We are often asked about what qualifies someone to teach in the Middle East.

  • If a teacher is qualified and experienced, why then is this no guarantee of an interview?
  • Are 4 year diplomas accepted?

Let us start out by stating clearly that the restrictions and requirements for the issuing of visa’s to teachers are laid out NOT by us or even our schools, but by the Ministry of Education (similar to our National Department of Education) – they are the ones that grant visa’s, they make the final call.

So here are the requirements

No Diplomas
Despite diplomas 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.

Major and Phase MUST match your experience
If you have a teaching degree you MUST have a major or phase that matches the vacancy AND 1-2 years of teaching experience in that same phase e.g. a B. Ed (Foundation phase) with experience teaching Grade 2’s is perfect, but if you have a B. Ed (Foundation Phase) and are currently teaching Grade 5’s you will NOT qualify for a teaching visa

Degrees only
To be considered for a teaching position in the Middle East you need to have the following degree combinations:

KG and Foundation phase positions:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) and PGCE (Foundation Phase) or B. Ed (Foundation Phase).

Elementary, Intermediate and Senior phase primary positions:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) and PGCE (Int & Sen phase) or B. Ed (Int & Sen phase)

High School positions:

  • English: Bachelor of Arts (BA) with an English/Linguistics major and PGCE or B. Ed
  • Science: B Sc and PGCE
  • Maths: B Sc/B Comm and PGCE
  • Social Studies: Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Social Studies major and PGCE or B. Ed

Degrees not accepted
Certain degrees, although accepted for teaching in South Africa are NOT considered teaching degrees by the Ministry of Education
·        B Tech
·        BA degrees in Marketing
·        BA degrees in Consumer Studies
·        BA degrees in HR

Let us stress again it is not us or our schools that make these requirements, but the Ministry of Education – it frustrates us, as well as our schools, that they are so specific in the type of degree as well as the fact that your experience MUST be the same as your degree phase or major – but these are the requirements they have laid down and according to which we need to work when presenting potential teachers for interview.

To find out more call us n 021 100 3145 or email info@sa-recruitment.com


Faith Based School Opportunities

Teaching overseas is not for the faint-hearted; especially if you have a family that you need to leave behind for ...
Read More


Here is an update on the situation with our client schools across the Middle East. The bottom line is that ...
Read More

Maths with Miss Nash

The fantastic Netanye has given us a glimpse into the life of a teacher in Abu Dhabi. We can tell ...
Read More

The Dependents Debacle

"Why can't I take my family with me?" This is one of our most frequently asked questions. The simple answer ...
Read More