Dear Dr. Spilchuk…

June, 2012

I’m 2 years from finishing my MA, can you recommend additional steps I can take to prepare for an International Teaching Job?

Dear Dr. Spilchuk,

I am currently working on my MA in Ed in the United States. I have been a teacher for years at an urban charter school and I have loved every minute of it (for the most part). I have taught a range of subjects but most recently have worked as an 8th grade science teacher. After I earn my MA, my husband and I would like to travel abroad and I would like to teach at an international school.

I am still two years out from finishing my MA but I would like to know what else I can do to become more competitive. After reading several blogs I understand that many people have very positive experiences, but there are, as with anything, difficulties and challenges for people considering a career in international education. My current school is very supportive and encouraging in terms of professional development. Can you recommend what additional steps I can take to prepare?

Thank you so much for your time.

Got the Travel Bug

Hello Got the Travel Bug,

Might I suggest that you take a TESOL ESL certificate? Any form of ESL training goes a long way to making you a more desirable international education candidate. You might also think about doing some volunteer work in one of the areas of your community with newly immigrated Americans who need assistance learning English or do some part time ESL teaching on the weekends. Again, ESL experience and training make you a prime candidate.

Good luck!