience.
Do i qualify to teach overseas?
06/04/2016 - Philip.
Both Pre and Post graduation experience I have taught for 16 years at the Elementary, Secondary and currently at the tertiary institution training Earlychildhood Educators. I possess a P.hD in Childhood Education and a vast knowledge of Sign language. Would love to teach in an Elementary School in Middle East. Am I qualified and How can I apply.
Regards
06/04/2016 - Manoj
Hi,
I am working in ICSE school as a mathematics teacher, having nearly 8 years of experience with qualification M.Sc math , B.Ed. i want go abroad ,but not getting what is the exact procedure that how to approach the Employer and regarding visa. Is IELTS exam is must??, if so how to apply that... please help regarding this....
05/30/2016 - Cornello
Thank you for the explanation so far,I hold a degree in history and would like to teach in Europe ,how can you help me?
05/29/2016 - KASHIF
HI , I am kashif ashraf having Master degree in chemistry along with teaching diploma and teaching experience of 3 years, is there any possibility of obtaining an overseas teaching position in a private school
05/24/2016 - niharika dubey
Looking for a teaching job I like this information
05/22/2016 - Portia
Hi I am a Geography/History teacher with six years working experience and have a deploma in education with the University of Zimbabwe. Do I qualify and how do I procede for international
applications for a job over seas
05/17/2016 - Joanne
Hi. I just got my BEd degree, however I taught for 2 years while studying to get my degree. Do I qualify to teach abroad
05/14/2016 - Cathi
I have 30 yrs. experience teaching kindergarten ,in a church weekday program, , including 3 yrs. as an Associate Director of a church weekday program . Although I'm not certified, I have the passion and love for preschoolers , watching them develop a love for learning.. Is there a possibility of obtaining an overseas teaching position in a private school ?
05/09/2016 - Michelle
Hi!

I hold a Bachelor degree in Business, however I also hold a Masters degree in Educational Administration and a PhD in Educational Leadership. I also hold a Texas State Teacher certification EC-4 and Principal EC-12. Do I qualify to teach with international schools? If so, how do I apply?
05/05/2016 - Jeshika Gohel
Hi,

I am Science Educator and am working with CIE curriculum for six years now.I would like to know how can i proceed for international applications? I have scored overall 7.5 in IELTS general.
05/04/2016 - Adeyinka
Hi dear,
i'm presently an undergraduate studying Biology Education in Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko. Ondo state, Nigeria, and i hope to teach abroad after at least two years home teaching, but are there no foreign certificate i must get, or foreign exams i must do to teach abroad. I prefer more of English-speaking countries
04/29/2016 - Cindy Nagrath
Hi Andreina,

Yes, you are qualified to teach overseas based on your education, experience and having worked at a well-known international school. The key for you is to get hired in the international marketplace so that you are not hired as a local hire. This will enable you to be hired as a full teacher versus an assistant teacher and will also enable you to get an international contract with better benefits versus a local hire contract.

One of the best and most cost efficient ways for you to do this is to subscribe to Tieonline. By conducting your job search through TIE you will be able to post your resume that will be seen by hundreds of hiring school heads, search TIE’s selection of hundreds of positions at international schools, and most importantly, do it all from the comfort of your home at a fraction of the price!

I recommend you go to www.tieonline.com to get started.

04/28/2016 - Andreina
Hello. I got a bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education in Venezuela and I also have almost 9 years of experience working at bilingual schools as an English teacher (pre-K to 2nd grade). This school year, I have been working as a teacher assistance at Escuela Campo Alegre an International School here in Venezuela. I am 34 years old. Will I be able to teach abroad?
04/28/2016 - Cindy
Hi Namara,

As mentioned below, you would need at least 2 years experience teaching and whatever certification your country or region gives to teachers. Of course it should be said that in addition to those basic requirements, there are a number of other criteria international schools are looking for when hiring a candidate.

For example, they look for excellent references and recommendations from your supervisors and others who have worked with you, an ability to communicate your teaching style and learning outcomes in the classroom, a passion for teaching and the ability to communicate and effectively teach in English to a multicultural student body from around the world. Of course there are other things school heads will be looking for as well, but this gives you a good idea on some of the key points.

Good luck to you!

04/28/2016 - nomara
i have one year teaching experience and hold a diploma in education from university of zimbabwe can l get hired

04/27/2016 - Cindy Nagrath
Hi Nomara,

I don’t have enough information on your experience and credentials, but I can tell you that it will take certain steps on your part to “get recruited” to teach overseas. The first thing is to make sure that you have at least 2 years teaching experience and the relevant certifications in your field.

Good luck!

04/27/2016 - nomara
i am a diploma in education holder from zimbabwe can l get recruited from oversees teaching schools
04/25/2016 - Cindy Nagrath
Hi Miems,
Yes it sounds like with the completion of the 2016 school year, you’ll have two years experience, that along with your early childhood credentials and your practical experience teaching those secondary subjects you should be a good candidate for international school teaching. If possible I would recommend looking into the secondary certification in your country if you have enjoyed teaching those subjects and would like to continue.

Good luck!

04/25/2016 - Cindy
Hi Running Bear,
You certainly have plenty of experience, knowledge and qualifications – not to mention enthusiasm. The age factor is not a problem. There are many countries and schools around the world that have no age restrictions at all and would be very eager to snatch up an educator like you! Check out our article on “Teaching Overseas – Does Age Matter?” (located on the homepage of tieonline.com). I think you might find it informative and encouraging. Also sign-up for TIE on our homepage so you can start choosing your next overseas teaching assignment!

Good luck and we hope to have you on board as a TIE member!
04/25/2016 - cindy
Hi Manika,
I believe you would be qualified to teach overseas based on your education, experience and relevant certification. This is assuming of course that you’re fluent in English and can be easily understand by students from around the world, many for whom, English is not their native language. If you want to teach overseas you would have to enter the international school hiring market and the easiest and most cost efficient way to do that is to join TIE. You can subscribe on the homepage of this site. Good luck!

04/17/2016 - monika
I am M.Sc. M.Phil in chemistry and have a licence to teach called B.Ed (Bachelor of Education) in India. I was principal of a nursery school for 11 years and presently teaching Science and maths to grd 6-10 in a private school. I am 48years old.Can I teach abroad abroad.
04/17/2016 - Runningbear
I hold 2 BAs 1 in Business and Management and 1 in Education - Special Education. I have a masters in Education -Special Education. I also have HOUSE certification under 'No Child Left Behind' as a highly qualified teacher in elementary education, high school. Highly qualified in Civics, English, Math, Science, Geography, History. I have 31 years plus in the field of education having held positions from teacher, department chair, college adjunct, lecturer, educational consultant, and currently headmaster of a small international school in the Philippines. My State license is for a period of 99 years. I would like to continue to experience the world. What is available for me. I am close to the senior citizen mark here in the Philippines - 60, but continue to have passion for education and am still young at heart. (There might be snow on the roof, but there is still a lot of fire in the oven). I still have the drive and energy of youth! Is there a demand for a native English speaker (American) with a fading working knowledge of German?
04/16/2016 - Miems
I have a degree in B.Ed in early childhood education. I started teaching in 2015 at a South African public school. However, I had to adapt according to the needs of the school thus for the last two years I taught history, geography , natural science, health science and a language subject (which is not English). Needles to say, I don't have a qualification to teach senior history, geography and natural science but I gained good experience. Will I be able to teach abroad?
04/15/2016 - Cindy
Hi Mythi,

Based on your experience and qualifications that you have mentioned, it sounds like you are qualified to teach at an international school. This is assuming that your English is excellent and can be understood clearly by students from all over the world, many for whom English is not their native language.

The second piece is that you find an international school that either follows the Montessori program or values teachers trained in this method of teaching.

To get started you can subscribe to TIEonline and start searching positions right for you!

04/15/2016 - Cindy
Hi Alexandra,

I would advise you to join TIE. You are at a distinct advantage because you have 2 years teaching experience at an international school and you are both a US and German passport holder. Having grown up in Brazil I would imagine that you are multi-lingual which is another big advantage.

Often when teachers are hired as a local national, or in your case, on a local basis, they receive compensation and benefits according to local pay scales. Conversely, teachers that are hired as foreign/expat hires, enjoy international scale compensation and benefits package. Therefore, if you go through the channels of international school hiring (i.e. subscribing to TIE or attending a job fair like Search or ISS) you are going through the expat door and will get the same packages that the international hires get. I strongly recommend that you do that because you will receive a better pay and benefits package. The best way to do this is to join TIE and get started right away!

Good luck!

04/15/2016 - Mythi
I hold an undergraduate degree and Diploma in montessori and child education and 3 years working experience as a montessori staff in an international school in India.Am I eligible to teach overseas? If yes, how can take further steps. If no, what I have to do for getting job. Please give the details.
04/13/2016 - Alexandra
I was born in the USA but I grew up in Brazil. I am now working as a teacher for the last 2 years at an international school, but I was hired as a local teacher because I did my undergraduate degree in Brazil. I have an American and German passport. How can I be hired to be an international teacher?
04/13/2016 - Cindy
Hi Bongi,
Based on your education, certification and experience, it sounds like you would be qualified to teach overseas.
All the best to you!
04/13/2016 - Bongi
I have BED English Language and Literature from National University of Lesotho,I am from Lesotho.I have been working as an English teacher here in South Africa from 2011 to date,Do i qualify to teach abroad?
04/12/2016 - Cindy
Guyo,
Yes, you are qualified. Subscribe to TIE so you can get started right away!
04/12/2016 - Cindy
Hello Judge,

You will need 2 years of teaching experience before being able to teach overseas at an international school. It sounds like you will need one more year of teaching at home before starting overseas.

Good luck!

04/10/2016 - Guyo
I m a qualified primary and high sch teacher.i have a B.Ed(hst and geog) with several year of exp.am i qualified
04/10/2016 - Judge464
I am just finishing my SCITT training year teaching computer science, ICT and Buisness Studies. Along with a PGCE at Masters level, BSc in computing. When I finish will I be able to work abroad to do NQT, or do I have to do my NQT here before being considered for posts?
04/08/2016 - Cindy Nagrath
Hi Susan,
Yes, there is definitely a need for Health/PE teachers at international schools and they are always looking for teachers who can coach their teams so it’s great that you have 10+ years coaching volleyball. The best way to start your overseas teaching career is to subscribe to tieonline. If you go to our home page and select Subscribe Now, simply follow the prompts.

To answer your question about salary and benefits, I would be remiss if I did not say it varies based on school, location and the individual candidate’s qualifications, but if you’re like me you dislike vague answers. Having put in the above disclaimers, I would estimate that someone with your experience could earn between $45,000-$55,000 a year and schools do offer health insurance. In addition, the big benefit that many schools offer is housing or a housing allowance, which allows teachers to save a lot of money.

Good luck with your new adventure!

04/06/2016 - Susan G
I am wondering where there is a need for Health and Physical Eduration teachers? This year will be my 13 year teaching in various types of public schools . I have been coaching three different levels of volleyball almost as long . I am also looking to get into Youth Ministry at some point . If anyone has any suggestions on where to start I would greatly appreciate it . This is the year of acceleration and I am ready to take this leap of faith! !!
Ps - What type of salary does teaching abroad provided ? Medical ? Housing?

Thank you for your help on this matter .
Susan G
04/04/2016 - Cindy Nagrath
Hi Judy,

The best way to get into the international teaching circuit is to subscribe to tieonline. You can subscribe to our home page on this site, and then you’ll be able to search the hundreds of jobs at international schools around the world and apply to them directly. You will also be able to post your resume in our resume bank that is searched by school heads looking to hire.

We hope to have you on board and please let us know if you have further questions.

04/04/2016 - Cindy Nagrath
Hi Nathalie,

Yes, there are openings for certified French teachers like you at international schools. You can subscribe to tieonline.com and begin searching for and applying to these positions directly.

Best of luck!

04/02/2016 - Preethi
I am a Ph.D. in Botany and taught Plant Genetics, Biotechnology and Plant molecular Biology for more thatn 30 years as a University Professor and retired recently. I would like to take up teaching online in the above topics. Can you give me suggestions? I would be living in the USA.
04/02/2016 - Judy
I am a Filipino, a graduate of Bachelor in Secondary Education major in Mathematics, a master in education major in educational management. A teacher in high school for 16 years. I am willing to teach in international school. Please do help to get a slot. Tank you.
03/29/2016 - Nathalie
Hello,
I'm a certified french language and literature teacher with bachelor's degree for middle school. I Speak also english. I taught in a private college during 4 years. I also give french classes to foreigners. I wish to enrich my knowledge and experience by working overseas. Do you think there's possibilities for me to teach overseas? Thank you
03/23/2016 - Cindy
Hi Russel,
You are very qualified and very experienced and I think you have a great chance of being hired by any international school you would like to go to. I do, however recommend that you do two things: 1.) Renew your teaching certification and 2.) Subscribe to tieonline.com and get started with the process.

03/23/2016 - Cynthia
Hello Curlywee,

Based on your extensive experience teaching math and your varied overseas teaching assignments I can say that many international schools would love to have you on staff. Please subscribe to TIEonline today so you can get started!

03/23/2016 - Cynthia
Hi Thao,

This is wonderful that you have 14 years of working experience working with students in the school setting. I bet based on the vast experience you have it’s the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree in education!

International schools, like most schools however, require that their teachers hold a bachelor’s degree in their subject or a related subject. Therefore, I highly recommend that you find a program that allows you to complete your bachelor’s degree from your associate’s degree so that you may qualify to teach anywhere you choose. There are a number of online options and cost efficient options through local community colleges that you can look into.

Once you have the bachelor’s degree and 2 years experience teaching your own classroom, you will have the prerequisites needed to teach at an international school.

03/23/2016 - Cindy
Hi Tim,

First of all congratulations on being so proactive and thinking ahead about what course of study will best lead to job prospects. Your focus and direction at such a young age is commendable. You ask a great question and my answer without hesitation is to go for the 4+1 program of getting your bachelor’s in math and getting the master’s in education in just 5 years. This is the smartest way to go; it’s the most cost efficient for getting the master’s and time efficient in so much as one extra year will get you the master’s degree which on it’s own often takes two years (not to mention losing any time post graduation).

To teach math and most subjects at international schools (or most schools for that matter), will require that you have a bachelor’s degree in the subject you will be teaching (in your case math) and in addition they will require that you be certified. Most schools would prefer a master’s degree in education to go along with your bachelor’s degree in your subject, and although the master’s degree is not necessarily required, it will certainly give you an advantage.

Additionally, from a learning perspective it will be very helpful to you to do the 5 year program because throughout your undergraduate years, you will be taking education courses side-by-side with your math courses which will really put you in a position to more effectively learn how to teach the subject when you graduate.

All the best to you!

03/22/2016 - Tim
Hello! I am currently a high-schooler and actually I am working on applying to universities. I want to study Mathematics and become a Mathematics teacher. However, I don't know what options are best! Some universities offer a bachelors in mathematics. Others offer bachelors in math and education. Others even offer a dual degree so I can get a major in math and a masters in education in 5 years! I would like to know a bit more about these options! Will a bachelors in mathematics be enough? Or would it be better to have the masters? Or do I need a bachelors in education? Thank you! :D
03/22/2016 - Thao
I have my associates degree and 14 years experience of working with students in school. Is there a possibility for me to teach overseas?
03/22/2016 - Russel
I have over twenty years of teaching experience, but do need to renew my teaching certification. I've taught everything in the standard American Social Studies curriculum, and sometimes well outside that curriculum (including Chemistry, Physics, Biology). My degrees (BA, Masters) are both in History from a Big Ten university. What kind of international teaching job could I qualify for?
03/15/2016 - LG
Wow! I like this
03/14/2016 - Cindy
Hi Takie,

As I mentioned to the previous reader, here at TIE we specialize in helping teachers find positions at international schools overseas, in other words, most of these positions are outside the U.S. Due to the growing number of international schools emerging here in the US we do have positions at these schools in the US which you would have access to if you subscribe to TIE.

To answer your question, based on the information you have provided, it seems like you hold the key qualifications necessary to teach overseas or here in the US. Your degree in Sports Science and Coaching will be a great add-on to your degree in PE. The only thing I don’t know is your level of experience and most international schools are looking for 2years experience.

All the best!

03/13/2016 - teacherwithapassion
I have been teaching for 18 years in Jamaica. i have a Msc. in Educational Leadership( obtained in the USA). My B.Ed in Primary education and Teacher certification i got in Jamaica.
Will I need additional certification to teach in the US?

03/12/2016 - takie
I hold a Diploma in Edcation (Secondary) specialising in Physical Education and a local language. I am currently pursuing Degree in Sports Science and coaching. Do I qualify to teach P.E in your country?
03/11/2016 - Cindy
Hi Shisy,

Congratulations on getting your diploma and working towards your Bachelor’s degree. Once you have your degree you will need 2 years of teaching experience and certification in your subject matter.

After that, you will be qualified to teach overseas!

03/11/2016 - Cindy
Hi Sanju,

It really depends on which school you choose to teach at. Most schools in Dubai require certification, and the UAE government mandates that your degrees and certifications be verified. Based on your experience and your Elementary Montessori Diploma I don’t foresee you having difficulty getting hired at an international school in Dubai.

Good luck!

03/11/2016 - Cindy
Hi Dominique,

You ask good questions and there is no one right answer. I believe based on your general certification in EC-6 that does technically qualify you to teach Grade 6 English. Because you have the additional K-12 ESL certification and directly relevant Grade 5 teaching experience in reading, together I think you have the credentials necessary. Your degree in Sociology and your Master’s in education are also contributing qualifications that combined together make you a strong candidate.

I say go for it! And good luck!

03/11/2016 - Cindy
Hi Mick,
I think there would definitely be a demand for a teacher like you who has he ability to teach Chinese, Hebrew and English. To answer your question, yes, teachers who can instruct in extra curricular activities such as martial arts are highly sought after. International schools often look for teachers who can wear many hats, and cross-teach a number of subjects and disciplines and it sounds like you certainly fit the bill!

03/11/2016 - Cindy
Hi Jayati,

It’s my understanding that to work in UAE they do require certification but they will accept various certifications from your host country. I don’t think there is any specific online certification program that is applicable to the UAE, but I can venture to say that based on your advanced degree and experience already teaching at an international school, you will be qualified to teach at an international school in Dubai.

Check out the positions we currently have available at international schools in Dubai. There are a lot of opportunities through TIE.

Good luck!

03/11/2016 - Cindy
Hi Ria,

Yes, you would definitely need the degree to be able to teach overseas. It’s great that you have the 4 years experience, but to really pursue a teaching career anywhere you would need that degree.

Good luck in pursuing your education and career goals!
03/10/2016 - Dominique
Help!

I have an interview coming up to teach 6th Grade English in the UAE. I am certified in ESL K-12 and also hold a Generalist Certification in EC-6. I have experience teaching 5th Grade Reading only for the past years. I was advise by a recruiter that I have a bigger chance of being selected if I teach kinder, but I would have to wait until next year. Am I qualified to teach 6th Grade English with my current certifications? My degree is in Sociology and my M.Ed is in Adult Ed. What are some interview to lips that might help me land this position?

Thanks in advance!
03/10/2016 - Beulah
what is the age limit for oversea teachers?
03/09/2016 - Sanju
I've an Elementary Montessori Diploma. I've 14 years of teaching experience in US Charter school. Do I need teaching license to work at UAE
03/09/2016 - shisy
Hi, I have already completed a diploma course in early childhood education and currently undergoing a bachelor in the same, do I qualify to teach overseas?
03/08/2016 - Cindy
Hi Dani,

The answers to your questions are yes and yes.

Yes, you would be able to work overseas you have the experience and qualifications so that would not be an issue.

Are international schools seeking teachers from overseas? Absolutely! That’s what TIE is all about helping international schools find qualified teachers to teach at their overseas schools and helping teachers find the right opportunities at these schools. If you’re interested you can start today by going to the home page of this site and subscribing to TIEonline.

If you have any questions, or need assistance we’re hear for you.

All the best!

03/08/2016 - Cindy
Hi Roman,

My best advice is for you to join TIE (go to the homepage of this website) and hit the subscribe button. For a nominal fee you will be entitled to see all the jobs currently available at international schools around the world and how to apply to them.

This is the best and fastest way to kick-start your international teaching career!

Good luck!

03/08/2016 - Cindy
Dear Shylu,

Yes you may! Four years of teaching experience gives you the qualifications that you need and TIE can help you with the rest, specifically where, when, and how to apply to the teaching job of your dreams.

I recommend that you join TIEonline so that you can get started right away! Feel free to contact us or call the office if you have any questions -- we’re here to help!

03/07/2016 - Cindy
Hi Chenapkei,

I am very pleased that you are inspired and motivated – two very important things for a teacher. Of course a teacher from Kenya has a great wealth of talent and perspective to offer international schools and their students. We need more diversity and if you’re experienced, qualified and able to teach in English, you will be highly sought after.

We are on this journey together with every one of our subscribers. When you subscribe to TIE, you not only get your very own resource of information, jobs, and resume tools to conduct your search, but you also get the 30 years experience that TIE has behind us in the field of international expertise and the people on our staff who you can call or email anytime. We are all willing to work with you and answer any questions or concerns that you might have and help you achieve your goals.

Hope to see you onboard soon!

03/07/2016 - chenapkei
Hi Cindy, your response to concerns of many and particularly to my question is a spring board that has ignited and re awakened a curious mind with potentials. Initially, for all the adverts I have come across about teaching in an international school, preference to western based qualification and perhaps south Africa dominated. With your re assurance that even from Kenya, one can qualify, i wish to request for your favours that you accept that we journey together. Other than your encouragement on how this can be made to happen, the next move on what I exactly need to do is what I am looking forward for from you. I am very serious and need your advice on the next move of action.
03/07/2016 - Cindy
Hi Sonja,

It sounds like exciting times are on the horizon for you! With 28 years experience you certainly have the credentials and qualifications to teach overseas and TIE has hundreds of positions I think you’ll be very interested in!

Good luck!

03/07/2016 - Cindy
Hello Second Career,

Special education and experience in ABA is a field that is becoming more important in international schools. You sound highly qualified in this field. TIEonline does feature positions at international schools for Special Education and I encourage you to subscribe to TIE and begin pursing the opportunities that exist.

Good luck!

03/07/2016 - Cindy
Hi Liam,

Thanks for your question I know it can be challenging trying to plot your next career move. I think you have a lot of interesting options available to you based on you background and now with your teaching experience in China it sounds like teaching at an international school would be a great next step for you.

I recommend that you subscribe to TIEonline.com so that you can have the tools and resources necessary to start the process.

It seems like teaching English or ESL would be the way forward and if you don’t have a certification in that subject I would recommend that you pursue getting certified to give yourself the best qualifications and chances of getting hired.

Hope this helps and all the best to you!

03/07/2016 - Cindy
Hello Ale,

Many international schools do require a teaching certification, however, based on your education and level of experience and multi-lingual fluency, I predict that you would be a strong candidate. If you’re interested in teaching overseas, you can subscribe to TIE and get your resume started so that you may begin the process of finding the right job for you.

Good luck!

03/07/2016 - Cindy
Hello Chenapkei,

It certainly sounds like you are qualified to teach at an international school overseas based on your education and relevant certification. You’re experience teaching Early Childhood Education at the university level is also a plus. If you are serious about beginning an international teaching career I recommend that you subscribe to TIE and so you can start the process.

All the best!

03/05/2016 - chenapkei
I hold an M.Phil in Early Childhood and Primary Education from one of the Kenyan State Universities. I am also a certified primary school teacher, but currently lecturer in a private university in the Department of Early Childhood. Do I qualify to be considered as a teacher in an International School? If not, How do I align my requirements to conform with the set standards?
03/05/2016 - Ale
Hello,
I have a PhD in Spanish but no teaching certificate. I currently teach in a US college and I have also taught pre-school in the past. Also, I speak Spanish, English, and Italian.
I am interested in moving to Europe but I am not sure where to start and if I need a teaching certificate. Any suggestions?
Thanks,
Ale
02/29/2016 - Liam
Hi,

I wonder if someone could offer me some advice. I hold a bachelor degree in graphic design and a master's in design. I decided that I wanted to teach internationally and so I am currently teaching English in China. I am trying to work out what my next move should be after I leave China. I want to be a teacher however I'm not quite sure what I should do.

Thanks in advance.

Liam
02/21/2016 - Second Career
I am interested in teaching overseas in Europe or Germany. I am a Special Education Teacher with a Masters in Special Education and classes in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). My first career was working with adults with disabilities. I have tried the DODEA, USA Jobs.com, but they aren't hiring overseas in Europe. Does anyone have any other recommendations?
02/20/2016 - Sonja
I have been teaching for 28 years and have 2 teaching diplomas. I live in South Africa and teach in English but feels its time to explore the horizon. I turn 50 this year... is it possible to teach in USA or any other country.
02/18/2016 - Roman
Hi. I hold a BSc degree with majors in Biology and chemistry and a PGCE. Have more than 10 years teaching experience and would love to teach abroad. Please advice me on the steps to take. Thank you.
02/17/2016 - Shylu
I have 4 years of abroad teaching experience. I want to work in any middle east or American country Can I?
02/11/2016 - Dani
Hi,
I've previously worked as a Supply teacher in school for children up to the age of 12 when I was living in London. I also had my own class during my time there (Nursery). My qualification is Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to 5 years) from NSW, Australia.

Would I be able to teach overseas?

Also, are they often seeking workers from overseas?I am looking to move to Japan or France to teach.
02/11/2016 - Ria
Hi.... I have 4 years of teaching experience but I don't hv b.ed degree.Can I teach overseas...
02/11/2016 - Jayati
Hi Cindy,
I am working for an International school in Oman. I have a bachelors degree as well as an MBA in Finance. I have been teaching IGCSE Business, Accounting as well as Enterprise for the the 14 years. However I wish to relocate to Dubai in an international school. Please could you suggest which teaching qualification is valid online so as to get a teachers certification. to work in the UAE.
02/11/2016 - mick
I have been teaching efl in Asia and Israel for over 20 years ,ages 4-university levels . i also have tesol certification ,i will be completing my master degree in teaching Chinese as a second language from Taiwan (May 2016 is my expected graduation date ) i can also teach Hebrew, and have been teaching martial arts,so can teach it competitively, and as apart of Chinese culture . how big is the requirement for Chinese? is there a chance as a Chinese /English teacher ? how important is extra curricular instruction ability ?

02/01/2016 - Cindy
Hi Mel,

I think you will most certainly find an international school that will make the exception because a.) you hold a Master’s degree, b.) You are TESL certified, and c.) You have experience teaching at an IB world international school. In addition, you have 6+ years teaching at the University level and in multiple countries. It sounds like you are highly qualified and many international schools will be vying to have you join their staff!

You should subscribe to TIE and get your resume up in our resume bank because international schools are hiring right now for the next school year and they’re looking for candidates like you!

Good luck!

02/01/2016 - Cindy
Hello Gem,

Great question!

If you have a degree in Theatre you could teach subjects such as Theatre Arts, English and a number of other related topics. You would need to get certified and teaching experience and you could do that without necessarily having to get a master’s degree, although there are many masters’ programs you can do that will also give you your certification along with some teaching experience.

Another idea would be to take a TEFOL or ESL course and get certified in that subject as there are many programs that are only 6 -12 weeks in length depending on which one you choose. I think you would have a lot of options but teaching English as a second language would be the fastest way to get certified for teaching and then you could pursue certifications in theater or English Language Arts.
All the best to you!

02/01/2016 - Akhila
Hi,

Let me start with thanking you for an amazing post. This is the exact information I was looking for.

I need few more details though:
I am from India and planning to travel to US with my husband and will be holding a L2 visa. I have a Master Degree in Science (Botany) and I have been a teacher in India for couple of years. I also hold Bachelor in Education degree (needed to teach in India).

Questions:
1. Can I work as a teacher with L2 visa?
2. If yes, do I have to get any additional certification in US, before I am eligible to teach?
3. Anything I am missing at this point which needs to be considered before I am all set to teach in USA?

Thanks in advance!

Akhila
02/01/2016 - Cindy
Hi Divya,

Your MBA degree and your business experience is certainly valuable and often people who career-switch from business to teaching are very successful and bring a different and professional perspective to the classroom.

Without having prior teaching experience, and no certification in teaching the chances are low, however, if you can take a course or get certified for teaching and get at least 2 years teaching experience you will greatly increase your chances!

01/31/2016 - Hano
i have a bachelor of primary education, do i have to do a TESL course even though my degree gives me a NESB qualification?


01/31/2016 - Mel
I teach grade 11 and 12 Literature at an IB world International school right now in Shanghai and I'm not certified. I do have an MA in English Literature, TESL certified and 6+ years of experience teaching ESL at Uni's in Korea/China/Canada...now I want to leave Shanghai and I'm worried I won't find another international school that will make the exception.

I'm going to apply regardless and hope I luck out again!
01/26/2016 - Gem
Hello!

Thank you for this informative post! I would like to ask a question as my situation is a little unorthodox.

I have a bachelors in Theatre and would love to become a teacher.
I am from England and my partner is from America and we plan on moving to the US once we have finished in Asia. I have no official teaching experience.
If I do a masters in education in America would i be able to work there as a teacher?
If I did my masters in England would I need two years experience before i moved to America?
Is it sensible to do a masters at all, or should I use that time getting relevant experience?
Thank you so much for your time! We are both trying to get our heads around our futures!
01/26/2016 - Divya
Hi ,
Thanks a lot for the article. I am from India. I am an MBA grad. I do not hav any prior teaching experience. But I do have about two years of corporate(MNC) experience. I am interested and passionate about teaching abroad. What are my chances?

Thanks
01/19/2016 - cindy
Hi Andrei, It sounds like you’re on a great track for teaching overseas based on your degree of study and the fact that you’re already doing student teaching. You might want to speak to your academic advisor to find out what you would need to do to add a teaching credential to your degree program.

I recommend that you use TIE as a resource. Since you’re a student your best bet would be to sign up to receive our free weekly newsletter so you can get information about international schools and teaching overseas.

Good luck!
01/19/2016 - Cindy
Hi Hanz, I’m not quite sure based on the information you shared. Please feel free to call the TIE office or email us and we’d be happy to discuss it with you further.
01/19/2016 - Cindy
Dear Sunday1000,
You are not too old. Your breath and depth of experience would most certainly be valued by many schools that would want to utilize your skills as a teacher and your diverse background. Please read our article Teaching Overseas – Does Age Matter.
I think it will answer a lot of your questions. Good Luck!
http://www.tieonline.com/article/114/teaching-overseas-does-age-matter

01/19/2016 - Cindy
Hello Anitha,
Thank you for your kind comments. We’re here to provide, not only useful information about teaching overseas, but also encouragement on how YOU can make it happen!

01/19/2016 - Anitha
Hi! This article is a boost for me to go forward in my career. Thank you.
01/19/2016 - Susyq
I am extremely interested in giving back to those children in need & pursuing & continuing my life's passion of impacting children positively through a creative curriculum in a thematic learning units & the 'whole' child! "We are the world, we are the chuldren...", lyrics by Michael Jackson, enriched my viewpoint as a passionate teacher on the emergent early childhood process of learning!
I'm extremely interested in possibility of given the opportunity for a chance at this awesome opportunity to teach abroad!!
According to information in the article, I'm a certified Philadelphia teacher with certification to teach early childhood/elementary with over 20'yesrs teaching experience as deemed qualifications specified!!!
Thank you in advance for your anticipated Expedient attention to my inquiry.
Sincerely,
Susyq
01/18/2016 - Hanz
I have 3 and half year experience in an Ielts institute there I teach English basics to children ....it is basically a part time job Am I eligible?
01/16/2016 - Sunday1000
I am qualified. Have a double Masters Degree in Reading/Special Education. I am state certified and I have excellent experiences. I have taught elementary, junior high, high school and I was am adjunct professor of special education at a college in New York, where I am from. I was also the education director at a preschool in inner city New York. I am also a published writer, poet, author an have traveled all over the world. I am in excellent health and very physical activity. I would love to take an assignment, for at least a year, but I am consider "too old" . I am 71. What can I do to be hire? Who can offer some critical and important suggestions?
01/12/2016 - andrei
Hey guys! I hope you're all doing great.
I have a Bachelor degree in Economics at the Erasmus University. I have been teaching mathematics, statistics and microeconomics to students at my university.
I don't have a teaching qualification though, but I am very eager to teach abroad in a private institution. Can you please suggest me some resources to look into?

Best,
Andrei
01/11/2016 - Kim
I have a diploma in Early Childhood. Does this qualify me for a position in the U.S.?
01/10/2016 - Leduc
I come from Haiti I have nine years of experience in a high school as a deputy director but I studied administration sciences ( sciences administrative ) now I'm living in Norfolk Virginia can you tell me about working in the education system?
01/08/2016 - Ekah
I have six years of teaching experience. Am interested in teaching abroad. how do i start the application process
09/25/2015 - Tjema
Do I still qualify if a newly graduate, but have 24 weeks of practical experience?
09/11/2015 - Martin
Good day

Do the countries accept UNISA QUALIFICATIONS? I HAVE A 4 Year B. Ed degree.
09/08/2015 - Kaylee
Hello,

I am currently on my way to obtaining my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, and I found this article to be extremely helpful! However, my boyfriend is English, and we plan to get married and live in England once we finish with college.

Therefore, I was wondering, if I have dual nationality and live in England, then do I still need two years of training?
09/01/2015 - Plainer
Hi! I have done my TTC and Montessori this is my third year of teaching want to pick up a job abroad . I am separated with my 8yr old son .need to look for a school where we both can be together .Is it possible .What course should I do to be eligible to work abroad
08/27/2015 - Tracy
Hi All,
I am a qualified teacher with seven years experience in South Africa. After speaking with some recruitment agencies it seems that my dream to teach in Singapore is unlikely to happen as I do not have experience in IB-PYP.

Do you suggest that I do an online course for IB-PYP to better my chances? Will this even help me?

If so, who do you recommend I should do the course through?

I appreciate any advice you may have for me.
08/27/2015 - wyokl
I will be doing my student teaching this Spring that will last 6 months. I also have been substitute teaching while going to school. Would this qualify as enough experience to teach overseas?
08/06/2015 - Cindy
Humaira,

It might be difficult to get your certification from one of the US 50 states from Saudia Arabia, but perhaps you can research some online certification options.

Good Luck!


08/06/2015 - Cindy
Hi Nadia,
They are looking at 2 full years of teaching your own classroom.
CN
08/05/2015 - Nadia
If I have a B.A. degree in teaching history ..does my student teaching count as one year of teaching experience? Or do I have to teach two full years including student teaching ?
08/04/2015 - reny
please help me get a job

08/02/2015 - Humaira
I m master degree holder in economics and i have also done B.ed and i want to work in american school saudia but there necessary requirment is that only american or canadian teaching licence holder teachers can apply how can i get one of these licences while i m living in saudia and my educational degrees are from pakistan.
08/01/2015 - Amira
Can I work in these schools if I'm non native speaker of English , but I have TESOL
07/30/2015 - abubakr
Great value able information
07/15/2015 - Cindy
Dear Alyssa,

Kudos to you! It is rare that we find someone as young as you already focused on her future and goal to teach overseas.

It's wonderful that you know early because you can choose your major from your first year and get all the courses you need for elementary education. Additionally, since you already know you’re interested in international education, it might be a good idea for you to study international relations, or global studies or other courses of studies that focus on foreign cultures and/or foreign affairs.

In college seek out internships and student teaching opportunities that will give you maximum exposure in the classroom and with elementary-aged students. Choose a college that includes certification in your education program. And finally, when you graduate from college, get two years teaching experience in the classroom, and you will be totally qualified to teach overseas!

All the best to you and good luck!
07/15/2015 - Allyssa
I am a young student still in high school but most definitely know what I want to do with my life, International teaching all over the world for elementary kids.

I want to get a head start and learn as much as I can about everything. If any one has any tips or suggestions please let me know! Knowledge is the best gift you can give.

Much thanks,
Allyssa D.
07/14/2015 - Cindy
Hi Emma,

Thanks for your question it is a good one.

If you teach a K-12 subject that is in demand at an international school and your English is excellent, then you can certainly be hired to teach at one of these schools.

Please do not be discouraged, in fact I would wholeheartedly encourage you to pursue this if it’s something you’re truly interested in. International schools are just that — they’re international. That means students from all over the world representing virtually every country in the world are present, the same for the staff. How limiting would it be for any school to choose from among candidates from only those 7 countries?

If you are qualified, and you are confident in your ability to teach your subject in English, then there are many opportunities for you.

All the best!
07/14/2015 - Cindy
Hi Nick,

Actually it’s the opposite, get experience (at least 2 years ) plus your certification, and then you will have the qualifications necessary to teach overseas.

Good luck!

(PS: Chemistry and Biology are excellent high-demand subjects.)
07/14/2015 - Cindy
Hi Camille,

The best tip I can give you is to join TIE so you can immediately see all the positions at international schools and begin to apply to them directly. Moreover, you will be able to have access to all the articles and information about teaching overseas and international schools that will make you more knowledgeable and informed as you communicate with these schools. Furthermore, you’ll be able to post your resume in TIE’s Resume Bank which is viewed by hundreds of international school heads who are searching through the Resume Bank when they are looking to staff their schools.

So no more vacillating — the time to get started is now!

And good luck to you and your family!
07/14/2015 - Cindy
Kungfumanda,

International schools do indeed like to hire teaching couples, and your boyfriend certainly has extensive and valuable teaching and social work experience, however, I believe because he is not a full teacher and certified, he will find it hard to be hired overseas at an international school. Most international schools will only hire teachers who are certified and with a minimum of 2 years teaching experience, and that’s teaching in their own classroom not substituting or assistant teaching.

I woud recommend that he work on getting certified and becoming a full teacher, or if you are both interested in having some sort of overseas teaching experience together without him getting fully certified, there are other opportunities to teach abroad at local schools and they would love to have professionals of your background. Go the GoAbroad.com website and click on the teach abroad tab. There you’ll be sure to find plenty of opportunities that you both would qualify for.

Good luck!

07/14/2015 - kungfumanda28
I am a certified teacher and my boyfriend is an educational assistant. I've been thinking about teaching overseas but my boyfriend is concerned that he wouldn't find employment in his field. He's not certified but has 7 years of experience working as an EA with students with behavioural and medical issues and also has experience working in child and family services. Would he also be able to find a position with the help of TIE?
07/14/2015 - priya chopra
I heartly appreciate the article

07/13/2015 - Camille
Hello Cynthia,
I'm an experienced teacher and administrator from the USA and have been vacillating for years about teaching abroad. Now, I know I am ready! I have three children whom would be traveling with me. Do you have any tips as to where/how I should begin? I am very excited about this next stage of my career.

Warmly,
Camille
07/12/2015 - Nick
Hi,
Am currently completing my university education. l train as a teacher of chemistry and biology. lsn't it possible that l secure a place to teach overseas as I wait to gather teaching experience.

Regards.
07/11/2015 - Emma
Countries like South Korea and China often specify that only teachers from seven chosen countries of US,New Zealand,Canada,Australia,Ireland,UK and South Africa are eligible by Korean law to teach in Korea due to accent.

Though I have good accent as any native speaker.I'm often discouraged to apply. What is my next option
07/06/2015 - Cindy
It's great if you're interested in teaching at an international school. The best way to get started is to sign-up for TIE at www.tieonline.com and kick-start your career!
06/29/2015 - clariz
Thanks for all the info. It helps a lot. I'm teaching for almost 5 years, 2 years in private and 3 years in public school. I'm already a license teacher for 3 years and I have so many training and workshops attended. I'm very interested in teaching international school.
06/22/2015 - Cindy
Hi Chiefakisah,

You sound like you have significant teaching experience in Math which is a high-demand subject. As long as you can teach math in English to an international group of students who will be learning exclusively in English you sound qualified!

I encourage you to join Tieonline so you can get started!

Good luck!
CN
06/22/2015 - Cindy
Hi Hosea,

Your extensive experience qualifies you to teach overseas. I encourage you to subscribe to Tieonline so you can start your international teaching career!
06/18/2015 - chiefakisah
I am a Secondary School Mathematics Teacher with above eight years of experience. I work and leave in Cameroon. My dream is to be an international teacher. I wish to teach Mathematics abroad.
06/13/2015 - None-Prefer being called Hosea.
Hello,
I am Hosea. I am a healthy, 74 year old male with a Bachelor in Business- U. of Maryland, a Bachelor in History-Coastal Carolina U. and currently enrolled in the Master's program in Teaching (M.A.T)- Coastal Carolina U., with 21 Semester hours and enrolled in my last 2 classes, which will give me a total of 27 hours upon completion. During my military career, I taught Race Relations and Equal Opportunity seminars for three years, and was an instructor for three years at the US Ranger school. I have taught as a substitute teacher for two years with the Manhattan, Kansas School District. My last teaching assignment was with the InLingua School, Verona, Italy, and taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for two years. Will not having South Carolina certification hinder my chances of becoming a teacher with your organization? I sure hope not. With my experience in teaching, in both a school and military environment, I have a lot to bring to your organization. Thank you.
Hosea
05/28/2015 - Matt
Hi Cindy,

I am Matt. I am a 36 yr old Indian teacher with a Masters in English Language and literature. I also did my TESOL certification in Thailand in 2008 and have taught ESL in China, Vietnam and Cambodia. I also did a freelance teacher trainer role with the British Council in india for a year. I am teaching in an International School in India now and I teach IB Diploma courses - TOK and English lang and lit. I will be doing the IB workshops (Cat 1 ) for both TOK and English A subjects, I want to apply for IBDP teaching jobs in Eng/TOK next year (when I finish 2 years teaching here). Am I a good candidate? My IELTS score is 8.5. Will the lack of a B.Ed degree/certification hurt my chances?
05/23/2015 - Eunice
Hello Cindy,

I believe in teaching profession, a teacher must have the zeal to teach and also have learners at heart. if a teacher says he or she is qualified to teach because he or she posses a degree or the highest Education level , yet the zeal of teaching and having the learners at heart is not in him/her, then I bet that is not a qualified teacher. teaching is noble profession and its just like a call from the Almighty God. Cindy I bet that a teacher having a certificate or a diploma in education can teach very efficiently and effectively in an international school than the one holding a degree or Masters as long as he/she has the children at heart. The one with the highest teaching Qualifications may not have the desire to teach or have children nor students at heart. A teacher with a certificate or a diploma in Teaching and has not less than 6 years in teaching , I bet that teacher can teach very effectively and efficiently in an international school also. as long as teaching is a call for him or her and that he /she has children or students at heart. to add on that a teacher should also be an all round teacher where he/she can cheap in or help in situations that require immediate attention in schools. to get this skill of an all round teacher, one needs to do lot of research, interact with other teachers who are experienced in other fields as well as attend various seminars in line with teaching Profession. I believe given a chance to teach in an international school, I can give the best of my services even though I do not hold a degree. I have a Diploma in Early Childhood. But with the numerous teaching experiences I have, I believe I have the potential of teaching and caring for learners in an international or a national school in a country. Thanks for reading my comments and putting them into consideration.

Regards.
05/20/2015 - Anzia7
This is one of the most informative and energizing articles I have ever read about questions I have had and I now feel like I know what to do to make working in an international school a true reality!
05/18/2015 - Cindy
Hello everyone,

I know each of you has specific questions relating to your unique experience and educational background, but the key elements to note regarding your eligibility to teach overseas are:

1.) You hold a bachelor's degree or higher in your subject area or in education.

2.) You have at least 2 years teaching experience at the K-12 level.

3.) You are certified in your state or province.

4.) You are fluent in English and can teach your subject in English.

Are there exceptions to the above?

Yes, sometimes there may be exceptions, particularly if you have a graduate level or terminal degree in your subject area, some schools may waive the certification requirement. Although certification is preferred, if you have a PhD in your subject matter, or a Master's Degree in your subject with extensive experience, many schools, at their discretion, can waive the certification requirement.

How Do I get Started?

You can subscribe to TIE and for $39/year have access to the hundreds of jobs at international schools that are looking for qualified candidates. This also allows you to post your resume on TIEonline where school heads can find and contact you.

We are always here to answer your questions if you need further assistance!

- CN





05/11/2015 - Essy
Hi, am a Kenyan and a graduate in English/Literature and applying for my masters in literature.I would like to get a job in any international school in kenya.
05/06/2015 - SANDHYA
Hi ... I'm Sandhya. I have 15 years of teaching experience but I have not done B.ed . Can I go abroad to teach.

05/05/2015 - flaky
Hi!
I am a Nigerian, fresh graduate and have degree in Science Education (Biology). i have teaching practice experience. I would like to teach abroad. How do I achieve this?

05/01/2015 - rosellalady
I am a language and culture teacher fluent in English and Italian and proficient in Spanish.
I would like to get a job in Italy because it is my country of origin and I love it. However I am open to teaching in other places in Europe
04/16/2015 - SS
I am certified in special education, general. Do I have to be certified in a subject area to teach aboard?
04/15/2015 - Abiri
Hi l am from Ghana and I have degree in basic education with four year working experience. I would like to know the road map to teaching abroad; I mean how to I go by the process?.
04/11/2015 - Malik
I would like to teach in U.A.E.provided I am found eligible.
04/06/2015 - Ricky
Hi Cynthia, I would like to know if there is an age limit to teaching overseas? I will be retiring from teaching in sa at the end of next year and would love to go and teach overseas. I have a BeD degree and taught mainly Mathematics and English. Regards, Ricky
04/02/2015 - ICE man
I have experience in a private school setting teaching PE but I am not licensed. I would love to teach PE in the Middle East! How do I go about this.
03/26/2015 - Cayt
Hey

So I am currently a Senior in High School, and am going to be attending college next year. I have always wanted to become a teacher and teach abroad.

But, I do not know what subject I should major in. What is the best subject area to major in to be accepted in jobs overseas?
03/23/2015 - Thomas
Hi everyone,
I am doing my Doctorate in business administration in ITSMI, Paris, France. The doctorate degree is approved by the rector of French education. Is my doctoral degree valid around the world?. if you don't know is there any way to check it's approval?. Thanks in advance.
03/18/2015 - Njerin
Hi
I am currently in Kenya, and would like to teach at the international schools here.
I have been teaching elementary school in California for 20 years and would like to teach in Kenya, are there any vacancies available?
03/17/2015 - Kyl
Hi Cherie
you posted back in January of this year, 2015. I'm Australian have one degree in Psychology and currently doing My Masters in Education.
When I moved here three years ago the first thing you need to do, is send your transcript, actually University must do that. To World Education Services they evaluate your degree and let you know how it stands against the USA, it was equivalent to Psycholgy here, but my units were at a higher level than the USA.
You also need for example I live in California, a certificate called CBEST some times a CSET if you are middle or high school. CBEST is for elementary. It's just a esdy maths, English and writen exam. Compared to Australia the pay scale is a lot lower than Australian teachers, some states better than others. New York is a great state to teach in. Better pay.
I currently work for a district that is very popular in Los Angeles. The better pay within LAUSD is better but it's not a district many do not want to teach in.
I hope this has been some help.
03/16/2015 - Cindy
Hello friends,

Reading your questions a common thread runs throughout, you're all educators with significant experience and wondering if you're qualified or whether you have what it takes to teach overseas.

I would say that each one of you who has written here describing your education and qualifications is in fact uniquely qualified to teach overseas. The question really becomes what is the best fit for you. There are several options at your disposal and you will have to decide which entre to teaching overseas will not only be the best fit for you but also give you the best chance of getting your foot in the door.

For those who have TESOL/ESL certifications there are many opportunities to teach ESL in specialized schools all over the world. Here at TIE our member schools have ESL positions, but there are hundreds of more opportunities in local national schools and ESL schools all hiring overseas teachers. One resource for job opportunities in ESL is Dave’s ESL café, which I would highly recommend that you check out. http://www.eslcafe.com/


For teachers who have extensive experience teaching at the K-12 level and are experienced in an American or international curriculum and who have an excellent command of English (either native speaker or high level of fluency), the international schools in the TIE network are a good fit for you. Go to the TIE website and subscribe to get started. www.tieonline.com

For experienced teachers who have not had previous experience teaching overseas or at an international school, and for whom perhaps English is not the native language, but still feel you could teach effectively in English, I would recommend teaching at one of the many local national schools overseas that are looking for international teachers who can teach their subject in English. This would be a great way to get started with your international teaching career. Upon successful completion of an overseas teaching assignment, you’re chances of getting hired by an international school are greatly increased. Please check out this website to get started: http://www.goabroad.com/teach-abroad

Finally, some of you may be starting out and not fully prepared to take on a paid teaching assignment at an international or foreign local school. For those of you who fall into that category, I would recommend a volunteer teaching experience. The website http://www.goabroad.com/volunteer-abroad is an excellent resource for these types of opportunities.

Thank you for your questions, and best of luck!

03/14/2015 - sangita
Hi ,Cynthia,
I m from India and have Masters degree in Eng with B.A, B.Ed and have teaching experience of 18 yrs in different school at different level and my husband has also M.A in Political Science with B. Ed and is working as principal in a reputed school and we want to teach overseas but we don't know how to go about it and is it necessary to have TEFL certificate to get a job in an international school. Please help.
03/12/2015 - bipasha
inspirational!
03/09/2015 - Todd
I have a sped Ed degree in deaf education. And majors in math and geography. With 20 yrs experience. Would love to teach overseas Warmer climate. Hahaha. Hope I hear from you. Want to be overseas this fall.
03/09/2015 - natudude
I have over 25 yrs experience as a primary school teacher, i have taught inSA & NZ i would like to work in the Middle East. I have a 3 year teachers diploma attained at hewitt, Cape town.

can somebody help ?
03/07/2015 - tinu
I am looking for the job in abrod as special education need teacher. I am Post Gradute Diploma in Special Education for mentally retired child. I have a three years experiance as teacher in school and right now i am doing a private tution on home base and taking personal care.
03/01/2015 - Jessica
Hi I am currently an ESL instructor in Philadelphia. My bachelor's is in Religion, and I am currently enrolled in a program to gain my teaching certification for the state of Florida. I have 5 years teaching ESL in Vietnam, including in 4th and 5th grade classrooms, and over a year in Philadelphia. My goal is to apply for a position in an international school in South East Asia after obtaining my Florida teaching license (in Elem. Ed K-6, drama, humanities, English and TESOL - Florida allows for multiple subject certification). My question is: will my +6 years ESL teaching experience equate the +2 years experience that most international schools require? Thanks for your response!
02/21/2015 - Dr Phil
I am a Zimbabwean with loads of English Home Language Teaching experience. I even compile and produce learning material for students. I would like to know how to get a post in an international school, especially without having to pay anything.
Anna
02/18/2015 - Sara
How do i go about applying for a teaching job aboard ?and which agencies are licenced to contact for this

02/17/2015 - star29
I have a question. If I want to teach either elementary or kindergarden students, is it okay if I major in Sociology? and do I still need to get the teaching credentials to teach overseas? ( I live in SoCal, so do i need to get teaching credentials to teach at California) or do i need to get some other teaching credential to teach at foreign countries.
02/09/2015 - Priscillah
Really interested in teaching at an international sch.I am Zimbabwean with 10 yrs teaching experience teaching integrated science ,biology and physical science.I hold a diploma in education can i be considered how do i apply?
02/02/2015 - tifou
thats my passion. I am in my second year studying bachelor of education honours degree in Mathematics in Zimbabwe at Midlands state university. I have one year teaching experience and within my studies we do micro teaching and on 3rd year will be on attachment so, I will gain another experience during attachment. I need to get to know more on how I can apply for international teaching.
02/01/2015 - judith
hi!am from Kenya and i have a certificate and a a bachelors degree in education.This is my fifth year of working as a teacher in public schools.i have taught in secondary and primary schools and english is my favourite subject.can i find job abroad?
01/31/2015 - Donna
Hi, i am a Filipina and a Master Teacher II teaching Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health for Grade 8 in a public school since 1999. I do specialized in teaching Dance. I do want to experience a different environment and share my passion in teaching and talent. Would I be qualified or do I need further qualifications? I am also wondering if I can apply to teach in international school. I hope to hear from you., thanks!
01/28/2015 - Sutton
Hello to all, how would you apply to teach overseas?
01/22/2015 - Cherie
Hi, I have a bachelor in primary education, graduating in Australia. I am a graduate and wondering if I am qualified to teach in USA, I understand I am entitled to a J1 visa from my first year out of graduating but wanted to know if I were to look for a teaching position on Manhattan, New York, USA, would I be qualified or do I need further qualifications? I am also wondering if I can apply to teach what are the best search engines and the salary details. I hope you can help, thanks!
01/21/2015 - cg
Hi , Im from South Africa. have a bachelor's degree in education in the FET phase, majoring in computer science and business management, and 1 and half year experience in lecturing university students computer literacy at my university while completing my degree, the university thought I was worthy to lecture during my studying period. Do I qualify for teaching in the USA ?
01/18/2015 - Robert
Hi...
I am a qualified teacher with a 7 years teaching experience in pure mathematics. I would like to teach abroad. I have a bachelor's degree in pure mathematics. I am from Kenya.
01/17/2015 - amit
hi i am amit from india and i have just complete my bachlor degree in arts with history ,english literature,and geography and i want to teach abroad and its my dream so suggest me please

regards
amit
01/16/2015 - Ramon
Hello! I am presently teaching high school math here in USA as J1 exchange visa educator. I love to broaden my teaching horizon. Let me know if there vacancies for me. Thanks
01/14/2015 - Frankie
Hi, I am experienced teacher who has taught integrated science for five years at the Junior High School level. I hold a bachelor degree in basic education. I have been integrated science examiner in my circuit for two years. It is my dream to teach abroad.


01/14/2015 - Asiya
Hi,
I am from Bangladesh and a Primary School Teacher. I have completed BSc in Social Science (Major in Economics) and Master of Development Studies.
I would like to explore teaching abroad and I would appreciate if anyone could guide me on how and where to start to get a teaching job abroad.
Thanking you in advance.

Regards,
Asiya

01/13/2015 - HAINI PASHAM
Hi,
I am AMI certified Montessori Elementary teacher having 2 years of experience in one of the Montessori school in Hyderabad, India.
I am looking for an opportunity to teach in oversea and explore my knowledge which i gain from my experience and improve more skills to international standard,
If there is any Montessori Elementary teacher position please consider my profile .
01/11/2015 - alyssa
Hi, I'm from Mexico. I'm a preschool teacher and I want to work in Canada, as a preschool or spanish as a second language teacher but I need some help because I don't know what to do to start the process. I'll be waiting for the answer, thanks!
01/09/2015 - Ind
Hi!
I am originally from India now in SA. My qualifications are B.Sc Mathematics and P.G.C.E(Secondary Maths) I have 10+ years overseas experience in teaching High School Mathematics( 4 years in Maldives and 6+ years in South Africa) Now I am interested to teach in U.K for a change. How do I start my process? Thank you!!!
01/07/2015 - Ikon
Am a holder of degree in mathematics education and am very much interested
01/06/2015 - Jayanthi
I have worked in a Indian school teaching chemistry for higher secondary students for 16 years and now living in Finland .
12/30/2014 - Alfred
I am in interested
12/29/2014 - vin
Hi i am degree holder with degree in basic education with maths as my elective i have taught for the past five years in Ghana but now want to teach in south Africa ,please how should i go about it
12/22/2014 - Saint Icon
Am looking for a private school to be employed as a teacher. I have 2 years experience in English and social studies teaching.
12/21/2014 - ambika
I am a post grau. in English from India .I have been working for past 11 years in a reputed institution in India .Currently i am settled in America and i would love to teach and expand my horizon .I can speak English and i love kids .
12/17/2014 - schanais
I am a gr 5 maths and natural science teacher in south africa. I would really like to tèach in America. I have my bachelor degree in teachin? and my main subject is maths. I have 7 years experience in this field. I can speak english and love kids!
I am waiting fir your reply, please!
Thank you!
12/13/2014 - sophie
Hi, I am from Myanmar. I would like to be a primary school teacher at an international school in England. I have got bachelor degree in Industrial Chemistry and TKT certificate.
How can I apply as primary school teacher in England?
I really need your advice. Now I am teaching primary assistant teacher at an International school in Myanmar.
I would like to ask you something. What different between TKT certificate and TEFL certificate?
I am waiting from your reply, please.
12/10/2014 - ycee
hie, i am a zimbabwean lady with a bsc degree in chemistry and biochemistry.i have been teaching high school chemistry for six years .i am interested in teaching at an international school.how do i go about it
12/07/2014 - Watson
Hie. Im a zimbabwean qualified primary school teacher with sixteen years teaching exprience and want to teach at an international school. How do l go about it?
12/04/2014 - Tri
Hi!
I hold a Degree in Chemical Engineering and I also completed my PGCE in Education at the University of Buckingham.
For the last 5 years I teach Maths and Chemistry (all levels including IGCSE and A-Level) in an International School in Cyprus.
I am interested in teaching at an International School overseas. I would ask for your guidance in order to apply to any new position abroad.

Thank you in advance.

12/03/2014 - ike
i am a diploma holder with 2nd class upper in education,,i have experience and wold like to teach maths,,social studies,,,science,,,in basic education,,i speak English,,

11/29/2014 - Ken
I have just graduated with a second class(upper division) as a high school chemistry/physics teacher. i have experience and would like to teach abroad in any english-spoken country. any interested institution may contact me for more information. thank you
11/29/2014 - gill
Hi I'm from Malaysia.. I'm having a degree in Tesl. And I'm a fresh graduate.I'm interested to work overseas..most probably in Capetown,Canada or Australia..is it possible?do I need working experience and for how long?
11/26/2014 - nono
hi. I hold a teaching diploma in English and art and design from Zimbabwe. am currently studying a degree in special needs education I need a new experience in Europe. advice me.
11/19/2014 - Gail
I would like to teach high school English in Taiwan or Brunei. I have taught in a number of ESL settings in PNG apart from 10 years in an International school where I currently teach. I would like to experience teaching in another setting and culture. I teach year 9 &10 English and 11 & 12 Language and Literature. I hold a B.Ed with English as my Major.

I await your call.

11/19/2014 - Nana Afreh Sika
Hi.
I have taught science at the public Junior High School Level for five years, and currently teaching science and biology at a public senior high school for three years now, here in Ghana, my home country.
I hold teachers certificate and a bachelor degree that qualifies me to teach at a public or private school in Ghana.
Please, kindly assist me to get the access to teach in any of the Latin America or Asian countries.
Thank you.
11/18/2014 - Sajita
Hi I am a high school teacher in South Africa, teaching English grade 11 and 12. Thinking of moving to Canada because of crime rates are too high in South Africa. I am a licensed Teacher in South Africa . Looking forward to evaluate my Qualification from the Education Ministry of Canada. Would like to know the proper process of the creditably of my Qualification how do I apply ? I really need some assistance.
11/09/2014 - lubna
I am teaching mathematics from last 20 years.syllabus is of GCSE.I want change now with my family 2 sons and husband also teacher of maths from last 8 years

11/09/2014 - Na
Hi ; I am a teacher in Belize. I have a Bachelor's degree in Primary Education. I am in the teaching profession for 24 years. I have taught Pre-K up to grade eight.
I am seeking for a teaching post in Canada or US. I want a new experience and environment.
I wish to move along with my husband and two kids of 11 and 14 years old.
please assist me with necessary information.

11/05/2014 - Roadman
I am a grade one certified teacher with a twelve years teaching experience.Could you kindly position and inform me of a teaching Post? Thanks.
11/01/2014 - Kavita
Hi, like your article and highly motivated also but still want to know how to start . Please guide me for the same
10/31/2014 - Jean
I have just completed my course in the UK. A level 3 Diploma in Preschool Practice at the National Extention College. One of our modules is graded externally by CACHE. I want to move to America with my husband and was wondering what the American equivalent is of my course. How can I find out?

Thank you and I would also be interested in knowing any additional training I would be required to undertake in order to teach in an International School. Maybe in Tanzania.

Best regards,
Jean
10/28/2014 - C
I'm from Ireland and am interested in this but does that mean I have to study abroad too?
10/25/2014 - Miss Gee
l have a bachelors degree in technical education specializing in Mechanical engineering. I am a fluent English speaker and have been teaching for four years in Zimbabwe. I am highly interested in teaching abroad.
10/22/2014 - Anushua
I have a bachelors degree in Nutrition & Child Development & a post graduate diploma in Human Resource Management.
I have been teaching math & Science for the past 20 years to middle school students. Presently I am also looking into school administration.
What levels would I be eligible to teach ?
Thanks
10/20/2014 - arfee
Its great to read about teaching abroad. I am highly interested to join teaching abroad.
10/19/2014 - Marwa
Hi, am a Master degree and M.Phil holder in Pure mathematics and i would like to work abroad as a secondary mathematics teacher , but i only have an experience of total one year as a teacher for graduate and diploma students, am not that fluent in english but i hope i can improve in it. Also my spouse is willing to accompany me , he is a degree holder in Fine Arts and currently working as a creative head in web designing for a private company. He too like to work abroad with me. So i would like you to seriously respond to my comment and give me right directions to win a teaching career overseas.
Regards,
Marwa
10/17/2014 - HOLYGEE
Does the school going to support you with ticketing and accomodations for you to work and pay.
10/13/2014 - sumudu
this is good article ,show salary and benefits for teacher
10/10/2014 - lyn
Can I bring my family abroad? We're just three.(My husband, only one child and I.)
10/08/2014 - Dharmendra Kumar Yadav
I want to teach in an international school.
10/03/2014 - N
Are there age restrictions for hiring over 60?
10/01/2014 - cazzy
Hello,
I know someone who has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the field of Philology, field of specialization - English Language & Literature. She obtained this degree in Romania and I want to know if this qualification is enough to teach Preschool in Ireland.

Kind Regards,
Cazzy
09/29/2014 - Alma
I have a bachelors degree in Spanish and Special education.
I have a Master's degree in Bilingual education. I have a teachers certification from the state of Texas in each of my degrees.
I have traveled to close to 20 countries. I am very adaptable to counters outside of mine. I am interested in teaching at an international school, teaching expats children.
Please send me information as to how to go about in this endevour.
Alma
09/25/2014 - Gransuccess
I am a certified Spanish k-12 teacher. I also speak French. I have a masters in counseling and I am also certified Social Science 6-9 grade. I have a bachelor in Psychology with a minor In Sociology. I have been teaching for 20 years. I have taught adults who want to complete high school. I am also a tutor. I teach professionals, priests, doctors, teachers, and police officers Spanish and French. I own my tutoring business, but would love to teach abroad. Perhaps Germany or South America.
09/25/2014 - Nasia
Hello,

my name is Nasia, I'm a certified Greek teacher with a 6 year experience in private tutoring. I'm thinking of relocating. Probably London but I heard that there are many opportunities for Greek teachers in the United Arab Emirates. Has any of you got any imformation that could help me? Is it possible to work as a teacher there?
09/21/2014 - Dee
How can I apply to teach overseas specifically in Belmopan Belize.
09/19/2014 - Cindy
Hi Emma,

Your NYS certification in teaching, and Masters degree are excellent credentials for teaching overseas. Additionally, your three years of teaching children with special needs at a public school gives you the required 2+ years experience that international schools require.

If you’re interested in teaching abroad it is better to be open to as many countries as possible because that way you’ll have maximum opportunities. If your’e interested in teaching in France you don’t need to speak French; all international schools in our network are English medium schools which means you teach your subject in English.

As far as a starting point, in terms of what you should begin searching for in order to get started on teaching overseas, I highly recommend you subscribing to TIEonline. For a nominal feel of $39/year, you will have full access to all the international teaching jobs available, be able to apply to them directly, and also be able to post your resume in the TIE resume bank that is searched by school heads looking to hire.

All the best to you!

CN
09/18/2014 - andersen
WOW! GREAT OPPORTUNITY.I'M ANXIOUS TO APPLY AND GRASP MY CHANCE.
09/17/2014 - shahnaz
Want to explore new places with my knowledge of teaching English language through literature.
09/13/2014 - Emma
Hello,

My name is Emma. I currently hold a NYS certification in teaching, grades Birth-Sixth, for children with special needs, as well as a NYS certification in General Education, grades Birth-Sixth. I have completed my Masters degree and have just entered my third year teaching children with special needs at a public school. I am very interested in the possibility of teaching abroad, perhaps in France. However, I do not speak French. I was wondering if there is any additional information I must know based on my credentials and work experience. I also ask if you could please provide me with a starting point in terms of what I should begin searching for in order to possibly make this dream, as you will, come to fruition.

Best Regards and good luck to all,

Emma
09/12/2014 - lysa
i hope you can help many fresh graduate teachers who want to work in other countries. God Bless and more power!!!

09/11/2014 - Cindy
Hello friends,

Yes, you teachers with extensive experience and post graduate degrees and/or certification are indeed qualified to teach overseas. Your experience will be valued and put to good use at an international school.

The best way to get this career kick-started is to subscribe to Tieonline.com. The cost is only $39/year, and that will entitle you to full access on the website along with access to all the job vacancies at international schools enabling you to apply to the jobs directly. In addition, you will be able to post your resume in our Resume Bank which is searched through by hundreds of international school heads looking to hire.
This is a good investment in your career and yourself! Go to the TIE home page, www.tieonline.com, to get started.

I wish you all the best and look forward to having you onboard soon!

Regards,
Cindy
09/11/2014 - charlene
I am certified in Georgia and New York and wish to make a difference in our world at large. I hold a Masters Degree and I am ready to go at anytime. I do have a 17 year old daughter who will travel with me. I have 17 years verifiable experience and my subjects are science and social studies as well as special needs.
09/09/2014 - Eli
Quite educative !

09/07/2014 - bodma
i wish to join the TIE or teaching!
im a bachelor degree in education candidate specializing in economics. tell me more on how to join and teach abroad. eagerly waiting
09/05/2014 - Penyao
I am a Kenyan teacher with over 16 years as a teacher.
First, i trained for 2 years and got certificate to teach in Kenyan primary schools, then i undertook a 3-year Diploma course in Special Needs Education and now am almost completing my postgraduate Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development.
I am fluent in English. Do i qualify to teach abroad?
08/21/2014 - Claudia
I am an English teacher; more than twenty years experience teaching in primary and high school levels precede me. I have the COTE among other certificates, and I am currently living in Spain. I thought because I had this excellent curriculum having taught in International schools before, my professional life in Spain would be similar to the one I had in Peru and France, excellent income and a very good quality of life. Well, not so much! none of the british schools I mailed, contacted me, not even for interviews! even acknowledging the fact that I came from working in different schools in France, where I lived previously to my trip to Spain.
I am disssapointed and really lost!! I am currently working for a miserable salary in an English Academy and do not know what to do next!!! Probably my best option would be to get my QTS certificate asap but I have no clue as to what are the requirements to obtain it here in Spain. They even told me international schools here look for native speakers only and do not even care about meeting foreigners who have a high command of English, or, as in my case, speak other languages (French and Spanish proficiently)
Any comments or ideas to help?
Thank you!
08/13/2014 - Cindy
Hello Charles,

I understand your concern, but please note that any hiring decision will be made on an individual basis. If your command of English is excellent and you speak and can teach your subject in English, along with the other qualifications outlined in this article, than you will be considered as a viable candidate for an international school.

Diversity is important to international schools and if they find a well-trained teacher who is talented and meets all the requirements they will be very open to interviewing and hiring candidates from Nigeria or any country in the world.

Best of luck to you!
08/13/2014 - Charles Ekanem
I am a bit confuse of how things are going these day. My name is CharlesEkanem, a citizen of Nigeria. I am ccurrently living and Teaching in Tanzania. And also about to take the TSL professional course. My worries and question are, 80% of the people in the world today don't see Nigeria as English speaking country. So how will it be possible for me to get a job oversea with my Bachelor’s degree and TSL professional Certificate? I will be glad if anyone can respond to my worries.


07/31/2014 - Elke in Europe
HI, Two questions:
1) Age limits are confusing when applying. Some places restrict, but then some recruiters insist there are exceptions. What's your experience with this? If one is over the 'specified age' should we apply anyway?

2) What if our certification has lapsed as we were living overseas and want now to apply as an international teacher? Some of us have 20+ years teaching college (including former IB/International students). Is it possible to get some kind of non-State certification that recognises this, esp if we hold advanced degrees (i.e., master & EdD)? Thanks for any tips
07/30/2014 - Miriam
Hi,
I have done M.A., English Literature and B.Ed., also. I have completed 120 hours TESOL Certification from American TESOL Institute. I have 20 years of teaching experience. I have a desire to work in China and UAE. Can i get a teacher job ?
07/29/2014 - JJ
I have over 10 years teaching experience in US independent schools. You mentioned that some international school will waive the certification requirement in lieu of valuable experience. Are those schools the exception? In other words, will I have trouble securing a job with a Masters degree and 10 years experience? Thanks
07/28/2014 - Shelley
Hello,
I am a 5-12th grade business education teacher. I will be starting my 3rd year of teaching. Prior to my teaching career I also managed 2 different banks, ran my own business, and worked in the purchasing and finance department for a custom lighting business. I am married and have 2 children at home. Would I be a fit for teaching abroad? Is there an age requirement? Looking forward to your response.
Thanks you.
07/25/2014 - shali
Hi!
I'm a primary teacher from an Asian country. From 2003 I have been in the teaching field. I haveobtain two diplomas for pre school and primary teaching. My local qualifications has been leveled as a "level 5" qualification by NZQA in New Zealand in 2012. I have completed GAQ, the 1st year of bachelor's Degree. I have IELTS 6.5 (Acadamic) TKT level 1. At present I work in an chatholic International School where I teach for the children of grade 5. I'm a class teacher as well as the sectional head of primary 5.
I'm married with two kids; any possibility of working overseas? Please help
Thank you!
07/18/2014 - Vamah
Hi I am a teacher, I have my National Professional Diploma in Education and am currently studying for the Advanced Certificate in Education My wife has been offered a position in a school in Abu Dhabi and I would like to know if I would be able to teach in Abu Dhabi as well or will I have to study further?
07/17/2014 - Marriz
I am an experienced teacher in a general comprehensive secondary school, a parttime college instructor and a special education teacher. I have been browsing sites that announced or posted teaching vacancies but it always ended to disappointment because age is always given emphasis. I am now 45 years old and almost near to give up searching overseas teaching job that fits my age 'til I see this site. I hope I can be given a chance to prove my capability not because of my age but because of my teaching skills and achievements.
07/12/2014 - rajiv

I am keen to teach maths in usa .I hold tourist visa to usa.
Can i get a job over there.
07/05/2014 - dsprao
I am working in a central school as chemistry teacher since 25 years I am now55 can i get a job in other country now. I am Msc with organic chemistry and Bed.I am in a school attached to department of atomic energy INDIA
07/03/2014 - jacob
Hey folks,
I have a question, I got my Canadian permanent residence, so I've been thinking in getting a teaching certification there, even though I've been working as teacher for a long time in my home country (non-english speaking country), what do you think? is it a good idea? thanks for your help.
Jacob
07/01/2014 - Ko
Hi TIE,
I just applied through another agency and they rejected my application as I don't have 2 years current work experience (because I have taken time off to look after my children). I am still studying for my Masters part time and doing some supply work. I began teaching in 2002 and have already taught in the UK for 2 years. My husband is also a teacher (still working) so we would be applying together.
Am I eligible or not?
Thank you!
06/30/2014 - Cindy
Ang,

Thank you!

You certainly have the qualifications to teach overseas. It's understandable why you would want to teach in Jamaica, it's a beautiful country, but we always recommend to our members to be open to various locations to increase their pool of opportunities. You can go to the TIE homepage at www.tieonline.com to see the various locations where there are vacancies.

All the best to you!
06/24/2014 - Ang
This has been very helpful to me. I want to teach in Jamaica. I have a k-9 elementary certificate and I just finished receiving my Masters in Administration Certificate. I have a Special Education endorsement and I have been teaching for 5 years. This August will be my 6th year teaching. I teach 6-8 grade Jr. High Special Education. I have taught 2-8th grade special ed. I am hoping to teach an elementary, regular education class.
06/23/2014 - Cindy
Hello Topeju,

The site tieonline.com is one that you can subscribe to for the cost of $39/year. With this you will be entitled to browse through all the job vacancies at international schools and apply to them directly. In addition, you will be able to post your resume on our site which will appear in the tieonline resume bank which school heads search through when looking for qualified candidates.

Furthermore, you will have full access to the site which features, news, information, articles, blogs and advice on a range of topics and issues affecting international schools, overseas teaching and international education. This will not only keep you abreast of all relevant happenings and developments in this field but will also make you a more qualified candidate.

To subscribe, go to www.tieonline.com and follow the subscribe prompts.

We hope to have you onboard and all the best in your search!

Sincerely,
CN
06/23/2014 - myrtle
This article is very helpful. Thanks for all the information. Please post any other information which is further necessary.
06/21/2014 - Topeju
Hello,
This article is really encouraging. thanks for sharing! I am a teacher in a British International school in Nigeria and I have been brain storming on the possibility abroad. How can i apply? where can I apply? Is there a site that gives me possible options?
Will be glad if you can give more clarity.
Thanks
06/13/2014 - Cindy
Dear Readers,

There are numerous opportunities for teaching overseas at K-12 international schools. There are requirements and preferences, that international schools have when hiring. It is required that you:
- Hold a Bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant K-12 subject
- Have a minimum of 2 years teaching experience in your subject. More than 2 years is preferred.
- Have certification or license from your state or province for the subject you will be teaching.
- Fluent in English because you will be teaching your subject in English.
For those candidates who are coming from countries that are non-native speakers of English, please don't be discouraged, as long as your language skills are at the fluency level and you can be easily understood, any country or nationality is welcome to teach at an international school.
Hope this answers some of the questions that have been posed!
06/09/2014 - daisy
Hello I have been working in teaching feild for several years.right now iam an lecturer in junior college for phy and maths .will I be able to get an opportunity working abroad in places like Canada or Australia???
06/07/2014 - Becky
I am certified and have a lot of years of experience. I have a BSE in art and social studies, an MSE in Secondary Administration. I am taking 12 hours of ESL this summer. Do you have suggestions. I think Lichtenstein might be interesting. I have been to six countries other than the United States, of which I am a citizen.
06/03/2014 - Joy Bright
I thought without being tefol ,esl certified you can't teach abroad. This site is really helpful. Thanks
06/02/2014 - MrsNelson
Hello, I currently hold a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. I am currently enrolled in a Graduate Program to obtain a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, with an Emphasis on Teaching English as a Second Language. When I complete my course of study in 2016 (projected finish date) my husband and I are interested in relocated abroad so that I may teach. I already have a years experience, and I am just trying to gather information as to what it actually entails. Any suggestions would be entirely welcome! Thanks!
Courntey
06/01/2014 - daniel
Hello I am a graduate of fine arts,I have taught fine arts to secondary school students close to two years now,please is there any opportunity for me to teach arts overseas??
05/26/2014 - Camy
Hi!

I have been trying for the past two months to land an international teaching job in Asia teaching ESL. I write from Jamaica - an English-speaking country . I'm a trained teacher with over fifteen years teaching experience (primary & post secondary) in a variety of subjects although my specialisation is Business Studies and IT.

However, I realise that a barrier is erected as most recruiting agencies/websites specify certain English-speaking developed countries for recruitment.

How can I surmount that barrier?

05/24/2014 - Leiyla Mohsin
Well I would love to teach abroad and am very happy that all I need to know is to speak and write in English. I really look forward to teach abroad.
I've done my masters in biotechnology from university of Karachi and at the moments teaching in st Patrick's high school I've almost 5yrs experience in teaching.
05/24/2014 - 24.05.2014 kenny
Hi, im from Lesotho, in South Africa, i have a bachelor degree in special education, but i dont have experince, am i qualify to work overseas
05/22/2014 - Cindy
Hi Lorna,

This is a good question. It sounds like you're a wonderful teacher with extensive experience and certification. I think the only issue you will find is that you don't hold a Bachelor's degree.

Since you have an Associate's degree in Business, I would recommend you enrolling in an online program to complete your BA in History or Political Science or a related subject so that you would be fully qualified to teach overseas.

All the best to you!
CN
05/15/2014 - Lorna
Hi....I am a forty-two year old teacher who have taught Social Studies for the past twenty year at a secondary school in the Caribbean and is eager for a change in scenery. I'm married but have no children. I wish to fill a middle or secondary school position for a Social Studies teacher in the US if such post is available. I have with me an Associates degree in business from the Jesuit college in Belize, St. John's junior college. I have years and years of experience in this field and many years of workshops in the field of Social Studies including staff development programs. I have taken History under this certification, being that I only have a degree in business will I still be able to get an international job in Social studies as desire?

Thanks

Lorna
05/15/2014 - Kath
I am currently a University undergraduate looking to complete my PGCE once graduated. Having been raised as an expat my whole life and taken a year out of university to be a TA at an international primary school in the Middle East, I am definite this is the career for me.

However, after doing my research, I can't seem to find a definite answer to weather acquiring my PGCE (from a British University) but at an International British School will hinder my job prospects as opposed to completing my PGCE in the UK and gaining my QTS.

I understand a QTS is only required to teach at state schools in the UK but does having this qualification improve my chances of gaining a job at a reputable International school even if it is not required ?

It would be greatly appreciated if you could please answer this as I am at a loss with who to contact.

05/09/2014 - krushna
Being a head masterof ahigh school in odisha I am telling that it is very important for every teacher to know and understand the psycology of the students sothat he can prepare an environment for proper teachinglearning process.
05/08/2014 - Cindy
Dear Readers,

Looking at the questions below and whether or not you're qualified, there is a simple rule of thumb that may be helpful as you assess your particular situation.

OK, if you’re currently teaching a K-12 subject at a K-12 school in your home country with at least 2 years experience, then you are qualified to teach overseas. This assumes 3 basic things:

1.) You’re fluent in English
2.) You have the required certifications in your field in order to teach at a K-12 school in your country, and
3.) You have a very flexible and adaptable nature that allows you to adjust to life in a foreign country and its culture.

If you have all of these things then you are qualified to teach overseas!
05/07/2014 - sharron
I have a bachelor in criminal justice and a Master in management leadership... And I would love to do this... Is it possible
05/06/2014 - Diana
Hi, I have a Masters degree in music performance (flute teacher) from the University of Music Art, Belgrade, Serbia. Also have an IELTS academic certificate (6.5). What are my chances for getting a job as a music teacher and where?

Thanks!
05/04/2014 - buyim
Hello I really need your help! I'm busy with my B ed degree but had a bit of a setback(took two years since I had kids) I'm wondering now since I am going to stay in Germany will I be required to start all over again with my degree or can I finish off were I was. I'm from South Africa
05/02/2014 - Rachel
I have a Bachelor of Education from the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. I have 9 years teaching experience. I would like to teach in Canada. Are there any exams or courses I need to do in order to qualify?
04/29/2014 - Jacem
I am a licensed secondary teacher. Before passing the board I handled pre elementary children for 5 years. I even taught grade 3 pupils. After passing the board I taught English on line and off line among Koreans. I have been teaching on line English . The students are Korean, Japanese and Chinese. I am 49 years old now. Am I qualified to teach abroad?
04/25/2014 - Lynn
Dear mr/ mrs.

I want to ask, what if you don't have any teaching experience, but you have a degree, you did the TESOL course and you fluent in english? Would you still be able to teach english abroad?

Thank you for your time

Regards
Lynn
04/22/2014 - Cindy
Dear Chang,
Yes, if you have the experience, certification and strong desire to teach abroad you can definitely do that. I will have to mention that you should be fluent in English as you will be teaching students in English.

Good luck!
04/22/2014 - Cindy
Hi Pauie,
Yes you can apply to both, but will have most qualification in Elementary since that's where your extensive experience lies.
Good luck!
04/22/2014 - saadia
This is an encouraging and informative article. .
04/22/2014 - Kate
Hi,

I currently hold a license in early childhood education in Vermont. My license is up for renewal this June, however I am currently working in South Korea in the position of curriculum director/managing director of an international English immersion program. While I can renew with 45 continuing education credits this time, in three years in order to renew my license again I must have been working in Vermont for at least one year and show at least 3 years total of teaching in that endorsement area. So my question is, "how do international school teachers keep their licenses current?"
Thank you for your time.
Sincerely, Kate
04/18/2014 - Chang
Hi! I've been teaching for 7years and handling grades 1 and 2.. I've been teaching general education. Do I have a possibility to teach abroad? Thank you.
04/13/2014 - Pauie
Good Day!

I'm a graduate of Bachelor in Secondary Education but I teach in Elementary for 18 years, I took 19 units in Elementary Education, can I apply both Elementary and Secondary?

Thank you. God bless.
04/03/2014 - Cindy
Hi Judah,

Although we have positions at international schools all around the world, we generally don’t give country-specific advice because our service works best for teachers who are willing to live and work in a variety of countries/regions providing them with the greatest number of opportunities.

So if a candidate knows that he or she wants to work in a specific country or city, there might be more opportunities for them outside of the international school circuit (i.e. local schools, government schools, etc.) and those requirements will vary on a country-by-country and city-by-city basis.

I hope this answers your question and all the best to you!

CN

04/03/2014 - Judah
we are treachers moving to israel soon and ,are looking to teach there, do you have any advice.
04/02/2014 - Irene
Hello,
I have been teaching in my own pre-school 18 years already. in the morning I have a formal lesson for the pre-schoolers and in the afternoon I have my tutorial for elementary. Do I have still a chance to abroad? Thanks.
04/01/2014 - Cindy
Hello All,

Thank you for your inquiries and interest. Overall, the requirements are a minimum of 2 years teaching experience, certification in your field, and of course the ability to teach your subject in English. Going to the homepage of our site offers instructions on how to subscribe to TIE along with a lot of other helpful information and advice.

All the best!
CN
03/29/2014 - Spanish
Hi,
I have done my bachelors in commerce( accountancy, business studies, economics, english and political science) and have studied english all my school life. I also have done bachelors in Spanish and wish to teach spanish/ english abroad. What other qualifications do i need ?
03/27/2014 - Ray
I had my first teaching experience overseas with the US Peace Corps. I taught Art and English at 3 universities in Colombia S.A. I have over 12 years experience teaching ESL at El Centro Community College in Dallas, Tx. I have also lived and traveled in Southeast Asia. I am interested in getting more information. I'm currently retired and have a photography studio in Dallas, Tx USA.
03/27/2014 - Lungelo
I always wanted to teach overseas. The article is of great help to me. I am 44 years old and I hav been teaching for the last 6 years. I majored in Sociology and English and hv post graduate certificate in education. It would be a pleasure to change environment.
03/27/2014 - palmer
Have a masters degree in Journalism and have been teaching media related subjects for 10 years, would love to move overseas to teach...
03/25/2014 - amy regaspi
I have an australian friend ,a math teacher and his retired now... His been teaching for almost 30 years experienced at tafe in Queensland... He visited Philippines many times and I would like to know if possible for him to get a teaching job or maybe part time job when he stayed long here depends on the his visa.. I will appreciate any information and details coming from you...
03/25/2014 - Cindy
Hi Marie,

Based on your chemical engineering background you certainly would be qualified to teach high school chemistry and perhaps physics and general science based on your content knowledge.

The only thing you lack is experience and certification in your subject/grade level. I recommend that you investigate the process of getting certification in your area and some experience in the classroom and then you would be eligible to teach at an international school.

Good luck!
03/13/2014 - marie
Hi, I am a chemical engineer. I don't have teaching experience. I would like to teach science such as mathematics or chemistry in Asia.
I know that in France it is possible because it lacks of teachers in these fields.
How is it in Asia? Do I need to have some teaching diplomas for that? Thanks for your answer
03/11/2014 - Cindy
Hello,

Thank you all for inquiries and your interest in teaching overseas!

The primary requirements for being considered for an international school teaching position are that you have:

-- At least 2 years experience teaching your own classroom at the K-12 level.

-- Certification in your subject matter

-- You teach a subject that is commonly found in a K-12 school (i.e elementary classroom teacher, math, science, English, Social Studies/History/Geography/Humanities, PE/Health, Music, Art, Special Ed, ESL, etc.)

It is true that the more experience you have, the better as international schools like to recruit the best teachers they can get.

For those who have taught at the university level it will be on a case-by-case basis according to whether the school head feels you would make a good transition to the K-12 level.

The professors who tend to have the best luck with that are those who teach high demand secondary subjects such as chemistry, physics and biology, but English and history professors often parlay well into high school teachers of the same subject(s).

I hope this answers your questions and please explore the TIE site for further information about teaching abroad!

CN


03/06/2014 - Kris
English speaking teacher. Five years experience with a Bachelors in Primary Education and minor in Special Education. What are my options?
03/04/2014 - Music lover
Hi,

I have a bachelor of Degree in Music Performance from National University of Singapore and a teaching experience at a British International School for 1 and half years to current date. My TOFEL scores is band 6.5 Am I qualified to teach overseas for music as I do not have any teaching qualification currently?
02/26/2014 - Brahim1977
Do International schools accept Moroccan qualified teachers ( Master +CELTA+ 5 years experience )? because i see in many job ads that they require English native speakers . Thank you
02/22/2014 - Matt1968
Hi, this is very useful information. I have been a senior lecturer at a UK university since 2002, but I have not taught in schools. Would this experience quality me to do so? I have a BA and a Masters in Theatre studies.
02/16/2014 - Dane007
Hi i am a graduate from auckland university. i did my degree in goegraphy and want to teach geography in Mlaysia. Would only having a degree suffice or do i need more than that ?
02/16/2014 - asad
I m near retirement from teaching job after completing 60 years in govt. high and higher schools. I need reasonable teaching job after retirement. I have graduate degree in maths and economics, with b.ed. degree. I have master degree in conomics. I m also in the last smyster of M.A. English language and literature.
02/10/2014 - Cindy
Norm,
Check with the various Ministries of Education in Canada for the requirements by province.
Good Luck!
02/10/2014 - Cindy
HI Mariam ali,

Which state will you be moving to? You should check with that state's department of education's website and you can find out instructions for being certified in that state.

Some states may have online programs for becoming certified but please check on the web for the requirements for your state.

Good Luck!
02/10/2014 - Cindy
Hi Selyn,

You pose an excellent question and I'm very glad you asked it.

Filipinos, and every nationality for that matter, can get jobs teaching at overseas international schools.

Sometimes you will hear that being a native speaker of English is required but that's not true. If you are fluent in English, to the degree that you can adequately teach your subject in English, to a group of students for whom English may or may not be their native language, than it should not be an issue.

The other main requirements are that you have the degree for the subject or area of expertise for which you will be teaching, that you are certified and that you have a minimum of 2 years experience.

It would probably be a great idea to get some experience teaching outside of the Philippines just to demonstrate that you have international teaching experience. Because international schools are more difficult to break into for that first teaching experience overseas, you can try at schools such as language schools specializing in ESL, or schools that cater to local nationals and hire foreign teachers. Then when you apply for positions at international schools you have the experience.

The other smart thing to do would be to become a member of TIE (On the homepage here) because that would allow you to have your resume seen by international school heads and also allow you to apply to positions at international schools.

I hope this helps and please rest assured, international schools benefit from a diverse teacher population to mirror the diversity within their student population.

Regards,
CN
02/10/2014 - Cindy
Hi Bob,
I am confident that with your PhD and 6 years teaching at the CC level, most schools would waive the certification requirement.
--CN
02/09/2014 - NORM
I am a graduate, Ugandan secondary school teacher, interested in experiencing teaching in Canada. Hope to hear from you soon,

02/08/2014 - mariam ali
hi i am from Egypt and i speak english fluently. i teach maths for grades 1 , 2 , 3 & 4 . i will be miving to the usa next year. i wont be certified to teach in the usa as i didnt recieve my bachelor degree in the usa. what can i do to be certified in the usa. even if its a course or programe for 1 year im willing to do it. but will they accept it. i ve 5 years experience teaching math in English american school
02/08/2014 - Selyn
Hi. I've been browsing the internet for hours now looking for a teaching job abroad, but they all were looking for native speakers. I'm a Filipino, I have my ESL certification, and I have an ESL teaching experience and a Degree holder. Why is it hard for us Filipinos to land a job abroad, though in my opinion we're also qualified.
02/06/2014 - Bob
I have a Ph.D. in history and six years' experience teaching at a local community college. I also have 18 graduate hours in political science. Would I still need the certification in order to teach history/political science abroad?
02/06/2014 - Cindy
HI Eliza,

Having your degree from an accredited university outside of the US or Canada is no problem at all. The key with getting hired at international schools is experience and if your partner has experience and some sort of professional certification that should be no problem.

Good luck to both of you!
CN
02/06/2014 - Cindy
Hi Aeromeba,

Some countries do have age limits for issuing work visas, but many, in fact most, do not. To answer your question, no 60 is not too old at all!

Good luck!
CN
02/06/2014 - Cindy
Hi Seema,

Yes, it is possible to get a job in Germany. Our service features jobs at international schools in Germany and all over Europe and the world. We always tell people interested in joining TIE that our service works best for those teachers who are open to working anywhere in the world.

When you're open to all geographic locations you expand your opportunities ten-fold.

Good luck!
CN
02/06/2014 - camoy
I am the final Batch of Diploma's in Education in the Jamaica teacher's College, for the Year 2013. I wanted to do my Degree but lacking funds,Will I be able to get a teaching job Overseas, and do my degree in education since I hold a Diploma in Education?
02/02/2014 - Eliza
Are international schools wiling to hire teachers with degrees earned outside of the US/Canada? I have my degree from the US (and previous international experience), but my partner's degree will be from Venezuela. How likely is it that we would be hired as a teaching couple?
02/02/2014 - Aeromeba
Is there an age limit? Is a 60 yr old, too old?
02/01/2014 - seema
Hi
Is it possible to get a job in Germany ?. I am M Sc, M Ed. with 20+ years experience as a teacher and as a principal. How to find jobs in Germany. Please help me. Thank you
01/30/2014 - Cindy
Yes Susanna,

The best way to get the experience is to jump right in and start doing it! Seems like with your spirit and positive attitude you're already well on your way!

Good luck!
CN
01/30/2014 - SusanaA
This really made me feel sooooo much better! I am very excited about finding my first teaching job abroad and I feel my resume is strong... but I was beginning to wonder if my lack of experience as an international teacher was going to be a great obstacle. I better start trying right away!
01/28/2014 - Cindy
Dear Bonie,

Yes, you sound extremely qualified, and I would encourage you to subscribe to TIE on the home page of this site so you can start applying for the international school positions that we currently have posted.

Regards,
CN
01/28/2014 - Cindy
Hello Charlene,

You may be able to find some jobs without the two years teaching experience but you will find your opportunities are limited without this minimum benchmark. There are some schools in certain regions that may overlook the year of experience you are lacking, but you should have outstanding letters of recommendation and references to compensate.

Good luck!
CN
01/26/2014 - Bonie
Im a 36 year old female educator with a Diploma in Primary School Education and an Advanced Certificate in Education specialising in Mathematics. My experience is 6years teaching in South African lndipendent Christian School. Do l qualify to teach under TIE programme?
01/24/2014 - Charlene
Hello,
I have heard that not all schools look for teachers with a minimum of 2 years teaching experience. I've been told that some are interested in recent graduates because they know all the new strategies.

My partner and I are interested in filling international teaching positions. We both worked with young children (more than a year) prior to obtaining our Graduate Diplomas in Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. During our studies, we worked as Student Teachers in different classes and we were also volunteering at various primary schools. We are now certified teachers in Queensland, Australia and Ontario, Canada.

Would we still be able to find international teaching jobs using TIE? If it is not possible, we were looking at teaching English in Asia to get some experience since it is extremely difficult to find jobs in Toronto, Canada (our hometown) at the moment. Would that be a smart move?

Please let me know what you think.

Kind regards,
Charlene
01/24/2014 - Cindy
Hi Andy,

Yes, of course, not being a native speaker of English is no problem, so long as you are fluent in English which is clear that you are. So please do not let that deter you. Your fluency in Spanish will also be a big plus too.

The only requirement that you will have to bolster is your degree. You mention that you have an Associate's degree, but a Bachelor's Degree is required to be a full teacher.

I wish you all the best!
01/24/2014 - Cindy
Hi sb12,

You have a wonderful portfolio of educational credentials, experience, and professional development, but as you mention, you lack the bachelor's degree.

For the amount of experience and training you have received, it sounds like a mere technicality. Unfortunately, the reality is nowadays, international schools, and even local public schools, will not hire someone as a full teacher unless they have their degree.

Instead of taking this as a set-back, you should look at this as an incentive to get that degree -- the ultimate qualification you need to be a teacher. You should find a program that offers flexible learning solutions such as online classes in combination with actual class time, but more importantly, find a degree-granting institution that will give you credit for life and professional experience.

Based on your background you must have at least 2 years towards your degree.

I wish you all the best!
CN
01/24/2014 - Cindy
Hi Thabisile,

With a degree in industrial psychology and PGCE (post graduate certificate in education) along with 7 years teaching experience in high school business studies and EMS (ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT SCIENCES), you should be qualified to teach at international schools.

The trick for you will be to adapt your current specialty to a subject more likely to be taught in international schools, such as social studies, economics, history,etc.

The best way to kick start your career is to subscribe to TIE on the home page of this website and you will be able to see first-hand all of the jobs currently available and be able to apply to them directly.

Good luck!
CN
01/24/2014 - Cindy
Hi Royal,

As a certified teacher in English, Social Studies, History, and Psychology, along with 2.5 years substitute teaching experience (1.5 as a full-time building sub), you qualify to teach at an international school.

Having your CELTA certification, along with the experience of running an after school program for 50+ kids and 4 staff for two years, makes you even more qualified!

Yes, you are very likely to find an international job with this amount/type of experience!

All the best!
CN

01/24/2014 - Cindy
Hi Tspec,

Yes you qualify, if you teach at an American IB school and you are certified to teach K-8 and have taught for 10 years. Your degree in Psychology, Curriculum and Instructions, and Business gives you a wide variety of courses and specialties to offer an international school.

Good luck!
01/24/2014 - Cindy
Hi Mpheng,

You are probably well-qualified, although you could use some title readjustment. If you have experience in Pre-K most international schools offer early childhood programs, but I'm not sure about the pastoral narrative therapy. It's not something I have seen in international schools unless that falls under the realm of counseling and you're interested in being a counselor/therapist.

Good luck!
01/24/2014 - Cindy
Hi Vahi,

An engineering degree is great, but you will need to get some type of teaching certification. Depending on where you live that process varies, but assuming you get a teaching certificate, you will then need 2 years of teaching experience to teach at an international school.

Good luck!
CN

01/24/2014 - Cindy
Hi Bodger,
If you are interested in teaching in the UK and have a bachelors degree in arts and education working on a masters degree in education then you will be qualified to teach in the UK. If your master's degree also gives you certification in any of the following countries: US, Canada, Australia, S. Africa you will have the certification required to teach in a UK school.
Good luck!
CN
01/24/2014 - Cindy
Hi Todd,

Good question! Yes, American or International schools will hire a married teacher whose spouse is not a teacher.

They tend to prefer the teaching couples, but they most certainly will hire a teacher with a non-teaching spouse.

CN
01/24/2014 - Andy
HI, I am Mexican currently back in Mexico from living in the U.S for half my life. I got an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from a Wisconsin College and I'm currently in the process of getting a TESOL certification.
I am looking into teaching English abroad but every place I look says I must be a Native English Speaker which I am not. I speak fluent English and have taught English before in private schools here (only 5 months though) so I wish to really know if I have a real chance at getting into a job as an expat.
Any advice or help would be appreaciate it.
-Andy

01/20/2014 - sb12
Hi,
I have a diploma certificate in early child care and education from Cambridge, two certificate courses in after school programs and conflict resolution in children and I am currently pursuing a professional development certificate course in Early Years Education. I have a ten year work experience in teaching the Kindergarten level, out of which 3 years have been at an international school. i have great references from teachers and parents all over the world. However, I do not have a degree.
I know this pulls me back but just for my knowledge what are my chances of getting employment overseas?
01/20/2014 - thabisile
hi! i have a Bcom industrial psychology and PGCE(post graduate certificate in education) i have teaching xperience for 7years i teach high school business studies and EMS (ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT SCIENCES). i would like to know if i qualify to work overseas and how do i go about the process
01/15/2014 - Royal
Hello I am a certified teacher in English, Social Studies, History, and Psychology. I have subbed for 2.5 years (1.5 as a full-time building sub). I also have my CELTA.

I also ran an after school program for 50+ kids and 4 staff for two years.

Am I likely to find an international job with this amount/type of experience?

Thanks!
R
01/13/2014 - tspec
Do I qualify, if I teach at an American IB school right now, to teach overseas? I am certified to teach K-8 and have taught for 10 years. I also have a degree in Psychology, Curriculum and Instructions, and Business.
01/13/2014 - Mpheng
I am a 49 year woman.23 years teaching experienced.Foundation phase specialists,with B-Tech management.Currently studying pastoral narrative therapy.Do I qualify to teach overseas?

01/09/2014 - Vahi
I have an engineering degree and no experience in teaching. What are the certification required to become a qualified teacher? What are the other requirements?
01/08/2014 - bodger
i am keen and interested in teaching in uk. I have a bachelors degree in arts and education presently i am doing my masters degree in education and will complete the same in the month of april 2014.
01/07/2014 - Todd
Hello,
Will American or International schools hire a married teacher whose spouse is not a teacher?
Thanks in advance!

01/06/2014 - Annalise
I have been teaching for 26 years in South African schools and have been teaching mathematics gr 8 to gr 12 as well as English first language and second language up to gr 12. I am 49 years old and have 2 kids at university and need to earn more money for a few years. I have a 4 years BA degree. I would like to teach in a country where the salary is worthwhile. Any ideas?
01/06/2014 - Cindy
Hi Bengee,

Besides the diploma, you should have a minimum of 2 years teaching experience, certification in your field, and a love and passion for teaching.

CN
01/06/2014 - Nisha
Hi.. I had finished B.Ed in Social Studies.. I am working in Maldives.. This is my second year.. I have overall 7 years experience in teaching.. I would like to work in Europe.. Can I??
01/05/2014 - bengee
I have diploma in basic education certificate, can I get a teaching job?
01/02/2014 - Cindy
Hello Ali Camp,
I like your philosophy and passion and I know that many schools will as well.
The way our organization, TIE, works is quite simple. You become a member by filling out the registration form and submitting payment of $39/year. You then have immediate access to the thousand plus number of international school vacancies that you can apply to directly.
Moreover, you will be able to enter your online resume in the TIE Resume Bank that is searched by school heads and hiring personnel looking to find talented teachers to fill these posts.
Please go to the homepage of this website and click on subscribe now and follow the prompts for becoming a TIE member.
Then start finding your job!
Regards,
CN
01/02/2014 - Cindy
Hi Mercy,

I will email you to discuss some ideas and suggestions for your job search. Non-native speakers of English have every bit as much to offer, so the matter becomes the level of fluency in English as you will be teaching in English.

CN
01/01/2014 - Ali Camp
I have been an educator in the United States and my passion is to have all children from all backgrounds to become who they want to spire to and in order to do this students need to be. Valued as well as motivated. I hold a masters degree in curriculum development and instruction. I want to be challenged and would love an opportunity to broaden my horizons outside the united stated. I also specialize in social skills curriculum development as well. If you know of any institution that would benefit from my post please pass this song. Regards Ali camp
01/01/2014 - Mercy25
I have been looking for an international teaching job as a pre-school or elementary teacher for almost 6 months! The preference for native speakers are too high. I diagree that native speakers are better teachers. In my 8 yrs of teaching , I have seen miracles happen to the children I teach. I would be glad if any one can help me get a good teaching job abroad
12/30/2013 - Cindy
Hi Sonu,
For teaching overseas at an international school, they are looking for full-time teachers with a minimum of 2 years teaching experience.
Your LL.B may make you qualified to teach history or Social Studies, so I would recommend you finding positions teaching that subject in your home country and then when you are ready to teach full time you can pursue positions at international schools.
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!
CN
12/30/2013 - Cindy
Hello Eses,
The best way to start your teaching career abroad, is to get some experience teaching in the classroom in your home country. If you can get one or two years teaching there and then perhaps gaining an ESL teaching certificate that might be a great way to start teaching ESL at a school overseas.
I wish you all the best!
CN
12/30/2013 - Cindy
Hi Steve,
Yes, your 7 years EFL experience in Cambodia and Korea will count.
As long as you demonstrate your teaching successes those years should count as valuable experience.

Best of luck!
CN
12/30/2013 - Cindy
Hi Vinny,

It certainly sounds like based on your experience that you would have a lot to offer, but it's also wise that you are considering your realistic chances. I think doing the TEFL course would be an excellent entree into teaching and maybe into an international teaching career. Some countries do have age restrictions while others do not.

I think this would be an excellent time to pursue a second career in teaching.

Best of luck!
CN
12/30/2013 - sonu
hello, I am going to complete my LL. B. this year(2014). I have 16months of class teaching experience and have experience of around 3 years of private tution. I am earnestly looking for a part time job in order to support my studies and my family as well. I want to know whether I may be considered for teaching or not? Thank you.
12/29/2013 - vinny
Sir,
I am retired Indian Army major. At 64, I enjoy good health. I am very fluent at English speaking and also have an Engineering degree. During my stay at Bangkok last month, I found it interesting to travel and teach. I may do one of the TEFL courses as it will help me to teach well.But the moot question is that being a non native and at 64, is it feasible to do what I wish to.
12/26/2013 - Steve
I have seven years' EFL experience in Cambodia and Korea. This year I completed my PGCE. Will my EFL experience count towards the required two years experience?

Thanks.
12/24/2013 - eses
I hold s bachelors degree in geography;I speak English & want to teach abroad though I live I'm Nigeria. How do I go about securing a teaching job?
12/10/2013 - Cindy
Hello to those of you who have posted questions,

Thank you for your great questions!

It looks like we're getting inquiries from people who would be considered very qualified candidates. International teaching experience is a big plus, so is fluency in multiple languages which is not required but impressive just the same.

Science teachers are in high demand, law professors can definitely translate into K-12 social studies or history teachers, and yes there is an ever greater demand for special ed teachers.

I encourage each of you to subscribe to our site on the home page of this website, so you can begin searching for a teaching position at an international school.

I recommend doing it now because this is the peak recruiting season!

All the best!
CN
12/09/2013 - MD
Hello I have a Bachelor degree in Education. 4.5 years teaching esl in Busan, Korea. Volunteer teaching to Croation and Somalian refugees in Austria. Tutoring in Kishinev, Moldova past summeer.
Just wondering if I can put my resume on your site?

Regards,
Markus Dressler
ps My fiancee speaks Russian fluently and holds Master Degrees in both Chemistry and Biology and is certified to teach. Also a certified accountant. Speaks English good basic.
12/05/2013 - shailaja
I am 50 years now, completed by LL.M in Business Law. Presently practicing in my home town.I have experience of teaching at law college for 10 years, having good English and communication skills. I am interested to work overseas in a teaching, counselling, legal aid, legal training, would i get suitable job. Pl, guide with apt requirement.
12/04/2013 - SpEd
Hi,
I am inquiring about teaching positions for teachers of Special Education. I hold a B.A. in Special Education and MEd in Special Education-Diagnostician. I am also certified in special education K-12 and working in this field.
Is there a need for Special education teachers or diagnosticians overseas?
Very interested!
Alison

12/02/2013 - Dwayne Nelson
I would love to get an opportunity to work for a good school Abroad and get a new experience.I have completed my B.A,B.Ed in English and I am a native English speaker.
Thank you
Regards
Dwayne Nelson

12/01/2013 - aag504
the question is, what if my major is in business administration and i had been working as an english teacher since 2008? i only have TKT certf. university of Cambridge. can i apply to teach overseas?
11/29/2013 - Lasky
I love this opportunity,and I want to seize it.How do I get started?
You guys are doing a wonderful work.I hope that, through you ,I will be able to grab a teaching job in the US or Canada or Europe or UAE.
Keep on doing the good work.
God bless you all.
Humphrey(Nigeria)
11/29/2013 - samy
Hello to all :). Wow I am very suprised by this review or information about teaching overseas. All this time I thought I first need international qualification before I get to teach abroad. Its always been my desire to gain international teaching experience and work wirh diverse multicultural students internationally. However I would like to apply once I have completed my degree this side in South Africa. It is a BED foundation phase qualification. I will start my first year next year. That will take me 4years to complete. But I want to thank you so much for this information. It really helped see things different. God Bless. Sammy.
11/19/2013 - Beans
I would like to become a teacher overseas next year. I am certified to teach k-8 but my experience is in 6-8 mathematics. I have a bachelor's and master's in education. Are there jobs for someone with my education and experience? Where are they and how soon will I be able to relocate if hired?
11/15/2013 - sol
wonderful! how i dreamed to teach english or math subjects in any of the european countries. i have 17 years teaching experience. hoping to land a job soon. thanks for the information.
11/10/2013 - Lescoa
Currently I am an assistant principal at a middle school. With 18 years as a classroom teaching that includes 5th and 8th language arts, retirement is right around the corner. I have a master's degree and am National Board certifified. My question is I will retire at 48 years old, is that too old to be an international teacher? Are there opportunities for administrators? My husband is a former community college history instructor and baseball coach. Are there opportunities for couples? Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
11/04/2013 - Cindy
To everyone inquiring about requirements for teaching overseas, we at TIE specialize in helping teachers find positions at internationals schools primarily outside the U.S.

The big clue here is teachers. Int'l schools are looking for teachers -- they want teachers who have experience and qualifications to teach their subject in English in an international school setting (meaning students will come from all over the world.)

They generally are looking for a minimum of 2 years experience. They also want certification, but if you hold a Master's degree in either education or your content subject area (i.e. math, English, chemistry, history, etc.) then the certification requirement can be waived.

International schools are private schools generally catering to the diplomatic and expat communities of a host country. They are looking to hire the most qualified teachers available. One of the key criteria is experience because these schools want teachers who can hit the ground running and manage their own classroom from day one.

Yes, they need ESL teachers so if you have a Bachelor's degree and a certification in ESL along with some experience you are eligible.

To Dylan, most schools will want you to be teaching a subject for which you hold a degree. If you are going to teach Math then you should have a degree in math,etc. Having a Master's degree in education that leads to certification is a very good option!

Good luck to all!
.
11/04/2013 - norm
Am a graduate High School teacher with bachelor of art with Education degree, registered, I have certificate in TEFL and with eight year experience. Advise me immediately, I need to teach in your private School as soon as possible
11/03/2013 - Cynthia
So if I was to complete a four year program in Teaching with a major in English, would I be qualified to teach English in different countries? I mainly want to teach in India or somewhere in Asia.
11/03/2013 - divyaaaz
Hi friends
I want to work as a teacher abroad. Am a foreign English language teacher for last 10 years in India. Help me to go abroad and enjoy the culteral difference....

10/30/2013 - Dylan
Hello! What a wonderful resource this is! Thanks CH! I have been teaching EFL the last 2 years in Ecuador and Japan and am CELTA certified. I love teaching abroad and want to pursue qualifications toward teaching 7-12 in math or science, hopefully leveraging my BS in economics. University of Oregon offers a 14 month program to get a Masters of Education program which includes teaching certification. It's quite expensive and doesn't offer an opportunity for coursework in subject specific endorsements. This page and forum suggest it's not essential to have a Masters and a teaching certificate, but rather more competency in the subject your teaching. Is it truly necessary to have a major in the subject you're teaching (to teach middle school level math, for example)? Considering I have limited time and resources, which are more important to landing a job in an international school: teaching certificate, masters degree in ed, or subject knowledge? Thank you for your help! ~ Dylan
10/27/2013 - Bandipure
It is easily described to find teaching job abroad. Is it so easy as described above, could you give some ideas!

10/24/2013 - lottie
i have traveled to SE Asia three times in two years working as a performer/entertainer. I live in New York and have decided that I want to travel and work on the other side of the world. I don't have a teaching degree but am certified working with children of high behovioral issues and able to communicate with children of all ages through my kind heart and good sence of humor. i have always been a student of learning and can adjust to many different situations once I am interested. my goal is to travel back to Europe or SE Asia to teach children how to speak English. What are the possibilities for me to make my way out there
10/20/2013 - soumya
I am willing to go out and teach.I have 1 year experience in play school as nursery class teacher,1 year experience as PP 2 class teacher.
10/14/2013 - Francesco
Hello everybody,
I'm an Italian teacher of English literature and grammar. I've been teaching since 2000 in Italy and, beeing single and willing to move, I wonder if there is any possibilities for me to teach in NEW YORK.
Can you Giove me a helping hand?
Thanks for spending your time for me.
Francesco
10/14/2013 - Prue
Hi CN,
I am from Jamaica but i am planning to migrate to New Jersey by early next year. I am a trained teacher with a bachelor Degree in Primary (elementary) Education. I have three years experience. I am a little worried at time that i might not get a teaching job when i leave my country.
10/11/2013 - Cindy
Dear Laura,

The answer to your question is yes. With your education, experience, enthusiasm and overseas travel experience I am confident you and your husband would be hired by an international school.

The key is to be flexible in terms of location and you will certainly land you first overseas teaching job.

CN
10/11/2013 - Laura
Hi, I have a few questions -
My husband and I are recent graduates of double degrees from an Australian university. We both have a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Teaching. I am qualified to teach K-6 and my husband is qualified to teach History, Languages and Social Studies. These were four year degrees with 18 weeks professional experience on the job, which included running our own classrooms.
We don't have any children and are able to start working fairly soon. We have also both travelled overseas and have spent some extended time overseas.
We have also held jobs outside the teaching profession - we are older than most new graduates being 26 myself and my husband being 32.
My main question is, do you think international schools would regard us as good candidates despite the fact we have not had 2 years experience in schools? Do you think that our other job experience and travel experience would help us to obtain jobs outside of Australia?
Thanks for your help,
Laura
10/10/2013 - Cindy
Dear H.J.

The subject of Moral Education sounds fascinating to me. I don't think there is the equivalent in international schools (although one could make the argument that every school should offer this course)!

I would focus your efforts towards getting a position in the ESL field as all the international schools offer ESL and you certainly have extensive experience in that subject!

Best of luck!
CN


10/10/2013 - Cindy
Dear Layne,

Yes, I believe from the brief background you provide, you are qualified to teach at an international school.You can teach Early Childhood/Pre-K programs or ESL. Based on your experience with Special Ed, I'm sure that would be an asset and an avenue of opportunity at international schools as well.

Good luck!
CN
10/09/2013 - H.J
Hi, I am Korean. I am a Secondary teacher of Moral Education.
I have experienced teaching ESL for 10 years to Koreans and now teaching Moral education as a contract based teacher in public schools since 2010.

I want to have teaching experience in International schools in Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand or Honkong.

I have a teacher's licence of my major, philosophy and a Tesol certificate provided by South bank and SNUL.


10/07/2013 - Layne
Hello All,

I am currently teaching ESL in Seoul, South Korea right now. This is my first year teaching abroad and getting into the swing of things. I am already trying to look ahead for next year, in figuring out what I want to do!

Am I qualified for a International School?

I was an Early Childhood Educator for the last 5 years. Teaching Pre-School.

I also taught a year as a Special Education Paraprofessional.

And now completing one year of ESL in Korea.

Appreciate any responses!

Thank You!
10/03/2013 - shelly
Very well written Article
10/02/2013 - Cindy
Hi Mic,

Yes, you can still be hired, in fact, you would be considered a good hire by international school heads.

You have the two years teaching experience in the Peace Corps, so that covers the two years experience. Because you’re licensed in K-6 and endorsed in K-12 social studies, you have a few options. So here’s what I see -- you can teach both subjects (SS and Science) by being a classroom teacher at the K-12 level. The other option is you can teach social studies at the middle and high school level.

The other great thing about your experience is that you’re a Peace Corps alum and international schools truly understand and appreciate what that’s all about. Not only did you get 2 years experience teaching at the high school level, but more importantly, it demonstrates that you have not only international experience, but a high level of adaptability to difficult environments and an altruistic spirit dedicated to helping others.

You would be an asset to any international schools and I strongly encourage you to subscribe to TIE on the home page of this site and start the process of securing your next position at an international school!

CN

10/02/2013 - Mic
Hi,

So I am a North Carolina K-6 licensed teacher, with an endorsement to teach K-12 Social studies. The past two years I have been working in Peace Corps teaching high school English in a small village. However, I would love to teach sixth or fifth grade (science or social studies--when I was student teaching I was able to teach both and I LOVED being able to teach both) in an international school. My worry is that I don't have two years in my "subject area".

Do you think I could still be hired? What are my chances?
09/30/2013 - Cindy
Hi Chethan,

Based on your post graduate degree in mathematics and your 3 years teaching experience it seems like you would have the qualifications for teaching at an international school.

You can subscribe to TIE (on the homepage of this website) and begin searching for job opportunities that fit your needs.

All the best!
CN
09/30/2013 - Cindy
Hello Shubha,

It seems you have the qualifications to teach overseas, regarding whether you can get a position at that particular school really depends on their vacancies and specific requirements. Since you know exactly where you want to go, I suggest you contact them directly.

Good luck!
09/30/2013 - Cindy
Hi Assal,

That's a very good question.

The answer is -- it depends. It depends on the country and their rules for issuing work visas, it depends on the type of job the spouse is looking for, and it depends on the school itself and their hiring policies.

Often the non-teaching spouse can try to find a job at the school if he or she has the talent, experience and skills that the school can utilize, but this, most often, would be best to negotiate beforehand. If that's not possible, than at least have a discussion about it with the school beforehand where you get some indication from the school that there's the possibilities of a job opening up once you get there.

The other approach (which is probably more of a long-shot) is if you're spouse is working for a company in your home country and can get a transfer to the new host city if that company has offices there.

I hope this answers your question!
09/28/2013 - Chethan
I am a post gradate in Mathematics with 3 years of teaching experience. Is there any chance of getting in as a assistant teacher for any Inter national schools ?
09/28/2013 - shubha
I am a post graduate in English with B Ed and have been in the field of teaching since 1996 . I want to know whether i can get a job in an international school in Muscut?
09/28/2013 - Assal
When a teacher find an overseas job, but the spouse is not a teacher. Can he/she still work over there? If so, how does it work?

Thanks
09/20/2013 - Cindy
Hi Shami,

With a postgraduate in chemistry and holder of bachelor degree in education with 1 year teaching experience for secondary level I can tell you that you're qualified to teach at an international school.

You ask about teaching in Australia and I assume you are most likely qualified in Australia as well, although I am not familiar with their specific requirements, certification needs, and/or visa issuance policies for non-citizens.
09/20/2013 - Cindy
Hi Aishwarya,

Since you have 2 years experience working as an Instructional Assistant for Academic Support in the American School in India, I see you have some experience working at an international school. That is very good.

You also have experience substitute teaching Math at the high school, which is an additional layer of experience. Having been trained in the Common Core Math program gives you certification in a US-based curriculum which is another level of qualification that international schools will value.

Finally, your advanced degree (Masters in Applied Psychology) provides you with the educational credentials needed to teach at an international school. You also site your experience teaching Psychology at an Indian high school which certainly rounds-out your overall experience profile.

I think all these things taken together and well-packaged should give you the qualifications needed to teach at an international school.

At this point, I wouldn't necessarily recommend additional qualifications, I would recommend jumping in and start teaching at an international school. Once there, you will have plenty of professional development opportunities relevant to the subject you will be teaching.

If you subscribe to TIE (on the homepage of this site), you will have access to the jobs that are vacant at international schools around the world and will be able to apply to them directly. This is your best bet for kick-starting your career.

I wish you all the luck in the world!

CN

09/20/2013 - abhi
Hi,

It was nice reading about the article but i have a doubt,will be helpful if you can help me out with it.
Im recently finished my dentistry in India and im a resident of India itself but i want to travel and photograph so want to take up a job as an english teacher so that i can photograph and also pay for my stay in the asian countries but i dont have any teaching degree.
I studied in an english school from my start and i got all my degrees so what can i do...please do tell me.

Thanking you

Abhijit Nag
09/14/2013 - Lisa
Hi there,
I have been teaching for 20 years, am a 42 NZ woman with a 9 and 11 year old. I have vast teaching experience and taught overseas. Being a single mum, with 2 chn, where do I stand in regards to securing a job internationally?
09/13/2013 - shami
Hi, I am postgraduate in chemistry and holder of bachelor degree in education with 1 year teaching experience for secondary level.Am i qualified to teach in schools of Australia.
09/12/2013 - Aishwarya
Hi Cindy,
This is my second year working as an Instructional Assistant for Academic Support in the American School in India. I also substitute-teach Math at the high school, having been trained in the Common Core Math program. I have a Masters in Applied Psychology and have taught Psychology at an Indian high school too.
Am I qualified to teach at international schools? hat additional qualification would you recommend for me?

Thanks!!
Aishwarya
09/12/2013 - Cindy
Hi Biikay,

I will answer your three questions below:

1.) What are other requirements I need?

In addition to your degrees and teaching experience, it is expected that you would be fully fluent in English to teach your subject in English, that you would be able to demonstrate effective learning outcomes in your classroom, and and that you have the ability to present yourself in the most enthusiastic and professional manner possible.

2.) Teach overseas by 2015

You are planning in advance and that’s excellent! Right now international schools are beginning to post vacancies that they will have open for the 2014-2015 school year (which generally speaking, begins in August 2014). It looks like you’re interested in starting up the following year, but this is still a good time to start the process by subscribing to TIE, getting your resume into the job bank, procuring your references and recommendations, and doing the research through TIE about job availabilities, requirements, compensation packages, etc.

3.) Can TIE assist me to secure a teaching post overseas?

TIE will help you with all of the above and give you access to the most comprehensive list of international school teaching vacancies available. TIE will also allow you to conduct your own search at your own pace putting you in the driver’s seat of this whole process.

Good luck!
CN

09/12/2013 - Biikay
I have a Bachelor Degree in Tropical Agriculture and a post graduate diploma in Teaching. I have 7 years teaching experience in Papua New Guinea Secondary schools. I really want to teach overseas.
1. What are other requirements I need?
2. I want teach overseas by 2015
3. Can TIE can assist me to secure a teaching post overseas?

Thanks
Biikay
09/11/2013 - Cindy
Hi Joel,

These are goods questions, I’ll try to answer each one.

1)Am I at all qualified for these jobs?
Based on the information provided, most notably that you are a licensed Canadian teacher with a Bachelor of Education (middle/high school) and a Master's of Education in Curriculum Studies, right off the bat tells me that you meet the basic qualifications of teaching overseas.

Yes, international schools prefer a minimum of 2 years experience, but holding a master’s degree, for many schools, will serve in lieu of that. Also, the fact that you are certified is another positive factor.

The other great thing is that you already, according to your description, have more than 5 years of teaching ESL abroad. This gives you the 2+ years of teaching experience and don’t worry that it’s not in your home country, the fact that you are already a seasoned international teacher is a huge plus!


2)If not, would 2 years of substitute teaching in my home country be sufficient to qualify me as a candidate for international school jobs?
Yes, that’s fine if you already have that plus more than 5 years of ESL teaching. All combined, that should give you plenty of teaching experience that will be valued by school heads.

3)What else can I do to bolster my chances? Subscribing to TIE will certainly bolster your chances because it will put you in the leading international school recruitment service available anywhere. Once you subscribe, you will have access to the hundreds of positions in our Job bank, and you will also be able to post your resume in our resume bank which is searched by international school heads when they are looking to hire.

I think you have excellent chances of getting hired by an international school in Japan or anywhere in the world you choose!

Regards,
CN

09/10/2013 - Tarquin
Hi,

I a licensed Canadian teacher with a Bachelor of Education (middle/high school) and a Master's of Education in Curriculum Studies, yet do not have any experience teaching in my home country. However, I have spent more than 5 years teaching ESL abroad.

I am primarily interested in teaching at an international school in Japan, the country where I have previously taught ESL and my wife is from.

1)Am I at all qualified for these jobs?

2)If not, would 2 years of substitute teaching in my home country be sufficient to qualify me as a candidate for international school jobs?

3)What else can I do to bolster my chances?


09/05/2013 - Cindy
Hi Yayayo,

It is not untrue that there is a preference for native speakers of English, however, if a candidate has a very strong command of English and is capable of teaching his or her subject in English and being understood by an international cohort of students, then they are eligible to teach at an international school.

Regards,
CN
09/04/2013 - Yayayo
Hi! Most of hiring agents stated their preferance on only Native speakers not non native. Pls. which company hire non native in Saudi Arabia?
08/29/2013 - Cindy
Hi April,

Your degrees don’t directly translate into K-12 subjects, but that does not mean there are not possibilities to realign your qualifications to subjects that are taught in international schools.

Through your experience of teaching adjudicated youth, ask yourself which subjects did you most enjoy teaching and what most did you enjoy about teaching this group of students in an alternative setting?

The key I would tell anyone who is interested in teaching at an overseas international school, is that they should have some experience teaching at a school in their home country. If you meet the qualifications/requirements for teaching at home, and have at least 2 years of classroom experience, then you will most likely have the prerequisites needed for teaching at an international school.

School heads will want to hear and see demonstrable evidence of positive outcomes with your students. This can come in many forms, but the main point is that international schools are looking for proven teachers in the classroom, not necessarily career-changers with no previous experience.

A good way to get started may be to get certified teaching ESL/TESOL and either begin teaching at home or at an overseas school looking for ESL teachers. It may not be an international school per se, but it will give you experience teaching internationally to students of the host country.

I hope this answers your question and best of luck!

CN

08/28/2013 - April
Hi,
I've got a Masters Degree in Health Administration and. bachelors in Business Management. I taught in a per and post adjudicated program for boys and girls a number of years ago. Do you think I have a chance at teaching oversees?
08/27/2013 - Cindy
Dear Elba,

Based on your experience teaching continuing ed, and your international experience and ability to speak multiple languages, I think you would be an excellent candidate for teaching overseas.

International schools generally prefer teachers who have K-12 experience, but if you can teach a subject that is directly transferable to a K-12 environment, I think you'd have a very strong chance of getting hired. You didn't mention which continuing ed course/subject you taught, but if it is something relevant then you should consider the jump into international teaching.

Go to the home page of this site , www.tieonline.com to find out how to subscribe and get started.

Good luck!
08/27/2013 - Cindy
Hi NAL,

You have experience teaching English at an international school so perhaps you could continue with teaching ESL through the international school network. Because you’re interested in teaching the subject in which you hold a degree (history), but hold no certification in that field or experience teaching that subject, you may have to investigate at least getting certification in that field to be hired to teach that subject.

I don’t know or believe that you necessarily have to go to the US to do that perhaps you can look into the IB certification on their website or other resources. The PTC/TTC also has certificate programs for their one week Miami or London courses.

The TTC is dedicated to professional development for those currently teaching or are about to teach in international schools. They do not have a specific program for those who are not yet in teaching, although it is possible to take a master degree in Multidisciplinary studies through one of their programs.

The only requirement would be an undergraduate degree in any area. All TTC courses are oriented to the international setting and you would need to feel comfortable with that orientation in each course which I’m sure you are based on your experience and background.

Regards,
CN

08/27/2013 - Elba Ramos
Hi, I hold a BA in Communications, I am currently teaching Spanish and Italian at Emory University with their continue education program since 2009. I am US citizen, living in Atlanta, GA. I have lived in the Caribbean, Venezuela, Spain and Italy. I speak English, Spanish, Italian some Portuguese.

Thank you very much for any information,

Elba
08/25/2013 - NAL
Hi,

I would like to pursue a career in international teaching. I am currently living in Cambodia teaching English. I have a degree in history and have worked as a sub/supply teacher at one of the main international schools in Cambodia. I also went to an international school as a teenager. I do not have any teaching experience in regards to social studies or any certification and am concerned I may have to take the costly trip home to the states to get certified/experience. Would that be the best course of action? Thanks
NAL
08/22/2013 - Cindy
Hi Bruno,

You are well qualified to work at an international school. You have the education qualifications with two Master's degrees and you even have experience at an international school. You don't need the full Master's degree in education in light of your two other advanced degrees. Taking courses that will lead to some sort of certification will be more than enough.

I would also recommend that you look into taking a PTC course. The PTC is the Principals' Training Center and is a sister organization to TIE. The PTC specializes in intense courses/certificates for international educators. The TTC (Teacher's Training Center, and CTC, Counselor's Training Center) are all designed for international educators to take high level courses that lead to certificates in only 1 week. Classes are held in June and July in London and Miami. International schools look highly upon candidates who have completed PTC, TTC or CTC courses.
Regards,
CN

08/21/2013 - Bruno
Hello, i am currently working at an American HS in Wiesbaden, Germany. I hold a BA in Philosophy/Drama and a Master Degree in Social Work (LCSW) as well a Masters in Theology. I am currently a psychotherapist practicing in prevention and education at the HS as well as counseling. I have many hours in the classroom teaching Life Skills Training as well as having taught Sociology at the University level (two universities). I would am about to start a MA in Education. Do i need the full degree to qualify to teach internationally? Or just take several credits/classes in pedagogy and teaching methods? Thank you very much for any information,
08/21/2013 - Cindy
HI Ubuh,

We are an organization dedicated to helping teachers find positions at overseas international schools. There are a handful of international schools in the U.S. that hire through the international network but many find they are able to hire teachers domestically that fit their requirements.

If you're interested in teaching at a public school in the U.S. there is one organization that may be able to help you. It's called the Southern Teachers Agency and they help place teachers in high-need schools/regions in the U.S. South. I recommend you check out their website at: www.southernteachers.com and explore the opportunities. It would be a great way to get your foot in the door.
Regards,
CN
08/21/2013 - Cindy
Dear Sunita,
Based on your education, credentials and experience, you outline below, you do possess the requisite qualifications for teaching overseas.
Good luck!
CN
08/21/2013 - Cindy
Dear Stojana,
You have the right attitude. As the months progress and we move into the fall and winter, you'll see that the recruiting season really starts to heat-up, and you will find more opportunities. I might also suggest that you go to a recruiting fair as well. The combination of a TIE subscription and attending a recruiting fair is very effective for many candidates.
Good luck and let us know where you end up!
CN
08/20/2013 - ubuh
Hi, Im currently in my final year of a Primary education course with QTS. I appreciate i have to teach for a minimum of 2 years, but I was wondering how it would i would go about teaching in America. With the difference in education in each state and difficult nature of getting a visa to live and teach, is there one organisation where I can go to or is it something I would have to track down on my own, i.e. speak to individual schools etc.

Ive heard word of getting a sponsorship from a school to help with a visa, is that a thing?

Thank You
08/17/2013 - Stojana
Dear Cindy,

I just wanted to thank you for the encouraging reply. I have a TIE account since January this year and I constantly follow what is available as for job opportunities around the globe. I keep sending applications and believe one of them will be successful.

Sincerely,
Stojana

08/11/2013 - Sunita
Hi,
I have a degree B.A(Hons) English, Masters in Educational Administration and technology and a Post Graduate certificate in Education and I have 10 years experience in the teaching sector as a English Educator. I wanted to know about my eligibility to join the international schools.
08/10/2013 - Katy
It answers most of my questions.

thank you.
08/09/2013 - Varinder
I read your article relating to the teaching profession. Its true for teaching in a particular language the proficiency and fluency in that language is the utmost requirement. Moreover, the full depth conceptual and perceptual knowledge of that particular subject is also required which is to be taught to do full justice with yourself and your students by all means. The depth of the knowledge cannot be measured,it can only be felt by diving in the Ocean of Education. No, doubt the Degrees are one of the yardstick of measurement of knowledge in the present modern era.













08/06/2013 - Cindy
Hi Jyoti,

I will attempt to answer your questions, based on the information provided, but of course your ability to get hired is based on other factors such as communication skills, the way you present yourself and the demonstrated success you have had in the classroom.

1.) It seems you have the education and experience most international schools are looking for.

2.) Many international schools may ask you about your certification, so having licensure in your field of teaching is helpful. Additionally, fluency in English is an understood prerequisite.

3.) Next steps would be to start exploring opportunities to teach overseas which you can find on a variety of websites. If you are interested in teaching at an international school, TIE‘s website, www.tieonline.com is the most comprehensive source available.

Good luck!

08/06/2013 - jyoti
I have taught for 12 years in the India I have a B.Com degree from Delhi university, Persuing Masters in Econoics from Himachal University,Done GNIIT from NIIT and a B.Ed degree from Agra University India. I have been teaching students computers and primary children for the past 12 years.
My questions are:
1. Am I qualified to teach overseas?

2. What other courses or degrees would be necessary to teach in places such as londan or us

3. What is the next step in becoming an international teacher?



07/31/2013 - Cindy
Dear Stojana,

If your English is strong than you would be an excellent candidate at an international school. You could teach German and/or be a school Librarian.

I strongly encourage you to subscribe to tieonline (on the home page of this site) and get your resume in our resume bank. I have a feeling you would be hired at an international school anywhere in the world.
07/31/2013 - Cindy
Dear Readers,

Many of you have written asking the same question, but with different details regarding your education and experience.

Here are the basic things you need to qualify for teaching overseas:

1.) Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a subject that is translatable to a K-12 subject (including education).

2.) Minimum of 2 years teaching experience

3.) Certification in your subject/field

4.) Fluency in English

If you have extensive experience and no certification you can still be considered as a competitive candidate at an international school.

If you hold a higher degree (i.e. Master's degree or higher) in your subject, the certification requirement may be waived in some cases. Similarly, if you have certification and not quite 2 years experience you can be considered as well, but they do prefer two years experience.

As you can see these are guidelines, but not hard and fast rules. There is some leeway and discretion afforded school heads when they make hiring decisions and if you possess a reasonable combination of the above requirements, PLUS great communication skills, enthusiasm, motivation, and love of travel and foreign cultures, you will be a qualified and competitive candidate.
07/28/2013 - stephalynn1
I have just graduated with a MAT in elementary education. I do not have my certification yet but I do have one year of experience as a teacher of record and 4 1/2 years experience as a teaching assistant for the same school system as well as 20+ years in early childhood education. Would that help with the required two years of experience? Also, do you hire people with families? If so, how does that work?
07/27/2013 - munch
I have completed my BA in English and completed my TTC from ST TERESAS AITTI and have an experience of four years in a CBSE school. Is there any opportunity for me abroad
07/26/2013 - Jimmy
I have 29 years of teaching & administration experience in English medium schools of repute. I possess masters degree in Biology and bachelors degree in education (B. Ed). My age is 56. What is the maximum age limit to get a teaching / administrative position in an international school?
07/26/2013 - Stojana
Hi,

I just wanted to say that the article really did encourage me to go further with the job search and teach overseas. I have a Bachelor degree in German Language and German Literature and Master in Social Work and Social policy at the state university of Macedonia, 9 years experience in an International school ( following American Curriculum) in my country Macedonia. I teach German as a Foreign Language and I am the school librarian as well. I have no certification in Library science or similar but I have 9 years of experience in the area. I have started searching for a job overseas a year ago. I needed another challenge. I have been part of an international community for almost a decade and I wanted to experience that outside the borders of my home country. However, not having the right certificate for the subject area I am applying for: Library for instance is a handicap.Or in case they are looking for a German teacher, they require a native speaker, which makes sense but I sometimes say: "Please give me a chance and I will show you how hardworking I am and I how much I can contribute to your school." Sometimes I feel discouraged and disappointed but reading this article reminded me that I should go on with my search. Thank you!
07/25/2013 - Becky
Hi,
i have a Bachelor's degree in French and lack one year for my MAT. I must complete student teaching to get certified for K-12. I lived in France and have a great accent. However, I'm considering changing my career. I'm having difficulty getting even a substitute position. A French school was really excited about hiring me until my criminal history came back with two DWI's on it. Even though this happened before I went into teaching it seems to bar me from employment. I wonder if I went overseas if that would change things.
07/24/2013 - Etyndall
I have taught for 20 years in the U.S. I have a BS degree in Elementary Education grades K-6, a Masters in Elementary education K-6, and a certification in Gifted Education K-12. I have been teaching gifted students grades K-5 in math and language arts for the past 15 years.
My questions are:
1. Am I qualified to teach overseas?

2. What other courses or degrees would be necessary to teach in places such as Belize, or Panama?

3. What is the next step in becoming an international teacher?

My family is considering moving to Central, or South America and I would like to begin my search for the right teaching job.

Thank you.


07/24/2013 - zany
I would like to apply for an position as an grade R teacher or pre-school teacher & have the nusery qualifications
07/24/2013 - Konsam
Hi,

I'm an INDIAN citizen can i apply teaching job in South Korea? if it's possible then let me as soon as possible.


Waiting your sweet reply.
07/24/2013 - Kaliko
Hi, I recently taught English to young learners in Thailand. I have a B.A. In Anthropology and a TEFL certificate. I have two years experience teaching young learners and adults. I would like to continue teaching internationally. What steps should I take to proceed?
07/23/2013 - Stace
Hi,

I have a Bachelors degree in English and will be completing a 1 year Masters program overseas in the UK. I would like to work while I am completing my masters degree by teaching. Is there a potential for me to teach as is or do I need to seek certifications?
07/23/2013 - Venkatesh Reddy
Im working as a Chemistry teacher from past 2 years in an International School and I am persuing my correspondance PG in Chemistry and I am looking for the post of Chemistry Teacher in International Schools in abroad.
07/23/2013 - Maneli
I am a certified ESL elementary teacher (k-6) , but I do not have the TEFL certification...can I still find work overseas? I am very interested in working either in Prague or Viena. I have a bachelor's degree in ESL and have the certification from PUerto Rico. I am currently teaching 6th and 7th grade :)
07/22/2013 - Cindy
Hi Chef,

It sounds like you have excellent professional and educational experience that would certainly enhance any school environment.

The challenge will be regarding exactly which subject you'll teach. There are exceptions, but many international schools don't offer culinary arts courses, however, some may offer the career and technology or entrepreneurship courses which you have specialization in. Most international schools offer traditional college preparatory courses, but there are some who offer electives along the lines of what you mention.

I think it would be important to get some K-12 teaching experience first before applying for international school positions, that way you'll be able to modify and focus your teaching specialization according to courses that are most offered in K-12 int'l schools.

07/21/2013 - graygray
All this information is interesting and helpful, but it doesn't mention age limits. I am an Australian primary teacher with 38 years' classroom teaching experience, including specialist ESL, but because I am 62 years old I am precluded from teaching pretty much anywhere. If anyone knows somewhere that this is not the case, I would be interested to hear about it!
07/18/2013 - Chef
I am a certified professional chef, I have master degree in Career &Technology Education and Master degree in Entrepreneurship. I have over 7 years experience of teaching in college. Is there any change for me to become an International Educator? If I do, what step is need to be taken?
07/17/2013 - lizamiran
Hi, i really love your article. it helps a lot with a teacher like me who just started teaching in international school for shy of a 5 months. it is good to know that i am in a right track, i can't wait to explore the possibility of this profession. its very exciting!
07/16/2013 - Cindy
Hi Sil and those looking for teaching jobs in Canada ...
ECN -- Education Canada network is a great resource for Canadian teaching jobs.
Good luck!
07/16/2013 - Cindy
Dear Tanya,

It would be best to contact COBIS (Council of British International Schools) to find out the NQT requirements for overseas British schools.
Their website is: http://www.cobis.org.uk/

Good luck!

07/14/2013 - luckoo
it s really a good article and is like an eye opener to all those think that they are not eligible to work overseas.
good job.
07/13/2013 - Tanya
I understand that it is now possible to do your NQT year abroad since April 2012; and I've been looking to work as secondary school music teacher in Italy.
As an aside, the Independent Schools Induction Panel have said that only 13 NQT (in Jan) have already started, but did not state which countries.
I would just like to know if Italy is a possibility and how I would go about it, having already contacted two British Schools in Rome and Milan.
Any advice would be gratefully received.
Thanks
Tanya
07/13/2013 - almaine
Thanx 4 the good advice I'm defintely rising to the challege
07/10/2013 - sil
I have completed Post - Graduate program in Sociology and Political Science,India
My wife has completed Ph.D. in Psychology, India.
We are interested in teaching in Canada
Please guide us
Regards,
sil
07/02/2013 - Cindy
Hello La Journaliste,

You do stand a chance, but you will need to get experience teaching. Before that I think you will have to decide which subject you feel most qualified to teach. Once you decide the subject, you should get the certification you need to teach in India and get two years of teaching experience. After that, you can start thinking about teaching overseas.

Good luck!

07/02/2013 - Cindy
Hi Neens,

I am sorry to hear that you are getting discouraged. It is the aged-old catch-22 -- you need experience, but how are you going to get it if no one will hire you without it?

The trick is to get your foot in the door of a school near where you live before trying to get that first job teaching overseas. You are currently teaching ESL to adults; instead see if you can find a job teaching that subject at a local school at the K-12 level. Having some experience teaching children in a school setting (at least 1 year, preferably two) will put you in a whole different standing when applying for teaching positions overseas.

Good luck and don't give up!!!

CN
07/02/2013 - Cindy
Hi Fred,

Thank you for your kind words and interest. You certainly sound like you have extensive experience teaching math and physics and those are subjects in fairly high demand.

I understand what you mean about not wanting to waste time looking if you’re not sure if the school is even hiring, that’s why subscribing to TIE is such a good idea. When you subscribe to TIE you search for vacancies at international schools that are looking to hire, and the details of the job, school and qualifications, are all detailed so you can determine if it’s a school you’re interested in applying to and if you feel you meet their requirements.

Good luck!

07/01/2013 - Fred
Thank you so much for your explanation because i love it and also love you. I have three(3) degree in physics related subject including doctorate without teacher licensed or certificate. I have over twenty(20) years teaching experience in teaching physics/maths. Kindly help me with list of schools at secondary/higher school level in MIDDLE EAST OR U.S.A. where i can be gainfully employed without wasting time in unsuccessful browsing of the internet. I presently lecture in a Nigeria university as a Nigerian.

Many thanks and best regards,
Fred.
06/30/2013 - Neens
great article! I hold both a bachelors in Linguistics and a Masters in Applied Linguistics and also went the extra mile to obtain a CELTA , thinking it would open doors for me. Unfortunetly, it has very very difficult for me to get a job. I have applied to schools all over the world and it's the same answer, you need experience. It is kinda depressing really. My desire is to move to australia and I'm currently teaching IGCSE an training Business Client to improve their English in Malaysia.
06/28/2013 - La Journaliste
Hello,

I have completed Post Graduate program in Mass Communication ( 1 yr) from a recognized Indian University. I did bachelors in Commerce .Currenly I am a freelance journalist and I am learning French from Alliance Francaise de Bangalore. I have no experience in teaching but, I would like to pursue it as my profession and travel abroad. I want to know what courses and Certifications are needed . Do I stand a chance for this sort of career?


Thanks
06/19/2013 - quiche
i have taught preschool for 25 years. i am a qualified teacher in the state of California. My desire is to move to London and teach nursey school. how do my experience and education translate? I am working towards a associate degree in child development.
06/18/2013 - AIDC
Great article! Stepping out of your comfort zone and teaching abroad is definitely not easy and requires consideration, planning, and forethought, but it can be incredibly rewarding in the end.
06/13/2013 - Myra
Hi! I am a Nurse by profession and had been teaching Nursing for 10 years now. I also have a Master Degree in Nursing. I would like to know the possibility of teaching English abroad if I would take TESOL Program here in the Philippines under TESOL Asia. Will this help me?
06/12/2013 - Cindy
Hello Holaforistas,

I believe you would be a good candidate based on your desire and bilingual capability, but I think you would need to get some sort of certification in English as a Second Language to have the qualifications needed to teach English overseas. I highly recommend that you look into TESOL certificate programs and one website that might be helpful to you is Dave’s ESL café.

Good luck to you!

CN

06/12/2013 - Cindy
Dear Clay,

It sounds with two Master’s degrees in History and heading toward a PhD, your post graduate level degrees would suffice as your certification and maybe even experience. You should find out what the certification requirements are in your state and then take the exam because you would probably be able to acquire that easily considering your level of education.

Once you have the certification, I’m sure there are international schools that would be willing to give you your first experience in a classroom.

CN

06/11/2013 - Lori
I have taught for 8 years. Moved to Colorado from Texas, and back in Texas after one year. I have been wanting a change. I do not want just a change for me, but for the children. I could not find that in Colorado. I am ready, and willing, to make a change anywhere I can. I do not have a husband, children, or anything else holding me back. I hope to make a change in children, wherever that might be.
06/11/2013 - Clay
I have 2 M.A. degrees in History and am ABD toward my Ph.D in History from a major U.S. university. I have worked as a T.A. tutor/grader for years, but my experience as a classroom teacher is quite limited and I have no specific teaching credential. Am I qualified to start looking for teaching jobs? If not, what credential or experience would you most strongly suggest for my getting to that point? Thanks.
06/11/2013 - holaforistas
I studied business management at Marymount Manhattan College. I worked for a long time at the NY State Department of Labor. I want to change my career and my dream is to teach English abroad, specifically in Latin America. I am fluent in Spanish and English. Do you think I am a good candidate?

Thank you for your help.

06/10/2013 - Cindy
Hello,

Hello Ganyani,

So you don't have two years teaching experience . . .

Don’t let that discourage you. You can try to get teaching experience, first try getting one year of teaching experience.

Perhaps with one year experience and the right credentials you can find some teaching opportunities at overseas schools.

Then once you have two years solid experience you will be a more qualified candidate to teach at an international school.

Good luck!

06/10/2013 - Cindy
Hi Maiga,

Yes, you can teach abroad! You don't need to have taught abroad as long as you have been teaching. It sounds like you have extensive experience and that will certainly be valued. You also don’t need to be a native speaker of English, and I’m sure you have a high level of fluency in English which will be perfectly acceptable.

One tip though . . . I know typos are common especially when hastily writing things on online comments sections (I know I've been guilty!), but when you’re a teacher of English, people are less forgiving of these minor mistakes . . . especially when spelling English!:)

No worries, keep marching forward and I hope you get out of the dull routine (rather than into it:)!

Good Luck!
CN

06/09/2013 - Ganyani
I am interesting on international teaching, unfortunately I dont have a minimum requirement of 2 years teaching experience
06/07/2013 - maiga
I have been teaching Eglish since 1988 as a postgraduate , I 'm looking for a change of pace, or just feel like getting into a dull routine, and I want to consider teaching overseas. My reume is rich enough , but I have never taught abroad and I 4m not a native speaker .However I have a very high command and fluency of English .My PGDE is a degree in teaching and education certification. Can I teach abroad ?
06/06/2013 - twesige
That was informative. If I have a pass.degree in science and post graduate diploma in education can it qualify to teach overseas?
05/29/2013 - Cindy
Hello Questioner,
A master's degree in law or any post graduate law degree would certainly qualify you to teach high school level social studies subjects, particularly, history and government.
If you get a teaching degree or certification you should be all set. You would not need additional subject degrees.

Good luck!
CN
05/29/2013 - Questioner
Does (a Master in) Law qualify as as social science? If I get a teacher's degree on top of that, am I then qualified to be an international teacher in social sciences? Or do I need to get a degree in one of the more typical social science's (for example anthropology)?

Thanks!
05/23/2013 - Mamoru
Hi! Nice site. I'd like to tell you a bit about my qualifications and then what I am wondering about. First I have a BA in English Literature and an MA in Education. I also have an English single subject teaching credential from my state (7-12). While I've never actually taught a single day in the US (besides substitute teaching and as a grad school TA), I've spent the greater part of the last 10 years teaching in Korea, mostly at the university level. I am also studying for a Masters in Library and Information Science (thesis pending at the moment) and I plan to complete a CELTA certification later this fall. Here is my weird question. While I am open to applying as a regular teacher, I am much more interested in applying as an instructional school librarian. How are the opportunities for these types of specialized fields in thi regard? Thank in advance.

Mamoru
05/20/2013 - Tebza
Hi! I'm a teacher with 10 years experience in teaching, I'm very passionate about it & I hold a degree in Administration & majored with political science& public administration.I also hold a diploma in education & would love to take my experience of teaching social sciences & english to an international level
05/16/2013 - meenakshi relekar
HI, TEACHING IS MY PASSSION.I AM INTO TEACHING SINCE 17YEARS..I HAVE EXPERIENCE OF TEACHING AT THE STATE LEVEL ,UNIVERSITY AND RECENTLY IN THE INTERNATIONAL (IGCSE,AS and A LEVELS) business studies.
MY DREAM IS TO TEACH OVERSEAS

05/14/2013 - Cindy
Hi Supply Teacher,
Your chances are quite good considering you've had 3 years experience and also have taught in Japan. Get your resume on TIEonline and start searching for your next job at an international school!
CN
05/13/2013 - Supply teacher
Hi,
I am a primary/elementary supply teacher in Ontario, Canada. It will be 3 years in this September but never had full-time classroom experience. I have 1 1/2 year experience as a ESL teacher at a privete language school in Japan. What my chances are to work at international school?
Thanks for your reply!
05/07/2013 - Cindy
To Our Readers Looking to Teach in the U.S.,

Although we are a U.S.-based organization, our specialty is helping teachers in the U.S. and around the world, find teaching positions overseas. For a vast number of our members that means outside of the U.S.

TIE does offer some positions in the United States, but these are primarily at international schools or schools offering the international baccalaureate (IB) program. Ironically, there are not too many of these schools in the U.S. right now but we anticipate growth in that sector as the value of an international education and the IB program gains wider acceptance in the U.S.

Schools with an IB program are already becoming popular and highly sought after here as we are seeing that those schools that do offer the program are ranked high in publications that rank American high schools. Additionally,those schools and their students, are enjoying the respect and acknowledgement of college admissions offices who often favorably weight candidates who have completed an IB diploma.

Having said that, there is an organization called Southern Teachers Agency that helps place teachers from around the world who are looking to teach in the southern United States.

I highly recommend you checking out their site for US teaching opportunities.

Regards,
CN


05/07/2013 - Cindy
To Our Readers,

Thank you for all your kind comments. We are very happy that this article and column is helping to answer the questions that you have.

We understand that navigating the beginning of a new career, especially one in international education, can be a bit complicated and not everyone's career is on the same path!

We hope to continue guiding you and to keep answering all of your varied questions!

Regards,
The TIE Team
05/02/2013 - suchita
hello
i am school teacher from India and have an experience of 22 yrs and plus teaching in arts and crafts in a defence school(10th grade) .I am a masters in home science a bachelors in education (B .Ed and am now looking to apply in schools in USA//Canada. I request your guidance in regards to what kind of courses can i teach in USA/Canada and the procedures for Application
04/26/2013 - jagannath
Before going through this site really i had so many unanswered questions in mind. Now i feel informed in many aspects of teaching abroad.
Thank you very much
04/24/2013 - Nagesh
Thanks for giving the vast range of information for Overseas Trained Teachers, who can easily find out their respective eligibility.
04/22/2013 - mahi
i got some valuable information here iam trying to teach abroad
thank you
04/20/2013 - Lovers
Hi my husband and I have over 30 years teaching experience in the UK and we would like to do something different and teach in the USA. Our experience is immense holding management positions as SENCO,Head of Year and Head of Department within a diverse multicultural inner city school in London.What restrictions would apply to us trying to get teaching jobs either full or part time in the USA. We just want to utile our experience within the US system. We are hoping to move there permanently when our daughter petitions for us to go on a family visa in a couple of years time but would like to be able to find a teaching job too. are we eligible to teach in the USA.
04/18/2013 - Cindy
Hi Vaaren,

You certainly seem eligible based on the experience you describe below. If you feel you can communicate your teaching material to a diverse multicultural student body than you are most likely eligible.

Good luck!
04/18/2013 - vaaren
Hi,

I am a Post Graduate in Mathematics as well as Computer Science [M.Sc in Math and Master of Computer Applications]. I have been teaching Mathematics to HG2(11th and 12th Standards alongwith College Math) for past 15 years out of which I have taught with established institutes for 3 years, 2 years as substitute teacher at schools, and remaining with many private institutes. I wish to know if I am eligible to teach internationally. I have also appeared for IELTS scoring band 7. Please suggest. Thanks you.
04/17/2013 - Cindy
Dear Casey,

You are highly qualified and will be a very desirable candidate with your Bachelor's degree in Translation and Interpreting Spanish, English and German along with your CELTA certification, which is highly regarded.

Plus you have the 2 years of ESL teaching experience which is what they’re looking for.

The fact that you have translation abilities in those languages, top ESL certification, teaching experience, a degree from a highly regarded Spanish University and volunteer work in SE Asia shows that you are truly a global citizen -- precisely what international schools are looking for!

Congratulations!

04/17/2013 - Casey
I have a Bachelor's degree in Translation and Interpreting (Spanish, English and German) from the University of Salamanca, Spain, although I am a US citizen. I have a CELTA certificate and two years experience teaching ESL in a language institute. I am currently volunteer teaching in SE Asia. Is this enough to find a job teaching one or more of these languages in an international school? Thank you for your help.
04/11/2013 - Heidi
Hello,
Do the years that I would be teaching abroad count towards my years of service in NYC? I am a NYC teacher, have been teaching for 13 years. I am currently enrolled in an incentive program-55/25, which means that I could retire either at 55 or at 25 years of service. I would like to know if by teaching abroad for two years, I would have to make up the time when I get back to the United States.

Thank you!
04/08/2013 - Cindy
Hi Psudrania,

Your degree in biology would be your ticket towards teaching at a K-12 school because that subject is taught in virtually all high schools. Your marketing and finance MBA, while an excellent degree and qualification, does not translate into a direct, teachable subject at most international schools.

You have some experience but not experience of teaching/managing your own classroom in a school. This would be important but if you had the certification then at least the schools would have the flexibility to count your teaching experience towards your requirement. Without both, I think it would be difficult.

I suggest sitting for the certification exam in your state and then you could be a more qualified candidate for teaching biology at an international school.

All the best,
CN

04/08/2013 - Cindy
Hi Barney,

This is a good question and I’m going to answer it with the very ambiguous – it depends. It really depends on the school. I can say that the majority of schools do want teachers with teaching experience and/or certification. They will be willing to waive one of those requirements (experience or certification) if they think they have a strong candidate and depending on the school and where it is located, etc.

Because you have a PhD in chemistry, I think many schools would certainly waive the certification requirement because you hold the highest degree in your field, and they may be willing to count the teaching at the University in Africa towards your teaching experience. (Plus you have international teaching experience which is great!)

Because of this I’d advise you to throw your hat in the ring and start searching. The feedback you receive will be invaluable in telling you what you need to do. TIE currently has 15 open positions for chemistry teachers at international schools. Our subscription fee is $39/year and for that amount you can apply to each of these jobs and potentially get hired or at least, get great feedback as to what certification you would need.

Best of luck!
CN
04/07/2013 - barney
Hi,

I have a BSc and PhD in chemistry from a UK University, I completed this 10 years ago and since then I have been an IT Project Manager for a "big 4" consultancy. I spent one year post PhD teaching at a university in Africa as part of a voluntary programme. I do not have any teaching quals though, would it be worthwhile applying without these qualifications or should I gain my cert in the UK first of all.

Many thanks
03/28/2013 - psudrania
I have a bachelors degree in science(biology)and MBA(mktng and fin.) from India.i am on h4 visa though i now i hv work permit and ssn.I don't have teacher certification.I have taught many middle school students at home.Am I eligible to be a teacher in international schools?
03/27/2013 - Cindy
Hi Bukky,

If you are fluent in English, which you are, and have all the other qualifications for teaching at an international school as outlined in the article, then you are eligible to teach overseas. The fact that you are Nigerien should have no bearing on this, provided, as I said, you have full command of English along with the academic, experience and certification credentials required. If you speak English in a manner that you are easily understood (don’t forget many students at international schools are coming from all over the world, and for many, English is not their native language), then there should be no issue with your nationality, unless a school’s host country has restrictions on visas to a particular country.

International schools want not only a diverse student body, but a diverse faculty on staff as well. I’m sure many schools will be very eager to have a qualified and experienced Nigerian teacher because that diversity only enhances their school community. If you subscribe to TIE you can immediately start looking for jobs at international schools and get your resume looked at by school heads looking to hire.

I wish you all the best!
CN

03/27/2013 - Bukky
The article is quite facilitating! However, I have been finding it very difficult to get a teaching job overseas simply because I am a Nigerian.I recently noticed that my country is categorized as a non english speaking country un like south Africa. Where as, all the mediums of communication as well as instructions I have gotten since I was born has being in english. Having qualified as a teacher since year 2000 with experience, I am still unable to get a teaching job abroad. Please what can you advise me to do? Thank you.

03/25/2013 - Cindy
Yes, there are short-term summer positions, but not on our site. Please visit IST, International Supply Teachers because they specialize in short term/summer placements.

Good luck!
CN
03/25/2013 - Cindy
Hello Camoy,

Our website, TIEonline.com, is a good place to start researching and learning about international school teaching jobs. If this is something you're serious about doing you can subscribe to TIE and begin searching for jobs at international schools.
Regards,
CN
03/24/2013 - hansens61
I am a 46 year old elementary grade teacher. I have a masters in curriculum and instruction with 20 years of elementary experience. My husband teaches high school science and is nationally board certified. We have hosted international students from France and Germany for year long stays. We are interested in teaching in Europe during the summer basically for room and board. I speak a little German and Spanish Is this possible?
Thanks,
Stephanie
03/19/2013 - camoy
I am a graduated Computer Teacher with my Diploma and wanted to teach overseas, just to change pace and make a different in life ,and to meet new student from away from Jamaica my country. where can i apply for such job?
03/18/2013 - Cindy
Hello Ann,

You are more than qualified on so many fronts – you have the education, the experience, the certifications (in multiple fields) and international teaching experience at a top international school.

The only question remains – what are you waiting for? I suggest you sign up on TIEonline.com and start finding your next job at an international school!

Good luck!
CN

03/17/2013 - Ann
Hello Cynthia

I'm currently working as a daycare centre teacher here in NZ for two and a half years now. I've been appointed room leader since November last year. I'm now a fully registered early childhood educator granted by the NZ Teachers Council. Previously I worked at International School Manila for three years as teacher assistant in the preschool level. I've been working full time since 2003 as an early childhood educator and most of it were spent dealing with international children. I've also taught ESL to Korean students for almost a year.

I have a bachelors degree in psychology/guidance & counselling, earned my teacher certificate and license in manila and almost completed my masters in ECE. I still have to get a proper certification in ECE. Do you think I stand a chance in getting a job if I attend an international school job fair in January 2014?

Thanks.
03/15/2013 - Cindy
Hi RK,

It certainly sounds like you would fit all the requirements – you have a degree and a minor in two sought after subjects; you have certification in two key areas, middle and high school; and you have two years experience as a substitute teacher. That should give you all the requirements you need.

I agree with you, the skill-sets a substitute teacher needs to be able to walk into a classroom, pick up the lesson plan, command and instruct a room full of unfamiliar students, and not only maintain order, but accomplish instructional and learning goals for the students, that is an impressive list of skills and accomplishments indeed! Those skills should be acknowledged and if you can be effective in that environment day in and day out, I’m sure commanding your own classroom would be a piece of cake after that!

Good luck and go for it!
CN
03/15/2013 - Cindy
Hi Sara,

I agree -- talk about a catch 22!

There are many schools that are willing to hire a first year teacher and waive the 2 year requirement. Especially if you're certified.

It really depends where you're looking. Some locations are much more flexible about these requirements than others. I recommend expanding your geographic search and look into schools in Latin America, historically they have offered more flexibility with regards to these requirements.

Good luck!
CN
03/15/2013 - myds
Had 5 years of teaching in Special ed here in the Philippines. Fluent in speaking English , able to write the said language. Today engaged in Business and Marketing for ten years already going 11 but would want to work abroad and be a shadow teacher for early childhood program.
03/14/2013 - RK
I have a BA in English, minor in History and high school and middle school teacher certification in the state of GA for both. When it says two years of teaching experience - where does that stand for substitutes? If I've been working as a full time(5 times a week all year) sub for the required time but havent had my own class room. I have to hit the ground running in a new environment every single day. Would that still allow me for qualification?

RK
03/14/2013 - Sara
I think its ridiculous everyone wants a minimum experience! I understand why, but i moved to Germany after i graded with my BS in EC-6 Generalist and can't get a job at DOD, International, Private or public school because im a "first year teacher"! What am i supposed to do now?!
03/12/2013 - Cindy
Dear Jojo,

Because you have a bachelor’s degree in science (you don’t mention which field) you have the first part of the requirement, and since you have 20 years of experience in child welfare that is certainly extremely valuable, but schools will be looking for specific teaching experience at the K-12 level and/or certification.

It would be great to parlay that extensive experience with children in the educational environment and based on what you say, it sounds like you could perhaps focus on a counseling credential or teaching at the early childhood level. Of course acquiring those credentials takes time, and if you’re interested in jump-starting a teaching career there is a high demand for teachers in the ESL/TESOL field and that subject generally has a shorter time frame for acquiring certification.

Good luck and I hope you can put your talents to use for kids in a school setting.

Regards,
CN

03/11/2013 - Cindy
Hi Mathanna,

OK your question covers a couple of issues that may be getting mixed-up so let’s break it down one-by-one.

You’re a math teacher with 6 years teaching experience in Greek language and 3 years in English. You also have a Master degree from a British university but a Bachelor form a Greek university. As far as teaching at an international school, I am assuming you’re interested in teaching Math. If that is the case, I will also assume that your command of the English language is fluent because you a.) have a Master’s degree from a British University and b.) You taught math for 3 years in English. If those two assumptions are correct, than you have the qualifications necessary to teach at an international school anywhere in the world.

The second part of the question asked if you need CELTA certification to teach at a British school in the Mid-East. You will not need CELTA certification if you are planning to teach Math. CELTA certification is if you are planning to teach English as a second language. If that is the case British schools prefer CELTA versus other certification programs.

Best of Luck!
CN
03/11/2013 - mathanna
I am a math teacher with 6 years teaching experience in Greek language and 3 years in English.
I also have a Master degree from a British university but a Bachelor form a Greek uni .
Do I need any other English qualifications(like Celta) in order to teach in a British school in Middle East?
03/10/2013 - Cindy
Hi Georgia,

Yes this is a good question. The answer is yes, in most schools you will be able to find a placement as a teaching couple and have tuition remission for 3 children.

Because you would be hired at the Principal level and your husband is a science teacher I think you would find plenty of schools that are willing to accommodate 3 children. Some schools do put a cap on 2 kids, but I’m confident it’s something that can be negotiated as part of your package.

Good luck!

03/07/2013 - Georgia
I am a principal of a Middle School and my husband is a high school science teacher. We have three children who would travel with us overseas. Is it possible to be selected for teaching and/or administrative positions with three children?
03/07/2013 - Cindy
Hi Kai Lan,

You not only qualify but you will be an outstanding candidate!

It certainly sounds like with your educational qualifications, certifications and language skills you will have a lot to offer any international school!

Subscribe to TIE today to get started!
CN
03/06/2013 - Kai Lan
Hello!
I am originally from an Asian country and have been living here in USA for the past 35 years. I have been teaching Chinese language for five years. Prior to that, I was a substitute teacher . I went back to school and did my Master's in teaching in the Health Education field. I now hold a teaching certification for grades 6-12. I speak four languages and ASL( American sign language). I am interested in teaching internationally. Do I qualify?

Thank you for you response.
03/06/2013 - Mel
I was wondering if there is anything about being a kindergeten teacher in Canada since that is something I am interested in doing.
03/06/2013 - Cindy
ESL/TESOL Question

Hello Tirees,

Your question is an excellent because there are so many different TESOL/ESL courses out there that it's hard to determine which ones are considered the best.

I don't think there is one definitive course or program, but I do know that the TESOL organization is one respected source and can be found on the web at TESOL.org.

I'd recommend that you look into the TESOL Core Certificate Program (TCCP) which a 130-hour online training program that provides a foundation in the theory and practice of English language teaching. TESOL is an international organization and their certificate is likely to be recognized at most schools and organizations.

There are also a number of colleges and universities that offer TESOL/ESL certification programs. These can have the added benefit of being affiliated with a respected institution of higher education and also give you the opportunity to take actual classes versus online only.

I don't know of a rating system of programs but if you learn of one please let us know so we can share with our readers as this would be most helpful.

Thank you and good luck!

CN

03/04/2013 - tirees
I have a BA in communications and 4 years teaching experience as a substitute teacher. I am interested in taking the TESOL certificaion to begin teaching overseas. Which program(s) is accredited? I have considered the online program offered by ATI and ITTT, is there anything I need to know that might not be covered with these independent training organizations. Also, is there a list somewhere of independent TESOL certification orgs. that are legit?
03/03/2013 - meenu
your advices are very useful to me. Because I really wants to get a teaching job in gulf countries. But I don't know what are qualifications are must. But now I got a clear information . Thanks for detailed information put in this website.
03/01/2013 - Cindy
Dear Sarah,

Your Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and graduate degree for Secondary Education makes you qualified to teach biology at the HS level in international schools.

Your student and substitute teaching will be considered adequate experience so yes, you are qualified. Go for it!

Subscribe to TIEonline.com and get started on searching for that perfect job today!

Regards,
CN
03/01/2013 - Cindy
Hi Chrissy,

You have a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, 13 credits in graduate school for education (elementary) and plan to enter into a Master's program next year to obtain an MSW (Master's in Social Work) with a school social work concentration.

That is a lot of different things so it will be important to clarify to a future employer exactly what you have in mind as you begin to apply for jobs.

Because your partner is a counselor in schools, that tells me that he or she would be looking for a counselor position. Because most schools only have one counselor position, that means the two of you would have to decide which one of you will be applying to this position. Once you have decided on that either you could qualify for the elementary classroom teacher or your partner could go for the English (ESL) position at the school.

That's for the two of you to figure out, but yes, you can apply as a teaching couple and TIEonline allows you to enter your resumes under one subscription.

Good luck!
CN
03/01/2013 - Cindy
Hi Sivanadh,
The best way to get started is to subscribe to TIEonline.com and enter your resume in our resume bank that school heads are searching through when looking for staff. You will also have access to the jobs posted at international schools all over the world that you can reply to directly.
Good luck!
02/28/2013 - Sarah
I have a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. I am currently in graduate school for Secondary Education. I am almost to the point of doing my internship and student teaching. I have been a substitute teacher for a year, and have been a full time substitute for the same class since November. I would love to teach overseas, but am I qualified?
02/26/2013 - chrissy
I have a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, 13 credits in graduate school for education (elementary) and plan to enter into a Master's program next year to obtain an MSW (Master's in Social Work) with a school social work concentration. My partner is a counselor in schools and also has some teaching experience (including teaching English in Korea). Would I qualify to teach based on my background (once I have my MSW in school social work)? We would like to go overseas to work in schools as a couple (we are US citizens).
02/22/2013 - sivanadh
I am a Special Needs teacher from India, seeking a job in abroad with good package. I have adequate qualification and experience. I don't know what to do and how to apply. Kindly guide me.

Regards,
sivanadh,
India.
02/20/2013 - Cindy
Hi Jojo,

Based on your experience teaching in Korea and Canada, it sounds like your chances are very good assuming your references are good and that you're an awesome teacher which I'm going to assume you are!

If you subscribe to TIE you will have immediate access to all the jobs at international schools that are currently available and you will be able to apply to those positions directly.

This is the fastest and most cost-efficient way to get into the international teaching circuit.

Good luck!
02/20/2013 - Jojo
Hi! I have a Bachelor of Education in Primary/Junior and have the CELTA diploma. Most of my teaching experience has been teaching English in public schools in Korea for the past four years. I have two years of supply teacher experience in Canada. What are my chances of getting a International School position? Thanks
02/20/2013 - Cindy
Hi Eve,

There are just a handful of international schools in the US, believe it or not, but that number is growing. Your experience and educational background in biology would make you qualified to teach biology in an international school or perhaps a public or private school in the U.S.

There's only one way to find out -- try! Best way to get your foot in the door is by subscribing to TIE so you can see all the opportunities available and apply to the positions.

Good luck!
02/20/2013 - Cindy
Hi Annie,

What fantastic experience you have. I think some international schools would accept your sub certification because that, along with your experience, is very valuable and many schools would, and should, recognize it.

I wish you all the best!

02/20/2013 - Cindy
Hi Just me,

I am unsure of China's specific requirements for a Z visa, so I suggest you go the website of their consulate and they can give you more specifics and up-to-date information.

All the best!
02/20/2013 - cindy
Hi Me,

I believe your education and certification would make you qualified to teach in the U.K.

Good luck!
02/20/2013 - Cindy
Hi Amigo,

The best way to be updated about the opportunities is to subscribe to TIEonline right on the home page of this website. There you will find the jobs at international schools in your field.

Good luck!

02/20/2013 - Amigo
Hi! I hold a National Certificate in Education. I read Business Education and I'm a Nigerian living in Nigeria. I would love to work in South America. Would love to be updated about opportunities.
02/19/2013 - Me
I hold a BS in Business Administration and an M.Ed in Education with almost 9 years experience and m director of Career and Technology with a Secondary Teaching certification (High School) and was looking for any positions in he UK and wondered if my current certification and education would be accepted?
Thanks

02/19/2013 - Just Me
Greetings!

I was a certified Home Daycare Provider for nine years in USA. I was county certified . I took the required course in Wisconsin from Western Technical College, as it was required in order to have a daycare business. Would this certification be accepted in China for a Z visa?
02/18/2013 - Kourosh
thanks a lot for the info, it's been so helpful!
02/16/2013 - annie
I have a BA degree in humanities and have worked several years with the hearing handicapped, but only have a sub teaching certification. Is there a possibility of elementary teaching or perhaps working with the hearing imparied as a combination?
02/14/2013 - eve
Hello..I am really consoled on looking at this article .I have completed my B.Sc plant biology & plant biotechnology and B.ed (bachelor of education ) and i haVe two years excellent working experience.I like to work in international schools in united states of America.Will I get a job there.Please give me suggestion.
THANK YOU
02/13/2013 - Cindy
Hi Erin,

It sounds like you're all set with your teaching experience which will count as 2 years plus your certification.

You are definitely qualified, now you just have to find the opening in Sao Paulo.

I did a quick check and TIE currently has 2 positions open in Sao Paulo, but at this time of year that can change at any moment!

Good luck to you!
CN
02/13/2013 - erin
Hi!
I am looking at moving to Sao Paulo, Brazil. I am wrapping up my first year teaching special education but if you include student teaching I have two years of teaching experience. I have a degree in Social Science Single Subject Teaching and an Educational Specialist credential. I am an English native and have English as a Second Language certification, does this qualify me or do I need another year of paid time in a classroom? Erin
02/12/2013 - Cindy
Hi Theo,

You are more than qualified to teach at an international school.

Having double master’s degrees in language and education along with 8 years experience will make you a top candidate.

Good luck!

02/12/2013 - Cindy
Hi Jay,

At The International Educator (TIE) we focus primarily on helping teachers get positions at international schools. These schools follow an international curriculum and most differ from the local national curriculum. In your case you can choose to work at a local British school that follows the UK curriculum standards or you can work at an international school in the UK.

If you choose the latter and seek employment at one of the international schools in the UK then yes, you are most likely qualified since you will have a Master’s degree in Special Ed and I’m assuming some teaching experience. I am not sure what the requirements would be for the local British schools and I would suggest you check with their ministry of education.

If you are interested in working at an international school I recommend you subscribe to TIE because school heads use TIE when they are looking to staff their schools with qualified personnel.

Good luck!
CN
02/09/2013 - theo
i like this article. it gives us enough courage to apply for positions in international schools.
i have a master in spanish litterature and another master in education. i have been teaching spanish and french for more than 8years. i want to apply for a position of world languages (french-spanish) teacher (gr 4-8) at American International School of Johannesbourg (South Africa). Do you think i m qualifiedfor the position?

thank you in advance
02/09/2013 - Jay
Hi. I am currently working on a Master's Degree/certification in Special Education. I will be moving to the UK and getting married after I finish the program. My fiance is English. Will I be qualified to teach Special Education and/or what processes are necessary so I can teach in the UK?
02/08/2013 - Cindy
Dear Vee,

Because you have over two years teaching experience you actually would be qualified to teach at an international school overseas. Some will require certification AND experience, while others will accept the two years + experience only.

When you subscribe to TIE and view all the job postings you will see the individual schools' requirements and know which ones you're qualified for!

Good luck!
02/06/2013 - Vee
Hello! I have a BA in English and have taught middle school in the United States for 2 1/2 years with no certification. Would I be eligible to apply for a job overseas?
02/05/2013 - Cindy
AGE REQUIREMENTS
Yes, some countries have age restrictions but many do not.

Please see the article on this website about age restrictions. I can assure you that at age 58 you will find that most countries do not have an age restriction that young.

Another thing is that TIE requires all schools to indicate if there is an age restriction for every job posted. When you are a TIE member you will know which ones you are eligible for.

All the best!
CN
02/05/2013 - Cindy
Here is how the process works with TIEonline:

1.) Subscribe to TIE
2.) Enter your resume in the TIE resume bank
3.) Search for the job that interests you
4.) Apply for that job
5.) Provide all the information requested by the school including the interview
6.) If you are successful with the above steps get prepared to pack your bags because you’ll be heading overseas to work at an international school!

02/05/2013 - Cindy
Hi Johnny,

I am wondering if you are the gentleman I spoke with this morning? As mentioned on the phone if you are in fact the same person, (otherwise you have a double out there!), you certainly have the qualifications.

Because you both have certification and experience you can subscribe to TIE as a teaching couple as many schools are interested in hiring teaching couples. I’m sure the challenge will be how to care for your 2 year-old if you’re both working.

Good luck!
CN

02/04/2013 - johnny
Hi
I am just inquiring if it would be worthwhile applying,i have a bachelor of human movement science/bachelor of education (secondary) I currently have 7 years teaching experience for pd/h/pe years 7-12 further qualifications include tafe certified teacher for cert 3 fitness, cert 4 fitness qualified, vast ability in coaching sports, internal sport coordinator, welfare qualified as year adviser and willing to teach years 7-10 maths. I do have a wife who is not a teacher and three children aged 6,4 and 2. thank you looking forward to your reply.
01/30/2013 - heri
Hi Cynthia,
Let me ask you about...
how a teacher gets Certification Requirements and where?
I also want to know what attitude or character as international teacher.

thank a lot,
heri
01/30/2013 - Anu
I am a very experienced teacher with infant,mobile infants and preschoolers. I hold a Master's Degree in Early Childhood and would love to teach overseas,U A E precisely. So my questions is ,whats the process?
01/27/2013 - Barb
I can retire in North Dakota as a Special Education Teacher in 2015. I taught at Lakenheath, England from 1989-1992. I am wondering what my chances are of returning as a DoDD teacher are.


01/23/2013 - Jilm
I am a very experienced teacher for grades 1-7. I have also had ten years as a school leader in a range of contexts and hold relevant degrees. My question is also about age limits for teaching in International schools. I believe some countries do have cut off ages at 58 and beyond. Is this correct?
01/21/2013 - OBYNO
I have nce certificate but ive been teaching computer,mathematics and phonetics in many school since 2006 till date.Please, i am interested in your program.Thanks From Stephen.
01/19/2013 - Rayeann
I am an elementary teacher stateside. I have 9 years experience in elementary. However, I just turned 60 and have been told that many countries do not allow you to work past that age. Would you please advise me if this is correct or not?
I appreciate it.

01/18/2013 - Cindy
Hi Sunitha,

Yes, from what you tell me you sound quite qualified.

I recommend you subscribe to TIE (go to home page of this website and hit Subscribe Now button) and begin the process of finding a teaching position at an overseas international school.

Regards,
CN
01/18/2013 - Sunitha
Hello,
I have done my MA in English literature in Mysore university, BA B.Ed also, with14 years of teaching experience in both Primary and Secondary levels. Basic computer I have done. Is it possible for me to get teacher job in overseas?
sunitha
01/18/2013 - Cindy
Hi Sasha,

You will need 2 years teaching experience and certification in your field. If you are interested in teaching in Latin America many schools there are willing to waive one of those requirements. It is also wonderful that you are fluent in Spanish. Although it’s not required, living in a Spanish-speaking country it definitely comes in handy!

Regards,
CN
01/18/2013 - Cindy
Hello SE,

I think the fact that you have a PhD in educational psychology and experience teaching statistics at the graduate level tells me that the certification (or lack thereof) won't be a problem.

What will be important, however, is to hone-in on exactly what subject you want to teach. My guess is HS Math, if you feel you’re qualified to teach that subject. The other idea is school psychologist/counselor which might be a great fit for you.

Since international schools like staff members that can multi-task, my hunch is that they will both be beneficial in an international school environment and both skill-sets will be utilized.

Regards,
CN
01/17/2013 - sasha
I have a University degree in English from Durham University in England. I am v fluent in Spanish however, and I would like to teach Spanish in South America or Europe. Which requirements do I need to do that?

01/16/2013 - SE
Hello,

I graduated with a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from an accredited U.S. university, and have one year of experience teaching graduate level educational statistics in the U.S. However, I do not have a teaching credential/license. Am I still eligible to teach in the international school?

Thanks.
01/15/2013 - Cindy
Hi Antoinate,

You sound like you're qualified and could find a teaching job in the mid-East if that's the region you're interested in.

Subscribe to TIE by going to the home page and hit the subscribe now button and follow the prompts. Once you're a member, start filling out your resume so it can be seen by school heads looking to hire and so you can start searching through our thousand plus jobs at international schools around the world.

Regards,
CN

01/15/2013 - Antoinate
I am a teacher with 6 years of Teaching experience in India. I am a qualified teacher with Bachelors degree in English and I have done my teachers training DTED for two years in Chennai, India.Am I eligible to get teaching jobs abroad?What should I pursue to get Teaching jobs abroad?I am very much interested to work for international schools in middle east. Will they hire me?
01/15/2013 - tash
Hi
I am a recent graduation with a bachelors in education it is hard to get jobs here in Jamaica and my only teaching experience was my 4 months teaching practice and I have only finish since may and graduated in december how can I get a job to teach overseas?
01/14/2013 - Annie
I am 53 years old with a 30 year event/sales resume. I am concluding my bachelors in BGS/ with a Human Services focus and have done internships with Alzheimer and Hospice. I am wondering if there is a place for me in the teaching world abroad and if so, in what capacity and where. Any advice you can offer will be appreciative. Anne
01/14/2013 - Cindy
Hello Ather,

Are you asking about what to expect in terms of the hiring process?

If that is the question and you are a TIE subscriber and you have applied for one of our listed jobs or a school head has contacted you, you can expect that they will check your references, thoroughly review your resume, and if they feel there is a fit, they will arrange to have you meet for an interview.

Based on how you perform in the interview, they may make you an offer. The offer will include all the components of the compensation package and you can expect to sign a 2 year contract which, if you do sign-on, is a firm commitment to take that job, and serve for the full 2 years of the contract.

I hope this answers your question.

CN
01/14/2013 - Ry
Hello,

I am currently a teacher in Bangkok, Thailand. My position is the head of the ICEP Digital English Communications program at a very prestigious government school in Bangkok. I have done a year of teaching in Bangkok and would like to be certified to teach at International schools worldwide. I have been doing research of getting a PGCE, but for what I have read, one can only do it in the UK.

Since I am an American, are there programs in the United States that so that I can earn my certificate that is equivalent to the PGCE? Can I do it Internationally? Can I do it online?

How great are my chance of being an International teacher in the next year and a half with one year teaching experience internationally?

Also, my degree is English Literature at Miami University of Ohio. This information would do a great deal for me.

Thank You
01/14/2013 - Cindy
Dear Cece,

You certainly have the educational requirements and some valuable student teaching experience along with teaching your martial arts class. Assuming that you have certifications in your field, I believe there are international schools that would be willing to hire you without 2 full years teaching experience. That’s where being open to various locations will come in, be open so you can find a school that’s willing to give you your first teaching job.

Good luck!
CN
01/14/2013 - Ehis
Hi, i have a Bachelor's degree in theology, diploma in computer science and am running a PGDE program now with a 2 years teaching experience, please do i need any other certificate to be able to teach in an international school, also am i limited to teaching subjects related to my qualifications only? Thanks
01/14/2013 - Clear
I taught in an international school for 2 years and 6 months. I had an experience in teaching in the country before I went abroad, and I know it helped me a lot.
English is what is necessary when you plan of teaching in an international school overseas. Aside from that, good qualities should be considered.

01/14/2013 - Ather
I am a qualified elimentary teacher,held with about 3 yrs of experience.what should i expect with the employer.
01/14/2013 - Emma
Hello, thanks for the information, I have been teaching Mathematics, Science and ICT at the Junior High level for the past 10 years. I currently hold Higher National Diploma (HND - Production Engineering - 2nd Class Upper), Post Graduate Dip. in Software Development, and other In-Service Educational Training Certificates. I am enrolled in the University for B.Ed. Senior High Education, which I would be completing in 2015. Kindly advise me if I should apply now or wait. Thanks
01/12/2013 - CeCe
Hello. I have a Bachelor's degree in Education, with an English major and a math minor. I have done a five-week and a nine-week student teaching. As well, I taught Tae-Kwon-Do to all ages(5-adult) for three years. Is this enough teaching experience to apply, or do I still need to do two years?
01/11/2013 - Cindy
Hello Etim,

You may certainly subscribe to TIE (see instructions on this homepage) and begin job searching for a math position at an international school. You have 5 years experience so I assume you have the education and credentials that go along with it which would make you a viable candidate for an international school math teaching position.

Good luck!

01/11/2013 - Cindy
Dear Amy,

I don’t think your age would be a hindrance at all. You have the education, experience and qualifications and you sound like someone who could make valuable contributions to an international school.

All the best to you!

01/11/2013 - Cindy
Hi Richard,

Your 15 years experience certainly makes you an experienced teacher, my only concern is that many of the international schools don’t offer accounting as a subject. Some do, but it would be quite limiting, so perhaps you could parlay that into teaching either business, economics or math.

You do say that you have majored in English –perhaps you could teach that subject. Another idea is to get a TESOL or ESL certificate and then you would be qualified in a subject that’s also in demand at international schools.

All the best!

01/11/2013 - Cindy
Hi D,

I think you will be qualified to teach at an international school because you will have the NY certification. They may be willing to waive the 2 year requirement if you take an entry position and you are able to effectively convey your other qualifications.

Good Luck!

01/11/2013 - Etim
I teach mathematics in an American school in Nigeria. I have 5 years of experience in teaching mathematics. Can I be among your team?
01/11/2013 - Amy
I am 53 years old who has 10 years teaching experience in teaching elementary in the Philippine Public school and 7 years experience in managing a private school offering complete preschool and elementary. I finished my masters degree in education in 2002 and completed my academic requirements in 2004 majoring in TESL and Administration and Supervision respectively. I got my teacher's license in 1994. Do you think my age is not a hindrance if I want to work abroad?
01/10/2013 - Richard
I have National Diploma in Education majored in English and also have a Bachelor in Accounting obtained in South Africa.I have a 15 years teaching experience teaching Accounting at a High school.Is it possible to teach at an International school
01/10/2013 - D
A question please answer. I am moving to France and within in a few months will have certification in NY. I will not have the two years experience but I have a wonderful academic portfolio. Is it possible to land a job. Thanks for any information.
01/10/2013 - Cindy
Hello Sherif,

I have emailed you details on how to subscribe and hope to see you onboard soon!

01/09/2013 - sherif osman
i am an egyptian Arabic teacher with a 13 years of experience in teaching arabic in international schools and as a foreign language for non native speakers.
i would like to join your team
waiting for your reply soon
thank you
01/02/2013 - Prettyjelly
I will really love to get ur feedback, concerning my invitation to come teach in any school, I am a competent, experienced and fluent teacher, Also a Bachelor degree holder.
12/31/2012 - Cindy
Hello,

This is in response to all those asking a similar question. If you are a non-native speaker of English that will not disqualify you from being able to teach at an international school overseas, but you have to meet the other requirements as outlined in this article and you must also have a high level of fluency in English.

It's perfectly fine if you speak English with an accent, but you must be easily understood (as your students will be coming from all over the world) and you must have a high command of the language because you will be teaching your subject in English.

If you, or others, feel you don't currently meet that standard, don't be discouraged -- it doesn't mean you can't teach overseas. It only means you might not be ready yet to teach at an international school. There are many other opportunities to teach overseas at local national schools. This is not a bad stepping stone because you can get international teaching experience and, if needed, improve your English language skills, making you a more competitive candidate for teaching at an international school later on.

I hope this answers the question and all the best for a great new year!
12/30/2012 - cympul
sir,may i ask why qualified,non native teachers are not being considered for an international job?west african refer.
12/29/2012 - leena
really impressed and surely try my luck to get into it.thank you for the info .
12/28/2012 - Michelle G.
Hi. I am currently teaching in the public school system in the U.S. I have 11 years teaching experience with a B.S. degree in Physical Education and I am interested in teaching abroad. I have also taught Math and Special Education.
Would I be qualified to teach abroad, and if so, am I limited to teaching Physical Education?
12/27/2012 - Kashif
i have master degree in chemistry in first division. i have 15 years teaching experience in chemistry.

12/27/2012 - Elloisa
hello i am a graduate of elementary education here in Philippines and currently employed as elementary teacher in public school. I am planning to move to canada 2 years from now to continue my carrier there. Will they hire me considering that i finished my degree in the phillipines or do i need to take some courses there to update my knowledge and get certified?

Please help me...
12/26/2012 - O.P.Chaudhary
i am post graduate (M.sc.,M.Phil.) in geography from India. i have more than 10 years experience in teaching at T.G.T., P.G.T.&college level. I am seeking teaching jobs in Canada &Newzeland. Have I any opportunity there.
12/26/2012 - Tony
I'm a geography graduate with 4 years teaching ex perience without teaching qualification. I seek for teaching opportunities in the middle east-GCC countries. I'm a 44 years old male from Nigeria. Do i have any prospect? Thanks.
12/25/2012 - K
Hi,

I have a BFA (bachelor of fine art) and MFA (master of fine art) in Dance, with 10 years part-time teaching experience at the college level, but no K-12 teaching credential.

Would I be employable abroad, and what's my best path to be successful?

K
12/25/2012 - arooj
i like your post . i m too a non native speaker and seeking or may say struggling for teaching job in dubai.without taking trial every international school assumes tht we ppl of non english society can't teach.either we have the right qualification and experience.kindly have some suggestions for the ppl like me....
12/19/2012 - florestine
i am now in teacher training and i am planning to teach fulltime one day So i will join the teaching institution. i am ready to go to the state and practice.
12/19/2012 - Cindy
Hi Joseph,

From your original note I thought you taught English in the Peace Corps. I think with a degree in Philosophy and fairly limited teaching experience you may have difficulty finding a job teaching secondary English.

I recommend the best way for you to launch your teaching career would be to get certified in ESL by taking an accredited course. They are generally 6-12 week programs and you can be certified in that subject.

Once you have experience teaching ESL in the international schools you can begin the process of exploring avenues for teaching secondary English.

Good luck!
CN
12/14/2012 - Joseph
Hi Cindy,

Thanks for the reply. That was really encouraging. Do you think I'd be able to teach high school English lit or just for for little guys. And if I was teaching elementary levels, would I be able to switch to upper levels without a corresponding degree?

And to clarify, I only did around 70 hours of ESL teaching (I was a sustainable agriculture volunteer). Do you still think I have a good shot?

Thanks again,

Joseph

12/14/2012 - Cindy
Hi Joseph,

It certainly sounds like you’d be well qualified to teach at an international school overseas. Generally speaking they want certified teachers with 2 years experience, but I think with your PC experience you have the two year experience covered and many school heads can waive the certification requirement if the education and experience levels compensate, which I think based on your background, would be the case.

From here the quickest way to become a competitive applicant would be to subscribe to TIEonline and get your resume in TIE’s resume bank where it can be seen by school heads who are searching for qualified applicants and allow you to start searching and applying for the jobs that suit you.

Best of luck!
CN

12/13/2012 - Joseph
I' a fairly recent graduate from a fairly prestigious US college. My degree is in Philosophy. I enjoy literature and spend a lot of time reading. I'd have no problem teaching courses in English lit, but my coursework is almost entirely in philosophy. What's the fastest way for me to become a competitive applicant teaching at an international school?

(Also, I'm a recently returned Peace Corps volunteer and have some experience teaching English as a foreign language.)

Thanks!

Joseph
12/10/2012 - Cindy
Hi,

For those of you with questions regarding finding placements in specific countries, it has been our experience that candidates who are open to teaching in more than one country, or even region, find the most opportunities.

The best way to launch your career is to go to the home page of this site on TIEonline.com and subscribe.

Immediately you will be able to start searching through all the international school openings, and begin applying to the jobs that interest you.

Also, be sure to enter your resume so it appears in the TIEonline Resume bank. Here your resume will be viewed by school heads who are looking to hire and they can contact you.

All the best!
CN
12/10/2012 - salt and peper
i am currently in my second year of doing my b.ed degree but would like to teach overseas while completing my degree. I have 5 years and 3months teaching experience. Please help.
12/10/2012 - elaine
Good Day! I am a Filipino sped teacher for 3 years. I would like to know which country can I try to apply. I tried to apply in the States but recession was bad. I also tried to apply in Singapore as childcare teacher but found no luck.


12/09/2012 - merril
I am a well qualified and experienced Physical education and Sports Science teacher almost 30 years in the service with international working experience .
Any possibility in getting a job in Malaysia?
Help me please!
Thanks.
Merril
12/07/2012 - Anabelle
Hello ....

I am a graduate of Bachelor in Elementary Education with an area of specialization in Social studies, got 24 units in Master of Arts in Education Administration, and I am almost 11 years in the service of being a public school elementary teacher.

Do I qualify to get a teaching job in America?

I am looking forward in getting a good advice from you on what to do to get qualified.

thanks...

Anabelle
12/07/2012 - Philly
I want to know more about teaching in the Phillippines.
12/06/2012 - Cindy
Hi Eniko and Claudia,

You both are asking similar questions, so I'll answer them together.

Since you are qualified based on your education and experience the steps are actually quite simple.

(I assume your fluency in English is excellent because that is important seeing that you'll be teaching students in English from all over the world.)

So here are the steps:

1.) Subscribe to TIE -- Go to this homepage and hit the Subscribe Now button.

2.) Enter your Resume – TIE has a Resume Bank that allows school heads to search for teachers that meet their criteria. If you meet their requirements they will initiate contact with you.

3.) Start Searching – Begin viewing the thousand plus international school jobs that are currently posted on TIEonline and apply to the ones that interest you.

From there the school's hiring personnel will inform you how to proceed in their hiring process.

That’s it and good luck!
CN

12/06/2012 - eniko
hi, my name is eniko , i'm from Romania, I'm teaching math for 5 years(in romaian and hungarian language). I studied 5 years mathematics (faculty and masters, so I can teach from 5 grade to 12 ) and I would like to try to teach in a other country (maybe UK) but I don't know the steps
12/05/2012 - claudia
Hi, my name is Claudia and I am from Brazil. I am a Pre-K English teacher. I worked for 10 years at the American School of Brasilia, Brazil as a classroom assistant in grades K5, grade 2 and 3. I left this school to become a Pre-K English teacher at the School of the Nations here in Brasilia too. I´ve been working there for 9 years and I already thought Pre-K and Kindergarten. I would like to receive more informations about teaching abroad.
Thank you!
Cláudia
12/05/2012 - Cindy
Dear Asha,

I totally appreciate and understand your sentiment and I agree with you -- it's not fair to suddenly announce that a teacher, who has been perfectly qualified to teach English all these years, is suddenly going to lose their job because they are not a "native speaker of English."

Based on your extensive experience, and high level of credentials and education, my guess is you will have no trouble finding a job at another international school. Their loss will be someone else's gain as there are many international schools around the world that would be only too happy to scoop you up!

My advice is to pursue those opportunities and find a place where your skills and talents will be appreciated.

I also advise that you subscribe to TIE, because it's the best way for you to get your resume seen by heads of international schools all over the world and search through all the jobs currently available at these schools. This is a great time of year to get started because we currently have over a thousand jobs that need to be filled at international schools and they're looking for qualified people like you!

Although you received some bad news, I truly think this may be a blessing in disguise because it’s going to launch your career in a whole new and exciting direction.

All the best and I appreciate your note and the issue it has raised.

CN

12/05/2012 - Asha
I work at an International School in Sohar,Oman ,as a specialist English teacher. Recently with the change of management, I hear that they are going to hire Native speakers of English to teach English as a second language. They say that only Native speakers can or have the ability to teach English as a first language. It is very humiliating to people like me with a long experience of 23 years in the field of teaching and having qualifications B.A ; M.A; B.Ed( all in English Literature & Language Teaching) with a band score of 7 in IELTS. In our country( India) we have English as a First Language. We do not have English as a second language. Kindly help people like me who are professionally oriented and would not like such humiliating factors affect our teaching career. Your write up has inspired me to write this and kindly appreciate your valuable advise.
12/04/2012 - Cindy
Thanks to all of you for your kind words and comments. It is very encouraging to see this level of enthusiasm and interst in teaching overseas.

For 25 years TIE has been dedicated to helping teachers find rewarding work teaching in international schools.

Back then it was the brave few who ventured out beyond their borders to live and work, and teach in a foreign country, but today we live in a global community and it's absolutely essential to have these experiences both personally and professionally.

When you teach overseas you are an ambassador not only for your country but for the people all over the world who are building bridges of understanding across cultures, countries and continents.

Bravo, to you all!
12/04/2012 - Looking ahead
This is a facinating and life-giving service you guys are rendering! Absolutely, my spirit will not rest until I get my resume on line. As a teacher all my life and now living in New York hoping to advance my career in this noble profession, I pray that one day soon, I will get on board and continue imparting useful knowledge for societal transformation. Bravo to the creators of this marvelous ideas AS KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
12/04/2012 - uroy
Hi
This message is really informative for people like me ,who is desperate in exploring and experiencing the multicultural globally.Please let me know even after having the above said requirements I am still not able to apply because the requirements to teach abroad is not enough.how can you help me?
12/03/2012 - Matilde
This article is amazing .Challenging again the teachers to face a new dimension of classroom. I will accept this as another opportunity.Goodluck to all who will accept this new responsibility.I salute the President .
12/02/2012 - Cindy
Hi Ashfaque,

She still has to do step # 7 -- subscribe to TIEonline.

That last and final step will enable her to find and apply to jobs at international schools around the world.

CN

12/01/2012 - ashfaque
this search is for a job for my wife who has done
1.nursery training
2.B Sc(degree)
3.b ed(degree in education)
4.m ed(master degree in education)
5.M A in English.(master degree)
6. Departmental training's.from time to time.
with 15 years experience
with the above she is lokking for a sutsble vacncy abroad

11/30/2012 - sinead
hi i have a bacholers of science in social care.. i was wondering would i be able to teach
11/30/2012 - Cindy
Hi Lillian,

I think it's great that you're following your heart and going back to teaching overseas. I think you have a lot of options based on your education and experience.

Since you have previous ESL teaching experience that would be the most direct entry, but because you have a degree in S.E. Asian studies and an MBA I think it would be a good combination for social studies.

When you subscribe to TIE and prepare your resume you have an opportunity to list 3 criteria for your teaching positions, so you could choose priority one as ESL, priority 2 as Social studies and priority 3 as economics or humanities.

I wish you the best of luck it sounds like you have a lot to offer!

Regards,
CN
11/30/2012 - unciauncia
I have six years' teaching experience in an international school in senior school History and have advanced degree qualifications in this subject from a world class university. I am also a qualified librarian and have worked in my second job in another international school in this post and am now in my fourth year.

I am thinking of returning to teaching which I enjoy more than librarianship even though it is harder work. However, firstly I am not certified and secondly, the owner of the last school tried to cheat me after he made me redundant. I successfully resisted his false claims but it does mean that he won't give me a recommendation. In fact, I know the he even tried to damage the reputation of another member of staff who he removed after three years' service, so I certainly couldn't go back to him. There are other people in the management who would say great things about me but would be afraid of losing their jobs if this head found out about it.

I am sure I am not the only former uncertified but experienced and subject specialist teacher in this position. How would i get past this problem and back into teaching?

I am not a US citizen, I'm European.

Thanks in advance for your advice
11/29/2012 - Lillian
Hi Cindy,

I have a BA in Southeast Asian Studies, and I spent two years teaching ESL in Vietnam post-college. After that I spent four years managing projects for international nonprofits, and recently obtained an MBA degree.

I've been looking for work in the private sector, but no matter what opportunities I find, my heart is still drawn back to teaching. I was thinking that my BA would qualify me to teach history, social studies, or humanities, while my MBA would qualify me to teach mathematics, economics, and statistics. However, my teaching experience is in ESL.

How do you recommend I prepare for my job search in international schools? What experience or additional education/qualifications should I obtain? Would my two years of ESL teaching experience count, or should I gain a few more years of experience here before applying?

Thank you for your help,
Lillian
11/29/2012 - Cindy
Stainlessbabe,

First step, change your user name/id as stainlessbabe is not the most professional sounding way that you would like to present yourself to future employers.

Second, get some teachign experience -- 2 years is the minimum requirement. (I'm assuming from your degree you are certified to teach in your state or province.)

Third, sign-up for TIE, enter your resume and begin searching and applying to teach at the international schools that interest you.

Good Luck!
CN




11/29/2012 - Stainlessbabe
Have got a degree in B.ED English. I will like to teach in one of yours schools in overseas. How should i apply?
11/28/2012 - Cindy
Hi wondering,

You ask so many good questions that I'd have to ask you a few to give you a full and complete assessment.

First of all, based on your qualifications and extensive experience, you are certainly more than qualified to teach at an international school overseas.

Secondly, having two kids that will be able to go to the private international school tuition free is not a problem either as most schools offer this very valuable benefit to their teaching staff.

Thirdly, many international schools do provide a housing allowance or housing, but that depends on where the school is located. Obviously, if you get a placement that includes housing or subsidized housing, that is a big cost savings as most people spend a great deal of their budget on either rent or mortgage.

Finally, I'm wondering if your husband is a lawyer would he be able to work overseas? If not, would he be wiling to be unemployed? Someone with that level of education may feel restless not having a job or suspending their career, and that's precisely what an employer would be concerned about. This is why international schools tend to prefer teaching couples because if one spouse is unhappy it affects the other.

These are all things to think about as you consider teaching overseas.

CN
11/28/2012 - Cindy
Hey Norm,

You're exactly the kind of guy we're looking for to teach overseas. You have the experience and education -- you just need to get started.

Got to our homepage and click on the subscribe now button and get the process started by entering your resume and searching for the positions in the schools/countries that interest you.

As soon as you take those steps, you'll find you're in the game and the process of relocating to an international school overseas is underway.

Good luck!
CN
11/28/2012 - Cindy
Dear Nex,

I'm glad you enjoyed the article and that it has given you ideas on how to kick-start your career in international education. It looks like you have already started since you're teaching in Thailand. If you want to teach in the Philippines we do have schools in our network from the Philippines, but you must keep in mind that TIE specializes in teaching positions at the K-12 level, not the university level.

When you subscribe to TIE you can enter your resume and start applying to the positions that interest you.

Good luck!
CN
11/28/2012 - Cindy
Hi Ryan,

You, like Carl, the other reader who inquired about the next logical step, need to subscribe to TIE. Once you're a subscriber you will have access to the hundreds of international school jobs available all over the world. As soon as you post your resume school heads will be able to contact you and you can apply directly to the jobs that interest you.

Click on the subscribe now button on our homepage and all the best!
CN
11/28/2012 - Cindy
Hi Carl,
The next logical step for you to take is to subscribe to TIE and start looking and applying for jobs at international schools in southeast Asia!

Go to our homepage and hit subscribe now to get started.

Regards,
CN
11/28/2012 - Cindy
Hi Daren,
With the education and experience you have you are most likely qualified to teach at an international school.
There are one or two schools in Finland in our network, but it may be best to approach them directly as those jobs are not currently posted on Tieonline.com, however they are likely to appear in the coming months.
Good luck!
CN
11/28/2012 - Cindy
Namaste Sivanadh!
It's great that you have that one year experience teaching in the USA. If you want to go back and teach while working on your certification I recommend you checking out the website Southern Teachers Agency at: http://www.southernteachers.com/
Good luck!
CN
11/28/2012 - Cindy
Hi Jacob,
You and your wife as a teaching couple sound like excellent candidates for boarding school! The experience should weigh more than the lack of certification.

The majority of inetnational schools are day schools but there are a few intenrational boarding schools. In fact one in our network is in Switzerland!

Go to our home page to see al the opportunities!
CN
11/28/2012 - Cindy
Regards to you and all our friends in South Africa!
11/27/2012 - hello
regards from South Africa!!
11/25/2012 - jacob
My wife grew up in Switzerland, has a bachelors degree in English and French from an American college. I have a masters degree in Mathematics from an American university.

She has five years teaching experience and I have eleven. Neither of us has a teaching certificate. She has been home with our two children, they are now eight and five. We would like to find an oversees gig for a year or two where she and I could possibly work and have our children go to the same school.

How likely is that scenario? What would you suggest we do to make this happen in a somewhat short amount of time(one or two years)? Do we seem like good candidates to a boarding school? SHould we consider being dorm parents as well?

Thank you. jacob
11/24/2012 - sivanadh
I am qualified Special Education Teacher from India.I worked one year in USA. Again I am interested to teach in USA. How can I get certification. Kindly provide necessary information and support.
Sivanadh
11/23/2012 - Daren
Hi, I'm from the Philippines.I've my bachelors degree in psychology and masters degree in special education.I am a licensed secondary teacher with 3 yrs experience as a special education teacher and a regular teacher ( teaching English to non disabled students) in a private school and 1 year experience as a preschool teacher. I would like to know if there is a chance for me to work either as a special education teacher or a preschool teacher in Finland.what are the qualifications/certifications? Thanks in advance!
11/22/2012 - Carl
Hello I am 28 years old.
I have a bachelors in education and currently teaching in a Junior in the UK. I have been teaching for 5 years and would I to teach 7-11 years somewhere is South East Asia in a international school.
What is the next logical step for me to take in order to achieve this.

Many Thanks

Carl Anning
11/21/2012 - Ryan
Hello, I am 29 years old.
I have a bachelors in Accounting.
I taught 1 semester of high school math in Hawaii.
2 years at a public school in Korea.
I want to teach math in international schools.
What's the next logical step for me to take
in order to achieve this?
Thanks!!
11/21/2012 - LATHA
THANK YOU
11/20/2012 - Nex
This is a good article for me.I am 29 years old, single and in good health. I am presently working as an English teacher in Thailand for 3 years now. I am a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education ,major in English at the Bukidnon State University in the Philippines. I would like to apply there. I wish someone could help me. Thank you very much. God bless !
11/19/2012 - NORM
Hi, am a graduate High School teacher, with bachelor of art degree in Education, with five years of active teaching experience and would love to pursue teaching position under your oversease program. So I need your advice.
11/18/2012 - Wondering...?
I have 14 years of teaching experience and am certified 7 - 12 in Language Arts and Drama. At present my primary courses are with grades 11 and 12, and have been for the past 7 years. I hold a Master's Degree in Curriculum Planning and Teaching and am a certified Academic Cognitive Coach. I am married with two children and my spouse is an attorney. Would I be able to support my family? What about health insurance? Retirement? Living arrangements?
11/18/2012 - kavi
Hiiii
I'm an Indian. I have 5 years experience in a private english medium primary school. I have done diploma in education I want to work abroad either in teaching or non teaching as I have done my H.sc also. Due to family circumstances I was unable to complete my graduation. Now I want to look after my family and improve my career. Kindly help me out please
11/16/2012 - Kaisar
I am a govt secondary school teacher of Bangladesh. I completed MA in English and BEd. Now I am teaching English to the aged 8-14 pupils here. I want to be overseas school teacher specially in Dubai and Saudi Arab. How can I get such opportunity. Please, help me.Thanks.
11/15/2012 - Luke M
Hi I'm really interested in pursuing international education but I'm not sure if I have enough experience just yet. I have a bachelors of teaching history from a university in Illinois and I'm certified to teach both high school and middle school but I don't really have much experience teaching history outside of student teaching. After graduating I've worked as a substitute teacher in Chicago Public Schools for about two year. For the past 2.5 years I have been a Peace Corps volunteer in Indonesia teaching English at two different schools (high school and vocational school). Not sure if this gives me an edge but I'm try-lingual, in addition to English I also speak Polish and Indonesian. I'll be done with my Peace Corps service around may next year so I'm considering my next step. Am i qualified to work at international schools or do I really need to gain more experience teaching history before i have a chance to land an international teaching job?

I would really appreciate your insight. Thanks.
11/11/2012 - lis
hai I am a teacher working in agovernment school in kerala.Ihave M.Com and a B.Ed in commerce,12yrs experience in teaching.Now Iwish to work in abroad especially in kuwait.Do i have a chance in international schools?what should i do ?can you help?

11/11/2012 - lily
Hi, I am planning on getting a Montesorri International Early Childhood Diploma and I was wondering if you could tell me if this would qualify me to work in nurseries and schools in the US particularly the southern states, I would presume I would be limited to working in a Montesorri establishment? but would this diploma qualify me enough? Many Thanks
11/08/2012 - Cindy
Hello Twyla,

It really all depends on how long ago you were teaching in the school setting. If you have been out of active teaching for a while it may be more difficult. I recommend that you read our article, Teaching Overseas Does Age matter.

It also depends on the country because some countries have age restrictions for issuing work visas, but many do not!

Best of luck!

Regards,

11/07/2012 - Twyla Burton
I am very much interested in teaching in Latin or South America. I am a senior citizen. I have an education degree, have taught English, public speaking, drama and third grade. In addition to that I have substituted at all levels and now volunteer at my grandchildren's school.
11/07/2012 - Cindy
Hi Wilder,
We specialize in helping teachers find teaching jobs at international schools overseas, so I can't speak for the process of finding a job in the state of PA, other than suggesting you go to their state's department of education website and finding out more and checking availabilities in Harrisburg school district.

Good luck!
CN
11/07/2012 - Cindy
Hi Chelsea,
For specific information about the Canadian certification requirements please go to their website at:http://certification.ednet.ns.ca/links-certification.shtml
Cut and paste this link into your browser for the website with details on their requirements.
All the best!
CN

11/07/2012 - Chelsea
Hi I'm a current college student majoring in Elementary and Special Education. I was looking at places to get jobs after I graduate and I was wondering if my degree from West Liberty University would be applicable in Canada, most likely Ontario? Would I need any special certification to teach there or would I be fine? Also would I need to teach in the US for a couple years first?
11/07/2012 - Wilder A Arevalo
I have a Bachelor of Education degree as Spanish
Teacher from Peru (South America ).
I want to teach here overseas Harrisburg PA
I have been Spanish teacher in Peru for more 22 years.
I was teaching in New York 3 years and 2 years as
substitute teacher from 7 to 12 degreesTG.
11/05/2012 - Tendai Moyo
I would love to teach overseas l hv been teaching for more than 15years. I taught at Milton High School for boys for 10years in Zimbabwe then moved to South Africa where l am teaching from 1998 to date at a Seniour Secondary School. I am a holder of honours degree in Applied Chemistry and l also have a Masters in Operation Research. I teach Mathematics.
11/03/2012 - Jessie
I have a Bachelor of Education degree acquired after a BA in arts.Subsequently more than 35 years teaching in a Convent school in Mumbai.I taught English and Geography for the 8th to 11th Class.

During my career I acquired skill in the use of Computers in Teaching from INTEL and was awarded a top prize in India for Computer aided teaching by INTEL.. I have also taught over 50 teachers in these skills.

I am 62 years old and am interested in teaching overseas. My husband is a qualified engineer with over 40 years experience , who would like to train adults in business English and computer skills.

Do let us know whether we have a chance?
11/02/2012 - mini
Hi,I did my my BFA 4 years degree in applied arts and teaching art for the last 14 years in public school,I am also a active artist ( canvas paintings and instalations ) and doing exhibitions of my works from time to time.I dont have International teaching experience but I am confident enough.I am born and live in India. What are my prospects of getting a teaching job in canada or any other country.
11/01/2012 - Arun
Hello,
I am a master degree holder in chemistry certified with Bachelor of education. Teaching is my passion and I would like to work in international schools abroad. I have 3years of graduate and post graduate level teaching experience in my home country and for the past six years I have been working as IGCSE-O Level combined science teacher in the republic of Maldives. Being a native of India would I be able to find an O/A level teaching position in any of the international schools in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand or any European countries? As I don't have TEEL certification, would this be a barrier for my carrer in the said locations?
Thank you.
11/01/2012 - sp ed bangalore
I have 7 years of experience in an international school in India. I have diploma in special education and counseling. and a masters in child care and education. i have no overseas experience but have native fluency in English. Will I be considered for teaching jobs abroad?

10/31/2012 - mathmind
I'm an Indian and is presently residing in KSA. I have been working as a teacher substitute in one of the American Schools for the past 5 years. I want to get a substitute teacher licence for 5 years to get recognized in the school I presently work for. I'm a graduate in science and would like to work in the elementary section. How can I get a teacher substitute certificate from the States as in my country we don't have such a provision. Kindly help me which would really be a blessing for who ever would help me. I'm very sad that I'm not considered any more because I don't have this licence.
10/30/2012 - carl
Hi. I am an American citizen but I was born and raised in the Philippines. I got two Bachelor of Science degrees from the Philippines, and have 42 units leading to the Master of Arts in Teaching here in California. 18 units more would have gotten me my full MA. I also have a clear professional California middle and high school teaching credential. Can the Phil. government allow me to teach high school and/or college in the Philippines? I want to live permanently in the RP?
10/30/2012 - Zobo
Hi I have just graduated in July with a first in bachelor of science in design and technology leading to qualified teacher status. I will be moving to Hong Kong next July with my partner who is a pilot for cathay pacific. i am hoping to start a teaching job which I am currently looking for I am currently doing supply teaching work and I am now worried that because I have no previous experience teaching apart from my teachers training that I won't get a job in Hong Kong. I believe I am fully skilled and able to fulfil my role as a teacher of design and technology and have a lot of out of school learning experiences that strengthen my knowledge and ability. I am also going to be completing a tefl course in may. I was wondering if you have any advise for me?
10/28/2012 - sujatha
Hi,

I have a 2 years teaching experience in a play school which comes under pre primary in a recognised popular private school.I have a very good command in English.I want to work abroad either in teaching or non teaching as I am an M.C.A graduate.Due to family circumstances,I was unable to prove my career.I have done my Asp.net 3.5 in a computer institute very recently.Kindly help me out.
10/27/2012 - Jules
I have a BA in mathematics. I currently work in Shanghai as an ESL teacher and have been for over 4 years.

I would like to be a high school teacher internationally, with particular focus on AP/IB programs. Next year I will get my official certification. My first teaching subject will be math, but I'm trying to figure out what would be the best second choice.

I was considering Economics, English, and Computer Studies. Of the three, which do you think would make me more employable?
10/26/2012 - minu
hi, such a helpful site
i have done master degree in education and want to do phd in same field but don't know which specialization in education give me chance to teach abroad . plz suggest me in which subject can i do my phd ,special education,psychology, guidance and counseling. also suggest me test for upgrading my abilities for overseas teaching i have only one and half year teaching experience from cbse school.
thanks
10/22/2012 - Cindy
Hi Let there be hope,

There’s plenty of hope for you because holding a masters degree in education, a bachelor in English, 3 years experience in teaching at High School in Africa and 7 years teaching experience at University level in Liberia sounds like you will be uniquely qualified to teach English at International School!

International schools will value someone with your experience and education and international experience. When you subscribe to TIE, I recommend getting your resume online immediately so you can start applying to the jobs that interest you.

All the best!
CN
10/22/2012 - Cindy
Hi Len,

Thank you for your comments

Yes, you certainly sound like you have all the requirements necessary to teach overseas in the subjects and areas you mention.

I think it would benefit you if you subscribe to TIE on the homepage here and get your resume entered into our resume bank so school heads looking for educators with your experience and credentials can contact you. At the same time it will give you immediate access to the hundreds of international school positions that are currently available and you can apply to them directly.

I wish you all the best!

Regards,
CN
10/22/2012 - Haily
- Hello :)
10/15/2012 - Will there be hope
Thanks for this informative blog. I have a masters degree in education, a bachelor in English, 3 years experience in teaching at High School in Africa and 7 years teaching experience at University level in Liberia. Is there any way I can apply to teach English at International School?
10/12/2012 - Len
Hi cynthia! thank you very much in your very informative blog. I just want to ask if I can qualify to teach international. I am have 1 year of experience in a Montessori school, teaching, english, science, math, civics,music arts and p.e in grade 2 pupils and handling kindergarten teaching all subjects. I also got my 6 years of teaching experience in the public school. i am presently teaching english, science and math for grade 3. i am a graduate of bachelor in elemementary education with guidance and counseling as my area of concentration, i also took up master of arts in education major in educational management. i have certificate of training ESL but i dont have formal course with ESL or TOFL. But even without these, i can speak,read and write english fluently. i really want to teach in international school.
10/12/2012 - Len
Hi cynthia! thank you very much in your very informative blog. I just want to ask if I can qualify to teach international. I am have 1 year of experience in a Montessori school, teaching, english, science, math, civics,music arts and p.e in grade 2 pupils and handling kindergarten teaching all subjects. I also got my 6 years of teaching experience in the public school. i am presently teaching english, science and math for grade 3. i am a graduate of bachelor in elemementary education with guidance and counseling as my area of concentration, i also took up master of arts in education major in educational management. i have certificate of training ESL but i dont have formal course with ESL or TOFL. But even without these, i can speak,read and write english fluently. i really want to teach in international school.
10/12/2012 - Cindy
Hi Mark,

It really depends on what subject you want to teach. If you’re interested in teaching English as a second language then yes, a TEFL or TESOL or ESL certificate would be needed.

A degree in education is not necessary if you’re teaching at the secondary subject level, so for instance if you’re a history, math, science teacher, etc. you can have a degree in one of those areas. The education degree is generally required for teaching at the elementary level.

Hope this answers your question!
CN

10/12/2012 - Cindy
Hi Sam,

You’re right that you need either a degree or experience in teaching to teach at an international school.

You’re degree in Computer Science from India & MSc in Animation & Graphics Technology from the UK may make you qualified to teach certain subjects at the K-12 level. It is true that your areas of specialty don’t translate directly to most K-12 subjects, but international schools do offer computer/technology course (albeit not as frequently as traditional math or science classes).

If you’re really interested in teaching than I recommend seeing if either of your degrees/education credentials can be transferrable to a school subject. For instance, could you teach middle of high school math or science? If the answer is yes, then you’ll have to re-position yourself so to speak.

One of the ways to do that is to get certification in teaching these subjects and some experience. It doesn’t matter if you get that in India or the UK, or anywhere else, but you have to demonstrate subject content knowledge, the ability to teach it to a multi-national student population in English, and at least two years experience running your own classroom.

I think if you can do that, you’d make an excellent candidate.
CN

10/12/2012 - marrk vincent bamulanzeki
hallo;
i wish to appreciate your work on line however,my question is that is it a necessity to have a TEFL certificate /diploma to teach overseas? and then i have read out of the English native states with a Bsc degree with education is it necessary to take the eduction transcripts for certification at the US embassy?

very eager to know.
10/11/2012 - Sam
Hi Cindy,

Great site by the way!
It seems to me that you need either a degree or experience in teaching to teach abroad after reading most of these posts.

Unfortunately I have neither, but I do have a BEng in Computer Science from India & an MSc in Animation & Graphics Technology from the UK. My English level is also quite good, having an IELTS band of 8.0 & a Certificate in English from my uni with a score of 77.

I also have 2 yrs work-ex in my field, having done 1 month of volunteering in a refugee center in the UK as well.

Do I have a chance? I am based in India, and would like to travel abroad for teaching. I am willing to be flexible in the subjects I would like to teach.

I would really like your guidance here.


Thanks,
Sam
10/10/2012 - Cindy
Hi Kirk and Swati,

I have answered you both offline since your questions are more detailed and specific.

To Amrutha,
You will need to get some teaching experience if you're interested in teaching at an international school, and maybe some training or degree in education, since your major is not one that translates directly to a K-12 subject.

You might be interested in working in the IT dept of an international school, but that would require experience as well.

Good luck!
CN
10/10/2012 - amrutha
Hi
I have completed my B.E (information science) from belgam university2005 but i dont have any work experience in any field, i came across this blog so please let me know that can i join this field of teaching . I am intrested in teaching students.


10/07/2012 - Swati
Hi.my name is swati..........I am from india and currently persuing BSC(stats,maths and computers) from punjabi university ,patiala .I am in final year.Can i teach overseas after completing my bachelor 's degree?What are the requirements and what's the whole process?Can you please tell me as i am dam interested in teaching students...
10/05/2012 - Kirk
Interesting site and I love the feedback on the questions. I have a couple myself so here goes.

First, my daughter has a BS in French with a minor in English as an International language. She was part of the French government program in Lyon where she taught English and American culture for 8 months in a French school. She then went to Hong Kong and teaches in a private for-profit English learning center. She will finish one full year there in June. Would she be able to to teach in an International School with these credentials? Would that count as 2 ears experience?

Second, I have 17 years of teaching experience including 5 years in 2nd grade, 8 years in 5th grade and 4 years in 8th grade U.S. history (Soc Studies). I have a BS in Business-Finance, an MBA in Finance, and an MA in Education K-9. Although I do not have a degree in history I am certified in my state to teach history up through middle school. Would I be qualified to teach history in a middle school setting?

Finally, my wife has taught Art for 32 years. She has a BA in Art Ed (K-12) with an English Ed minor (although she has never taught English) and an MA in education. Are there positions for Art teachers available? Would her degree and certification in English be enough to teach English without previous experience since she has so much other teaching experience?.

Thanks.

Kirk
10/05/2012 - Cindy
Hi Debbie,

You have a wealth of experience and very varied experience too. While you may not fit the typical mold of most teachers, I certainly believe your teaching experience as well as your TEFL certifications would qualify you to teach ESL at an international school.

You’re interested in Costa Rica, and that’s great, but we generally tell our subscribers to broaden their horizons beyond just one country that way they have far greater opportunities in terms of job prospects. I would definitely encourage you to look for teaching positions throughout Latin America.

All the best to you!
CN

10/05/2012 - Debbie
I currently have an MBA, 5 years experience teaching part-time as an adjunct at a university, 15 years teaching in a local jail ministry, 4 years teaching GED classes in a jail ministry, 120-hr TEFL certification with endorsement in Business and Young Learners and volunteer ESL/EFL experience through church ministry. I am also a US Army veteran who has lived overseas. I have experience in both the military and Corporate world developing and teaching training to all levels of employees. I speak Spanish at a low Intermediate level and am currently working on improving my fluency. I'm very interested in obtaining an ESL/EFL teaching position in Costa Rica. Do you think my education and experience are appropriate to allow me to do so? I will be going there in December on a 10-day survey trip. I'd really appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks!
10/04/2012 - Des
Hi! Im a graduate of BS Bio in the Philippines but took the Teaching Certificate in 2003 and was able to teach Science for 10 years in an international school (ISO and WASC certified). I am currently teaching Science in Singapore School, Indonesia and handles the Primary Checkpoint in Science. Do I have a greater chance to be accepted in any international schools outside Asia specifically Australia, Canada, North America or Europe?

Best,
Des
10/04/2012 - Cindy
Hi Candace,

You’d be a great candidate and you’re certainly qualified!

It’s only natural to be excited, but a bit nervous about teaching overseas, it’s a big leap. It’s well worth the leap because you'll have amazing experiences.

I feel that since but since you have a degree in Spanish I think it might be a great idea to start out in a Spanish-speaking country. You’re already familiar with the language and culture and it will most certainly add to your knowledge and fluency in Spanish.

I think that narrows down your geographic choices to start!

Best of luck!
CN
10/04/2012 - Candace
Hi,

I'm currently a 3rd year teacher, teaching TESOL in a US American elementary school. I have seriously been considering teaching TOEFL overseas, but am having a rather difficult time narrowing down where I'd like to work! In addition, I feel very anxious yet excited about even considering working in another country!

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish, with a Master's Degree in Teacihng English as a Second Language. I'm certified to teach TESOL, and would really like to try something new!

Would I be a good candidate? Thanks for your help!
10/03/2012 - Cindy
Hi Jessy,

Since you are currently an undergraduate studying law and society and social science this is a perfect time for you to talk to your academic advisor about incorporating education into your degree. Either you could look at a double-major or a minor in education. Either way, these are all things that your university can help you along with so you can meet the certification requirements of your state.

It sounds like you might be interested in becoming a social studies teacher at the secondary level (middle-high school). If that sounds interesting to you, find out what programs York offers and let them know you want to graduate with certifications for teaching the subject in which you are majoring.

Once you have your degree, your educational certifications, and the 2 years teaching experience, you will be qualified to teach at an international school overseas, and your chances would be very strong.

This is the perfect time to be thinking of all this while you’re still working on your degree.

Good luck!
CN
10/02/2012 - jessy
Hi, I am currently an undergraduate student studying law and society N social science york university. I have worked in law offices and also have a college diploma in law clerk program. Am 20 and dont really have any experience with teaching locally or internationally. But I want to weigh my chances, this seems like a interesting choice for me after finishing school. Do i stand the chance? what requirement do i need?
10/02/2012 - Debbie
I enjoyed your article and found it informative. I currently have an MBA, 5 years experience teaching part-time as an adjunct at a university, 15 years teaching in a local jail ministry, 4 years teaching GED classes in a jail ministry, 120-hr TEFL certification with endorsement in Business and Young Learners and volunteer ESL/EFL experience through church ministry. I am also a US Army veteran who has lived overseas. I have experience in both the military and Corporate world developing and teaching training to all levels of employees. I speak Spanish at a low Intermediate level and am currently working on improving my fluency. I'm very interested in obtaining an ESL/EFL teaching position in Costa Rica. Do you think my education and experience are appropriate to allow me to do so? I will be going there in December on a 10-day survey trip. Thanks for your response!
10/02/2012 - Cindy
Salamat!

Our organization, The International Educator, (aka TIE), specializes in helping qualified teachers find jobs at international schools around the world. We tend not to focus on specific nationalities going to specific countries. We do stress, however, that the international schools need teachers who are fully fluent in English to teach their subject in English.

Therefore, we recommend that our subscribers keep their options open by exploring opportunities in all countries/regions. We have some subscribers who think they only want to teach in Western Europe, but are amazed to discover that they have accepted a position in Asia. These people tell us that their life has been enriched far beyond what they could have imagined, both personally and professionally.

So if you’re interested in subscribing, all the information on how to get started is here on our homepage. All we ask is that you keep an open mind, and consider more than just one country because this flexibility will give you far greater opportunities.

Mabuhay!
CN

10/02/2012 - bern
Hi there. Your untiring endeavor and effort to feed everyone with informations, really GREAT! I hope i can be fed with best possible answer/s on How to land a teaching job for United Arab Emirates public/private school, for Filipino teachers from the Philippines. Thank You, More Power. MABUHAY!
10/01/2012 - Cindy
I think we can safely assume that given your one year teaching experience in China and your current experience teaching in the UK (assuming you teach one year there) will cover your two years teaching requirement, especially in light of your other certifications which you mention.

Good luck!
CN
09/30/2012 - Paul
Hi there,

I have a BA Hons in architecture, and a certTrinity TEFL qualification. I used this to teach in China for a year andthen returned to the UK. I then studied for my primary PGCE and I'm currently teaching first year in the UK. I'm very keen to return to China as soon as possible. Is the 2 year experience an absolute minimum or just a guide?
09/28/2012 - Moksha

Thank you very much for a prompt response!!!
09/26/2012 - Cindy
Hi Moksha,
Singapore has it's own certification requirements and you can find out about their specific criteria on the Singapore Ministry of Education website.
Good luck with your move!
CN
09/26/2012 - Cindy
Hi Wolex,
Physics is a great subject and good science teachers are always in demand. You will have had to complete your degree, have certification in your field and a minimium of two years experience. To stay connected you can subscribe to TIE at our homepage (above) and see and apply for the positions that interest you and also read-up on happenings, events and news at international schools.
Good Luck!
CN
09/26/2012 - Cindy
Hello Gus,

TIE does not specialize in internships, assistant teacher or volunteer positions – we only specialize in positions for full-time experienced teachers.

There are a number of organizations, however, that do have these types of positions. Please look into the following organizations on the web: www.Goabroad.com , www.Transitionsabroad.com and International Supply Teachers at http://teachersonthemove.com/ they all feature temporary, volunteer, and internship positions.

With your religious education degree you might also be interested in an organization called the Association of Christian Schools International.

I hope these resources help you, and all the best!

Regards,
CN
09/26/2012 - Moksha
Hello,

Currently I am teaching in one of the top colleges in India. I have bachelor's of technology degree in computer science and technology from INDIA and Master's degree in computer science from Maryland, USA.

I want to know if I wish to teach computer or mathematics subjects at any schools in Singapore what kind of certification I will need to pass? Currently I am in INDIA but pretty soon will be moving to Singapore.

Thank you!!!
09/26/2012 - Wolex
Sir, i like to teach in abroad, i read Physics in University of Ibadan,Oyo State Nigeria. How can you help me to be conected.
09/26/2012 - Gus
I have noticed that many of the internet posts are for
lead positions such as "teachers". I'm such there are those out there like myself who would love to even volunteer as an Early Childhood Educator [Registered with the province of Ontario] with an International school.
My degree is Religious Ed. Oh well... Where are those postings??
I would like to thank you for your reply in advance should you have a moment to address my inquiry.
09/23/2012 - Cindy
Hello Ravi,

Thank you for your interest. We have recently conducted a survey among international school heads regarding age limits in the countries where their schools are.

We have received 175 responses representing 82 countries across the world.

The results to that survey are on the chart below and you can see that many countries have no age restrictions at all.

If you see a particular country says No with an aesterick and a number that means we received two responses from school heads in the same country. One head said there was no age restriction, while another indicated there was. We left that information in to give you a an idea of a possible age issue/restriction in that country. In other words, in those cases, it's not definitive.

I wish you good luck, and good health!


Country Age Limit
1 Azerbaijan No
2 Bangladesh No, 65*
3 Belgium 65
4 Bolivia 65
5 Brazil No
6 Cambodia No
7 Cameroon No
8 Canada No
9 China 60 - 65*
10 Colombia No
11 Costa Rica No
12 Croatia No
13 Curasao 60
14 Czech Republic No
15 Congo (DRC) No
16 Ecuador No
17 Egypt No
18 Estonia No
19 Ethiopia 65
20 Finland No
21 France No
22 Germany No
23 Ghana No
24 Guam No
25 Guatemala No
26 Hong Kong No
27 Hungary No
28 India No
29 Indonesia 60
30 Israel No
31 Italy No
32 Jamaica No
33 Japan No
34 Jordan No
35 Kazakhstan No
36 Korea No
37 Kuwait 60
38 Kyrgyzstan No
39 Lebanon No
40 Libya No
41 Luxembourg 65
42 Madagascar No
43 Mali No
44 Malta 65
45 Mexico No
46 Morroco 60
47 Mozambique No
48 Myanmar No
49 Nepal No
50 Niger No
51 Nigeria No
52 Norway No
53 Oman 60
54 Pakistan No
55 Panama No
56 Paraguay No
57 Peru No
58 Poland No
59 Qatar 60
60 Russia No
61 Saudia Arabia No
62 Senegal No
63 Sierra Leone No
64 Singapore No
65 Slovenia No
66 South Africa 60*
67 South Korea No
68 St. Kitts No
69 Sudan No
70 Switzerland No
71 Taiwan No
72 Tanzania 55*
73 Thailand No
74 The Netherlands No
75 Togo No
76 Tunisia No
77 Turkey 65
78 UAE 60
79 US No
80 Venezuela No
81 Vietnam 60
82 Zambia No

09/21/2012 - Ravi
Great indeed the infos, queries and replies.
I am 65 and quite healthy, fit enough and willing to work a decade more. Qualified with Master's and Degree in Education in English. Also holds Doctorate in English obtained online. Worked as Principal of Higher Secondary Schools in India and Libya. Also as Instructor in Specific Training Centre of Oil Sector; Lecturer and Assistant Professor of English in the University in Libya. Returned to India in 2009 due to age restriction of 62 imposed then in that country.
Could you please list out the countries that do not have age restrictions so that people like me can still offer our service to the field of education? An email reply besides this column would be greatly appreciated. Email id: rasreeshanand@yahoo.co.in
Thank you very much
09/20/2012 - Cindy
Dear Danielle,
You sound well-qualified in so many ways with your experience in ECE and coaching -- international schools strongly desire candidates who can perform double-duty such as teach and coach team sports.
Right now the only obstacle you face is not having the Bachelor's degree. International schools require that for their teaching staff. I highly recommend you continue your education to get your degree, and if you pursue a Bahelor's in education, they may have as part of the program certification and a student teaching component.
I know it's easier said than done, but there may be some online programs available or four-year degree programs/partnership at your local community college, so you can continue to work and study at the same time.
Good luck!
CN
09/19/2012 - Danielle
I'm currently in school for my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development. As part of my program I have to complete over 90 hours of internships in childcare or classroom settings from infancy to 3rd grade. I was wondering if this would count toward my required experience. I have also been the assistant coach for a local high school boys' and girls' volleyball teams and coach at a nationally-known volleyball club in my area. I really would like to teach abroad but I am hesitant since I have basically no classroom experience. I am a native English speaker and I have read that some programs will work with you if you speak English as your primary or native language. Also, I have read some information regarding the TEFL and TESOL and the certification programs however I am not sure if I need a bachelors degree before I enroll in a certification program.
09/19/2012 - Cindy
Dear Carly,

You don’t have to worry because with your education and experience you are qualified.

Your diploma in Early Childhood Education and BA in Fine Arts (minor creative writing) give you the education requirements to teach overseas, and your experience teaching in Korea for 2 years gives you great international teaching experience! Additionally, your 9 years experience as an ECE, in daycare centers, after school programs and art programs certainly makes you well-qualified to teach Early Childhood Education programs which most international schools have.

International schools love teaching couples so the two of you offer a dynamic and experienced teaching duo that most international schools heads would be delighted to have join their staff.

Don’t worry about being licensed, you’re ample experience makes up for that and most international schools will accept that experience in lieu of the licensure.

A great program that you could do is the Teachers Training Center. They are certificate courses designed specifically for teachers at international schools and when you complete it you will have a certificate that is very well respected in international schools.

The TTC has training programs in London and Miami during the summer and courses are taught by experienced international school leaders, leading to five unique certificates widely recognized by international schools as the very best preparation for international school leadership and teaching positions. The great thing is the courses are only one week. Check-out their website at: http://www.theptc.org/. This is a great way to get the certification you are looking for, in the least amount of time and it’s only open to teachers who have taught in international schools. So once you get one year of experience in int’l teaching you can take this class and be well on your way. The other advantage is that the networking opportunities are phenomenal.

You and your fiancé stand excellent chances of getting hired by an international school!

Best wishes to both of you!

09/19/2012 - Cindy
SMT,

Yes, there are many positions available for teachers of ECE. Most of the international schools now have Early Childhood Education programs and are actively hiring qualified teachers for this very important level.

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Suri,
There is no application per se, simply go to www.tieonline.com and click on the subscribe button and follow the prompts to subscribe and you will be able to apply directly to the schools you're interested in!

--CN
09/18/2012 - SMT
What about ECE (Early Childhood Education) eg. birth to 5 years? Are there any positions available for that level.
09/18/2012 - suri
send me the application please
09/18/2012 - cthoraval
My fiancé and I are interested in teaching overseas. He has a social work diploma, BA in political science and history and a teachers college certificate from Toronto Canada. Myself: I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education and a BA in Fine Arts minor creative writing. We have both taught in Korea for 2 years and he has taught in private schools in Canada and public schools in Canada but has one year teaching from his placements. Myself: I have 9 years experience as an ECE, in daycare centres, after school programs and art programs as well teaching English in Korea. I know it won't be difficult for my fiancé to find work but as a couple we may have a chance but I'm worried cause I don't have a Bachelor of Education and I'm not a licensed elementary teacher but I have a Bachelor of Art and a licensed ECE. Do you think I may have a chance of gaining a position with my partner in an international school or would I have to get my teaching license before applying to international schools?
I'm Canadian and been researching elementary school K-6 programs for online learning with a teacher license track but having little luck finding a program that is equivalent to Canadian standards. Would you know of any regionally accredited schools in the US that have good methodology classes and teacher foundations with a practicum of at least 40 days? As well, are Australian teachers colleges certificates just as recognized or having a US teaching license more in demand?
If there are any schools you can suggest that have online learning, it would be helpful. (thinking of doing program when overseas and practicum at international school)
Thank you
Carly
09/14/2012 - Cindy
Hi Candy,
At TIE we mostly specialize in helping teachers find positions at international schools outside of the U.S.

However, if you're interested in teaching in the US there is one agency that may be able to help you. Check out Southern Teachers Agency -- they are a recruitment service for PK-12 teacher and administrative placements in the South. STA offers free teacher placement for candidates, and they focuses on private & independent school placements in the South, mostly schools from Maryland south to Florida, and as far west as Texas.

Their website is: http://www.southernteachers.com

Good Luck!


09/14/2012 - Candy
Hello!

I am so thankful you've posted this.

I am from the Philippines
I am a non-education graduate, and currently taking my 18 units of teaching pedagogy and methodology. I am planning to take my licensure exam in the country, and then go into having my Master's degree in Education.

I stopped working because I needed to focus on my studies, but I do have a year and a half's experience of working as an Online English Teacher for Koreans.

I would like to know, what requirements do I need to go on and teach abroad? specifically in the US (States of California or Washington)? What Tests should I take and pass so I could teach in the United States?

Is there a good chance for me to do so?

I already have a US Tourist Visa.

I will really appreciate your help!! :)


09/11/2012 - Cindy
Hi Eva,

Thank you for your inquiry.

It sounds like you have very extensive experience teaching, since you have a teaching degree and an obvious interest in teaching overseas, I think you already meet many of the key qualifications.

I think the best thing to do would be to subscribe to www.TIEonline.com and put your resume in our online resume bank. Here school heads will find you and contact you if they think you fit the qualifications they are looking for in their school. At the same time you will have access to the hundreds of jobs posted on our site and you can apply to the ones that interest you directly.

This will give you the most realistic picture of your marketability and chances of getting hired at an overseas international school. Without taking these concrete steps to starting the process we’d just be guessing as to your chances. As you know, there are no guarantees, but some action produces more results than no action. This would be a great first step.

I hope this answers your question and I sincerely wish you buena suerte!

Sincerely,
CN
08/30/2012 - Cindy
Hello Avinash,

I think any school would, and should, be honored to have someone with your education and experince on their staff.

You would have to get some experience and certification teaching at the K-12 level, however, because often the skills that made you successful in the private sector, and even teaching at the college level, are different than what is required to be an effective teacher to younger students.

This is not a huge hurdle, but I would look into getting K-12 teaching experience and/or certification programs in your area.

I wish you the best of luck!

Regards,
CN
08/30/2012 - Eva
Hello!!! I have been a teacher during 17 years in Guatemala that is my home country, so my native language is Spanish. I do not know how many chances do I have to teach abroad. I just have a Profesorado en Ingles (teaching degree) from one of my country´s univerties.
Thanks for your answer.
Eva
08/30/2012 - Cindy
Hi Charles,
Yes, fine and applied arts are subjects in K-12 international schools. You will need some experience and/or certification in teaching Art at the K-12 level, but assuming you gain that experince or credential, I think your extensive experince in the field would be an asset to an international school and its students.
Good luck!
08/30/2012 - CHARLES
I have a BS in Environmental Design, 25 years in the Design / Architecture field, 5 years of college teaching (Design) and have recently recieved my masters in Fine Art. My question to you is do you feel my experience might be considered in the industry? Is fine art a subject of interest in these schools??
Thank you for your response
Charles
08/30/2012 - Avi
Hello Cynthia (CN),

I am presently working as a Freelance Balanced Scorecard Management and Education Consultant. I am also engaged in Professional/Corporate Teaching in Local Engineering College from last two years.

Before getting into consultancy and teaching, I was working in Oil Campanies of India, Oman and Qatar for 29 years in different capacities and departments, starting from Operations, Engineering, Projects, Logistics, Distribution, Planning, Materials, Maintenance, Contacts, HR etc.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, B.E. (Mechanical Engineering) from University of Indore, India and Master's Degree in Management, M.B.A. (Finance and Accounting) from University of Liverpool, U.K.

I was seriously looking to share my experience with K-12 School sstudents. I wish to know your opinion whether or not I can be useful as a School Teacher.

I would look forward to receive your valuable advice.

Avinash
08/22/2012 - Cindy
Hello TG,

Your odds are outstanding, as are your qualifications. Your advanced degrees and upcoming certification will more than make up for not having 2 years K-12 experience, and your ESL teaching experience practically has that covered.

Being multi-lingual as you are in a variety of languages, puts you in the top-tier of candidates and you would be an asset wherever you go. Make sure you join TIE (sign up on this hompage -- www.tieonline.com), because you're exactly the kind of candidate TIE is proud to offer international schools!

All the Best!
CN
08/20/2012 - TG
Hello,

I have an MA from an English university and a PhD from a Canadian university in interdisciplinary humanities/social science programs. I lectured and served as a teaching assistant at my doctoral institution, and have spent the last year working as a volunteer ESL assistant at a local non-profit, as well as a participant in an ESL conversation circle with adolescents. I can speak English, French, Greek and am reasonably handy with Spanish. I do not have any certifications yet, but am working on that (I will eventually be certified to teach high school social studies). Teaching in Canada holds no appeal for me, I very definitely want to live and work abroad. Upon certification, I won't have two years of K-12 experience, but I will have all the above mentioned experiences and accomplishments. What are my odds of finding a job? Thanks. :)
08/17/2012 - ped
hi.. im a fresh graduate from one of malaysian teacher acedemy.. my major is p.e.. ive been study around 5 1/2 years to get my degree..
my question is am i qualified if i apply because the degree i get is not edu but its teaching.. its sepcifily a degree for teaching in m'sia.. i just wonder if i could use this deg to teach outside since our curiculum and principle is diff.
08/15/2012 - Cindy
Hi Diane,

It is not uncommon to have a non-teaching spouse accompany a teacher at an overseas international school. There is a preference for teaching couples, but if you can make it clear to the school that your husband will be active and busy doing his own thing, it should be okay.

School heads are concerned that the non-teaching spouse will be unhappy, bored, non-working, etc. and want to go home. I think it would be wise to go in communicating that your husband has a plan and direction for what he'll do when overseas.

Good luck!
08/15/2012 - Cindy
Hi Mona,
Yes we can help you find a job teaching overseas as soon as possible! Simply go to our home page here (www.tieonline.com) and hit the subscribe now button. Just follow the prompts of getting your one year subscription activated and you can immediately search the hundreds of jobs available at overseas schools around the world. Also you will be able to enter your resume in our resume bank that school heads search when looking for qualified candidates.

All the best!
08/14/2012 - Diane
From reading the qualification requirements, I believe that I have all the qualifications. My question is with regard to teachers that are married. My children are adults now, and my husband would reside with me to an international position. Is this common? Are there special considerations that I should take into account?
08/12/2012 - jaque
it makes me more inspired about my studies.
it makes me motivated to grab the opportunity to teach international schools.

08/07/2012 - Mona
Hi,
My name is Mona. I have been teaching English as a Second Language for so many years in the Middle East. I am a well qualified teacher. I have a California Teaching Credential in Teaching English k-12.
I wonder if you can help me find a job as soon as possible!
Mona Nour
08/06/2012 - Ciindy
Hi Krysta,

I am a little unsure because you said you were teaching ESL for 4 years but you're just completing your degree in Business. Based on the amount of experience you have teaching ESl, I would imagine you are qualified to do that, however, the business degree is not an exact fit, and I'm sure you'll find school heads asking you the question that if you wanted to teach (presumably ESL) why did you study business?

Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that, just be prepared to answer the question, and I'm sure based on your ability to communicate the answer effectively, will largely determine whether a school head wants to hire you to teach at his or her school.

Best of luck!
CN
08/06/2012 - Cindy
Deidre,
I certainly do feel you would be qualified for the librarian position at an international school. The training, knowledge and education you have in being a public librarian are all directly transferable to the school librarian role.

Your skills-set in library literacy, computer classes and conducting print and online research for school homework for students will especially make you qualified in the school setting.

www.Tieonline.com does post librarian positions at international schools and if you logon you can conduct a search for any available positions in that field.

I wish you all the best!
CN
08/06/2012 - Cindy
Hi Royal,

Since you are certified in your state for multiple subjects and you have some teaching experience (albeit part-time substitute) and you serve as a Unit Director for an educational program with the Boys&Girls Club, I would bet there are some school heads who would be willing to hire you.

I'd also bet that your best chances of finding that first position at an international school will be in Latin America because they traditionally have more flexibility in their hiring practices.

You can try to go for it based on the experience you currently have or wait a year or two and get more full-time teaching experience under your belt -- either way, I recommend you checking out the various positions at www.tieonline.com and get started there so you can post your resume in the resume bank and start looking for the jobs that are most suited for you.

Good luck!
08/05/2012 - Royal
Hello, I am wondering about the two years of classroom experience.

I am certified in my state to teach ages 10-21 in History, English, Psychology, and Broadfield Social Studies. I am currently a substitute teacher for a local district and I also serve as Unit Director for the Boys & Girls Club (after school educational program) in the same area.

I have has a 6-week long term sub job, but otherwise no full time experience. Would my experience qualify me to teach at an international school?

Thank you
08/05/2012 - Krysta
I have been teaching ESL for four years in Indonesia. During that time I was also contracted to teach grade 7 English at a local state school. I will have completed my BA in business in October. Once my degree is completed will I be qualified?
08/03/2012 - Deirdre
I am public librarian with a masters degree in library science and who has taught library literacy, computer classes and conducting print and online research for school/college homework to school, college students and adults for 12 years. Would I be considered qualified at an international school? I do not have my media specialist cert.
08/03/2012 - Cindy
Hello Nenyi,
Congratulations on completing your university studies! It's great that your degree is in math because there is a pretty strong demand for qualified math teachers. To be qualified to teach at an international school, you have completed one of the 3 requirements, now you have to work on the experience (minimum 2 years) and getting some sort of certification that would be recognized internationally.

I am assuming you're fluent in English and can teach math in English to a wide variety of students from various countries.

Good Luck!
--CN
08/03/2012 - Cindy
Hi Kim,

I say follow your dream! You are well-qualified to teach internationally and it’s a great benefit that your husband is working on certification to become a TEFL instructor. This means you can possibly apply as a teaching couple, and with your Tieonline account have your resumes linked. This will indicate to school heads that you are a teaching couple and it will be an advantage to you.

I also want to tell you that even if you are not a teaching couple your spouse would not necessarily be viewed as a dependent, so long as you can assure them that he is financially independent and can work independently. Most schools want to make sure that the accompanying spouse is not unhappy or having a negative effect on the teaching spouse that was hired. I’m sure you will convey that in your interview along with all your enthusiasm for teaching overseas.

Regards,
CN
08/02/2012 - kim
Hi. I am a learning support teacher with an education specialist credential a masters in education and 4 years teaching experience. My dream is to teach at an international school and plan to start the aplication process in the fall. My main concern is that I have a husband ( no children). He is very supportive and is getting certified as a TEFL instructor so that ge can hopefully teach English if I was to get a job offer. I know schools don't like dependents but if he had a realistic plan if what ge will do for work will that improve the situation? As a past tefl instructor myself I believe that in some countries with a BA and TEFL certification ut id realistic he will find work. What will schools think? Thank u so much for any info!
08/02/2012 - Nenyi
hi there,i just completed university of cape coast west Africa to be specific Ghana.i have a bachelors degree in mathematics.what are my chances of teaching.if i have chances of teaching,how do i apply.i am willing to get my transcripts and references from the university.i have been refused entry to the united states twice but on a student bases.should that deter me?

08/02/2012 - Cindy
Hello Tanesh,

How forward-thinking of you to think about career prospects for your major early on. As a second-year university student who is interested in teaching overseas, I think you are very wise to question the communications major. It will be very difficult to find a relevant subject to teach at the K-12 level with a communications degree.

If you are certain that you want to teach, then I think it would be a good move to switch to an Ed major (which is good for the elementary years) and if you want to teach at the secondary level (middle and/or HS) then you should major in the subject you want to teach (i.e. English, history, math, science, etc.) with a minor in education (or a double-major in education and the subject).

I recommend you subscribe to TIE, www.tieonline.com in your senior year so you can start looking into the teaching positions available all over the world.

Good luck!

08/01/2012 - Tanesh.
Hi. I'm a second year communications student with 6 months teaching experience. What are my chances of teaching overseas? I am willing to change to a B ed if necessary. What else can i do?
07/31/2012 - Cindy
Hi Emily,
There are special education opportunities at overseas international schools, This subject-area is growing, and quite frankly in the past, Special Ed was not widely offered in many international schools, but that's not the case any more, so you will find jobs!

I think your husband's practicum experience could count towards the 2 years, depending on the school, but since you're a teaching couple, I'm optimistic that you would be very viable candidates.

Two children will not be frowned upon, and many teaching couples have young families in tow so don't let that stop you!

Best of luck!
Regards,
CN
07/31/2012 - Cindy
Hi Helena,
Based on what you tell me and the experience you will have after your Korean teaching stint, I think you will most likely be ready to apply for international teaching jobs.
Good luck in Korea, and when you come back, don't forget to subscribe to tieonline.com so you can find your first job at an international school!
-- CN
07/31/2012 - Cindy
Hi Cintia,
I think your chances are excellent especially since you have experience at an international school and that you'll be acquiring your master's degree. If you subscribe to tieonline.com you will be able to find any librarian positions as soon as they become available and you can apply to those jobs directly.
Good luck!
Regards,
CN

07/31/2012 - Cindy
Hi Luke,
At TIE we specialize in helping teachers find positions at international overseas schools. As far as finding teaching positions here in the U.S. we don't focus on that end as much except for a handful of private schools here in the U.S. that have an international curriculum.

You are right, it has become much more challenging these past few years finding teaching jobs here in the U.S. because many states and school districts are undergoing significant budget cuts. This is why many teachers are attracted to the idea of teaching overseas because there are incredible opportunities for teaching overseas and the international schools market is growing.

Whatever you decide I wish you the best of luck!

Regards,
CN
07/25/2012 - Luke
Hi,
I was a Special Education teacher in the Philippines for almost 3 years with Bachelors Degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering with qualifying degree in teaching majoring Mathematics and Special Education. I also have some MA units for Special Education. I also taught Mathematics on one of the Colleges back in my city in my native country. I've been here in the US for over 2 years and have been trying to get a job. I really want to go back to my teaching profession but I don't know where to start. I am really desperate that I've been here for awhile and still didn't find any job that I ever wanted and that is to teach Special Education. Please give me an advice where and how to get started. It will greatly be appreciated.

Thank you,
Marluke
07/24/2012 - Emily
Hello,
I have been a special education teacher for 6 years and also hold certifications in other areas as well as a masters degree in education. What are the special education opportunities like abroad?
My husband is a new teacher, this upcoming year will be his first official year. He has, however, done one year worth of education practicums in the elementary school setting, would this perhaps count towards his two years of experience?
Last but not least, we have two small children, have you found that children are frowned upon by international administrators?
Thanks,
Emily
07/24/2012 - Cintia
Hello,

I am Brazilian and I have been working as a teacher-librarian in a international school in Brazil, I am completing the second year of our onsite master degree in Education, and once We finilize it, I am planing to work as teacher-librarian overseas, what are my chances to get a job. I speak English, I have more then 2 years experience and I will own a master degree in my CV. Do you have a large ammount of vacancies for teacher-librarian? Or just for teachers?

Thanks
07/24/2012 - Helena
Hello,

I have been studying a dual degree of BA and Secondary Education, specialising in ESL and English teaching.
I am graduating this year, and have been planning for so long to go to Korea and teach. I would really like to start working next year at an international school.

I have 6 months of ESL teaching experience in Korean primary schools, I have taught an ESL class at a university and will have about four months of practical experience by the end of the year. I am not sure if I will be right to apply for international schools next year. Should I give it a try anyway? Or wait till I am a bit more experience? Also will they take cram school teaching as experience too?

Thanks.
07/13/2012 - Cindy
Hi Al,

Based on your education you certainly meet that piece of the requirement, but it’s unclear from your note if you have K-12 teaching experience and/or certification.

Your post graduate degrees look very interesting and relevant (albeit in an unconventional way), and if your experience is very relevant, I would have to think there must be international schools who would be willing to have a teacher with your unique background on their staff.

I hope I’m right and best of luck!

--CN

07/12/2012 - al
Hi there
I have a degree in Theatre and English, an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies and an MA in Dramatherapy.
Would I be qualified along with fifteen years of diverse work experience with youth to teach at an International School?
I also attended one.
Thanks
07/11/2012 - Cindy
Regarding recent inquiries . . . .

If you hold a bachelor's degree in your subject are, are certified and have 2 or more years of teaching experience then you have the basic qualifications necessary to teach at an intenrational school.

You should also be a fluent speaker of English, have familiarity with either American, British or international curriculum standards, and have the overall personality and demeanor that would be a good fit at an international school.

All the best to all!
07/10/2012 - Ginny J
I am a Post graduate with a teaching degree in Commerce, a degree and teaching degree in Hindi, LLB(legal studies) with a teaching experience of three years in recognized schools. I was involved in teaching underprivileged children at home along with taking care of my two children. I had my education in Anglo-Indian English medium. My communication and written skills are very strong with more importance to pronunciation and diction. Apart from imparting educational knowledge, I have expertise in managing the class, extra-curricular activities, art and craft, moral value and behavior education, outdoor activities, educational tours, socially useful and productive work, environmental education, National Social service scheme work and community service, consumerism are the fields my specialization. I would like to know the opportunities available to kick start my career in teaching after a long gap at Chennai, India. Looking forward to a positive response at the earliest.
07/07/2012 - Hoffan
I am from the Ivory Coast.
I have a DEA (masters + in English system) degree in economics and I have been students' assistant at University of Bouaké, the second national University of the country during 4 years.
I have been teaching also in some private universities in the country since 2007.

I would like to go abroad for some other experiences.
I could teach French (my native language) to K-12 level.

regards,

Hoffan.


07/02/2012 - Cindy
Hi Cam,

I believe your degree from a reputed Indian University would be accepted. Many schools look for certification in K-12 teaching, but if you have certification in your country and/or experience at the K-12 level than you are most likely qualified to teach at an international school.

Regards,
CN
07/02/2012 - cam
hi! i found the info in the article quite interesting.
I have a question, I have an m.phil degree in english literature and a teaching experience of 14 yrs. will my indian degrees be accepted for teaching abroad or do i need to acquire any other qualification?
thanx in advance for your valuable support
regards
cam
06/29/2012 - wael A.
hello every body, I want go international, both of my daughters are at college now, I teach Math , IB diploma, Alevels & Olevels, I worked in bilingual and intyernational schools in Amman, Jordan. Experience as a moderator and examiner. HAd many posiitonjs, cas coordinator , worked as Accredetation for ECIS and TRibal.Worked as Academic coordinator. Also worked as head of math dept., I trained many frest teachers since I got my training the trainer certificate.so any recommendation how to invade excellent schools, got bsc from usa in engineering and two masters in international ed and school management.

Well, any feed Mr. & Mrs. Principals arounf the nation, I can assist, iam dynamic , hard worker, I am 50 years old and love new jobs....
06/25/2012 - Cindy
Hi Mel,

Congratulations on going back for your Bachelor’s and on your soon to be graduation!

You raise an excellent question, and the answer, once again, is going to be a very unsatisfying, “it depends.” Because you will have had 8 years of paraprofessional teaching experience and a newly minted degree in Elementary Education, I am going to assume, that through your degree, you will be certified as well. If this is the case, than I think there are a number of schools that would be willing to hire you based on the fact that you’re certified and have extensive classroom experience.

If, however, your degree does not lead to certification, I would recommend you find out the requirements for your state and make sure you acquire the licensure upon graduation. This will help you meet your requirements. Another thought is that some regions have historically been a bit more flexible with the experience or certification requirement and if you have one or the other, or as in your case, experience as a teaching assistant there are many schools, particularly in Latin America, that would be willing to accept your qualifications.

Best of luck!

06/25/2012 - Cindy
Hello Bern,

Thank you! Hong Kong is definitely one of the cities where we consistently have openings for international school teachers.

In fact, if you go to our homepage and click the link that says Search 269 Jobs Available today: http://www.tieonline.com/job_ads_list.cfm

You will see that there are currently several positions available for teachers in Hong Kong.

Having said that, please note that we generally tell our subscribers that they have more opportunities available when they are more geographically flexible. Keep an open mind about locations/countries and you will have a wider range of job positions to choose from. If you’re looking in just one country for a very specific reason that can still work, but it may take more time to find the one that matches your unique profile and qualifications.

All the best!
CN
06/23/2012 - Mel
Hello!
I am interested in TIE. My father was in the military for 22 years and we were able to travel abroad through Europe with him. I have always wanted to go back overseas.

I put a hold on finishing my Bachelors while giving my time to my family and children. Now that my children are older I am finishing my Beachelors in Elementary education. During the time I put a hold on my Bachelors I worked as an Instructor's assistant/ Paraprofessional in an elementary school and have held that job for the last 8 years.

When I finish my bachelors this year, I would like to apply for an international job. Would my 8 years as an assistant count towards my 2 years of experience? Thank you!
06/23/2012 - bern
Greetings! First & foremost i would like to thank you for your untiring humane action in this relevant field where thousands benefit in as far as information. I am interested to teach in Hong Kong H/S or elem. I am a registered Secondary Teacher & has been a math Teacher for the past 4 years, i need your advice to possibly meet my goal. i am 45 y/o. Thank you. More Power and GODBLESS.
06/22/2012 - Cindy
Hello,

Your note says it all! Thanks for giving us the real deal picture of China when it comes to the age-old, age issue (pun intended:)!

This information is invaluable, especially when as you say, even staff members at schools in China are not sure what the current rules are because they're changing all the time. Would you say if you’re over 60 China is too much of a risk?

I’m sorry you had a bad experience towards the end, but it’s very encouraging to see that you found a school/region that is all too eager to benefit from your experience both in and out of the classroom. Many schools, countries, and regions are very open and receptive to candidates of all ages, I guess the key is to know which ones are not.

Thank you for your words of advice -- our readers will appreciate the candid information.

Congratulations and good luck in your new post!

CN
06/21/2012 - Organist
Hello!

I am an American who just completed 5 years teaching all venues of English in China, but got caught in the "over 60" mess......China will NOT issue a new Z visa. They are "selective" in issuing them or not.

I am now 64 and had to leave a house full of furnishings and lots of books cause of the laws there. I lost tons of money.......not happy!

Be very careful telling people they can do this and can do that........China, for one, is changing the rules all the time......and they have staff who don't know the current rules either!

I am now working with the National Government of an African country who is tickeled to death that someone at 64 with a PHD and over 40 years teaching experience would consider them........and things are mving along relatively fast. I anticipate being there within the next 30 days. What your field is and experiences are count much.......do not hesitate to state them on your Resume.......people DO read them! Many times it is the "other stuff" that really helps get you hired.......they can find many teachers to teach the subject, but the "other stuff" makes for better teaching.

So much for my 50 cents worth!
06/19/2012 - Cindy
Hello Desirea,

What a wonderful goal you have set for yourself -- it's especially heartening that you desire to return to the Philippines to help youth there. Your skills and talents will be needed and put to good use.

We at TIE specialize in helping teachers find positions at overseas international schools. Your desire to open up a learning center for tutoring is out of our realm, but absolutely a worthy goal and a much-needed service and we applaud your efforts in that endeavor!

If you should decide that you would like to pursue an international teaching career, however, then I would encourage you to get your Bachelor's degree. This, along with certification, is required, and even if you don't want to go that route, I still think it would benefit you in PI to have a Bachelor's degree. You're already half-way there and most jobs in education would require that degree.

Good luck to you!
CN


06/19/2012 - Cindy
Hi Scott,

Yes, you are absolutely qualified to teach overseas. You have the necessary experience and the certification (although there is a bit of a mis-match there because your certification is not in the same subject/grade level as your experience). I don't see that as an issue at all so I wouldn't worry about that.

Next steps: Subscribe to TIE right on this homepage and you can immediately start searching through the hundreds of positions available. I would immediately get your resume in the TIE Resume Bank so school heads can find you in their searches.

Best of luck it sounds like you're on your way!
Regards,
CN
06/18/2012 - Desirea
I have an A.S. in Social Sciences and Human Behavior from San Francisco City College. I am considering a Tefl/Tesol/Celta certification either of the above (In the premature stages of a very good program, if you can recommend, that would be great!). I have a background in youth outreach volunteer programs and children with disabilities. I would like to teach English in the Philippines and across Asia. I've never been to my home country, PI, and I'd like to reach out to the underprivileged youth by opening up a learning center where I can provide basic tutoring, school supplies, and more! My heart's desire is to impact the lives of young people and a transformation of a child's mind. I really appreciate your feedback and opening up avenues for people like myself, who are seeking opportunities in teaching.
Qualifications permeable? Any further training necessary?
06/18/2012 - Scott
Greetings. I am about to enter my 4th year of teaching 6th grade Social Studies at one of the top college preparatory schools in the state of Arizona. I am 42 years and and have degrees in both Criminal Justice and Social Studies (History emphasis) for secondary education. I am also certified to teach elementary education in Arizona. Prior to teaching I had a career in law enforcement and am seriously considering the possibility of teaching overseas. I am married with two children (16 and 20). I am simply wondering this: Does it sound like I am qualified to teach overseas and what is my first step to applying?

Thank you!
06/18/2012 - Cindy
Hello Mitch,

Congratulations on your engagement!

Canada would accept your Bachelor’s Degree from the Philippines but you would have to get certified in Canada for teaching there.

You can contact the Province’s Department of Education to find out the exact requirements and what courses you may need to complete the licensure.

Best wishes!

06/18/2012 - Cindy
Hi Shady,
There are organizations that specialize in short-term or summer assignments and they would be of more help with this type of question. One organization is Transitions Abroad and you can find their website by the same name on the web.
Good Luck!
CN
06/17/2012 - Shady
Hi I am a teacher in a college I have taught for 12 years and have a PGCE in Further Education, I am going to complete my CELTA and want to teach abroad over the summer for a few weeks. I have two young children I want to take with me aged 5 and 9 in the hope of them being in a school or summer camp with me, is this a possibility or unheard of.
06/15/2012 - Cindy
Hi Yuri,

I'm so glad you are enjoying these articles and comments about teaching abroad!

If you are currently studying for a B.A. in English at a university in Hong Kong; and a Korean citizen studying abroad as a full-time international student that’s not a problem. The question is, how fluent is your English? Only you can answer that question. Can you imagine teaching English to a class of middle or high school students from all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, U.K and other places where English is their native language? If the answer is yes, than you can do this!

You ask if it matters which country you get your postgraduate degree in Education (either elementary or secondary)? It really shouldn’t matter in which country you get the degree as long as it’s an accredited recognized institution. Since you’re considering either HK or the US I would recommend the U.S. since it would broaden your experiences and give you more exposure to native speakers of English. Secondly, the postgraduate degree in Education is a master’s degree and most master’s programs in education in the U.S. will lead to certification as part of the program.

You also ask how can you get 2 years of teaching experience if you’re not a professionally qualified teacher? If you get a masters degree in education in the US you will have your professional qualifications through your degree and the certification, so you will be qualified.

Don’t worry about your BA being from Hong Kong, if it’s an accredited university it will be accepted and it also speaks to the fact that you’ve had a truly international education which can only help you in this field.

Good luck with the rest of your studies!

Regards,
CN
06/15/2012 - Cindy
Viky,
Congratulations on puruing two very interesting degrees. Both homeopathy and zoology are great subjects, however they're not subjects that are generally taught in the K-12 educational environment. Therefore, to answer your question as honestly as possible, I don't think you'll find a position teaching these subjects abroad.
Good luck to you in your studies!
CN
06/15/2012 - Cindy
Hi Cindy,
You ask a good question and with good questions sometimes comes the answer, "it depends." You have the degree and the certification which are two key requirements. With the 2 years teaching experience it is generally preferred that you taught your own classroom, but being that you have the 8 years experience, I am certain that there are many schools that would be more than willing to hire you. Also, some regions tend to be more flexible on either the certification or the experience requirement and I’m confident that your experience will be accepted.
Regards,
Cindy

06/15/2012 - Cindy
Hello Stephanie,

Yes it’s exciting because there are so many opportunities for personal and professional development in great schools around the world.

Don’t worry about not having an education degree, as long as you have a degree in the subject you will be teaching it’s OK. If you plan on becoming a middle and high school history and social studies teacher you will have the education required, but you will still need to get certified and 2 years experience.

Once you have that you are set to teach overseas!
CN
06/15/2012 - Mitch
hello

I am a graduate of Bachelor in Elementary Education here in Philippines. I have now a fiance in Canada and soon to be married. He want me to teach in Canada in the future. In this regard, i would like to know if i am qualified to teach in Canada since i finish my degree in the Philippines and my course is general. Does Department of Education in Canada honored my Philippine License or do i need to get Canada license for me to qualified to teach in Canada. what are the process to obtained license in Canada? Do i need to undergo training for my course? Its nice to hear from you soon. I would to prepare myself for the future awaits me in canada. thankz....

Mitch.
06/14/2012 - Stephanie
Hello!

This is one exciting website. I am very very interested in teaching abroad. I just graduated with my Bachelors in History with a minor in English and am now pursuing my Master's in History. I did not graduate with an Education degree, so I was wondering what my chances would be to gain a position internationally. I also do not have any "official" teaching experience but I have professionally tutored at my university. Thanks!!!

Stephanie
06/12/2012 - Cindy
I am looking into teaching abroad and want to make sure I am considering all of my options. I just finished by degree and am going through the final steps of becoming certified. I have not yet been in charge of my own classroom, but I have eight years of experience in the schools (three years as a teacher's assistant and another five as a Title 1 teacher). Would this count as experience or does it need to be two years in your own classroom?
Thank you,
Cindy
06/10/2012 - viky
hi i'm pursuing bachelors in homeopathy and bsc in zoology from correspondence. Can i apply for any teacher post abroad and if yes for which post and its procedure.

06/07/2012 - Yuri
Hello!

I'm so glad and excited to see all these excellent articles and comments about teaching abroad!
I'm currently studying B.A. English in a university of Hong Kong; however, I'm a Korean citizen studying abroad as a full-time international student.
I've always wanted to become a International School teacher because I had various experiences abroad. In order to make this happen, I want to slowly but clearly make the list of things that I should do.
Firstly, I'm considering getting my postgraduate degree in Education (either elementry or secondary), but does it matter which country I get the degree?
I'm considering to get my postgraduate degree either in US or Hong Kong (since I'm not the citizen of both countries, would this still matter when I want to apply for the job?)

Secondly, is the postgraduate degree in Education a certificate that will allow me to apply for International Schools? (how can we usually get 2 years of teaching experience if we're not a professionally qualified teacher?)

I've always been confused and helpless about becoming a International School teacher. As a international full-time undergraduate students in H.K, I'm not sure how to get the qualifications and whether my B.A English degree at a university in Hong Kong will be useful for teaching abroad. I wish to know the best options and qualifications for teaching abroad.

Hope to hear from you soon,
Thank you so much!
06/02/2012 - Fadi
Hi, there,

I hope all is well.

I wonder if I would qualify to teach at one of your shcools. I am a Syrian national, but attended college for two years in the US, where I lived for thirteen years. I am a published author in the US and I hold a TESOL certificate. I also have a ten-year experience, teaching IELTS and conversation classes. Right now, I am thinking about moving to France. I will apply for a position, if you encourage me to . I appreciate your input
06/01/2012 - Cindy
Hello Diann,

Yes, we have teaching positions in K-12 Art and I did a quick check for you and TIE currently has 8 Art teacher positions available (as of June 1,2012).

Please keep in mind two things: 1.) As you know, there are fewer Art positions (like Music or PE, Counselors, etc.) because most schools only have 1 or 2 in the entire school, and 2.) Right now there are fewer vacant positions because by June 1, most schools have done the majority of their hiring by this time as most international schools start in August. In the fall and winter there are hundreds of more positions available because that's the peak recruitment period for intenrational schools.

You can subscribe now and have the entire fall and winter period to look through the hundreds of positions that will come up at that time.

I hope this answers your question and congratulations on your retirement next year!
CN
05/31/2012 - diann graham
I will retire from 30+ years teaching K-14 art at the
end of 2013 school year (May). Do you ever have
teaching positions in the Visusl Arts?
05/25/2012 - Cindy
Yes it would be! Subscribe to TIE, get your resume online and start your career!
05/25/2012 - Dana
Hi, there! I have an AA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Literature. I am certified to teach K-12 English in New Jersey and 6-12 English/Language Arts in North Carolina. I graduated college in January of 2011 but still have not found a job teaching except in preschools. I am interested in teaching abroad, but am I qualified? What should be my first step? The information about TEFL/TESOL certification is quite confusing to me, and I could really use a solid, reliable starting point. Any direction you could provide would be very helpful. Thank you!
Dana
05/24/2012 - Indira
I am a Salvadoran ESL english teacher with 8 years of experience. And have taught all levels and ages. It would be a great teaching opportunity for my teaching career.
05/24/2012 - Cindy
Hi Gwen,

You are an experienced and qualified teacher without a doubt. The question you ask is if you can teach in the U.S. That will depend on a number of factors, and we at The International Educator specialize in helping teachers find positions at international schools outside the U.S. (for the most part, some exceptions apply).

Here's what I can tell you, right now, with our current recession, many states are cutting back on the number of teaching positions available so it's become a much tighter job market. Additionally, public schools in the U.S. hire only certified teachers for that particular state.

There are still a couple of options for you. Private, independent schools will hire experienced, non-certified teachers so you could try that. Or, you could try finding a position at an international school outside the U.S. because I think you would be qualified (provided your English is fluent). If you decide to go that route, I strongly encourage you to subscribe to TIEonline to get your career jump-started.

If anyone has any further advice to offer Gwen, please do so!
Thanks,
CN
05/24/2012 - gwen
Hello! A blessed day to everyone. I am a Filipino teacher and currently teaching in a private school here in the Philippines. Jaz would like to know if I am qualified to apply for an elementary or mathematics teaching job in any state in America. I am a Bachelor of Elementary Education graduate. I also took up 30 units of Masters in Special Education. I am currently taking up Masters in Teaching Mathematics. I have a year of on the job training as SPED teacher and have 12 years experience as a mathematics teacher.

Thank you so much.
05/21/2012 - Cindy
Hi Izzy,

Congratulations on being a Teach for America teacher, that is a highly respected organization, and by virtue of the fact that you have been admitted to the program and are teaching successfully in it says a lot about you. By the time you have completed your 2 year stint for TFA you will have the required 2 years experience and the fact that the certification is on the way will be acceptable to most hiring school heads.

The experience you are gaining through TFA will make you a highly qualified and sought-after candidate, so you should be able to launch your international teaching career immediately afterwards.

All the best to you!

05/21/2012 - cindy
Hi favour,

I’m assuming you’re certified as well, so if you’re interested in teaching overseas you can probably get the process started right away. One of the quickest, easiest, and least expensive ways to throw your hat in the ring, so to speak, would be to subscribe to TIE. For a minimal investment of $39/year, you will have access to the hundreds of jobs at international schools that you can apply to directly and you will be able to post your resume in TIE’s resume bank that is viewed by school heads all over the world looking to find candidates to staff their schools.

Best of luck!

05/20/2012 - Izzy
I have 2 questions:

I have a bachelor's degree in International Affairs.

Last year I was admitted into Teach for America, which is an elite teacher leadership development program. It puts high-achieving college graduates into impoverished American public schools in hopes of turning classrooms around. While they do this, the TFA teacher teaches on an emergency teaching credential.

I am beginning my 2nd year of succesful teaching in Fall 2012 and would be looking to apply for an international position that will begin Fall 2013 - giving me just barely 2 years of experience when I start. Is this enough or do I need to have a full 2 years before even applying?

Also - I am working on an emergency teaching certificate. At the end of the Teach for America program (summer before Fall 2013) I will be given a regular, permanent teaching certificate. Will schools consider me knowing that I do not have a permanent certificate in hand as of yet? Or do I need to have it in hand before even applying?
05/20/2012 - favour,
I am a graduate with bachelor of degree in Health Education.I have 3 years of teaching experience,pls i want some guidelines on what to do.thanks.
05/18/2012 - Cindy
Hi Lisa,

I do think you’d be qualified to teach internationally because you have 8 years teaching experience in Biology and in addition to your BS you hold a Masters in Ed from an American university. International schools do prefer to hire certified teachers, but since you have 8 years experience and an advanced degree, there are schools that would be willing to waive the certification requirement.

Now the only question is your level of proficiency in English. Gauging by your brief note, it certainly seems very good, so the question is are you highly fluent enough to teach in English? You may already be teaching in English for all I know, so if that’s the case, language should not be an issue either.

I recommend that you subscribe to TIE and start applying to the schools posting Biology positions. You may find yourself as a candidate under serious consideration and with a few job offers. If you subscribe, however, and find schools are not interested in interviewing you, or hiring you, then it may be that you need to get some experience outside of your country. At this point I can’t tell, but from what limited information you have provided me, I don’t see any reason (other than those I expressed) why you wouldn’t be a viable candidate.

I really wish you the best of luck – the world could use another great Biology teacher!
CN

05/18/2012 - lisa
Hi,
I am An Ethiopian, Got my bachelor of education degree in biology, I have also a masters degree in education from America ( full course given in my country by the university ) but donot have a licence to teach. i have 8 years of teaching Biology in my country, never been in another country.
do you think i can be eligible to any international schools?
thank you
05/18/2012 - Cindy
Dear Rechil,

It sounds like you need to get experience and certification in the state of California. Check Cal State’s Dept of Education website to find out more information about the certification requirements.

I know it’s a difficult time to be looking for a teaching job in the state of California as there have been numerous cut-backs and layoffs. My recommendation is to see if you can find a job at a private independent school because often they don’t require certification and this way you can obtain valuable experience.

I wish you all the best.
CN
05/18/2012 - Rechil
Hello,

I am a licensed teacher in Philippines but I don't have an experience yet. I am planning to be at least an assistant teacher but don't know where start for the paper works. I live here in California now.I'd like to haunt a job that has relation to my education so it won't be wasted. Hope you can give me advice.:-) Thank you and God bless..
05/14/2012 - Cindy
Hi Irene,

You should work on getting the experience because at least two years are necessary for teaching overseas at international schools. Furthermore, you should have your certification for Spanish language teaching as well.

Best of luck!

05/12/2012 - Irene
Hi everyone!
I am a spanish teacher who currently is looking for a job but i don't know where i should looking for, i have not got experience either.


05/11/2012 - Cindy
Eric,

A certification that includes student teaching may be better, but not necessarily required. As I mentioned above, international schools want teachers to be certified in their subject area and have a minimum of two years experience teaching and running their own classroom.

Once you get certification for Social Studies, many schools may consider you qualified as you will have 3 years teaching ESL in Korea. That decision will be made on an individual school basis, but I'd venture to guess that many schools will consider it okay.

I hope this answers your question and best of luck to you!

--CN
05/11/2012 - Cindy
Hi Claire,

Yes, the PGCE certification would be necessary for you to have prior to working at an international school. Most international schools want the certification plus 2 years experience. There may be some exceptions with a handful of schools perhaps willing to waive one or the other, but you’ll find that most want both.
Best of luck!

05/10/2012 - Eric
I am currently teaching my 3rd year of ESL in Korea and I am looking at becoming certified to teach social studies. Would I need a program that has student teaching included or would one that doesn't be okay in my situation? I have a bachelor's degree in business but I have enough hours in social studies to sit for the exam to be certified.
Thanks
05/10/2012 - Claire
I'm a 20 year old English student, studying Classics (Latin, Ancient Greek and Ancient History) at the University of Manchester. I also speak French. After my degree would I need a PGCE in teacher training / experience teaching in the UK before applying to overseas school or could I go overseas straight away?
Claire
05/08/2012 - Cindy Nagrath
Hello Juvenal,

I couldn’t determine which country you are from, but if you’re English is fluent enough to teach in English, and you are a religion teacher there may be some opportunities available at international Christian schools.

There is an organization called Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) that may have more information regarding these opportunities. Their website is: http://www.acsi.org/

Best of Luck!
CN

05/08/2012 - Cindy Nagrath
Dear Susan,

Thank you for your kind words!

It sounds like you’d be most suited for teaching social studies at the secondary level (middle through high school). Because you hold an advanced degree, there may be some schools that are willing to hire you without the certification, but since you don’t have K-12 teaching experience, that may prove difficult.

You do have a couple of options. One is that you consider working at an international school in Germany as a teaching assistant to gain experience, map-out a plan for becoming certified, all while continuing with your doctoral studies. The other option is that you procure certification for TESOL or ESL as international schools always need ESL teachers and those certifications are far-less time-consuming than other K-12 subjects.

I think once you have your foot in the door there are a number of international teaching certifications you can look into. One is from the TTC or Teachers’ Training Center which is part of the PTC or Principals Training Center (PTC). They offer summer courses that lead to various teaching certificates specifically designed for international school teachers. Their website is: www.theptc.org/teachers-training-center

I hope this helps and good luck to you!

Regards,
CN
05/04/2012 - juvenal
hello,
i am a religion teacher in a catholic school for 4 years now.. i passed the licensure examination for teachers here in our country after i graduated. i am not that sure if i am that fluent in English but in teaching our subject, English is our medium of instruction and i am using it faithfully. however, since some of my students have difficulty also in speaking and understanding the English language, i often use our own language or dialect just to let them understand the lesson.
i have that fear of working outside our country but that is also my dream.
is there any teaching position for a religion teacher like me in international schools?
05/04/2012 - Susan
Dear Cynthia,
Thank you so much for your informative post and extremely helpful comments!

I am currently a Ph.D student in Sociology but will be moving to Germany soon to join my husband. I have experience teaching university courses and at various test prep institutes (such as Kaplan), but no formal degree in education or certification. I currently have a Masters in Sociology.

I really want to teach at an international school in Germany, as it seems like the best and most stable job option for a native English-speaker/non-German speaker like me. But I read that international schools in Germany are very strict regarding certification.

Is there any way to get qualified as an international teacher within in Germany? I know you may not be familiar with every country's school system and regulations, but any advice would be great!

Thank you so much,
Susan
05/02/2012 - Cindy
Dear Ellie,

Thanks for your questions because questions like these help other people who have similar questions and are looking for answers (especially in the middle of the night!:)

First and foremost, I read your description of both you and your boyfriend’s respective education levels, certifications and experience and I can tell you that you both are HIGHLY qualified! That’s the good news and it only gets better.

Secondly, one does not need to be a native speaker of Spanish to teach Spanish at an overseas international school. Your boyfriend holds a Master’s degree in Spanish/Literature from NYU, will be finishing his certification soon, and has a very high level of fluency. He is highly Qualified to teach Spanish at an international school or anywhere for that matter. I can only imagine that you have been looking in the wrong places!

Your qualifications are also excellent, along with your experience level and the fact that you both already have international teaching experience will make you highly sought-after candidates. The ESL certification and experience of your boyfriend along with your ESL experience are also additional credentials that will help you land jobs because international schools also need ESL teachers and love it when teachers can serve double-duty as both of you are qualified to do!

You certainly can apply and present yourself as a teaching couple because that’s what you are! It doesn’t matter if you are married or not – the bottom line is you’re not friends so you wouldn’t want separate living accommodations, you want to make it clear that you’re a couple so you can obtain housing together, etc. As you probably have noticed from some of my previous comments, schools do like to hire teaching couples, so don’t hesitate to put that down on your resume.

Have you subscribed to TIE? If not, you should definitely do so to start the process -- couples only need one subscription because spouses/partners are allowed to attach their resume to the subscriber’s resume and have you linked as a teaching couple. If you are already a TIE subscriber be sure to check off on your resume that you’re part of a teaching couple!

All the best to you and your boyfriend and I can’t wait to hear where you end-up!

Regards,
CN
05/02/2012 - Ellie
Hi Cindy,

Thank you for your helpful and informative article, as well as your dedication to answering all of our questions in regards to international schools!

My boyfriend and I have been planning for years to teach internationally. Before I ask my questions, I thought I would fill you in on our qualifications:

I have a BA in English Literature and Rhetoric, a MS in Education, and a 7-12 Certification to teach English. I currently have three years of experience at the high school level and I also taught ESL for two years in Taipei, Taiwan.

My boyfriend has a BA in Spanish and Philosophy and MA in Spanish Literature, and he is finishing up his MAT/certification in teaching Spanish. He also anticipates taking the PRAXIS II for ESOL this summer, so he will be certified to teach Spanish and ESL. He has two years of experience as an ESL teacher in Taipei, Taiwan and will be teaching Spanish in a full time high school position this fall.

My questions to you are the following:

1. While researching job possibilities abroad, we've found several jobs that require that Spanish teachers be "native speakers.” This has happened so frequently in the listings that we are very concerned about if he will be able to obtain a job abroad as a Spanish teacher. Is this a common practice, or have we just been looking at the wrong schools?

It should also be noted that while he is not a native speaker, his fluency is excellent and far above the vast majority of non-native Spanish teachers in the US. As he has a MA in Spanish from NYU and completed a 40-page thesis in Spanish, we're hopeful to overcome this problem with his strength of his qualifications. Your input would be wonderful, though!

2. Does the hiring of "teaching couples" extend to those who are not married? We have been together for six years, but have no intention of marrying at the moment. Should we still apply as a couple or as single teachers who happen to be going to the same place/school?

04/25/2012 - Cindy
Hi MZ,

That's a really good question. I think years ago the math tutoring experience may have been enough to secure a job at an international school, but these days there's much more accountability on the part of international schools and they are looking to hire teachers who have a degree in the field which they are teaching and they are looking for certification in the field. Moreover, they want two years teaching experience (in the classroom) as well.

I think if you were missing one of those 3 components, you could still find a position at an international school, but without all three it will be quite difficult.

I hope this hasn't discouraged you, and if you have a knack for teaching math, I recommend you get certified and some classroom experience, because the world can certainly use good math teachers!
--CN
04/25/2012 - MZ
Dear CN, Thanks for your article. I have a bachelors degree in management in China, but I want to be math teacher, and have a lot of math tutoring experience. is it possible for me to get a math teaching job in any international schools? Many thanks, MZ
04/25/2012 - MZ
Dear CN, Thanks for your article. I have a bachelors degree in management in China, but I want to be math teacher, and have a lot of math tutoring experience. is it possible for me to get a math teaching job in any international schools? Many thanks, MZ
04/24/2012 - Dee
I would like to say thank you for a great article and resource. I'm an English teacher (8 years) with administrative certification and I've been thinking seriously about teaching overseas. Many of my questions have been answered here.

I plan to subscribe so I can put my resume in circulation. Do you have any suggestions for a reputable recruiting agency I could also work with? I'd like to apply for administrative/leadership level jobs as well.

Thank you for this service!
04/20/2012 - Cindy
Hi Lil,
It sounds like you have the first two of the three requirements: a degree in elementary education, and your teaching license -- the only thing that's missing is the professional teaching experience.

The volunteer work is great and certainly building your own experience, but international schools will want to see that you have taught your own classroom for at least two years.

It is generally not possible to get hired as a teaching assistant at an international school as they tend to hire local nationals to fill those types of positions.

All the best!
CN
04/18/2012 - lil
hello....it's my dream to teach abroad in singapore and australia spicifically i have a bachelors degree in elementary education and i'm already a licensed teacher, i' ve been a volunteer teacher for about five months,three months in an elementary grade (grade2) and 2 months in a kindergarten.i wonder if i'm qualified to teach abroad or can i pass the qualifications they need...thank you........
04/18/2012 - lil
hi i'm a licensed teacher from the philippines but don't have that years of experience, i have months of it but just a volunteer teacher in a grade two class for three mos. and in a pre-school for 2 mos. i have those experience in a public school. do you think i have a chance to teach or even just to be a teacher assistant in singapore?
04/13/2012 - Cindy
Dear Mels,

Because you taught one year of ESL abroad in South Korea that counts because it’s children ( ages 4 - 13), but teaching adults ( ages 18+) does not quite fit the requirement since international schools are geared for kids in grades K-12.

Having said that, I would bet that there are some schools willing to consider this one year of teaching towards your two year requirement. You should, however, be prepared that many schools would prefer it if your experience was in grades K-12. I think a teaching certification through Walden University online may very well be an acceptable certification, but once again, be mindful of the fact that school hiring policies vary on a school-by school basis.

If you are available for the 2013 school year, please be aware that your search should begin very quickly because the recruiting season finished at the end of February, however, there are still positions that have not been filled. I recommend you subscribe to TIE as soon as possible to start looking because the new school year starts in August which is less than 4 months away.

Best of luck!
CN
04/13/2012 - Cindy
Dear Sonal,

Since you have done your Masters in commerce and Bachelors in Education, and you have an Elementary Certified Teacher license from Arizona Department of Education, along with a PRAXIS Middle School Mathematics Certification, I think you are well-qualified to teach at an international school. Having the Middle School Mathematics certification from the Arizona Department of Education (AEPA) is another feather in your cap and with over 11 years of teaching experience you are highly qualified.

The experience in India is great too, so I recommend that you subscribe to TIE www.tieonline.com and enter your resume in our resume bank so school heads can find you immediately as there is a strong need for qualified, experienced math teachers like yourself! Also, as soon as you have subscribed you will be able to look through all the Math job openings available now at international schools and contact them directly to get your international teaching career launched.

I wish you all the luck in the world!

Regards,
CN
04/05/2012 - Mels
I am a prospective teacher and I have a few questions about the
requirements for teaching at an International School:

- I am currently in my second year of teaching ESL abroad in South
Korea. I have taught children ( ages 4 - 13) and I am now teaching
adults ( ages 18+) does this fit the requirement for teaching 2 years
experience and for the teaching model?
- I am looking to obtain a teaching certification through Walden
University online while I am here in Korea. Would this be an
acceptable certification?

I would like to make myself available for the 2013 school year. Any
information you can provide me with is greatly appreciated.

I look forward to your answers.

Thank you!
04/01/2012 - Sonal Modi
I have done my Masters in commerce and Bachelors in Education
I am a Elementary Certified Teacher from Arizona Department of Education(USA). I have a PRAXIS Middle School Mathematics Certification. I have an Middle
School Mathematics certification from the Arizona Department of Education (AEPA) I have a teaching experience of about 11+ years. Out of which 8+
years I have taught in India and 3 years I have taught in the state of Arizona (USA) as a Middle school Mathematics teacher.
I am interested in using the services , would you please guide me in the right direction.
03/23/2012 - Kimora Amaya Rei
Dear Cynthia,

Thank you so much for your extensive response with as many details as possible that were, in fact, very useful.

I'm sorry I failed to mention a few key details: I taught English as a foreign language in South Korea, and currently teaching ESL/EFL in Japan.

My prior teaching experience in the USA included, classroom settings and private in home schooling.

Nonetheless, you are correct in recommending those particular programs. I will certainly look further into the certification programs you have suggested.

Thank you so much for the encouragement and I will certainly be in contact. Please let me know if sending you a copy of my resume will be most beneficial.

Kimora
03/23/2012 - Cindy
Dear Kimora,

Thank you for your comments, and yes, this is all here to get you motivated!

Regarding your concerns about your experience, let me see if I can break it down with you as best as possible.

You have a BA in Employment Relations, and I believe it’s safe to say that this specialty does not exactly translate into a teachable subject for K-12 schools, however, you have a degree and that’s required. On the plus side, you have over 5 years teaching experience in the USA, which should be very helpful, but I’m not sure exactly what or where you were teaching because you don’t specify and you mention it was not all in a classroom setting.

You say you’re teaching in Japan which is excellent in terms of experience and I’m sure if you position all this teaching experience in the right way there may be schools interested in considering you, however, you don’t mention which subject you’re teaching in Japan, so that makes it difficult for me to be more specific.

I don’t recommend you pursue further degrees if you’re interested in teaching overseas, but I would recommend looking into certifications that way you can have some credentials to offer a school. I may recommend that you investigate a TESOL/ESL course that leads to K-12 certification. Usually these programs can be completed in a matter of weeks or months and are not too expensive or time consuming. Since most international schools need ESL teachers this could be a perfect fit for you because you have your degree, you already have teaching experience, you even have overseas teaching experience, and once you have an ESl certification, a school head or hiring manager can see exactly where they can place you in their school.

I might also recommend you look into an organization called the TTC (Teachers’ Training Center). This is a fantastic organization that leads training workshops for teachers in international schools and confers certificates that are highly regarded by international schools. They offer 5-day courses leading to certificates and sessions are held in Miami and London in June and July. Some courses even lead to a Masters degree in international education if you take courses during two summers and some online work throughout the year. For more specifics I urge you to check out their website at: http://www.theptc.org/teachers-training-center/.

I hope this info helps and I wish you all the best as you pursue the next step in your career!

Regards,
CN
03/22/2012 - Kimora Amaya Rei
What an awesome article to get motivated!!! I have a few concerns since my experience is unable to fit on either side of the spectrum.

Well, I have a BA in Employment Relations but I have over 5 years of teaching experience in the USA, but not totally in a classroom setting. Unfortunately, I do not hold any teaching certifications as of yet since all the jobs have hired me based on my demonstrated skills and qualifications. I have since been teaching overseas for about two years, currently in Japan.

I am interested in pursuing International Schools as my next endeavor, however, I am largely uncertain of what more would be required of me. On the other hand, I am more eager to learn which positions would best fit my before mentioned credentials. I am weary of investing in further certifications and degrees without certainty of a position.

Please help! I am a very open-minded individual and teaching is my passion. I actually just love educating children, even if it's just being a mentor.

Sincerely
Kimora
03/16/2012 - Cindy
Dear Judy,

Thank you very much for your positive feedback on the article (and the comments)!

You ask a very good question and I can understand why you would get the impression that candidates with non-teaching spouses are “over-looked.” I have repeatedly told teaching couples that they are in high demand, so I can see why you’d conclude that if you’re not part of a teaching couple, you might have a disadvantage.

I want to assure you that that is not the case. Based on your credentials, any school head would see that you’re highly qualified, experienced, and also have strong solid international experience through teaching and your Peace Corps work. You also have a Master’s in Education, IB training, and working towards a doctorate, trust me – any international school hiring personnel worth his or her salt would want to look at your resume and strongly consider hiring you!

Best of luck and keep me posted!

Regards,
CN
03/16/2012 - Cindy
Hello Jocelyn,

Since you and your husband are currently teaching in South Korea and your husband has 2 years ESL teaching experience, along with a BA in History, as well as the Arizona Teacher's Certification (official in May), he will certainly be qualified to teach at an international school.

Because you hold a Masters in Management from Harvard and you’re certified in K-12 Business and Marketing Education in Arizona, I am confident you will find something, and you’ll of course find it together as a teaching couple. Along with your experience as a Business English Professor in Korea, I believe there should be positions for you at an international school, but I will be candid in telling you that you won’t find a lot of schools looking for business teachers. Your 2 years of ESL teaching will be what gets you a position at an international school, and yes, it will most certainly count for your required experience?

Because you are a teaching couple with overseas teaching experience you will be strong candidates for teaching at international schools. And although most schools don’t offer business courses (as many are focused on IB or college prep), that isn’t to say that many schools wouldn’t be delighted to hire a teacher who has an MBA from Harvard and find a way to put those talents to use!

Best of luck!

03/15/2012 - Judy
This was a great article and I further appreciate all the responses you have given. One thing that I haven't heard you discuss much about are the preferences recruiters have.

It is my understanding that a married teacher with a non teaching spouse and dependents are often overlooked for positions because of their families. Is this true and how can I can I overcome this bias?
(p.s. I have over 12 years of teaching experience, 5 of which is international; was a Peace Corps volunteer; have a masters of Ed; have pyp training, and will begin a doctorate program soon in curriculum and instruction)

Many thanks for your insight!
03/12/2012 - Jocelyn
Hello. My husband and I are currently teaching in South Korea and are interested in using your services to teach at an International School in another country. My husband is finishing his student teaching at Busan Foreign School, has 2 years ESL teaching experience, a BA in History and will receive his Arizona Teacher's Certification in May. I hold a Masters in Management from Harvard and certified in K-12 Business and Marketing Education in Arizona. I am currently a Business English Professor in Korea. Are there teaching positions in my field at the schools you represent? Would our 2 years of ESL teaching count for our required experience? Thanks in advance for your reply.
03/01/2012 - Cindy
Dear Nguyen,

Hello. It certainly sounds like with your education, experience and certifications that you are qualified and ready to teach at an international school.

You mention that you’re specifically looking for a position in Tokyo, which will limit your options as there are only a handful of international schools in Tokyo. This is not to say that you won’t find a position at an international school there, but what we tell many of our candidates looking to launch their international teaching career, is that the chances of being hired are greatly enhanced when they are open to teaching in a number of locations/countries/regions. That’s just the law of odds, but certainly candidates who know they need to relocate to one particular city for whatever the reason, are able to find positions if they contact the schools directly.

It is also true that finding a position at an international school in Japan tends to be a bit more competitive because so many people want to work there.

I hope this answers your question and all the best to you! CN

02/29/2012 - Nguyen
Dear TIE team,

I come from Vietnam and had been in Melbourne, Australia for around 10 years. I graduated the Diploma of children's services 3 years ago and just graduated the Bachelor of early childhood and primary education in Australia. I have 2 year experience as an emergency teacher at a kindergarten, 6 month experience as a full time kindergarten teacher and completed many placements through lots of kindergarten and primary school in Melbourne. I also hold the Victorian Teaching License.

Besides that I also hold the Certificate of TESOL and 6 month experience as a teacher assistant at an international primary school in Vietnam.

I am looking for a teaching position, either kindergarten teacher or primary teacher, in Tokyo. According to your professional experience in this industry, how do you evaluate my knowledge and my experience. Will I have any chances?

Regards,
02/29/2012 - Cindy
Hello Robert,

Yes international schools do hire speech language teachers and if you subscribe to TIE you can do searches by subject and find the schools who are actively looking to hire speech pathologists. Of course, as with schools here, there are not a lot of positions opened in that very specialized field however they do exist.

I recommend as a teaching couple (which by the way are highly sought after by international schools), you could search for the positions that you are qualified to teach in and let them know that your wife specializes in this field and they may be very willing and/or interested to bring you both on to fulfill this key role in the school.

The fact that you teach French and can coach basketball will make you a very desirable candidate and I’m sure there are many international schools that would eagerly hire you as a great teaching couple for their school.

Regards,
CN
02/26/2012 - RobZenk
Hello,
My wife and I both work in schools in Oregon. I as a French teacher and boy's basketball coach and she as a Speech Language Pathologist. Our biggest question is whether or not there are opportunities for her to use her degree/skills in the international/American school setting abroad? Do schools employ speech language teachers, audiologists, etc. If they do not where should we be looking for the both of us to be able to pursue a dream of teaching overseas?

Best,
02/15/2012 - Cindy
Hi Matt,

Absolutely! Of course it would be better to have a current certification, but with your international teaching experience and a recently lapsed license I don’t see that as a tremendous obstacle.

(Of course it would be great to renew it as soon as you’re able.)

Regards,

02/10/2012 - Laura
I missed the Feb. 2012 Fair and don't see anything scheduled. Am I too late for a Fall 2012 position?
02/09/2012 - Matt
Hello,
I got my bachelor's degree in Pennsylvania in 2009, and my certification for Secondary Education/Social Studies expires in January 2016. I've been a substitute and coach for two years in PA, and just got hired in Taiwan. Would I be allowed to teach internationally afterwards if I don't get a Master's by then and my Certification runs out?
02/07/2012 - Cindy
Dear Chena,

No absolutely not, you are not too old to teach overseas! Certain countries have age restrictions but most of those restrictions start at age 60+ and many more countries have no age restrictions whatsoever.

Additionally, our jobs listings on tieonline now require that school heads fill-out our job vacancy form which now includes a question of whether there is an age restriction for the job (school or country). TIE has made it very simple and you can search among only schools that have no restrictions.

Finally, I’d like to add that most international schools would be delighted to find a teacher with your experience level and know that you’d be a great asset to their school.

Best of Luck!
CN

02/07/2012 - Cindy
Hi Syncerelylost,

I sincerely hope you are not lost because it sounds like with your experience and education you could be a great teacher. Yes, your military experience counts for a lot, not only have you served your country, but you also demonstrate that you can handle the rigors of intense training, and difficult and challenging situations. Hiring professionals know this and it speaks volumes about your endurance and character.

As far as taking out additional student loans for grad school –I don’t recommend it. Not to sound like Suze Orman, but piling on debt for further education at this point will not guarantee that you get a job, but it will guarantee that it will be hard to pay-off and it will take a very long time to pay it off, making it difficult to get ahead financially.

I recommend that you find out about getting certified in your state to teach English. I also recommend that perhaps, for a nominal investment, you can get certified in an ESL/TESOL program, so you get some kind of certification. Instead of the Peace Corp, perhaps you could check out Teach for America, City Year, or Southern Teachers Agency which help get new teachers started in areas of high demand in the U.S. Once you have some experience teaching you will be well-qualified to teach at an international school.

All the best to you!
CN

02/07/2012 - Chena
Hi,

I have a B.S, in Sociology and minor in psychology and a M.A. in Elementary Education. i am certified K-6, and have 13 years of teaching experience but I want to teach over seas and complete my dream. I am 51 years old so do you think that this is to old ?
02/06/2012 - Syncerlylost
I have a B.A. in English Literature. Ive always wanted to travel and work with youth. Ive been researching international schools and this seems like the best option for me. Ive been bouncing around the idea of joining the Peace Corps or going back to school and getting a masters in education. If I get my masters that will bring my student loans to $100,000. Right now im at a cross road, any advice?
oh and i was in the military, lol does that count for anything?
01/31/2012 - Sarah
Hello!

I am a new teacher (graduated May 2011) and I am currently a substitute for a local district. I am also the director of a Boys & Girls Club after school program. Recently I applied for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, but I didn't make the cut. I have always been interested in working and living in Europe, but I don't know where to start.

I have my bachelors in History and English and I am certified to teach Secondary Education (ages 10-21) in History, English, Broadfield Social Studies, and Psychology. Am I likely to find a job overseas or will I need more education, such as IB certification or a CERTA (TrinityCERT)?

I have seen so many acronyms over the last few days; I am overwhelmed!

It is unlikely that I will get more experience at home; job opportunities for teachers are rare and highly competitive at present. Should I look to teach in South Korea or a similar country to gain experience?

Any help you can give me is much appreciated!

Sarah
01/24/2012 - Romita
Greetings:

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Asian & Pacific Studies. In addition, I recently earned TESOL Certificate. While I have been voluteering as a tutor at the Little Tokyo Service Center for six months, I do not have any teaching experience. Will I be able to obtain a postion wiht an International School? Thank you.

Regards,
Romita
01/23/2012 - CN
Hello Saba,

Yes this degree would certainly be recognized by international schools and count towards your educational requirement (and congratulations on your upcoming graduation).

As far as the 2 years requirement, most schools are looking for a solid 2 years of independent teaching experience running your very own classroom, however the 6 months experience at ASK will certainly be viewed in your favor.

Best of luck!
CN

01/23/2012 - Saba
Hi
I have just finished my undergraduate degree and I am soon going to get my Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary ) that would qualify me to teach from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, Would this degree be recognized by the international schools? I also already have 6 months experience working at an international school at the American School of Kuwait as an Instructional Assistant would that count towards my experience? Thanks in advance for your help !

Best,
Saba Usmani
01/19/2012 - CN
Hi Lisa,

What a good question. Let’s break it down: you have a BA in Liberal Studies, and 3 years classroom experience, I assume for elementary grades. Plus you have 4 years experience teaching at the high school level. You don’t mention if you’re certified in any of these areas, but if you are, then I would say it’s not necessary to pursue the TESOL certificate because you would be qualified to teach either elementary of HS students.

If, however, you have experience but no certification than I’d say the TESOL certificate would not be a bad idea. Having one certification would be important, and of course, any additional credentials you have can’t hurt. It makes you a versatile candidate, and depending on the needs of the school, you can market that particular area of expertise.

Also, if you really want to teach kids at the K-12 level, then I’d say don’t bother with the ESL teaching to adults. Not that it’s not valuable experience and a noble endeavor, but I don’t think it will help you get to where you want to go. Now is the time in your career to focus on your real goals, and better not waste precious time doing what is not going to advance your career in the right direction. I highly recommend that you subscribe to TIE at www.tieonline.com and get your resume online and start looking for the real teaching jobs in K-12 schools that you’re interested in.

All the best!

Cynthia Nagrath

01/19/2012 - CN
Hi Nerice,

Because you have a bachelor's degree in Physical Education, and have been coaching part-time at an international school for 3 years, I think you would be qualified to teach PE at an international school. You have the education, the international school experience, and the related experience of coaching. I’m sure many of the skills you bring to bear in coaching are transferable to teaching the PE curriculum.

As part of you BA in PE did you get certification? If so, that will be very helpful and will give you the credential you need.

I say go for it – your experience and education are both relevant.

Good Luck,
Cynthia Nagrath

01/19/2012 - CN
Hi Aimee,

Since you have 1.5 years, working as an Instructional Assistant at a Texas middle school and you have certification in Early childhood-6th grade Generalist and grades 4th-8th Science I think you’re on the right track.

I understand about Texas’ education job market downturn so you’re sort of in a catch-22 with regards to landing a full-time teaching position. All the layoffs are preventing you from getting the full time position which you need. But the good news is you have several strengths, you have certification in 2 areas, you will complete your student teaching requirement this spring, and you actually do have some overseas teaching experience (although it was not K-12).

There are some international schools that will waive one of the requirements (i.e. 2 years experience or certification) if you have one or the other. These schools tend to be in Latin America and since you have certification and some teaching experience you just may get hired. Although bear in mind that with the competitive job market, they now have a strong pool of candidates that meet both requirements.

I think you would be best served by trying to get some full-time teaching experience before trying to land an international teaching job. There are areas in the US that are experiencing a teaching shortage, mostly rural areas, and it would be a great place to start and then head overseas. There are two organizations that are dedicated to getting young teachers in the areas most needed: Teach for America and Southern Teachers Agency. I recommend looking into either of these organizations to get some experience teaching and getting your career launched. From there you can go anywhere!

Regards,
Cynthia Nagrath

01/19/2012 - CN
Hi Don

The fact that your partner is not a teacher, but a diver is possible, but truth be told, international schools prefer teaching couples, followed by single teachers. Couples where one is a teacher and the other is not, sometimes concerns school hiring officials because of past experiences where the non-teaching partner is unhappy, bored, dissatisfied, etc. and puts pressure on their partner to leave.

I’m not saying that will happen to you, but that is the perception of risk in the eyes of those hiring. I don’t know how “easy” it is to teach primary children in Europe as you ask, but I can tell you there are positions in Europe, and every continent, for every grade level.

How is the interview process carried out? It can be in person – either you travelling to a recruitment fair where the school head is attending, traveling to the school itself, or via skype. It really depends on the school. Your extensive experience in teaching children with special needs and having been a lead teacher in a variety of areas in the school should all be assets to you as you conduct your search.

Good Luck!
CN

01/19/2012 - Cindy
Hello Cornelio,

The main way you’ll get to be a teacher at an international school overseas is for you to be a full-fledged teacher. Right now you have teaching assistant responsibilities which is great along with your experience working at an international school, but you will have to get experience working as a lead classroom teacher.

Generally speaking, international schools use local nationals when hiring teaching assistants or other support staff and reserve international recruitment for the hiring of administrators and certified teachers with at least two years experience.

I hope this answers your question.

Regards,
CN

01/18/2012 - Cindy
Hello,

I think your experience should be applicable, and personally I find it fascinating. Wilderness programs are gaining in popularity and the skills and experience you have had in that environment will probably be appreciated by many international schools who look for teachers to be leaders in extracurricular activities and hiking and those sorts of activities are popular in the international school setting.

To answer your second question, yes, some schools are more flexible regarding the 2 year teaching requirement and therefore some will be more than happy to accept your wilderness experience as the required experience. Others, however will not. It’s good you’re getting certified in K-12 art so that will help a lot. Yes, certain schools pay more than others, but you have to take into consideration the whole package because some will offer free housing and other benefits which can be as valuable as a higher salary.

I hope this answers your questions and I wish you the best!

CN

01/18/2012 - Cindy
Hi Sophie,

To teach PE at an international school, like other subjects, you’ll need to be certified in your subject area in your state or province along with 2 years of teaching experience.

Regards,
CN

01/17/2012 - Lisa
Cynthia: I have a BA in Liberal Studies, was in the classroom for 3 years and have been at an independent study high school for the last 4 years. I was considering obtaining my TESOL certificate and teaching English in Costa Rica, but it's to business adults. Not really what I wan to do. I want to take my love for students and education to another country. Would obtaining my TESOL/TEFL certificate help me anymore than the experience and education I already have? Thank you for your time and consideration.

Lisa
01/16/2012 - Cornelio
Hi Cynthia,
I am a licensed primary teacher in the Philippines and a classroom teacher for 5 years in a local private school with 450 students population. I had also taught in public school, as a substitute teacher for 3 months.Fortunately, I taught foreign language in Filipino as substitute teacher in MHS at Cebu International School(IB school and accredited by CIS, PAASCU and WASC) and member of EARCOS and a candidate for PYP). Since the school can't offer me as Homeroom teacher for this school year,they offered me a position which is TA.Currently, i'm a teacher assistant in elementary dept from K2-Grade 4. What are my chances of getting a job overseas?
01/14/2012 - Nerice
Hi there.

I have a bachelor's degree in Physical Education and have been coaching part-time at an international school for 3 years. As part of my requirements in my last year of college, I was able to teach students from elementary to college. I haven't thought in a classroom setting since then because of coaching.

Am i still qualified to teach overseas and would international schools accept my coaching experience as replacement to the 2 years teaching experience needed?

Hope you can help.

Cheers!

-N-
01/14/2012 - Aimee
I want to inquire further about job prospects with no full-time teaching experience. For the past 1.5 years, I have worked as an Instructional Assistant at a Texas middle school; my certification is Early chilhood-6th grade Generalist and grades 4th-8th Science; and finally, I will complete my student teaching component in April. Texas is experiencing an education job market downturn so I have been unable to land a full-time teaching position due to major layoffs, therefore, I am considering teaching overseas again (taught in English to adults in Prague for 1 year in 2008). Would I be seriously considered for an international school through your company? Thank you for your time. Best regards, Aimee Spence
01/13/2012 - Meghan
Hello,
I have 2 questions for you...

1)
I am completing a teaching certification program ART K-12 consisting of 2 full time teaching internships. I was previously a wilderness therapy guide which advanced my abilities considerably. Over all I have been teaching art, metal working, dance, primitive skills, "therapatizing", and substitute teaching for the last 5 years.

What are your thoughts on these experiences translating into the 2 year teaching experience qualification to teach at an international school?

2)
Your website makes distinctions between different types of schools.
-Are there different expectations for teacher qualifications depending on the type of school?
-Is there a correlation between the type of school and financial compensation?

Thanks, Meghan
01/12/2012 - don
Hi,
I've been teaching for ten years in New Zealand and I have a Bachelor of teaching and learning. My partner is not a teacher but a diver and would accompany me. Is this possible? How easy is it for me to teach primary school children in Europe? How is the interview process carried out? I have extensive experience in teaching children with special needs and have been a lead teacher in a variety of areas in the school.
01/12/2012 - Sophie
Hi,

I am interested in teaching physical education abroad, particularly in Dubai or Qatar. I am in my final year of a Sport and Exercise Science degree and wondered what other qualifications I need. I know a PGCE is required to teach in the UK but was unsure about what you need for teaching P.E. abroad, are there any other routes I could take?

Thanks.

Sophie
01/12/2012 - Cindy
Hi Peter,

I think international schools would be interested in your experience and should appreciate the real world experience you will bring to students studying science.

Of course they do prefer teaching experience at the K-12 level, and certification (K-12), but since you have some teaching experience at university level, an advanced degree in biology and a degree in math (which you could probably teach), I think there are many schools that would be willing to waive the certification requirement and count your 2 years of college teaching as teaching experience.

I say go for it and good luck!

Regards,
CN

01/12/2012 - Peter
Hi Cindy,

I have an advanced degree in biology, an undergraduate degree in math, and 2 years teaching experience at the university level (biology). In addition, I have 5 years "real world" work experience plus oodles of research experience to help students with their science projects. Would international schools be interested in my background?

Thanks in advance.
01/04/2012 - Cindy
Hi Ron,

Thank you for your interest in The International Educator. You are definitely qualified for a leadership position at an international school and TIE has several such positions ranging from Asst Principal -- to Principal -- to Head of School.

A good way to get started in your search is to subscribe to TIE so you can conduct your job search independently (and immediately). The search for V-Principal and Principal positions are managed by school heads who post their positions on TIEonline. Positions for Head of School are also posted on TIEonline, but in many cases, the school has requested that the Head search be conducted by a recruitment agency. When you subscribe to TIE and find a Head position you will be given specific instructions with how to proceed with your search (i.e. who to contact, when and what materials to include).

If you have any further questions, I’d be happy to answer them for you.

Regards,
Cynthia Nagrath
01/04/2012 - Cindy
Hi Michael,

It sounds like you have a good plan. Your Navy experience is excellent, and having the MA in Elementary Ed will certainly help. Definitely get some sort of certification in the ESL/TESOL because that’s a great way to get a teaching credential in K-12 in a fairly short period of time. It will also give you an added subject to teach in addition to Elementary Ed. Two years experience is mandatory and it would be a good idea to get some stateside experience first before heading overseas. Also, if you can during that time, manage to get the elementary K-6 certification in your state that will be an additional asset.

Good luck to you and thank you for your service!

Regards,
CN
01/04/2012 - Cindy
Dear Barbara,

Yes, you would certainly qualify to teach overseas with your extensive educational experience. The only caveat is that there are certain countries that have age restrictions for issuing work visas which may rule out some countries, but many others have no age limit at all.

You may want to consider administrative positions with your background and TIE has many positions for Asst Principals, Principals and Heads of School.

I wish you all the best in your efforts!

Regards,
CN
01/04/2012 - barbara
I am 62 years old, would I qualifiy for an overseas position? I have 41 years of experience and 13 of those years as an assistant principal. I have an undergrad degree in elementary ed. and masters in administration.
12/28/2011 - Ron
Hi,
I have always had an interest in the educational institutions abroad. I am currently an elementary school principal in San Francisco, California. I have been in the position for 6 years, and was an elementary teacher for 6 years prior.

What would be the best way to investigate a Head of Schools or administrative equivalent position? I have great interest in Japan and various parts of Central America. I have a wife and 3 children, so I am also wondering how a transition to a new position in a new country might look, and if it is at all common for families to make such a shift.

I would appreciate any information that you could provide. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Ron Machado
Principal, Miraloma Elementary School
12/26/2011 - Saly
Hi, I am currently studying for Bachelor of Arts in Education and it is Selected Studies. I have some internship and three months of student teaching experience. Will I be able to find the teaching job with out having teaching certification? or wil I be able to find the non teaching job. I really appriciate if you could give me any information.

Thanks
12/18/2011 - Michael A
I'm wondering how 20-years experience in the US Navy, much of which the last 13+ years were working in providing education, training, mentoring, etc., coupled with an MA in Elementary Ed would be viewed? My BS is in Business, so not much help, and I'm considering following up my MA I'll have finished in July with either a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certification. I'll have my state teaching license late next year as soon as I finish up my MA, but will be applying for jobs with the license pending.

I'm seeing a lot of 2-years teaching experience required, so assuming it would be best to go ahead and do the 2-years to bump my chances up. Plus, this gives me some stateside teaching experience that I think would help if I should decide to return to the states to teach again. Not really on my agenda, but just in case.

Thanks!
Michael
12/10/2011 - Capri
Hi!!!

I am currently looking to teach in an International School as well. I have my bachelors in International Studies and I have a Masters Certificate in English as a Second Language. Will I have to get additionally certified?
12/06/2011 - Lauren
Hi I am extremely interested in teaching abroad. I am student teaching next semester and once I graduate I will be certified to teach elementary education and middle school mathematics. I keep reading that I need two years of experience to teach in international schools. My college, however has put us in the classroom since sophomore year. Does this count? Also, is there any other way to teach abroad without going through international schools? I want to move abroad directly after graduating so I would not be able to teach for two years in the US.
Thanks for the help,
Lauren
12/01/2011 - Lalitasingh
I am very fond of international teaching
11/28/2011 - Lolong
Hello. I am a licensed primary teacher in the Philippines and a classroom teacher for 5 years in a local private school with 450 students population. I had also taught in public school, as a substitute teacher for 3 months.Fortunately, I taught foreign language in Filipino as substitute teacher in MHS at Cebu International School(IB school and accredited by CIS, PAASCU and WASC) and member of EARCOS and a candidate for PYP). Since the school can't offer me as Homeroom teacher for this school year,they offered me a position which is TA.Currently, i'm a teacher assistant in elementary dept from K2-Grade 4. What are my chances of getting a job overseas?
11/26/2011 - Crystal
Hello. My sister and I discussed the possibility of teaching abroad. We are both certified elementary school teachers. She is a certified second grade teacher with 4 years of experience. I am a certified special education and esl teacher with 8 years of teaching experience. If we decided to do this together, is it possible to teach at the same school? Also, are there non-teaching positions available for significant others? Thank you.
11/26/2011 - pinkey jalaguru
i am a primary teacher and having six months teaching experience . can i apply for a teaching post now .
11/19/2011 - Rachelle
I am presently pursuing my Masters of Education in Elementary Education and expected to graduate in May 2012. My experience includes 1 year of overseas teaching with the JET program (Japanese Exchange & Teaching Program), and would love to teach at an International School. Can I apply for a teaching position now for the upcoming academic school year? Will my 1 year overseas experience qualify?
11/18/2011 - Kevin
I'm currently a 2nd year high school math teacher (was hired mid-year my first year of teaching) of a small school and I'm very interested in traveling abroad sometime in the near future. Do my 6 months of student teaching also count towards the 2 years of experience?

Thanks,

Kevin
11/08/2011 - Renee
Hi,

I am currently in my 10th year of teaching. I have a strong desire to teach abroad. I have experience teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. I also spent three years as a technology teacher. I have a B.S. in education, a Masters in Reading, and a Specialist of Education degree in Media and Instructional Technology . I do not have any children, but I do have a non-teaching spouse. Will this hurt my chances of finding employment overseas?


Thanks,

Renee
11/04/2011 - Cindy
Hello Melissa,

You already are teaching abroad – that’s great!

With a bachelors in French and a secondary teaching license, in additions to currently teaching English in France you sound like you have everything you need to start teaching at an international school when you finish up with this assignment.

Yes, there’s definitely a place for Foreign language instructors in International Schools. French (along with Spanish) is one of the most popular subjects taught in international schools.

With your qualifications and experience, no, you do not need to get an ESL certification, (or a TEFL course), nor do you need to study something else/get a masters before schools would be interested in you. Yes, your two years working as an assistant plus what you’re doing now is very likely to be sufficient experience.

The only thing left for you to do is subscribe to TIE at www.tieonline.com enter your resume, and start searching for the school where you’d like to apply.

Best of luck to you!
CN
11/04/2011 - Melissa
Hello,

I am very interested in teaching abroad! I have my bachelors in French and my secondary teaching license. I am currently teaching English in France as an assistant through TAPIF for the second time. Is there a place for Foreign language instructors in the world of International Schools? That is, could I teach French in an international school? Would I need to get an ESL certification, do a TEFL course, or even study something else/get a masters before schools would be interested in me? And are my two years working as an assistant sufficient experience (in addition to practica during university and student teaching)?

Thanks!

Melissa
11/02/2011 - Cindy
Dear Xela,

Yes, not only will you find something, but you have more experience than you're giving yourself credit for.

With your Bachelors degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Educational Counseling, along with the counseling credential, you have the educational requirements and the background that could put you in a school counseling position. Furthermore, your work as a subsitute teacher for the past 3 years (and English Lit teacher for one summer), gives you valuable teaching experience as well.

Now it's up to you to decide which direction you want to take -- teaching English, Social Studies (Humanities seems like a good fit for you), or school counseling.

I highly recommend you to one of the programs offered by the PTC (Prinicpals Training Center). They have programs and certificates for Counselors in International schools and teachers. These are one or two week programs that would help you immensely prepare for your first international teaching assignment.

Good luck to you!
11/02/2011 - Cindy
Hi Joshua,

Yes there’s definitely positions for K-12 special ed teachers. IN fact you can go to the home page of our website and view the different positions that are currently available. Please note that the number of positions posted increase in the winter months peaking in February.

Good luck to you!

11/01/2011 - Josh
Hello,

I am interested in teaching internationally. I am new to teaching, first year, so I know I would need at least another year of experience, at least. I lived in London for 5 years doing social work, so have experience relocating to a new part of the world.

My certification is in Special Education (K-12). Are there positions in international schools for this type of certification?

Thanks for your advice,
Josh
10/28/2011 - Xela
Hello,

I an extremely interested in working abroad, I'd like to teach but I am not sure if I am qualified and if not what more I may need to do it. I have my Bachelors degree in Sociology and my masters degree in Educational Counseling along with the counseling credential. I've been working as a subsitute teacher for the past 3 years and I've taught Engligh Lit for one summer but aside from that I dont have too much experience as a teacher. Do you think I can still find something??
10/24/2011 - Cindy
Hi Charles,

I’m so glad you enjoyed this article!

Like yourself, many teachers have never really thought about teaching at an international school. Many people have the impression that teaching oversees means teaching in a local school where they would need the local language, or where they would be teaching students English. This is not what teaching at an international school is all about (although there are definitely ESL teachers at international schools).

Since you recently earned your TESOL certificate and have taught in South Korea for a year, right there you have two key qualifications – TESOL certification and one year experience teaching overseas. Great! Then after going to teach in China for a year you’ll have 2 years of teaching overseas -- meeting the two year requirement.

Your experience teaching in the US, prior to teaching overseas, as a substitute teacher in your hometown for one year would also count towards the two year requirement for teaching at an international school. In fact, you’ll have 3 years of teaching experience by the time you return from China.

You will be all set to pursue a teaching career at an international school when you return. I recommend subscribing to Tieonline now, so you can begin the process of looking for the jobs, and finding out which school, country, and subjects you will be interested in and learning exactly what they are looking for.

Good luck!

10/18/2011 - Cindy
Hi Perla,

Of course you would be accepted. You have 3 years of teaching experience and I'm assuming you have the certifications for teaching in your area.

Assuming you have the educational requirements fulfilled, the other important thing is that you are fluent in English. You do not need to be a native speaker of English, but a high level of fluency is necessary because you will be teaching your subject in English to a multi-national student body who all are learning in the English language.

I hope this helps and Buena Suerte!
10/17/2011 - Cindy
Dear Stephanie,

Congratulations on earning your Masters Degree in Guidance and School Counseling. Although you have not yet worked formally as a School Guidance Counselor, the years of professional experience you have (I’m assuming in the counseling area) should suffice towards your 2 years experience.

Unless the years of professional experience are unrelated to counseling than you most likely would need the 2 years of school counseling experience.

I hope this is helpful and best of luck to you!

10/17/2011 - Perla
Hi! I found the site on the web and I became interested in teaching overseas. I have been teaching for 3 years and I wouldlike to work overseas. I am from Mexico, I don´t know if peoplelike me could be accepted.

kind regards
10/15/2011 - Stephanie
I have recently earned a Masters Degree in Guidance and School Counseling and have years of professional experience. Due to just recently obtaining my Master's I have not yet worked formally as a School Guidance Counselor. Does the same 2 year work expereince rule apply here? Any information you can provide would be helpful.

Thank you.
10/13/2011 - Cindy
Elena,

I would have to know more about your exact specialty in vocational schools. If it’s computers or IT then yes, there could be relevance for international schools. If, however, it is in the more traditional trades, then unfortunately, there are very few teaching positions for vocational training in international schools.

All the best!

10/13/2011 - Elena
I am really interested in teaching abroad but my specialty requires vocational schools, is it possible? Any other requirements?
10/12/2011 - Cindy
Hi Lydia,

Holding a double major bachelors in English and Education specializing in language arts sounds like a perfectly targeted education for what you want to do. You are a trained reading specialists with 3 yrs of teaching experience at the secondary level, so that gives you the qualifications international schools are looking for.

Not being a US citizen, should not hinder your opportunities, so long as you are 100% fluent in English.

Yes, there is a need for reading teachers and No we do not offer online teaching assignments. All of TIE’s positions are full-time teaching positions on the actual schools’ campuses. Subscribing will give you access to the hundreds of jobs currently available. Please check them out at www.tieonline.com.

I hope this answers your questions and best of luck to you!

--CN
10/12/2011 - Cindy
Hello Marie,

Being South African is not a problem because English is your native language. International schools are looking for native speakers of English (or high fluency level in English), so do not feel that you have to be American or British, or Canadian or Australian for that matter!

You also don’t have to have previously taught in an American or British system, the fact that you have experience in your country and that you did an overseas stint in Korea should make you well qualified to teach at an international school. Attending the fair in Bangkok sounds like an excellent idea and I’d highly recommend it!

Best of luck!

10/11/2011 - Cindy
Hello Frances,
I think that while it’s true, international schools like to have teaching couples, they do realize that this is not always a possibility. The benefit of them hiring a teacher with extensive experience like yourself and the ability to teach multiple subjects makes you a versatile and flexible teacher. This is an asset at an international school where teachers have to wear many hats, and sometimes are called in to fill-in for a sudden vacancy, etc.

I think the key to making your situation more marketable will be to emphasize how your spouse can contribute to the international school community. Fundraising, community service, teaching an afterschool class, etc. these are all ways she can contribute positively to the school.

As far as focusing on schools that may be more receptive, I would think those schools where space (for housing and admissions spots for your kids) is not a big issue. Schools where housing is at a premium, such as Western Europe and Japan, for example would probably not be the best place to focus. Areas such as Latin America, Asia and perhaps the middle-east, might be more able to accommodate you.
I hope this answers your questions and all the best to you!
CN

10/11/2011 - Cindy
Hello,

Perhaps with your qualifications social studies would be the way to go. Having majored in Commerce and Economics is excellent, but the fact of the matter is that those subjects don’t translate directly into K-12 subjects. Most secondary schools don’t offer business and/or economics classes and those that do, would generally not have enough course offerings to translate into a full-time teaching job. Most likely, you’d have to go broader and get certified in secondary social studies or history to find employment at an international school.

Good luck!

10/08/2011 - shabnam
I am a teacher with qualifications in Bachelor of Education, a bachelors degree in Commerce and am pursuing my Masters in Economics. Any advice as to what levels can I start applying for at the international teaching?
10/07/2011 - Frances
I am a 49 year old teacher with plenty of experience in special education all grade levels and language arts and social studies at the middle school level. I have a BA in History and a Masters in Education. I am married to a non-teacher and have two young children. I have been reading on various websites that having a non-teaching spouse and children will put me at a significant disadvantage in the international school job market. I am wondering if there is a way to focus my search on schools where this will not be an impediment. Any advice?
10/04/2011 - Marie
Dear CN

I have a B.Ed degree and more than 2 years teaching experience in a public elementary school in South Africa teaching English, Maths, Social Studies and more. I have also taught EFL in Korea for 3 years before that.

However I am from South Africa and I do not have any experience teaching British or American Curriculum.

Would I be able to get an international school job and would the fact that I am not American, or British have a negative impact on any application?

I would like to attend the Search Associates Bangkok recruitment fair, but I am unsure if I would be able to compete with other international school teachers.

I have also heard the Spring Bangkok fair is less competitive, would it be better to attend that?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Kind regards
Marie
10/01/2011 - lydia
I am seriously interested in teaching English with a special concentration in reading. I hold a double major bachelors in English and Education specializing in language arts. I am also a trained reading specialists. I have 3 yrs of teaching experience at the secondary level.

I am not a US citizen, will this hinder my placements?

Is there a need for reading teachers?

Do you offer online teaching assignments?

Awaiting your reply.
09/30/2011 - Charlie
I have always wanted to teach abroad, especially in an International School as I went to one as a child. I am currently in my second full year of teaching, therefore if I were to apply for a position starting next academic year I would have the 2 years experience. Will that count? I can't seem to find anyone who can help answer this question. I also have a bachelor degree and completed a GTP for my teacher training where I was teaching at the same level as an NQT by the end of the year.
Any help would be much appreciated.

Thank you,

Charlie
09/30/2011 - Cindy
Dear KJ,

You will be a highly qualified candidate based on your remarkable past experience of setting up the two schools in Pakistan. Additionally, once your upcoming degree in early childhood education is completed, you’ll be right on target. It’s great that you will be getting certified in the state of Illinois because that additional credential will make you well qualified.

I can’t help but think that you will be a very strong candidate, particularly if you want to teach in the Mid-East, because you seem to offer the best of both worlds – you’re a US citizen, but you have knowledge and experience in Pakistan and you’re fluent in Urdu which will be very helpful as there are significant numbers of Pakistani expat children living and studying in the middle-east.

Keep it up -- you’re on the right track, and don’t worry about age issues. Young adults in their mid-fifties are very viable candidates for international schools and that age range is not a bar in most countries and schools.

Regards,
CN
09/30/2011 - Cindy
Dear Christina,

Yes, there are opportunities for special education teachers abroad. In fact, you may view the free job listing on our site http://www.tieonline.com/job_ads_list.cfm where there are several there right now!

If any of these opportunities interest you then I recommend that you subscribe to TIEonline so you will have access to these jobs and many other similar ones that will be posted on our site in the coming months as schools ramp-up their recruitment efforts for next year.

Regards,
CN


09/29/2011 - Christina
Are there opportunities for special education teachers abroad? I have an endorsement in Reading and will have one in Gifted Education soon, but I am not certified in regular education.
09/23/2011 - KJ
I am 54 years old woman and an American citizen by naturalization. I worked in Pakistan in two major schools as a Kindergarten teacher for almost 20 years. Have attended, organized many workshops and actively participated in all curricular activities. I have also single handedly set up two schools in Pakistan one in Karachi and another one in a remote area in Punjab and both of them are now providing education to the community children up to college level.
Currently I am pursuing a BA degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences from National Louis University in Illinois. I have completed at least 46 credit hours in Early Childhood Education and am working as a pre school teacher in a local private academy. I am also trying to get an Illinois teacher certification in teaching 0-grade 3.
I am very desperate to get a Kindergarten teacher or a coordinator position in an Arab country.
I have an excellent command on written, spoken English and Urdu both.
I am very active and a creative person who loves to be around young children.
I am looking to start working from August 2012 so kindly guide me how can I begin the process.
Thanks
09/19/2011 - Cindy
Hi Jeff,

Yes and Yes – the ESL teaching is most certainly 2 years experience and the 13 week practicum at a British International school will count towards your overall experience. It sounds like you’re on the right track and as soon as you complete your Bachelor’s degree in education and get more student teaching experience that is required as part of that, you should be able to find a teaching position at an international school.

Keep at it and all the best!
CN
09/18/2011 - Jeff
Hello,

I hold the professional level 1 certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language/Foreign Language in Canada. I am currently studying my Bachelor of Education degree. I recently returned home from teaching English in South Korea for 2 years.

I have applied to do my teaching practicum at a British International School (13 weeks). I want to gain additional international experience and get familiar with the IB curriculum.

My questions is: Would employers consider ESL teaching as relevant teaching? Would they consider a 13 week practicum as additional experience?

*I am planning ahead since I have 11 months of school left.
09/16/2011 - Cindy
Dear Claudia,

Hello and thank you for your comments. It sounds like you got some great experience at ASPV and that will help as you pursue your dream of teaching abroad. Just because you are not a native speaker of English that does not mean you cannot teach abroad, but you should have a very high level of fluency to teach your subject at an overseas international school.

I wish you all the best of luck!

Regards,
CN
09/13/2011 - ClaudiaIR
Just wanted to make a small correction when I wrote K3 I meant to say Preeschool Teacher, here in Mexico Preescolar (preschool) equals the 3 years in Kindergarten.

Thank you!
09/13/2011 - ClaudiaIR
Hola! One of my dreams is to teach abroad, I'm a into my last year of college so I can get my bachelor's degree in education (here in Mexico I'm getting specialized in K-3), I am not an english native speaker I am mexican and here is where I have lived my entire life, I worked as an assistant for 3 years at the American School of Puerto Vallarta and I met wonderful people there, people who inspired me even more to pursue my dream. I'm trying to figure out for a near future If I am a candidate or not, and what do I need to become one. I appreciate all you help.

Gracias!
09/01/2011 - Cindy Nagrath
Dear Scott,

You and your wife are both well qualified to teach at an international school with your extensive experience, your state of Texas certification, your wife’s Spanish language skills, and the icing on the cake – you’re a teaching couple! (International schools love teaching couples.)

The deal breaker – your dog! She sounds lovely and I don’t doubt your attachment and her excellent training, but this will be a real sticking point! Pet relocation for expats can be a complicated process full of bureaucracy. Certain countries have stringent quarantine laws for pets entering the country and many pet owners decide they don’t want to put their pet through that experience. Because of all the hassles many expats end up with ex-pets!

All puns aside, I think if you’re serious about teaching overseas, conduct your job search according to the best location for you and your spouse. Once you have narrowed your search down to two or three schools/countries, then you can investigate about the regulations for brining in pets. At that point you can weigh you options and decide if you want to make other arrangements for your dog.

Don’t forget, if you are living in housing provided by the school, they may have restrictions about pets as well.

There are companies that specialize in international pet relocation and it may be worthwhile checking with them before you even begin your job search.

All the best!
CN

09/01/2011 - Cindy Nagrath
Hello RL,

You’re chances are excellent! Your credentials, education, and experience, in addition to your specialty in math and science, which are high-demand fields, will make you a very attractive candidate. The fact that you have 16 years experience teaching at an international school means that a school head or hiring manager at an international school will realize that you have the capability to hit the ground running and will be able to teach your subjects immediately.

I wish you luck!

CN

09/01/2011 - Cindy Nagrath
Hi Vincent,

As I mentioned to TC, who is also a PE teacher, there are definitely positions at international schools for PE teachers as nearly every school offers PE as part of the curriculum. Many schools have a combined role for the PE teacher having them also teach Health class, but this varies from school-to-school. As far as your specific question about your circumstances, I know Columbia has a very highly regarded teaching program, so a Master’s degree from their Teacher’s College will serve you well.

As far as the student loans, I haven’t heard of any compensation packages that offer loan repayment schemes, but many do offer professional development. One encouraging aspect of teaching overseas in this regard is that there are tremendous saving opportunities for teachers because often your salary is tax-free and many schools offer housing or a housing allowance. What you would normally pay in taxes and rent or mortgage back home, could go towards your student loans!

Good luck with your studies, and we hope to see you onboard as a TIE subscriber soon!

Regards,
CN

09/01/2011 - Cindy Nagrath
Hello TC,

Thank you for your interest in The International Educator.

There are definitely positions for PE teachers and the fact that you can coach baseball (and I assume softball), if needed, will give you opportunities as international schools are always looking for teachers who can serve multiple roles. Wood shop, although a wonderful skill and subject to teach, is generally not offered on a wide-scale, at most international schools. A few of the larger schools may offer it, but it’s not as prevalent as in U.S. public schools.

As far as a pay scale goes, there is no one standard pay-scale as you might find in a school district or government jobs – it will vary from school-to-school and country-by-country. I can tell you that many schools do offer higher pay for increased experience.

When you subscribe to TIEonline you will be able to search the job postings and see the salary ranges for that various schools posting positions. One thing to keep in mind as you look at these compensation packages is that many teachers at international schools tell us they are able to realize greater savings versus back home because they often receive a housing allowance and very often enjoy a tax-free salary!

Hope this helps!

Regards,
CN
09/01/2011 - Cindy Nagrath
Hi Joe,

I think the ESL route just may be your fastest route to teaching at an international school because your degrees in Business Management don’t really translate into K-12 subjects. It’s great that you have teaching experience at the college level, but again that does not necessarily translate into experience for K-12 teaching.

I think because you have international experience through your career and teen years you will adapt well to living and teaching overseas. It’s probably a good idea to get ESL/TESOL certification for K-12, as I see that as being the fastest route for you to qualify to teach at an international school. Many schools do offer ESL classes to their students, so if you can get certified in a good program, along with some experience you can begin the process of pursuing a teaching position overseas.

All the Best!
CN
08/30/2011 - Joe
I hold a BS in Business and an MS in Management.
I taught adjunct at the college/university level. I was Director of Commercial Development and Marketing Manager for an industrial chemical company with extensive holdings in Mexico. As a teenager, I lived for five years in Italy, where I learned both Italian and the local dialects.
I am considering teaching EFL as a way to enter the field.

In your view, What are my options?

Thank you in advance for your comments.

Joe
08/29/2011 - TC
I have read many different things about teaching internationally.
Just wondering about the opportunities. I teach physical education and wood shop and also a head baseball coach.
What are the needs for my qualifications. This my 16 year of teaching also what pay scale would I fall into?
I have plenty more questions but that is all for now.
08/28/2011 - Scott
Hi my name is Scott this would be my 13th year teaching in elementary public education, 9 years as a technology teacher for an elementary K-5. My wife has the same years of experience 9 in Pre-K and this will be her 4th as a Kinder bilingual teacher. Her native language is Spanish. We are both certified teachers in Texas.

We have a dog and would like to know if is possible to travel with her. If it helps she is neutered, passed her AKC good citizen exam and has all her vaccines.

08/28/2011 - Vincent
Hi, after reviewing the TIE website and your article, I am REALLY interested in pursuing an international teaching position, but I do have concerns. I hold certification to teach Physical Education for K-12 in Arizona and I'm currently in a graduate program towards certification for PE at Teacher's College at Columbia University. When I graduate with my MA next summer I'll also be at my present job for 2 years at an early enrichment center teaching movement skills and beginning gymnastics. Would I be considered for a position with my background?

My other concern is that once I do graduate, I'll have a significant amount of loans I need to immediately begin paying back. Have you heard of schools that offer additional compensation for loan repayment or will I be able to make those payments while still being able to teach overseas? Just a little confused on how that would work. Thanks!
08/27/2011 - RL
I am a teacher from India with Indian Credentials. I have a Bachelors in Science in Math and a Bachelor of education degree. I have a teaching experience of 16 years and at present I am teaching in a reputed internationall school Of india. I am teaching Pre advanced placement Math i.e Algebra 2 and Precalculus and Algebra 1. What r my chances of getting hired abroad?
08/18/2011 - Cindy Nagrath
Dear TJ,
I am unfamiliar with the national youth service program, but it seems to me that you would need more training or education in teaching. You can do this through a master's program, or obtaining certification in your state. As it stands right now, your degree, while valuable, alone will not provide the necessary experience to teach in a K-12 school.
I love the fact that you have a burning desire to teach, but you will need to take some concrete steps to get qualified. Find out about the certification process in your area or other programs that will give you both teaching credentials and experience.
Good luck!
-CN
08/18/2011 - Cindy Nagrath
Dear Doug,

First and foremost, I’d like to thank you for your service! Having 20 years in the Air Force certainly says a lot about you in terms of training, discipline and leadership.

You and your wife would make an excellent teaching couple and international schools actually prefer to hire teaching couples, so you have an advantage there. I think you both have what you need to get started so I would recommend that you subscribe to TIEonline immediately and enter your resumes so school heads can find you and you can start looking for appropriate positions for yourselves. The good news is that you only have to pay for one subscription because TIE allows subscribers to enter their spouse’s resume for free. Your resumes will be marked and linked as a teaching couple in our resume banks so school heads will know immediately.

Since you’re looking for a leadership position in school administration, I’d also recommend you register with a recruiter as well. This will give you the double advantage of being able to search for jobs yourself on TIEonline and having a recruitment agency helping you as well. It will definitely be worth the money invested.

All the best to you and your wife and I can’t wait to hear where you end-up!
--CN

08/18/2011 - Cynthia Nagrath
Dear Julie,

The answers to your question are yes and yes.

Yes, with a master’s in education you can start applying for teaching positions with one year of experience, but be aware they prefer a minimum of two years experience. Being flexible about where you go will be key to securing that first job.

Yes, having a certificate for teaching IB would be extremely helpful. The IB now has a new professional development initiative with certain university undergraduate and graduate courses designed to train for each of the three IB programmes. Completing an IB-recognized undergraduate and graduate course of study developed by universities working with the IB makes you eligible to apply and register for one of two awards:

• IB teacher award—level 1 The level 1 award aims to formally recognize teachers' knowledge and understanding of curricular, pedagogical and assessment issues involved in implementing the particular IB programme they teach or are intending to teach. The award is available to teachers of all three IB programmes (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme).

• IB teacher award—level 2 --The level 2 award acknowledges the commitment of teachers who have further developed their understanding of the principles and practices of the IB programmes by completing a higher level of academic study. Registering for a level 2 award will require teachers to complete a masters or higher-level course of study that includes a strong focus on educational inquiry. Such courses, according to the IBO website, will have a balance between practice-based inquiry and more general issues-based investigation within the area of international education. They are envisioning that level 2 awards will be for experienced IB teachers, teachers in positions of school leadership, and teachers intending to take up positions of school leadership.

This is detailed further on the IBO website, but to answer your question, yes, I would highly recommend it!

--CN

08/18/2011 - Tj
I hold a bachelor degree in economics with a burning desire for the teaching profession. I am currently under a 1 year national youth service corp programme, as among other responsibilities, trainer on the use of the electronic system of revenue cycle management. I also undertook a teaching job while i was still an undergrduate to see me through school. Can get any teaching job.
08/14/2011 - Julie
I hold a bachelors in communication and am currently pursuing my masters in education with student teaching at an international school. I am eager to teach internationally. I realize that you recommend two years teaching. Is it possible to apply after teaching for only one year? Also wondering if pursuing a certificate in the IB program would be beneficial? thanks
08/11/2011 - doug
I am certified as a principal and superintendent in Ohio. I hold a bachelors in vocational education and a masters in Human Relations. Additionally I have in excess of 50 additinoal graduate hours in educational leadership. I am currently unemployed and interested in the international route. I have 10 years experience in the principalship. I am a second career educator having served 20 years in the Air Force - 5 stationed in Asia.
My wife is finishiing begiinnning her 4th year teaching middle school on a temporary certification. She has a bachelors degree and has passed the Florida exams for middle grades integrated curriculum, special education k-12, and business education. We are hoping we can approach this as a couple. I am looking forward to your advise. Thanks!!
08/08/2011 - Cynthia Nagrath
Hi Lindy,

Your 12 years experience teaching more than compensates for not holding a certificate, especially since more than half of those years you have been teaching IBO-MYP.

You will be qualified to teach at most international schools with your extensive experience and your high-demand field of biology. Yes, schools will arrange your work permit/visa if they elect to hire you.

Best of luck!

--CN

08/08/2011 - ghe
I am ridiculously interested in teaching overseas.i am a fresh graduate from a well known university with a diploma of Bachelor of Secondary education major in mathematics .I know that I am not qualified as yet to teach in an international school since i don't have any tow year requirement or experience.But after having my practice teaching during my college time..i do believe that i am now equipped with the necessary knowledge towards teaching career..my experience teaches me the most..Does my experience enough, to qualify me for a job?
08/05/2011 - Suz
Hi there, I am a behavioral interventionist at an all boys' school where I double as the assistant teacher to the K-6 class. I have been doing this for five years. I also hold a BA in elementary education and am working towards my license in May, when I will be a licensed teacher with a semester of supervised teaching at another school. Do my five years as an assistant teacher and my one semester in the classroom qualify me for a job? Thanks so much!! Suz.
08/05/2011 - Lindy
I don't have a teaching certificate, but I have 12 years of teaching experience (7 years as an IBO-MYP science teacher). I also have a BS in Biology degree and 18 units in education. Do I have a chance of getting hired in China or Norway? And more importantly, is there a chance that I will get a work permit/visa if a school hires me?

Thank you.
08/03/2011 - Pam
I have always had the desire to teach overseas. I am on the path to changing my career from that of a school secretary to that of a classroom teacher. I am a few months away from receiving my bachelors degree in primary education with emphasis in english language. I do not posses the two professional years of teaching , however during my studies I had to do practice teaching. Could that experience be used as part of the two years experience? That would be the only obstacle that would prevent me from applying.



08/02/2011 - Cynthia Nagrath
Dear Michelle,

Your experience, education certification and strong bug for travel will make you an excellent candidate!

As you mention you don't have the two years experience yet, Some schools may consider the Korean experience as valid and could put you in a great position to jump right in after you complete that stint. I think you are also a great candidate for an internship at an international school. Although they can be hard to find - they are a really fabulous ways to start. There are also some schools that may overlook the 2 years experience and sign you on anyway. Those schools may be in more remote locations, but from the enthusiasm that comes through in your letter, I'm willing to bet you'd be open to that!

This will give you the experience you need to get your international teaching career launched.

Go for it and Good luck!
CN
08/02/2011 - Michelle
I am ridiculously interested in teaching overseas. I did a short term study abroad program while in college and all it did was make me want to travel more and see even more of the world.

I know that I am not qualified as yet to teach in an international school (I've only student taught so far in the states and teaching jobs are slim here right now...), but I am certified to teach both English and Social Studies in my state. I am thinking about possibly applying to teach English in Korea for a couple of years. If I do that for two years, would that work as my two year requirement?
07/31/2011 - Cynthia Nagrath
Hi Shannon,

You have excellent qualifications for teaching at an international school. Your extensive experience, 2 masters degrees and variety of science subjects taught, in addition to AP experience will make you a highly sought after candidate.

Two dependents is not a problem and most international schools will provide tuition free admission to the dependents of their teaching staff.

The only potential issue is that one of your dependents is a spouse. This should not present a problem, but in the past, we have heard that there were a few instances of teachers being hired with a non-teaching or non-working spouse, and without work, the spouse can sometimes be unhappy.

I don't see this as being an impediment to you, particularly if as a couple, you decide to commit to this experience (most contracts are for 2 years), and it's something you both really want to do. Furthermore, your excellent qualifications, especially in a high demand subject like science, will make you an attractive candidate regardless.

I hope this answers your question and I hope to see you onboard as a TIE subscriber!

CN
07/31/2011 - Cynthia Nagrath
Dear Barb,

I recommend that you contact the university where you received your degree and find out what, if any refresher courses, they offer to update your degree. They may have programs they can recommend to alumnae who are looking to update their credentials.

Certification is the main method of doing this. Find out the certification requirements in your state and this will help you not only update your credentials, but also help you obtain student teaching experience. Because there's been a 15 year gap since you last taught, obtaining recent teaching experience will be absolutely necessary before an international school will hire you.

It's a process, but certainly well worth pursuing if this is a career change your really want!

Best of luck!
CN
07/31/2011 - Cynthia Nagrath
Dear Eli,
Thank you for your interest in The International Educator. We recommend that teachers have two years of experience teaching their own classroom. this is based on consistent feedback we have received from headmasters at international schools.

Your degree and graduate diploma give you the educational credentials required, so now you need to get at least two years experience comanding your very own classroom.

It should also be noted that international schools are looking for teachers who are fluent in English as you'll be teaching to an English-speaking student body.

I hope this helps and best of luck!

CN
07/31/2011 - Cynthia Nagrath
Hi Zena,
If you have several years experience teaching, the MA is not necessary for teaching overseas. That is not to say that having a post graduate degree in teaching or a related subject is not valuable, but most international schools will consider your years of teaching experience as an equally valuable qualification.

I am unable to comment about specific degrees and/or courses, but I can tell you that if you're interested in teaching at an international school, you need not wait until you have a masters degree to start. When you become a TIE member you will have instant access to a very wide selection of teaching positions at international schools and can begin the process of getting hired immediately.

Once you're employed at an international school, you will find many encourage and support professional development and they can recommend programs that are highly regarded. Also, word of mouth from other teachers and administrators will provide you with candid assesments of which programs are of high quality and have a good reputation.

Good luck!
CN
07/29/2011 - Shannon
Hello! I am about to start my 10th year teaching science in the U.S. I have taught middle school and then Integrated Physics and Chem, Chem, Earth & Space Science and AP Environmental Science. I have 2 masters degrees in science. My husband is also a foreigner and we have a 6 year old. My question is, is it more difficult for me to find a position overseas when I have 2 dependents, although I consider myself qualified professionally and academically?
07/29/2011 - Barb
I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education (minor in early childhood education) and was certified in PA but has since expired. I spent 3 years as a substitute teacher and tutor but since I never secured a contract as a teacher I chose to pursue a career in business. I have worked in sales for 15 years (4 of those as a Corporate Trainer for Xerox Corporation). I now have a strong desire to live overseas and would like to know what qualifications I would need to teach oversease. I don't have the 2 years of full time teaching experience and the teaching experience I do have was from over 15 years ago. Any recommendations?

07/28/2011 - Eli
I have a degree of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the Philippines and a licensed teacher. I taught for 3 years in high school teaching Food science and Basic nutrition. I have choose to teach kindergarten and is now finished taking up Graduate Diploma in Early childhood at University of Auckland here in NZ. I worked as a teacher aide in international school in Singapore for 2 years. I have no experience yet having my own class for the kindergarten. Am i qualified?or i still need to get 2 years of experience here in NZ?pls advise.thanks.
07/28/2011 - zena
I have been teaching internationally for several years but don't yet have an MA . I am considering the MA Education offered by Northcentral. As it is fully accredited but totally online, how would this be regarded by heads of international schools for future employment?
07/25/2011 - Cynthia Nagrath
Hi Samar,

It sounds like with your education and experience as a school coordinator and caseworker, that you would be qualified to be a school counselor at an international school.

The school counselor title can cover the range of services a school needs from personal counseling for students to college planning for high school juniors and seniors.

Many schools require their counselor to wear both hats, whereas some larger schools will have a separate counselor to handle the social work functions, particularly for the elementary and middle school levels. These larger schools may often have a guidance counselor for the high school level whose primary responsibility is to advise students on academic scheduling, college planning and application preparation, in addition to handling student disputes and personal issues.

You asked about a Dean position, and although titles vary by school, I believe you’re referring to an administrative position within the school. Whether you are thinking of a principal, assistant principal or Dean position, most Director’s are looking for members of their senior administration to have some previous international school experience.

Your language skills will certainly give you an advantage, particularly if you choose to work in and Arab or French-speaking country.

Best of luck to you!
CN

07/25/2011 - samar
HI,
I have my B.A in social work,I have five years experience as school coordinater and case worker can I work as DEAN or social worker,I speak Arabic language and little french.
07/22/2011 - Cynthia Nagrath
Hi Elmteach,
To answer your question – no, 54 is not too old to teach at an international school! Because the age question comes up all the time, TIE has conducted a survey among international school heads to ask what, if any age restrictions exist in their country or school. This survey is currently underway, so it would be premature to report the results at this point, but I can tell you a few things so far.

First, many countries don’t have age restrictions at all. Second, if a country does have an age restriction, the majority are for ages 60+. Third, many schools are very willing to hire 50+ teachers because they recognize the value of experience and wisdom that only come with age.

Finally, I’d like to inform you that TIEonline has now added Age Restrictions (Yes or No?) as a required field that schools have to fill-out when submitting their job postings on our site. This means for every job you view, you can see right away if that school or host country has an age restriction. We believe this will save candidates’ time, so they don’t bother applying to schools that may be unable to hire them.

Thank you for your question, and teach on!
CN

07/22/2011 - Cynthia Nagrath
Dear Sean,
It all depends on how fast you want to work. If you want to jump into a teaching job overseas right away, then yes, go ahead and take the TEFL job in Korea, it will give you teaching experience especially at an overseas school. This can only benefit your resume and round-out your experience. If, however, you can personally afford to wait until the recruitment season kicks-in (November-February), then you can attend one of the recruiting fairs and hold-out for your first choice subjects for teaching.

Meanwhile, by subscribing to TIE and posting your CV in the tieonline resume bank, international school heads will be able to view your resume and contact you even before the recruiting season gets underway if your qualifications fit their needs.

Either way, I don’t think you’ll have trouble finding a good position because you have the education, experience, and the qualifications to teach multiple subjects -- a trait international schools value.

All the Best!
CN

07/21/2011 - elmteach
I have been teaching in one capacity or another for 16 years, including the last 7 at an alternative private school, where I've been lucky enough to write my own curriculum. I am 54 years old, though, and I wonder if I would be considered too old to be considered.
07/21/2011 - Irish Sean
Hi I have a 4 years BSc in Geography and PE (1st class honours) and I am currently finished my Masters in Geography and on course for another first. I have a 120+ hour TEFL certificate and I have travelled extensively. However due to part time work commitments and my Masters thesis I felt that I have left myself short to obtain a job this year in an international school. My question is, as I have TEFL experience I have been offered a few jobs in South Korea in private schools there, however what worries me is that if I go to a teaching fair or apply for a teaching job in Geography or PE they will see that I have taught TEFL and not my subjects. It's a tough market to get started anywhere and I agree with the 2 year experience rule but should I take the TEFL job and risk it impacting my CV or wait until recruitment fairs and hope because of my CV that I can get a job somewhere? No jobs in Ireland unfortunately.....
07/19/2011 - Cynthia Nagrath
Dear Allie,
First off, I would like to say congratulations and welcome home! Being a Peace Corps alum makes you a very unique and well-qualified candidate. It shows that you not only have international experience, but that you are willing and able to adapt to a foreign culture, and live and work in some very challenging conditions. Most school heads will recognize this right away and the spirit and character of Peace Corps volunteers is precisely what they are looking for in their schools.

Getting down to the specifics of your experience and education – you have the qualifications that will enable you to find any number of positions at an international school. Your degree in Political Science and History qualifies you to teach social studies at the secondary level. Your graduate degree in education gives you an additional credential which will count in your favor. If that was not enough, you mention having an endorsement in science which gives you that added versatility that international schools need in their teachers.

Finally, I am confident that most international school hiring personnel would count your three years of substitute teaching towards the 2 year teaching requirement. Additionally the teaching component of your Peace Corps assignment further strengthens your experience portfolio. Please rest assured that your service in the Peace Corps, along with your educational credentials, and teaching experience, will make you not only a competitive candidate, but a highly sought after one as well!
Good Luck!
CN


07/15/2011 - allie
I am a returned Peace Corps volunteer. Overseas, I was a social worker but that basically translated to teaching life skills and English. I have an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science and a graduate degree in Ed. with indorsements in history and science. I have been a substite teacher for 3 years now does that count towards 2 yrs. experience?
Thanks,
Allie
07/08/2011 - Cynthia Nagrath
Hello,

Thank you for your interest in The International Educator. To answer your question – yes, there is definitely a good chance that you would get hired by an international school based on your education – a Bachelor’s degree in education with a Master’s degree in Mathematics would certainly give you the educational qualifications to teach at an overseas international school.

I am assuming that you have at least 2 years of teaching experience because you state that you are a professional teacher.

The last criteria is that you speak fluent English. Of course I can’t tell your level of proficiency without speaking with you, but if you are able to communicate fluently and effectively in English to the level that you are able to teach students in English and communicate with parents and school personnel entirely in English, then you are definitely a qualified candidate.

To your advantage is the fact that there is a high demand for math teachers, so that may also increase your chances of being hired by an international school.

Congratulations on completing your post-graduate studies and best of luck to you!

Regards,
CN
07/07/2011 - invisible
am a professional teacher frm Ghana with a diploma in basic education.have just completed my post graduate studies and majored in maths.is there any chances of me getting an internationl school to teach.
07/07/2011 - Cynthia Nagrath
Hello Allayna,

This is great that you're still in high school, but already planning ahead. I wish more students were like you!

The 5 year undergrad program that includes one year of supervised experience sounds excellent. Does that lead to certification in your state or province? If so, even better!

The one year of supervised experience could count towards your 2 years experience if a.) you will be certified, and b.) the international school you are applying to is willing to count that towards your experience.

It will vary from school to school, but many schools will be willing to count it if you are well-qualified in the other areas.
Based on how proactive and interested you are in the high school years, I can only imagine that by the time you complete the program, you will be a highly sought-after candidate!

Thank you for your interest. Good luck and all the best to you!

--Cynthia Nagrath
07/07/2011 - Allayna
Hi I'm still a high school student going into my last year but my dream job is becoming an international teacher. The university I wish to attend has a 5 year undergraduate program where you get on year of supervised experience. Could this count towards my 2 years of required experience?

-Allayna
07/07/2011 - Carol
This sounds great -- I always thought that I needed a foreign language to teach overseas.

I will subscribe today! Thanks for the info!

--Carol
07/07/2011 - extra tip
Simple Guide to Requirements for Teaching Overseas - EEEC
• Education – Bachelor’s Degree or higher in relevant subject area
• English – Native or fluent speaker of English
• Experience – Minimum 2 years
• Certification – in your state or province and subject area


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