Teaching certificate needed for Abu Dhabi and Dubai jobs?

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Teaching certificate needed for Abu Dhabi and Dubai jobs?

Postby zkasparks » 04 Mar 2015, 11:09

Hi, I'm new to the forum. I have been looking at teaching jobs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I noticed they mention needing a teaching certificate. I've been teaching English in China for four years, and have a Bachelors degree in Economics and a TESL certification. Does this work as a teaching certification in UAE or are they looking for a teaching certificate awarded at University? If all i have is the TESL certification will I be limited to vocational English school?

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Re: Teaching certification in the UAE

Postby shawarma » 04 Mar 2015, 19:29

Yes, usually you need a teaching diploma or certificate for teaching jobs in the UAE.

The UAE Ministry of Labour (MOL), or Ministry of Education (MOE), or both, require relevant degrees, diplomas, certificates for a work permit to be issued. And usually certificates need to be attested. One exception is High School Diplomas, unless rules change.

What particular qualification you need will depend on the position you obtain, and the institute where you work.

As a generalization, for secondary schools you need at least a Bachelor's degree and a recognized teaching qualification, or an education related degree.

For tertiary institutes, a teaching qualification might not be necessary but some will expect at least a Master's degree.

For ESL related teaching, a diploma or certificate might be enough, depending on the institute.

There are plenty of exceptions to the generalizations, and some schools seem to be able to get away with employing unqualified teachers. Possibly because they are employed as something else on official documentation such as contract and work permit, which doesn't require a qualification according to MOL rules.

Another generalization is that the better places to work at are also more stringent about the qualifications you have. Best thing to do is to make a list of places you are interested in working at, and send a CV and application letter directly to them. If you don't have the qualifications they want, you won't get a reply from them.

If a school, university, training institute, or similar, doesn't need teachers to have any sort of teaching qualification, they are likely to be unpleasant places to work.

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