How to Get a Teaching Job in Public, Private, and Semiprivate Schools in Spain

Let’s just say it–living the auxiliar life can be great, but it can also leave you wanting and needing more. The schedule is minimal, the job itself is usually…less than fulfilling, and the pay will likely have you moonlighting at a low paying academy or riding the metro around town for 25 different private classes. Without fail, lots of language assistants will be searching for a way to continue working in education, (and some likely looking for any way NOT to work in education), while still living out their dream life in Spain, with a decent salary. Sounding familiar yet?

Enter, the questions I get asked the most about my experience living in Spain; how have I been here so long as an American and how did I find work in international and semi-private schools in Spain?

In this post I will be very transparent on my experiences–good, bad, and terribly paid, so read on if you want some hard truths as well as possibilities for your future.

Let’s have a look at all types of schools and how you would be able to work there as a foreigner.

Side note– the photos are totally unrelated to the post, other than being beautiful examples of why I’ve toiled in this system for so long (almost 12 years!), in order to live in this magical country.

EDIT: A fellow lady auxiliar very astutely pointed out to me that I did not specify whether I did or did not have my residency and work permission (one in the same really), before I worked at these schools. The answer is yes, I did. I was already pareja de hecho with my partner before getting work anywhere. I have yet to meet someone who has been able to get a school to sponsor their visa. More on that in an upcoming post.

My favorite way to view the Alhambra. 

Public Schools : Colegios y institutos públicos

These are state-run schools with students from ages 3-12 (colegios), and 13-18 (institutos), and if you worked as an auxiliar with the government program, you likely worked in one of these during your experience. Contrary to what you may have witnessed in your schools, jobs in public schools are by far the most lush out of the three.

Minimum requirements to work: 

  • official preschool, primary, or secondary teaching degree from a Spanish university, or a similarly official teaching degree from another country which has been certified, or “homologado”. If you’re holding a teaching degree and considering getting your degree certified, start yesterday. This process takes a very long time and is essential if you want to work in the public system.
  • legal resident of Spain with permission to work
  • getting a passing grade on the extremely rigorous “oposiciones” exams which are held every two years and alternate between secondary and primary/preschool.

Salary ranges: roughly between 1,800-2,300 euros monthly, in 14 installments. A very good salary in Spain. This is starting salary–when you have a certain number of years experience you accumulate more. Lush.

Schedule and vacation time: Normally their schedule is from about 9-2pm, with one day a week they come back for parent meetings until 6pm. This may vary slightly for secondary schools. Holidays and puentes during the school year which of course includes from Christmas eve to Three Kings day, all of Semana Santa, as well as a little over two full months in the summer time from around the end of June to the beginning of September. I should also mention that once you have a placement in the public system, you are basically golden until you die. Consider it like an instant tenured position.

Drawbacks: I’ll admit, I haven’t worked in public schools for years, but I have yet to meet any foreigner who works within the public system.


Because the three requirements in order to even qualify are extremely time consuming, expensive, and down right difficult. Getting your degree certified by Spanish government can take over a year, in which time they may decide that not all of your university courses can be matched to theirs, meaning you’ll need to take them again on your own time and out of your own pocket. Also, depending on where you’re from, getting legal residency can also be a tricky and lengthy process–more on that later. And finally, the oposiciones are something that people literally spend years studying for–giving up their jobs, families, and social lives to live with their parents and dedicate every minute to studying. And despite all of that, they still may not pass, (in the last exams it is estimated that only 9% got a placement…that’s a 91% chance of having to repeat the process two years later). Best of all, if you do get a spot, you’ll spend your first three years being sent all over the autonomous community you passed in. I’ve met plenty of teachers who were from Seville and spent a year in Almería, another in Granada, and one more in Jaén before getting their permanent placement closer to home. What I will say is that if you see yourself in Spain long term and know you want to teach, you could still make this work. Even if you don’t have a teaching degree. Yes, you heard me right. You are able to do a one year master program called the Máster Universitario en Profesorado en Enseñanza Secundaria, related to what you studied at uni, which qualifies you to teach that subject in secondary schools in Spain. You would bypass the process of certifying your degree, but you would still need to pass the state exams.

Personal take: Looking back, there is a part of me that wishes I had looked into this sooner, but alas…procrastination and no real idea of what the future held and no desire to commit on my part, kept me from it.  You need to be extremely dedicated and sure of yourself and your future for this to be an option, which is why a lot of people you meet preparing the opos are Spanish, under 35, and living with their parents.  Doing the one year MAES could solve a few of your problems at the moment–legally being able to stay (you would have a student visa), and the Máster Universitario en Profesorado en Enseñanza Secundaria would also help you work in private schools and concertados–although it may not be strictly necessary. I still may do the the masters, (REALLY wish I would have done this sooner as I am currently 7 months pregnant and free time as I know it will soon be gone, but moms are warriors so I think it can still be done), but more on that later.

If you think you’ve seen more beautiful water than Menorca…fight me.
Views from the unique town of Setenil de las Bodegas

Private Schools

Private schools are schools completely funded by private funds, receiving nothing from the state government. Whether that means strictly from the families or from families and a church organization, it doesn’t matter. This would also include any international schools, and certified American or British schools. They also have a lot more flexibility when it comes to hiring, firing, and curriculum.

Minimum requirements to work:

  • legal residency and ability to work in Spain.
  • A good CV with at some teaching experience, TEFL or CELTA being a plus
  • **If you are looking into an official American or British school, I am almost positive you need to have the same teaching credentials you would need in each of those places. Salary and conditions are likely to be much better, though, than any Spanish school, however.

*****As far as I know, private schools do not require you to have an official teaching degree, certified or otherwise, in order to work there. You will find that the Spanish people who work at them almost always have these certifications, but it is quite possible that due to your native speaker status, you won’t need them. #privilege. I write this with my experience as of 2020, being hired on for jobs in various private schools in the years 2013, 2014, and 2018. If circumstances have changed, I am not aware. The bottomline here is that a private school could be your best bet to get a full work load and normal salary, without jumping through hoops to get a teaching degree or Masters.

Salary ranges: 1200-1500 in 14 installments for preschool/primary teachers, (low end of that for preschool, and high end of that for primary), and somewhere between 1500-1600 for bachillerato teachers. A big drawback here is that private schools are not required to give you the small raise you get for every three years’ work in both public and concertados. Climbing the salarial ladder here can be very difficult, if not impossible.

Schedule and vacation time: inevitably longer schedules, more class time, and likely less vacation. The average day would be similar to a lot of concertado schools, from about 9-5pm. However, the same flexibility they have to hire, fire, and create curriculum, they have to keep you working. Just to give you an example, my current schedule working as a kindergarten teacher, (salary which we established is at the low end of the range above), has me working all day from 8:45 to 5pm, with two days that I have an hour and a half for lunch instead of 30 minutes, and one day a week I have to stay at school until 6:30pm. Primary and secondary at my school have to stay one day a week until 7:30pm. In addition, private schools can dictate until when teachers need to work in July. Currently, we are obligated to be at school working from 9-2 until the last week of July. If you’re doing the math, that isn’t a whole lot more vacation that your average worker in Spain. So much for teacher vacation! This, however, varies from school to school and is something you would need to ask about in the interview process.

Drawbacks: Strikingly clear here is the salary, class hours, and vacation time. Private schools are notorious for having teachers who need to work twice as much as teachers in public schools and get paid significantly less.

Personal take: Without going into too much detail or bad mouthing anyone, my overall experience in private schools has been less positive than in semi-privates/concertados. That being said, they have always offered me valuable teaching experience, a path to a salary which can sustain me, (that might come as a shock for anyone reading this who hasn’t worked in Spain yet), and without having to get any extra qualifications which I either haven’t had the time or money to obtain. Private schools will be by far your best bet to getting employed after auxiliares, especially because lots of native English teachers don’t stay around that long. Some go back to their home countries, find another job, etc. Many private schools need new native English teachers every year.

Avoiding tourists in Barcelona at 5am. Couldn’t avoid the partiers, though. 
If you want to see what heaven looks like, take a trip to Los Lagos de Covadonga in Asturias.

There’s no lack of picture perfect streets in Granada.

Charter Schools or Concertados

There are two main differences between colegios públicos and colegios concertados. 1) Concertados are usually, (and in my experience, always), religious, and 2) they are partly funded by the state, but partly funded by private funds such as the church and obviously, families of the students. Public schools teach religion, but there is no daily prayer, chapel in the school, religious school functions, or focus on religion whatsoever outside of that one class. In addition, concertados, as well as privados have a certain freedom in who they hire, unlike public schools. They also have a certain freedom in the curriculum, but do still need to meet certain academic requirements by law.

Minimum requirements to work:

Here is where it gets blurry, so I will give you the information I’ve come up with in my research, while also adding my own experience.

  • legal residency and ability to work in Spain.
  • **official teaching degree in preschool/primary education and/or Máster Universitario en Profesorado en Enseñanza Segunda Obligatoria**
  • *** NOT required, but helpful–DECA certification which is a course for teaching religion. As an English teacher you may not really need it, but if you are competing with others, it could be a point in your favor.

If you have these requirements, then you need to proceed as you would to get any job. Send your CV, follow up, keep following up, and show up in person if you have to.

**Now for my personal caveat. Although it isn’t something I like to advertise, (but also certainly isn’t something I lie about), other than an official TEFL degree, I do not have any sort of official teaching degree, not in the US, and not in Spain. Despite this, I was able to work for a concertado for four years, and I’m confident that should I ever move back to Barcelona, I would be able to work there again. How did I do it? Sending my CV, resending, calling, following up. In my case I also had the advantage that I knew the head chef at the school at the time, who turned in my CV for me personally, so your personal networks or your friends’ networks can ALWAYS help. Spain has a reputation for “enchufando” people a lot of the time, or “plugging them in”–hooking them up–with a job. And to be honest, I find this to be true more often than not. Sometimes it isn’t what you know, but who you know. I also know that my school on their paper work for inspectors had down that I was an auxiliar, even though officially I was getting paid the same and having the same hours as a normal classroom teacher. This was my experience in Barcelona.

Enter Sevilla. Two years ago my husband’s job changed and we moved back down south. Considering the relative ease I had always had finding a job in Barcelona, I thought that after 5 more years teaching experience as a “real” teacher, finding work in Sevilla would be a breeze. After all, certainly less native teachers to compete with in comparison. Spoiler alert; it was not. Not only did I send, resend, follow up with, and call back (twice) about 50 different schools, but the grand majority did not get back to me, or straight up hung up. It wasn’t until a hail Mary moment in May that the international school I currently work for called me for a position for the following September. And the concertados who did call me back, stressed that they would not be able to hire me without an official teaching degree, or the masters in secondary education. Many wanted to hire me for after school classes, which was not what I was interested in. So my question to myself was, are they not able to hire me because legally things are different in each autonomous community, or are they just not aware of how to get around the rules? Part of me thinks it is the latter, because I know another American who worked in a concertado in Sevilla for years as well. The bottomline: is it really necessary to have a primary teaching degree or the masters for secondary? It isn’t clear, but it is certainly worth your time to send CVs like mad to concertados anyway, in the event that they could somehow make an exception.

Salary ranges: According to an official document in 2018, the established salaries for primary and ESO teachers was about 1,550 euros in 14 installments–which matches up with my personal experience. Bachillerato are paid a bit more at 1,800. Primary and ESO teachers are given 36 more euros monthly for every three years they work there, and Bachillerato is given 46.

As you can see, this is significantly less than the public schools, but slightly more than private schools in most cases.

Schedule and vacation time: As they are paid for largely by families of the school, it is no wonder that their schedule is longer, usually going from about 9am-4/5pm for primary schools, with slight differences in secondary. There are concertado schools here in Seville with a schedule more similar to the public, but not all of them. The school I worked at went from 8:45 to 4:30pm everyday, and one day a week we stayed for meetings until 6pm. This does not necessarily mean you have more hours of class time than a public school, because during lunch time you may very well have a 2 hour break, and more prep time in between. However, you will inevitably work more because you are at school for more time. Vacation time is similar, although concertados have more freedom for what summer vacation for teachers looks like. We were required to work through the first week of July.

Drawbacks: Pretty clearly, salary and schedule are the primary drawbacks here. To that I would add that depending on your religious beliefs, it can be a major drawback to even have to attend certain religious ceremonies and abide by certain dress codes–some of which can be pretty serious. In my own personal experience, I never felt too uncomfortable with my beliefs, and I was very honest about my motto of respect for all, even if I don’t necessarily align with what they profess. I came out of the experience with a lot of friends, (one best friend in particular), and an appreciation and better understanding for a different way of life. I never felt pressured or made to feel like an outsider for who I was or what I believed. This is not always the case, though, and it is something to keep in mind.

Personal take: Working at a concertado can be a happy medium between the public schools and private. Your schedule will likely be better than the private, but not as good as the public, and same goes for your pay. If you are able to get a job here, I would take advantage and see what the experience is like. Through working here, I was even able to teach a university class for a semester. (Like I said it isn’t what you know, its who you know). As I mentioned I had an extremely positive experience, and would not hesitate to go back if I ever return to Barcelona.

Madrid’s hip Santa Ana neighborhood.
Rooftop drinks in Barcelona. Always a win. 
Cudillero, considered one of the most beautiful towns in all of Spain.

The take away

This might be a lot to digest right away, and there are probably tons of sub topics you want to research right away like how to do the masters in secondary education, the DECA, homologando your teaching degree, or even, first and foremost, how to become legal in Spain. My main tips before embarking on your journey to finding work in education that isn’t being a language assistant are the following:

  • Take time to think about what you really want for your future. Are you 100% committed to working in the education field? Are you 100% committed to staying in Spain? For how long?
  • Evaluate your options based on what you already have. Do you have a teaching degree you could get certified by the Spanish government? Do you have other useful certifications? Could you get them if you needed to?
  • Beautify your CV. Translate it to Spanish, elaborate on your skills and experience, get an opinion from a fellow teacher from Spain, and make it ready to send off.
  • Beef up your Spanish. Not necessarily a requirement but a huuuuuuge bonus when interviewing. It shows you’ll be an integrated member of staff, able to understand the students, and communicate with parents if necessary.
  • Work your contacts. Do you or anyone you know have friends or colleagues working in other schools? If you can give them your CV to hand in personally, it could really help you in the long run.
  • Do your research. Look online for information you can find about private schools and their reputations–not only with students and families but for teachers as well.
One thing Galicia isn’t known for? Beaches like the Caribbean. But the Cies Islands has that and then some…


Until next time, milkers! Adiós! Let me know your questions or comments below, I’ll be dreaming of the fería de Abril…

49 thoughts on “How to Get a Teaching Job in Public, Private, and Semiprivate Schools in Spain

  1. You are wrong about the Máster in Secundary education bypassing homologation processes – it does not. I have this master and until i get equivalencia for my History degree i can’t legally work in any Spanish school; private, public or concertado. I was told today it may take up to 4 years.

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    1. Hi Sarah! Interesting! Ill have to check because i have american friends who have done it and have worked in private schools and concertados. I myself have as well and do not have my degree homologado. Maybe it depends on the comunidad autonoma? Thanks for bringing it to my attention 😉


      1. Hi Emily, it’s always different for private or concertat as they have some flexibilty. I have the masters and work in a concertat school. I’ve given up on the public because yes, even with the masters I need homologation (which requires a B2 in Spanish) and the C1 in Catalan. They actually even wanted me to certify my English level!


      2. Crazy! Yes it seems things can vary a lot based on the autonomous community, city, even the school. Glad to hear you’re working though!


  2. Absolutely brilliant post. Although someone has raised a factoid that may not be accurate, at least you have all the information that you need to hold in your mind and research on this subject. Thank goodness for all those beautiful pictures, I think I will plan my next holiday first….


  3. Hi Emily. Thanks for the info. Do you currently live in Barcelona ? Where are you working now? Would you recommend sending my CV in spanish, eventhough it’s a Birtish and/or American school?


    1. Hi Camila! Yes, I would still recommend doing so even if it isn’t necessary. It shows you have a good level of Spanish, or at the very least an interest in learning which I think is a good thing to show if the school is in Spain. It could also make you stand out among other teachers who perhaps don’t take that effort. Hope that helps!


  4. Thanks Emily! I’m an English tecaher im Sevilla as well (non native tho). I’d like to work for concertados but I thought it was absolutely impossible without a degree. I’ve been working for “academias” for 8 years and I’m officially DONE! Will send my Cv to concertados and see if I get lucky. Thanks for your post! 🙂

    PS: If you know of any concertados heree that may consider hiring experienced teachers with no degree, PLEASE, let me know!!!


    1. Hi Aida! I don’t know any of the official rules, i only know my experience! I had no luck from any concertados here in Seville, that’s for sure, but like i say in my post, I worked for one full time for four years in Barcelona. Its always worth a try!


  5. Hi Emily,
    I am really enjoying all your articles and finding them very helpful. Do you know the time of year that international schools mostly advertise their positions for the next academic year?


    1. Hey Aisling! Great question. It’s usually around this time of year i would say march-may, so it is a good time to send out resumes or follow up with ones already sent!


      1. Amazing, thank you so much. Would you reccomend sending resumés to schools even if there are not advertising?


  6. Hi Emily! Thank you for the informative blogs as this is the “gold” I have been searching for! Forgive me if I overlooked this question but will my time as an Auxiliar count towards residency? I understand a typical student visa with classes attended counts after 3 years but I’m unsure if the same applies to my Auxiliar program. Thank you in advance!


    1. Hi Joel! So yes, as an auxiliar you are on a student visa, so the “rules” to a student visa would apply. However, there are a few tricky things here. 1) Time on a student visa only counts for half, so three years as an aux as actually only 1 and a half. And 2) You can’t have more than three months between visas, otherwise you start back at zero, if that makes sense. I would recommend speaking to an immigration lawyer to speak about your options, as I can’t claim to be a legal expert!


  7. Hi Sarah! I have a question about this very topic. I don’t currently have a master in Secondary Education, however I am extremely interested in how to obtain one if it does indeed allow someone perusing a career as a private, public or concertado teacher. Could you perhaps explain a bit of how you came about this path…? I am looking to change from an auxiliar de conversación, to the real deal. Especially into the public school system…. but it it all seems a bit daunting.


  8. This is great stuff, I appreciate you Emily! Tons of info here to understand that the path has been blazed before us, I feel much more at ease after reading about someone with super valuable experiences. I can see all of us appreciate the well laid out website and thoughtful input. As someone who is looking for the next step post Auxiliar life, can’t thank you enough!
    Keep it up!


    1. Trevor!! Thanks so much for the kind words. I am so happy that my experiences are helpful to you. Things can be confusing so I know how nice it is to find some good information when you’re looking for it 🙂


  9. Hi Emily! Thanks so much for this info! I’m currently an aux and looking into masters to do next year for this very reason and was wondering if you knew of any programs I should be looking into for teaching in the public schools. I’m a little confused about universitario or propio masters and which will actually help me get a job afterwards.


  10. Hi Emily,
    This is such a helpful and well-written article. Thanks so much! I just have one question, sorry if it seems like a really obvious one and I’ve misunderstood.

    You say that it’s possible to do the ‘Máster Universitario en Profesorado en Enseñanza Secundaria’ which will save having to certify your degree, but you would still have to pass the state exams.

    When you say state exams, is this the same as the opposiciones? In other words, on top of the master’s it’s still years more studying to attempt to pass these? Or does somehow doing the masters cut down on the amount of work required for the opposiciones afterwards?



    You say that


    1. Hey Patrick! Great question, and I probably should have called the state exams by their spanish name too, yes–oposiciones. If you want to work in the public sector, you have to go through the whole mess of oposiciones which means likely minimum a year dedicated to studying, and then hoping they will have the exams in secondary that year (i believe normally it is every other year–one year infantil and primary, next year secondary, but not always). Deciding to work in the public sector is very hard work, and while it is a great option for so many reasons, you should be sure that you want to stay in Spain for the long haul, because it is a very long process. That being said, I am not 100% positive that you could do the oposiciones WITHOUT also “homologando” your foreign undergraduate degree. I would have to research that.

      The masters in secondary education would allow you to work easily in private and concertados, for sure. Public is a bit more complicated, but not impossible! Hope this helps. Good luck!


      1. Just saw this post now, but wanted to reply. You have to be an EU national or Spanish citizen to even consider oposiciones. Additionally, you need C1 level in Spanish and Catalan, in the case that you are in Barcelona. The Master en Secundaria is indeed NOT valid until you have your degree recognized by the Spanish government (homologado), which these days is taking forever. I have friends who can’t get hired outside of the awful private sector because their degree is
        not homologado. I got mine done back in around 2009 and I’m glad I did. It took a year, and I only got it recognized “al grado académico”. Concertados in Bcn no longer hire people without the degree, sadly. And private schools are the worst, exploiting teachers and firing randomly. It would be fun to exchange experiences with another Wisconsinite in Spain! 🙂

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      2. Yes! Such a complicated process. And yeah..private schools get away with a lot!! I didn’t know that about having to be a Spanish citizen, but it makes sense!


  11. Hi Emily,

    Great post and lots of good info thanks. Just wanted to mention for everyone interested in the public option you don’t need to do the complete “homologación” for your undergraduate degree. There is the other option of “equivalencia” which takes less time and will allow you to study post graduate degrees and take part in oposiciones. Mine has just come through after waiting for 2 years since applying.


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  12. Hi Emily! This article helped me so much. You are really good at what you do! One question that I still have is how you found jobs to apply for? Is there a website where schools post their open positions, or do you recommend researching the schools and applying directly through their website? Thank you in advance!


  13. Hi, I was a non-EU immigrant until I obtained Spanish citizenship. Only then, could I do oposiciones, which I passed and obtained a permanent teaching post. One has to be either Spanish or a citizen of another European Union state to be able to register to do oposiciones. In your blog, you say that one needs residency to sit the exam, which is not true. After many years of uninterrupted legal residency, one can apply for citizenship. By the time I became Spanish, I had gone through the very long process of getting my qualifications certified by the ministry of education, which required all of the documents to be verified as authentic by the authorities both in my home country and also in Spain. One further obstacle was that all documents submitted in English had to be translated by a sworn translator, which was another expense.


    1. Hi Bruce! Thanks so much for your insightful response. I do try to be as accurate as possible but you’re right that my information was not correct. I plan to edit it as soon as possible and I really appreciate you pointing it out! Where are you from? How long did it take to certify your degree with the ministry of education? (Homologation, I’m guessing?)


      1. Hi Emily, I am from the Republic of South Africa. Yes, the certification or recognition process of foreign degrees is called “homologación”. It takes years, so one must not be in a hurry for this. After the lengthy task of preparing the documention and after waiting for about a year once the application had been submitted, I was informed by the education ministry that I was required to sit additional exams at any university in Spain. These exams were for some subjects that I had never studied, but which are part of the stipulated curriculum of degrees in Spain. Once I had passed these exams, my degree was finally considered the same as its Spanish equivalent.


  14. Thanks for this! Any reason you didn’t include International Schools? This is the path I am thinking of going down.


    1. Hi Sam! International schools would be included in private schools 🙂 the only exception is if it is an official American or British school and you may be paid slightly more. Look at the description of private schools in this post for more details 🙂


      1. I see! So when you say teaching degree you include PGCEs and the like. I didn’t realise concertados accept those as well as the Spanish masters in education…. Good to know!


    1. Hi Sam! Basically concertados are a bit of a wild card. I’ve worked at one for four years and did not have any official teaching degree, but rather a lot of experience in the teaching field, and later on, a TEFL certificate. That was in Barcelona, and when I moved to Sevilla, no concertados wanted to hire me without an official degree–most of them required a Spanish one. My advice is to approach fully private schools first–they are the ones most likely to hire native speakers to teach English. Public is not an option unless you qualify with the State exams described above, and Concertados are a bit of a mixed bag. The way I always got my jobs was by contacting schools via email and sometimes even searching for the English department head on Linkedin. Many times schools won’t even post upcoming positions but rather fill them internally or with recommended people from their own staff (this was my experience)–which means it is worth sending your CV to schools even if there aren’t positions advertised. I hope this helps!


      1. Yes, very helpful! I opted for a US teaching license hoping to get into an international school, but from what you say maybe it will work for concertados too.


  15. Hey Emily, thank you so much for your post; it was exactly what I was looking for.
    I was wondering if you know anything about prerequisites for teaching at (IB) primary schools. There are now a few international schools that offer the IB primary stage in Madrid where I have been living for 9 years.
    After 4 years as a CELTA certified teacher and 3 years as a Dutch teacher in Madrid, I´m looking to transition into working as a primary teacher (at an international school). I´m having a hard time finding information about the necessary teaching degrees. Any clues? (I´m Dutch btw)


    1. Hi Joris!
      As far as I know, there really aren’t required degrees unless the school is officially an American school or British school (such as the American School of Barcelona/Madrid). I have worked in two different international schools and neither required specific degrees or certifications (although of course they are a huge plus). For the most part I think jobs at those schools look at your relevant experience and additional courses and training. I hope that helps!


  16. Hi Emily!

    Do you know if a postgraduate degree in bilingual education would be worthwhile if you’re trying to get hired at a concertado? Or is the Máster Universitario en Profesorado en Enseñanza Secundaria the way to go?

    Thanks so much!


    1. Hi Claire! For concertados (as well as publicos if thats something youd ever consider), the Master for secundaria is much more valuable, and many times, required. Bilingual ed could be great for private schools, or if you’re planning on teaching somewhere else in the world, but it isnt highly valuable for a concertado. Hope that makes sense!


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