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Teaching Jobs in Korea

Elementary & high school teaching jobs in Korea are wide ranging from independent private to ESL jobs at public state run schools. Each year there are in excess of 10,000 job opportunities for international educators to teach in Korea. The country is always looking for good teachers, making the location a viable option for teaching English in Korea or your subject.

 

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Teach in Korea options

Private or public school for me?

As a qualified/certified teacher from your own country (3-18 years) you can choose.  Hagwons (private schools) are for additional learning.  Younger children around 5-12 out number older high school learners, so many jobs at private school are for young students.  A government public school is similar to western school and more formal in education.

Private independent and International school jobs in Korea are also for qualified teachers where you would teach a specific subject or grade. Yes, in English.  There a a good few schools in south Korea offering boarding or an international school education.

 

Public school jobs in Korea

This type of school is for teachers that are looking for set hours, structure during the day with nights and weekends not teaching.  Korea public school’s offer ESL teacher jobs, and to teach elementary, middle, high school subjects. You’ll be directly employed by the government, with a contract and salary from the Korean Ministry of Education.

A popular country to teach English abroad for native English speakers, as school’s offer good salaries and other employment benefits to teachers.

 

Private school in Korea

Language schools (Hagwons) jobs are available in Korea and these employers recruit direct or through a recruitment company. Many of the jobs you will see advertised are in the private sector.  Salaries tend to be higher, although some organisations provide less structure for your working day.

Yes, you would be teaching English.

One advantage is materials, lesson plan and curriculum to follow is provided, less planning and grading than international or public schools.

Teaching schedules and lessons provided to learners are delivered morning, afternoon and evenings to accommodate students who pay for tuition.

  • Elementary/kindergarten:  Morning, afternoon, early evening
  • Middle high school students: Afternoon and evenings
  • Adult learners: Afternoons, although more at night

You’re teaching timetable may just be for young learners or a mix of age groups, depending on experience.  Expect to be teaching for 5/6 days from 7 and different times of the day.

 

 

Teachers salary and benefits in Korea

 

Benefits                                                                    Korea private school jobs                                                                   Korea public school jobs

 

Class size                                                                              24-30 student in class                                                                                             12-15 in class

 

Teaching hours                                                                   24-26 per week                                                                                                         30 per week

 

Holidays                                                                               18 days + 15                                                                                                              Up to  15 + 15

 

Overseas teacher                                                               One each school                                                                                                       1-15+ per school

 

Salary                                                                                   1.8-2.7   million Krw                                                                                                  2-3   million Krw

 

Health insurance                                                               Provided                                                                                                                     Provided (Check)

 

Airfare                                                                                  Return                                                                                                                        Return

 

Accommodation                                                               Single apartment                                                                                                       Single apartment

 

School location                                                                Cities, town, rural                                                                                                       Cities, town, rural

 

Start dates                                                                       August/September.  February/March                                                                      Anytime

 

Teaching in Korea will enable you to save for the future for when you eventually return home.  Taxes are deducted for most foreign teachers.

Teaching Jobs in Korea - Teach English in Korea Public Schools

Korea teaching job requirements

– Appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university
– Citizenship of an English speaking country
– Native/Fluent English speaker
– Obtain and meet the requirements for an E2 or F4 visa
– Appropriate teaching certificate for the age group and school
– Two or more signed and sealed university transcripts
– Criminal record check
– Medical check

 

People are employed with and without experience, all depends on the position and school.

Getting all the required paperwork together takes time, although could be a rewarding life experience. The visa and immigration requirements, such as the medical check are comprehensive and deciding to take up job should be well planned and researched.

 

School teaching year

South Korea school teaching jobs start in March and later in the year, although you could also start when lessons have already started.

 

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