International School Jobs in Japan
Most of the international schools in Japan are to be found in large cities such Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya, and Sapporo. There are more teaching jobs in Tokyo than in any other Japanese city. Some schools offer full K-12 provision, whereas others only offer primary or secondary. Whilst the majority of international schools are fully accredited and deliver an internationally recognised curriculum such as US Common Core/AERO, AP, International Baccalaureate, or the National Curriculum for England, those looking for teaching jobs in Japan are advised to conduct a thorough investigation into the school before agreeing a contract. All in all, whether you are an early years teacher looking for a school that teaches the EYFS curriculum, or an MYP teacher looking for an IB school, you will be able to find suitable employment in Japan.
How to Find Teaching Jobs in Japan International Schools
Although some international schools in Japan have adopted the Western calendar, others may adhere to the Japanese school year which runs from April to March the following year. There will often be two intakes for hiring, one in April and one in September. The hiring process will normally start at least a year in advance. Not all posts are open to expatriates and management and support roles are most often filled locally. The most commonly posted vacancies for expats include early years, primary, and secondary teaching openings, principal and coordinator positions, SEN and learning support roles, as well school counsellor and teacher librarian vacancies. Whilst the language of instruction in most international schools in Japan will be English, there are also plenty of opportunities to teach Spanish in Japan. A teacher’s licence, QTS or similar is normally required for teaching jobs in Japan international schools.