Your guide to the requirements you will need in order to teach in Dubai
21 November 2019| Last updated on 24 February 2021
The basic requirements for landing a teaching job in the UAE
Is the City of Gold beckoning you to its dunes? Do you dream of tax-free salaries, virtually minimal tax on what you pay, multicultural students, salaries even during the summer/winter holidays, and a fabulous new life abroad?
The lure of teaching in Dubai draws in heaps of new teaching hopefuls into the Emirate every year, but the teaching qualifications needed and the difference in the learning environment may differ from back home.
That very dream is a reality for some teachers in Dubai, provided you're aware of what qualifications do you need to teach in Dubai.
To assist you in your future teaching career in the UAE, scroll down below for your complete check-list and guide.
1. A Bachelor's degree
School teachers in the UAE are required to have at least a completed Bachelor's degree.
It does not have to be in Education, but it can also be a relevant field that is related to your job - for example, a high school Business teacher must have a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Management, Economics, or other related subjects.
For major subjects such as Maths, Biology, etc. most schools in Dubai will require the teacher to possess a Bachelor's degree in that field.
2. A Master's degree (or higher)
To become a teacher in Dubai, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant field may be needed in some private schools.
Teaching in Dubai with a master's degree or higher in your belt may provide you with better pay, benefits, and job flexibility.
3. At least three years of teaching experience
If you want to work as a full-time teacher in any school, university, college, or other learning institution in Dubai, you will need experience. You will need a certain number of teaching hours in order to be eligible for a teaching license, which will vary by country.
This can be done through internships, part-time work, or any teaching activities required to complete your Bachelor's degree (if you studied in the field of Education).
4. Good conduct certificate
As per KHDA rules, expats wishing to teach in Dubai or will need a good conduct certifcate from the previous country they worked in.
This certificate is a mandatory document that is needed to get a valid teacher license and permit in Dubai.
5. A valid teaching certificate or license
Expat teachers in Dubai require a teacher permit issued by the Knowledge and Health Development Authority (KHDA), which will only be given after the UAE Ministry of Education provides you with a federal UAE teacher license.
An educational institution in Dubai cannot hire you without a valid teaching license, as this is one of the requirements to be eligible for a teaching position.
School teachers in Dubai will also need to have secured a teaching certificate or license beforehand - this is usually secured in the other countries the expat studied/worked in.
A teaching certificate will show the grade or school level you are trained and qualified to teach, such as preschool level, highschool level, etc. Teaching exams vary for school levels.
To acquire a teaching license in your home country or other countries, you will typically need to complete a teacher preparatory programme and a minimum number of supervised teaching experience.