Fundamental requirements for becoming a teacher in Japan


Fundamental requirements for becoming a teacher in Japan

Are you thinking about how to teach English in Japan? Learn about the qualifications needed to teach English in Japan, as well as all the additional requirements including age, citizenship, education, and visa requirements.

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Do you envision a future as an English language instructor in the land of the rising sun? Is the lovely land of Cherry Blossoms beckoning to you to stay and work for it? The prerequisites that must be met in order for your dream to come true are listed below.

Japan is renowned for hiring more English language teachers and instructors than any other nation in Asia. In order to attract native English speakers to Japan as English language teachers and instructors, the Government of Japan established an official English Language Teaching Recruitment Programme in the late 1970s.

The following credentials are necessary to work as an English language teacher in Japan:

  • You must be a citizen of a recognized English-speaking nation: Most schools prefer to hire teachers from the "BIG 7" countries, which include the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. However, they occasionally also employ highly competent English speakers from the Caribbean. If they have completed 12+ years of schooling in an English-speaking institution or have three years of experience teaching ESL, citizens of other nations may also qualify.
  • You need a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university: You need a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to teach English in Japan. The degree can be earned in any discipline, though English is preferred.
  • You cannot have a criminal record of any kind: To work in Japanese schools, one must have a spotless criminal record. Background checks are especially crucial for the Japanese Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme.
  •  You must pass a health examination and a drug test: Drug offences are highly intolerable to the Japanese government. According to government regulations, anything found to be drug-related in connection with you will result in your expulsion from the country because it is a violent crime against minors. Teachers are frequently subjected to drug tests at schools.
  • You must be at least the legal age limit set by the government of Japan: Teachers are typically hired between the ages of 20 and 30. In Japan, 60 is the usual retirement age.
  •  You must be able to cover the essential start-up expenses: Japan has high living expenses. The "key money" that landlords need as a "gift" payment upon renting an apartment is known as "key money." Although schools in Japan pay well and offer excellent benefits in addition to the wage, if you are considering moving there, you need have at least $3500 saved up.
  • A TEFL certification is required of you (compulsory): Reputable private language schools in Japan will not hire you without one. Although it is not required, you will need this certificate on hand if you want to participate in the JET programme.
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