As a country, teachers relocate to cities, towns and rural areas to take up teaching jobs in Spain international schools in their specialist subject such as history, mathematics or music.
Teach English in Spain at a Spanish fee paying private school if you are a native English speaker.
Don’t worry if you do not have a visa or European citizenship, schools in Spain can arrange for suitably qualified teachers to legally teach by sponsoring you for a Spanish work permit and residency.
Jobs for teachers in Spain
Are you a qualified and licensed school age children teacher in your own country?
You must be a trained teacher holding the right qualification for Spain teaching jobs at state or international schools.
This page includes: Teaching job options at International & public school, as well as key points of living in Spain
Teaching in Spain international school opportunities
Fee-paying schools around Spain cater for local & the large international community of resident foreign children in cities, towns and countryside. No two schools are the same, where students are offered to study curriculum’s from different countries from nursery at 4 years old to to sixth form at 18 years.
As an example, to become a school teacher in Spain taking up a position as a secondary teacher of English at the British School of Seville you must be a fully a qualified teacher from the UK or a certified K-12 teacher from the USA for example.
Spain teacher salary: Classroom teachers at an international school can earn in excess of 2600 Euros per month subject to local tax deductions for a full-time position.
Spain international schools teacher requirements
- Qualified teacher status (QTS) UK or certified USA teacher
- Bachelor degree and above in related subject
- Experienced and enthusiastic
- Experience teaching kS3, IGCSE, A Level
- Criminal background check with no adverse record
- Legal right to work in Spain or can obtain a work permit
School subjects you can teach and positions
Classroom teacher with and without additional responsibility are the most advertised.
Subject areas offered in Spain private schools at nursery, primary, secondary school age are similar to other western countries.
Primary teachers in Spain can secure jobs as a year 1, 2 , 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 teacher.
Nursery teachers from 2 to 5 years can secure a full time teaching position in a nursery in Spain international schools.
Main population centres where private international & boarding schools in Spain are concentrated are the 50 major areas in Spain. Find international teachers jobs in Spain from:
Malaga, Valencia, Bilbao, Madrid, Murcia, Seville, Alicante, Palma, Córdoba, Gijón, Granada, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Badalona, Vigo, Cartagena, Elche, Las Palmas de Gran,,Canaria, Barcelona, Cádiz, León, Tarragona, Marbella ,Alcorcón, Logroño, Badajoz, Salamanca, Huelva, Lleida, Albacete, Getafe, Castellón de la Plana, Santander, Burgos, Donostia-San Sebastián, Leganés, Almería, Fuenlabrada, Pamplona, Alcalá de Henares, Móstoles, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Sabadell, Jerez de la Frontera, Terrassa, Cartagena, Oviedo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, A Coruña, Valladolid, Zaragoza
School education jobs in Spain
Sports coach, librarian, nurse, driver, bursar, full or part time nurse, house parent, personal assistant, secretary, janitor, IT & laboratory technician, accountant counsellor are just some of the other school roles at a Spanish international school.
Applying for a job in Spain as a teacher
The process is that you are asked to complete an application online and forward a resume/cv with a photograph and if asked to interview you would teach a class to show your ability as a teacher. Telephone and Skype interviews are also conducted by schools or recruiters as an alternative to a mini teach.
An advantage is that the teacher is generally employed on a permanent basis and enrolled in the Spanish healthcare program.
All international schools in Spain will provide assistance to find suitable accommodation and some will provide an accommodation allowance as part of your salary package.
What are my options in State school for teaching
Foreign teachers are also found teaching in 100’s of state schools in all subjects, and teaching languages such as English. All teachers directly employed by a school that signs up to teach could work full or part time between 15-28 classroom teaching hours and additional preparation time outside of class.
Qualified licensed teacher for school age children
As a qualified teacher in your own country, you can apply to be a teacher in your own subject or teach English as a second language in a state school in Spain. You would require applying formally and if called to interview you would need to present a mini-teach for around 15 minutes or instruct a class of children.
Employers expect you to have appropriate qualifications such as a BA Hon’s in English and a teaching qualification or a UK PGDE/PGCE or a licensee teacher from the USA.
Depending on the school you could have an undergraduate degree and a teaching qualification for the age of children you would teach. Check with the school if your qualification needs to be assessed as appropriate for the age and school type by the Spanish Education Department.
State schools like to employ teachers directly with experience, although newly qualified teachers can get jobs in the state sector as an English teacher or other subjects. Lessons in government public schools in Spain are taught in Spanish and you would require being near fluent in Spanish to teach.
As a classroom teacher you would be employed by the school and be expected to prepare all lesson plans, schemes of work, marking, parent evening and keep all records.
This option as a teacher in Spain is for people with formal school age teaching qualifications, which provides certain benefits. Employment contracts can be full time or part time and on a permanent basis, allowing you piece of mind of a job and salary.
Salary packages for qualified teachers in Spain state schools: Depends on your experience and position. Expect to be offered around 2,130-2,800 Euro for 2017, which is the average salary in Spain for teachers with some experience, although depends on location and other factors.
Summary requirements for teachers
Western teaching qualifications are mostly accepted, although you should inquire when applying for a teaching position to what qualifications are required,
Requirements for in Spain include:
- Criminal record clearance certificate that is 6 months or less old
- Translated and certified qualification certificates not in Spanish
- English language teachers should be native English speakers
- Undergraduate of postgraduate degree in the specialist subject
- Qualified teacher qualification, for example, a BEd, PGCE or PGDE primary for teachers applying for posts at a primary school
Degree in English is also accepted by many employers, although not all as it does not cover classroom teaching experience.
International schools in Spain will not employ you without the correct teaching certificate and at your age range, such as nursery or high school. To obtain a teaching work permit and residence you basically require what the government legally requires you to have as a school teacher.
European citizens do not require a work permit, although any person staying longer than 3 months in Spain must register the same way.
Financing starting costs
You will require providing your own accommodation and transportation to Spain. A number of international schools do provide accommodation as part of a salary package, although you may wish to find a house or apartment that is more suitable for your needs. Suitable clothing for interview and funds available until your first wage is essential. Think about the costs:
- New clothing
- Rent & deposit and any furniture, utensils and appliances
- Living expenses before your first wage, food, travel
- Emergency fund
Teaching starting dates
State and international schools in Spain start the academic year in September or early October and finish in June the following year.
Teaching English in Spain job positions is advertised in the previous months online or through agencies. January is another time that you could start at a school although this is midway through a school year and the children’s learning program.
Process of applying for residency permit includes
- Spain rental or property sales agreement photocopy
- Passport or identity card and copies
- A copy of your work contract copy
- Two passport sized photographs
- Evidence of sufficient funds at the social security level. This is a bank statement or a letter from your Spanish bank
- Other documents depending on your citizenship
- Medical insurance certificate
- Tax registration number
- Form EX18 application form completed in Spanish
- Proof of the application has been paid at a local bank stamped Modelo 790 payment form
Apply for residency as a non-EU citizen requires additional documentation depending on individual circumstances.
Mostly you apply for residency at the local town hall. Check with your employer for guidance.
Spanish bank account
A non-resident account can be opened with your existing documents, although there are advantages of getting a resident bank account, such as better banking facilities. Apply online are go into a bank branch.
To open a Spanish account at a bank, the following documents are required.
- Passport or identity card
- Proof of employment. Will be your contract of employment
- Foreign identification number if registered as a resident. (NIE Number) You can apply separately for the number and receive your NIE during applying for Spanish residency
- Proof of address such as your rental contract or sale paperwork
As an employee, your salary is taxed at a progressive rate and deductions are taken off to cover such things as sickness, unemployment, pregnancy and health care.
Employees are taxed on employment income in Spain. A progressive rate of income tax, social security, and other deductions is payable.
Income tax rates for 2016
€0 – €12,450: 19%
€12,451 – €20,200: 24%
€20,200 – €34,000: 30%
€34,000 – €60,000: 37%
Over €60,000: 45%
A portion of your wage is also deducted for social security payment that covers illness, pension, pregnancy and unemployment. Once you pay a certain amount of year social security in Spain a pension is payable, although the exact amount of year periodically changes.
Resident in Spain for 183 day’s you become liable of tax on worldwide income. Double taxation treaties are in force with many countries and Spain, so you may be able to offset tax and only pay once.
Spain country facts
Population: 58 million plus approximately
+ 1 GMT winter time in Spain
Dialing international code: + 9
May to September very hot with little rain climate, although winter season tends to be cooler
Full selection of modern fast trains from towns to cities.
Drivers with European driving licenses can drive for with their own countries license for as long as it is valid. You can exchange your license for a Spanish driving license should you wish at any time.
Some employers provide private health care for private medical facilities, although a European health card is valid until you become a Spanish resident.
Medical treatment is expensive if you need to pay for it going private. Being employed in Spain entitles you to be enrolled in the state health system and allows you to many free health care treatments, although no all.
Well kept apartments in a Spanish street
You should not expect to be offered accommodation as part of your salary package in Spain, although some international school offer shared or single accommodation.
All employers generally help in providing assistance with finding a suitable rental property, and some provide temporary accommodation while you find a place of your own.
Renting property in Spain
Spain has a lot to offer anyone renting for the short or long term. Houses, apartments/flats/condo, detached rural and townhouses for all budgets.
Except the major cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga you can find a good apartment, Finca or villa on a lecturers or teachers salary.
Property agents, accommodation website, local newspapers all have a good selection of properties to rent in each town and city all year round.
On a teacher salary, you can rent a property or share with a friend.
What about living with a host family for a year? Could be fun and may be easier to integrate into the community better. This option could reduce rental and living costs.
Where to find teaching jobs
The best option is to start online on job board if you are not already in Spain. Search for teaching in Spain opportunities: Check out this website, recruitment agencies for a list of jobs to teach in schools in Espana.