International School Jobs in China
Most of the international schools in China are to be found in large cities such Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Qingdao. There are more teaching jobs in Shanghai and Beijing than in other Chinese cities. While some schools offer full K-12 provision, others only offer primary or secondary. Whereas the majority of international schools are fully accredited and deliver an internationally recognised curriculum such as US Common Core, International Baccalaureate, British Columbia or the National Curriculum for England, some offer bilingual English/Chinese education based on China’s national curriculum. Whatever grade or curriculum you teach, you should be able to find suitable teaching jobs in China international schools.
How to Find Teaching Jobs in China International Schools
Most international schools in China have adopted the Western academic calendar. Instead of a winter break starting in December, some schools will have a long break at Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival), between January February. There will often be two intakes for hiring, one in September and another one in February. The hiring process for international school jobs in China will start in October or November the previous year. Not all positions are open to expats and many management and support roles are will be 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 China will be English, there are also plenty of opportunities to teach Spanish in China. A teacher’s licence, PGCE, QTS or similar is normally required for teaching jobs in China international schools.