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Dubai Quals

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by adrixargentina, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. adrixargentina

    adrixargentina Occasional commenter

    Hello! I have no PGCE just QTS (school based training) and I want to teach Spanish in Dubai. However my degree is a 2:1 BA Hons- Major in a humanity (subject I've never taught) with Minor Spanish. Any ideas if this would be accepted by the mid to top range schools. I've been teaching for 10 years so I wouldn't entertain the low end. Also, I'd prefer to work in British schools due to my kids. Thanks.
     
  2. Geo_Marz

    Geo_Marz New commenter

    Ministry of Education in the UAE require your degree to be the same as your teaching subject, this is beyond the control of the school.
     
  3. mungomango

    mungomango New commenter

    This isn't entirely true. As a whole they do require you to have a degree in your teaching subject, but there are ways and means around this although you do make it more difficult by not having a PGCE in that subject.

    I don't want to give the game away of my subject so I will make up the subject, but say I went to university to study Chemistry, but as part of my degree, I did two years of Biology and had that on my university transcript and then wished to teach Biology it would be possible by submitting the university transcript. However, I have a PGCE in Biology and a degree in Chemistry. Without the it is more difficult but with QTS and a minor in Spanish I think you might be OK.

    Depends on the school and how confident they feel/how much they want you to teach.
     
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  4. mungomango

    mungomango New commenter

    This isn't entirely true. As a whole they do require you to have a degree in your teaching subject, but there are ways and means around this although you do make it more difficult by not having a PGCE in that subject.

    I don't want to give the game away of my subject so I will make up the subject, but say I went to university to study Chemistry, but as part of my degree, I did two years of Biology and had that on my university transcript and then wished to teach Biology it would be possible by submitting the university transcript. However, I have a PGCE in Biology and a degree in Chemistry. Without the it is more difficult but with QTS and a minor in Spanish I think you might be OK.

    Depends on the school and how confident they feel/how much they want you to teach.
     
  5. adrixargentina

    adrixargentina Occasional commenter

    Ok thanks. I think it could be a case of just applying and seeing what happens. I've emailed the MOE, but I think I might email the KHDA too.
     
  6. adrixargentina

    adrixargentina Occasional commenter

    On second thoughts wouldn't contacting the KHDA be like Ofsted?? Probably not useful to do that.
     
  7. teachersn

    teachersn New commenter

    I got an e-mail from a school saying the main thing was the PGCE matching the subject.
     
  8. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Established commenter

    I found out some new information this weekend - only hearsay though... I still have colleagues who are teaching (in Abu Dhabi) who do not have degrees (or PGCEs) in the subject they are teaching. But I ran into a few teachers at brunch last Friday who work for a chain of schools (not well know, I hadn't heard of them before) one of whom was telling me they have transferred 2 teachers to different campuses this term so teach subjects their PGCE/Degree is in where as they had been teaching at the school for 3-4 years without it being a problem. So it could be it's something that is being more rigorously followed.
     
  9. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    PGCE matching the subject is a new one - it's always been the degree which has been taken first. Maybe they've realized that doesn't quite work....!
     
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  10. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Established commenter

    I've been told that they would accept a PGCE or Masters (for US teachers) in the subject, even if it's different from the original degree.
     
  11. adrixargentina

    adrixargentina Occasional commenter

    I've emailed KHDA, NQA and ADEC. Only KHDA has responded and they've not been helpful.

    Has anyone ever got a job in Dubai based on the minor part of their degree alone?
     

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