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Religious Studies and Philosophy

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by charlottelemaitre, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. charlottelemaitre

    charlottelemaitre New commenter

    How, how, how can I get a teaching job abroad with my specialism? It is rare that an RS teaching post arises, and when it does, there is massive competition. I'd very much like to teach abroad while I still can - if you know of any tips / schools, I would be very grateful.
  2. miketribe

    miketribe Established commenter

    I think your best bet might be to look for Theory of Knowledge jobs in IB schools... Not many teach philosophy and even fewer, religion...
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  3. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    No, there are almost no RS jobs in international schools. Sorry.
  4. tigi

    tigi Occasional commenter

    Best if you can adapt and offer another subject. General humanities jobs do exist so they they might be something to consider.
  5. SPC2

    SPC2 Occasional commenter

    Outside of the madrassa, not much call. I'd consider Global Perspectives though as I reckon both subjects could be very useful there.
  6. 576

    576 Established commenter

    I'm pming you.
  7. shamson_ali

    shamson_ali New commenter

    Can you give me any advice? UK based Head of Department for RPaE trying to move to the ME with my three kids in tow!
  8. 576

    576 Established commenter

    There are jobs out there but you're picking the region with the fewest. I know of one school in Jordan and one in Israel that advertise internationally for RE teachers. But most of the middle east just has Islamic Studies

    Africa, Hong Kong and Europe are better places to look.
  9. Ms_Love_

    Ms_Love_ Occasional commenter

    Diversify your skills set and consider gaining experience in Social Sciences and/or other Humanities.
  10. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Islamic Studies is generally taught by Muslims, though technically that's not a requirement. At least not by law. It might be required by the country.
    And Islamic Studies is not a general religious studies course. It's to help Muslims learn about their religion, so it is faith-based. Non-Muslims are not allowed to take the course.
    Also, Islamic Studies is typically taught in Arabic. Again, not a requirement and will vary by school, but in many schools the students in the course are Arabic speakers, and since the Koran and hadith are in Arabic...
    So unless you're an Arabic-speaking Muslim, there are not likely to be jobs available teaching Islamic Studies in the ME.
  11. miketribe

    miketribe Established commenter

    There IS an IB Religious Studies course, but I very much doubt that it is taught in the ME for the reasons gulfgulf mentioned... ToK in an IB school would be your best bet unless you wanted to branch out into more common social studies areas...

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