In order to teach in China, each applicant must meet the minimum qualification requirements. These requirements are implemented by the government office and not by the schools. Any school that hires a teacher who does not meet the qualifications, is doing so illegally, so it's important to know and understand the requirements.
A Bachelor degree or higher is a strict requirement. College degrees and incomplete degrees are not sufficient.
Applicants must be a native English speaker and hold a passport from the US, Canada, UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand or Ireland.
Applicants must provide a "clean" criminal record check. (ie. FBI, RCMP)
TEFL/2 years Teaching exp.
ESL courses are not a strict requirement for private schools, but they are for public schools. However, most schools prefer to hire teachers with a TEFL/CELTA.
The requirements above are the minimum requirements set out by immigration to qualify for a teaching - Z Visa. However, there are additional ways to ensure that your job hunt is successful and that you stand out among other candidates. Here are just a few ways to improve your application:
Schools in China do not have the chance to meet applicants until after they arrive. A short video will help them chose the right applicant and will give you the opportunity to show who you are.
Less is More
A resume should be simple and highlight the type of experience that would be applicable to teaching or working with students. Schools want to hire teachers who can take a leadership role.
Schools are always impressed by applicants who have their documents ready to go. By having all documents in hand, you will have an advantage on other applicants who may take weeks to be ready.
Once you are active in your job hunt, things can happen rather quickly. Be sure to answer quickly and clearly to all interview request and follow ups. Schools will move on if they are kept waiting too long.
Most schools will conduct an interview over Skype. Make sure to be prepared and adjust your tone and language. Dress appropriately and handle yourself professionally. Be prepared to answer questions.
Don't have a TEFL?
A TEFL course can not only help you secure a position in China, but it will also prepare you for the classroom if you have never taught before. A well-designed course can be a great confidence booster for first time teachers and help them get familiar with lesson planning, grammar and how to approach problems that come up in the classroom. We have selected some well reviewed and competitively priced TEFL courses to help you get started.