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UAE qualifications

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by teacher1332, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. teacher1332

    teacher1332 New commenter

    Hi all,

    Seeking clarification. A school in Abu Dhabi has told me that I need a primary teaching degree to work there rather than a subject degree and PGCE. I assumed this was correct and had therefore ruled UAE out however I can’t find this requirement stated anywhere else, just that a primary PGCE is fine.

  2. sparklesparkle

    sparklesparkle Established commenter

    If that is the requirement for their school, there's no point in seeking clarification elsewhere.
  3. teacher1332

    teacher1332 New commenter

    Apologies, I should have been clearer. I was checking to see if this was the case in all schools across UAE from different experiences. I did wonder if it might be specific to Abu Dhabi and different in Dubai but thought that would be a bit odd. Totally get it that if it’s a school policy that’s that.
  4. markedout

    markedout New commenter

    This is an extract from a current GEMS ad for primary teachers for a Dubai school:

    The successful applicants will have the following:

    A certified teaching qualification, such as B.Ed, PGCE, PGDE or equivalent

    Experience of teaching in a UK curriculum school

    The desire to provide Outstanding teaching and learning

    Aspiration to work in a world class school with real prospects for enhancing their career
  5. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Occasional commenter

    I'm sure it must be a school thing. I work in a secondary school but know primary teachers in ABu Dhabi who 'only' have a PGCE.
  6. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    This translates into simple English as, "We want someone young and cheap who will do everything we tell them to do regardless of the workload".

    I have been looking at the UAE for a possible next job and the rules and regulations for what is required for Degree and Teaching Credentials is a bit blurred.

    But in General they are looking for "Qualified Teachers"! The "Old Hands" on this site will know what I mean by that statement. This has two aims, to eliminate undesirable candidates from working in the UAE and to prevent unscrupulous school owners filling their establishment with cheap poorly qualified labour.
  7. teacher1332

    teacher1332 New commenter

    Thanks all!
    Mr_Frosty likes this.

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