The qualifications required to teach abroad.

We always advertise the qualifications and experience needed with all vacancies, but we are still often asked what the requirements are to teach abroad.

If you are wondering what qualifies you to teach in the Middle East or China – look no further. This article will explain everything you need to know:

Strict Requirements

An employment visa for the Middle East and China is issued by the relevant Ministry of Education; they have very strict requirements and regulations that govern this process and schools and agencies have no say on these regulations.

It is critical to us that teachers we work with meet these requirements before we present them to our schools so that there will be no issues with the formal work visas down the line.

No Diplomas

Despite diplomas (and sometimes teaching certificates) being accepted in South Africa, no diplomas (4yr or 1yr) are accepted for these work visas; certificates are also not acceptable even as a ‘top-up’ to a degree. We have strict mandates from our client schools to only present candidates with a relevant teaching degree.

What qualifications are considered

In order to be considered for a position at a mainstream school in the Middle East or China you must have the following:

  • A Bachelor of Education degree (B.Ed), or
  • A Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or
  • A relevant degree (BSc, BCom) for specific subjects with a PGCE (i.e. BSc and PGCE for Science positions).


If you do have one of the above qualifications, you must make sure that your qualification phase and major also match the specific vacancy you are applying for. For example – If you see a foundation phase vacancy, your B Ed must be in the foundation phase. You must also have a minimum of two years’ experience teaching in the foundation phase.

We would like to stress once more, that these regulations are not set by SA-Recruitment and we do not make the rules.

For more information on our vacancies or to submit your CV, please get in touch:


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