Does CIS assist educators in specialist roles such as counselling, media, information technology and learning Support?
It varies from school to school according to the cost of living in the host country, the size of the school, and local conditions. We encourage schools participating in a recruitment fair to complete an information sheet which includes a salary scale and check-list of benefits, prior to the event. Benefit packages may include: annual round-trip transportation to the school location, housing or a housing allowance, relocation/shipping allowance, settling-in allowance, medical and dental insurance, sick leave, tuition for school-aged children. When considering an offer, it is important to take account of the net rather than gross amount of the salary along with benefits package and as related to your personal situation. For example:
- The salary offered is generous however, high local taxes must be paid and no housing is provided. An educator in this situation might struggle to support a family, but they may consider it worth it in order to work at an outstanding school in a country where they have always wanted to live.
- The salary appears low but, there are no local taxes to be paid, housing is provided and the only expenses may consist of food and travel. The saving potential for a single educator or teaching couple in this scenario is high!
Yes, schools in Australia do hire internationally. A visa will be required which is not necessarily something that the schools will arrange on your behalf. CIS has many member schools in Australia; however, they do not typically use our recruitment services for a variety of reasons; their location makes it too costly for recruiters to travel to our recruitment events; the schools follow a Southern Hemisphere academic year (ie the school year begins in February) and many of our candidates will be under Northern Hemisphere contracts.
A different recruitment process exists for those educators seeking a Head of School/Director position as opposed to a teaching, counselling or educational specialist position. Applications for specific leadership vacancies as advertised on our website should be made on an individual basis. You will need to complete the leadership application form (available to download from the Leadership Search Services page of our website) in order to register and receive notifications of new vacancies. Note that leadership posts such as Vice Principal/Curriculum Coordinators/Team Leads, Heads of Department and Athletics/Activities Coordinators falls under the teacher recruitment remit.
Due to strong competition for leadership vacancies, applicants are usually required to have current experience working in an international school at the same level in order to be considered.
Some schools may consider hiring a newly qualified teacher if they can demonstrate previous relevant experience before obtaining their qualification. This might involve having taught English abroad or working as a teaching assistant. It is important that they can obtain excellent references and come across well in interview.
Please ensure you review the application process page before beginning.
No, but IB teaching experience is considered an asset by many schools. Most reputable international schools around the world follow an external examination curriculum at the secondary school and, other than a school that might entirely follow the British National system of education, the IB is by far the most popular. The feedback which we receive from first time international school candidates reflect difficulty to get to interview stage without knowledge or understanding of the IB. Some schools which offer the IB programme and are located in less desirable areas may be willing to provide you with the training, but you might consider funding yourself on an IB certified workshop. You can then legitimately say that you are qualified to teach the IB programme, which will increase your chances of an appointment. The IB does offer the opportunity for online professional learning and more information can be found at their website: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/pd/
In some countries/schools, yes, you will need a degree in the same subject you are teaching. This may be related to obtaining work permits / visas from the host country government.
You would need a library degree plus either teaching experience, or experience of working in a school library. School librarians, especially those at the elementary level, must be able to support classroom teachers in the content area of literacy.
Does a degree together with an ESL certificate satisfy the qualification requirements for teaching internationally?
To meet CIS registration criteria and register with our recruitment service, candidates must have a formal teaching qualification in addition to a degree and an ESL certificate, unless the degree is in education. There are language schools around the world that do not require formal teacher certification but the quality and reputation of such schools vary.