Whether you’re a new teacher looking to build your experience, or a seasoned veteran looking for a new adventure, teaching in China can be a great step in your career. But what does it take, exactly, to land a teaching job in the Middle Kingdom?
The answer will vary, depending on the exact type of job you’re looking for, but let’s start with the basic requirements to get hired. (for a breakdown of the different types of schools in China, check out our article on Teaching Options in China)
Here are the basic requirements to teach in China:
While certain degree specializations (such as Education, Linguistics, Languages, etc) will give you an edge with some jobs, a degree in any subject is sufficient to qualify.
There are a wide range of TEFL/TESOL programs, ranging in price and duration. For many teachers, an inexpensive online program can be completed in a couple months, and is sufficient to land their desired job (the course should be at least 120 hours in length). Other teachers may want to invest in a comprehensive in-person program such as the CELTA.
You will able surprised at the wide number of options available to people who meet the basic requirements, which include positions at private institutes and at public schools. That said, additional education, experience, and qualifications will undoubtedly increase your options, and salary potential, when teaching in China.
Additional qualifications which will give you the edge when looking for a teaching job in China:
With a few years of teaching experience and a masters degree, you could qualify for sought-after university and international school jobs, which offer benefits such as professional development support, and lengthy paid vacations. You will also have the opportunity to teach other subjects, including Science, Social Science, Art, P.E, Business, and more.
If you are a certified teacher in your home country, you will not only be able to teach your subject to specialization, but could qualify to be an academic manager or director - competitive positions which command some of the highest salaries.
While a higher degree or years of experience will certainly boost your application, they are by no means necessary to finding a comfortable and well-paid teaching job in China. People with non-teaching backgrounds and seasoned educators alike are bound to find many options when searching for a job.
The good news for teachers is that as China continues to develop at a rapid pace, the growth in demand for foreign teaching talent shows no signs of slowing down.
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