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There’s never been a better time than now to explore a career teaching English in China.
It is an attractive opportunity for English speakers seeking cultural immersion, professional growth, and new experiences.
With more than 1.3 billion citizens and an estimated 400 million English learners, there are few countries that can compete with China as the biggest market for English teachers.
But how can you become an English teacher in China?
In this article, we will explore the main steps and requirements on how to become an English teacher in China and make you an expert in navigating the processes and requirements.
Can you still become an English teacher in China?
When we explore how to become an English teacher in China, one of the first questions people often ask us is if it’s possible or worth it.
The short answer is; Yes!
With the borders open and travel reinstated following the coronavirus pandemic, it’s once again a lucrative opportunity because the demand for qualified English teachers is recovering.
Want to know the benefits you can get from teaching English in China? We’ve covered it in a separate article you can read here.
While there are challenges and risks, the opportunity to teach in China remains viable.
So, if you’re wondering how to become an English teacher in China, we’ll show you.
How hard is it to get a teaching job in China?
The second most common question we’re asked is; How hard is it to get a teaching job in China?
There aren’t straightforward answers to questions like these, because it depends on factors such as a school’s location, competition, and a teacher’s previous experience.
Generally speaking, finding a teaching job in China is pretty straightforward.
If you meet the basic requirements, we’ll help you navigate the paperwork and you’ll be well on your way to the start of a rewarding career.
What are the requirements for being an English teacher in China?
Now let’s talk about the basic requirements.
These are set by the Chinese government and your employer. They may vary slightly depending on the specific situation, but generally speaking they include the following:
English Language Proficiency
To teach English in China, you must be a proficient English speaker. If you can prove your language proficiency through tests like IELTS or TOEFL or at least have extensive teaching experience or qualifications, your chances of landing your dream job are significantly higher. However, note that everyone has different circumstances, so it is always advisable to consult with Chinese authorities or reputable institutions like INTA Education before making life-changing decisions.
Education and certification
It’s true you can get a teaching job in China as long as you have a degree. The biggest successes we’ve seen are often teachers who have a mix of one, two or all of these:
Two years of teaching experience, or a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Those without degrees in education often use the PGCE to develop the skills and confidence needed for the classroom.
Having some experience teaching or an understanding of formal education is important, because you’ll be teaching in a foreign country. Being in an unfamiliar environment, culture and profession on top of that can easily overwhelm you.
A full medical exam is required before you’re issued a permit to teach in China. So we recommend you do one in your home country and get the green light from your doctor before you start selling your furniture.
In China, you should expect the medical exam to involve everything from a chest X-ray to an ECG, a urine sample, and a blood sample. Testing positive for certain viruses or diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, or tuberculosis, will likely disqualify you from getting a work permit from the authorities.
Visa and employment
To work legally as an English teacher in China, all foreigners must obtain a Z visa.
The Z visa allows you to enter China and apply for a work permit, and a residence permit, once you arrive. When you accept a position, you should do so only from reputable employers or schools that can sponsor your Z visa.
Note that coming to China on any other visa, like those for students or tourists, could get you arrested and deported.
If you’re looking for reliable employment opportunities in China, check our job search page which we regularly update with verified employers and teaching positions.
You can also attend job fairs or events such as the China Job Fair for Foreigners.
Becoming an English teacher in China with INTA Education
If you’re ready to take the next step, INTA Education is the perfect partner to help you become an English teacher in China.
With more than 10 years’ direct experience living and teaching in China, our UK-based team knows the processes like the back of their hands. We ensure all our clients get tailor-made one-on-one solutions. No two situations are exactly the same, so our solutions aren’t either.
Even if you’re not currently residing in the UK, our processes can be started online or on the phone, making it easier for you to engage our services from wherever you are in the world.
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Becoming an English teacher in China is an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to immerse themselves in a rich culture, expand their horizons, and develop themselves professionally.
Take some time to understand the requirements and commitments required to start your teaching career in China and you’ll be rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Ready to take the next step? INTA Education is here for you.
Contact INTA Education to find out how we can help make your dreams reality.