If my leadership experience is only within my home country, will I still be considered for International positions?

Many school boards specify in the job description that experience of working in an international school is one of the prerequisites for the position. There may be some exceptions however, if, for example, you have lived abroad / worked abroad as a teacher and can demonstrate some kind of international awareness. Experienced school leaders without international experience may need to consider an entry level leadership position while they gain international experience. 

Can I attend a CIS recruitment fair as a leadership candidate?

Yes, leadership vacancies are also recruited for at the fair. Leadership consultations offering careers advice can also be booked during the event.

What professional development opportunities are available to enhance my chances to obtain a leadership position at an international school?

There are many institutions that offer courses leading to Principal or Leadership Qualifications. The best way to get started, assuming that you are currently teaching in your home country but hoping to go abroad and eventually obtain an international leadership position, is to investigate what is available locally through your school board and local colleges and universities. Have a plan to achieve the required qualifications on a schedule that will have you ready when a suitable position becomes available. In many international settings, online courses and satellite campuses exist to facilitate you getting the qualifications you need.

There are a number of organisations which specifically support international school leadership. The most active organisations who offer online as well as face-to-face professional development are:

Do I need a special certification or qualification to teach at an international school?

CIS candidates are required to have a current teaching certification/qualification/license. In almost all cases, CIS member schools will not consider candidates who have yet to obtain a valid teaching credential. Many countries where CIS schools operate place visa/work permit restrictions on individuals, and recruiters cannot hire foreign teachers who are not qualified to teach in their country of origin.

To be recognised as a fully qualified teacher in most international schools, the individual must be able to teach as a fully qualified teacher in the country where he or she was trained. Specifically, the individual must have satisfied the conditions to become a teacher by successfully completing a course of teacher training which is recognised by the competent authority in their home country. In addition, they must have successfully completed or satisfied any additional conditions, including any period of professional experience comparable to an induction period/student teaching, which are required for employment on a permanent basis in a school located in their home country.

There are a number of organisations that offer online and face-to-face professional development opportunities to teachers in international education, including certification.

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