Someone with a teaching degree that works in international education typically can be found teaching courses in schools all over the world. For the most part, these individuals will be teaching courses on English, or in English, in schools and cultures where English is not the native language.
If you are interested in teaching school internationally, then you may be curious to know: what kind of a degree will I need in order to begin teaching school internationally? And what are the job prospects once I complete my teaching degree and being teaching school internationally?
What kind of a degree will I need in order to begin teaching school internationally?
The requirements in order to begin teaching school internationally can vary greatly, depending on the country in which you choose to work. Some countries will require that you have your teaching degree, and will want you to have relevant teachable subjects, such as English, ESL, or Western history/culture.
Other countries will not require a teaching degree, but will require a BA in the subject that you are looking to teach.
Some countries will prefer that you have a Master’s in teaching degree, or a Master’s in the subject you plan to begin teaching courses in.
If you have a specific country in which you hope to teach, spend some time looking into whether or not you will need a teaching degree to teach there.
What are the job prospects once I complete my teaching degree and begin teaching school internationally?
Once you have completed the appropriate teaching degree program for the country in which you wish to begin teaching school, you will be able to begin looking for work.
Many countries in the Eastern hemisphere are consistently looking for Western men and women to come over and begin teaching school courses to their students. Many of these programs will pay for your accommodations, travel, and even offer you an additional stipend for food.
If you are interested in travelling, and seeing the world, then this is a fantastic way to do so, while still earning a good wage.
Individuals who are looking to begin teaching school internationally can find jobs with: Colleges and Universities, ESL programs, Education abroad programs, International accreditation associations and local community international centres.
Some additional tips if you are looking to teach internationally:
• Consider learning another language. It can help a lot to have even a basic knowledge of the mother tongue in the country you plan to work in.
• Be open to anywhere. Some countries are seen as more desirable by Westerners looking to teach abroad. Especially in your first year you may want to consider applying to positions in several countries, as you may not necessarily get your first choice when you have no experience.
• Be proactive. If there is an organization you are particularly interested in working for, contact them even if they don’t have a job posted. Consider doing so even before you graduate so they know your name.