What are the minimum requirements to teach abroad?

A breakdown of minimum requirements for different types of teach abroad jobs

Here are the basic requirements for the four main categories of teach abroad positions:

ESL or teaching English abroad jobs

  • Bachelor’s degree in any subject area and an ESL qualification (such as TEFL certification)

Certified or licensed teaching jobs

  • Bachelor’s degree, a teaching license from your home country, and 1-2 years of relevant teaching experience

Leadership and administration positions (e.g. Principal, Vice Principal, Counsellor, etc)

  • Graduate degree and a teaching license

ESL instructor positions at university level

  • Graduate degree, ESL teaching experience, and an ESL certification

Please note that you may find certain positions whose requirements deviate from these general guidelines.

For more information, we recommend reading: What qualifications do I need to teach abroad?

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