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Teaching in Spain: teaching degree dilemma

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by teacherlizd, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. teacherlizd

    teacherlizd New commenter

    Hey everyone! I am new to this forum.
    Can anyone give me some advise based on their experience.
    I would love to teach in Spain, however I wonder if it's even possible without a teaching degree?
    I have been teaching English in Vietnam for over 3 years. ( Language centre and kindergarten). Requirements there weren't very strict. ( Any B.A. Degree + TEFL )
    I would love to teach English in Spain, focusing on young learners. I know I can get a job as ESL teacher in a language centre, however I would prefer to work in a pre-school or primary school.
    I already have a B.A and M.S. degrees ( Business and Media). Unfortunately right now I can not commit to a full- time 4/5 year teaching degree.
  2. yasf

    yasf Established commenter

    Yes you can
    Then get a teaching cert.

    As you have a degree, you can do a one year teaching course. Which one may depend on your nationality.
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  3. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    The private sector in Spain might take you.... though probably not one of the better schools, who would insist on you being properly qualified. I hear there's a school in Valladolid that is desperate for Native English speakers... However, as yasf points out, qualifying as a teacher can be done in a year (e.g. PGCE or iPGCE).

    One way to do it might be to get a job in a Language centre in a big city in Spain that specialises in classes for pre-schoolers and primary age students (these do exist). That would give you the opportunity to check that a) you really want to live in Spain and b) you really want to work with this age group. At the same time you could put out feelers to local (or not-so-local) private schools for jobs with them, all the while boosting your CV and garnering valuable experience.
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  4. Jeremyinspain

    Jeremyinspain Occasional commenter

    Put your CV in and see what happens.Nothing to lose?
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  5. miketribe

    miketribe Established commenter

    What Jeremy said. There are many private schools in Spain, and some of them have a quite relaxed attitude towards exact qualifications...
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  6. teacherlizd

    teacherlizd New commenter

    Thank you everyone for your replies. I really appreciate the advice.
    I will look into the PGCE, as I think qualification is important and one year degree is definitely something I can do.
    I guess it's time to start job hunting.
    It's good to know that there are different options.
    Thanks again.
  7. Jeremyinspain

    Jeremyinspain Occasional commenter

    ¡Mucha suerte!

    A positive attitude is always a useful addition to the traditional CV. ;)
  8. briancant

    briancant Occasional commenter

    In private schools you don't need a teaching qualification and if you have a BA and MS you would be considered well qualified. In the private Spanish schools I worked in you would be one of the most qualified staff members. When you read the adverts placed by these schools they are very misleading and give the impression of professional organisations with high standards, the truth is very often the opposite. The main criteria many look for is a willingness to work on a temporary contract for a small amount of money.
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  9. WelshMags

    WelshMags New commenter

    Disagree. I work at an international school in Spain and a PGCE is required.
  10. briancant

    briancant Occasional commenter

    That is not disagreeing I never said every school doesn't require a PGCE. I worked in 5 and the majority of teachers were unqualified doesn't mean all schools are like that.
  11. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    You genuinely are at the **** end of professionalism if you work in Spain @WelshMags . Try working basically ANYWHERE else in the world and see how it compares.

    The fact that someone serving KFC earns more than a teacher in Spain should tell you a lot about how you are percieved..... big hint....its not good. Remember you are supposed to be a professional...professionals get paid like professionals.

    Move away to basically any other country outside of sunny southern europe and you will see what i mean. Comparing Spain to the UK is always going to be better....comparing Spain to the rest of the world is always going to be worse.
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