Spain as an old developed country in the European Union is popular for teaching in Spain schools. 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. You can choose to teach English in Spain as a first language at an international school or English as a second language with a language school.
Teaching in Spain
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.
Are you a qualified and licensed school age children teacher in your own country?
Or do you hold a CELT, TESOL or TEFL certificate that qualifies you to teach English as a second language?
You must be a trained teacher holding the right qualification for Spain teaching jobs in schools.
This page includes: Teaching job options at International school, language school English teachers as well as key points of living in Spain
Teacher 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, school nurse job, 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.
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
- Teach English at language schools, teachers should/expected to have a TEFL or CELT
Degree in English is also accepted by many employers, although not all as it does not cover classroom teaching experience.
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.
Teaching English in Spain language schools
First of all employers advertise for English language teachers that are qualified with a TEFL certificate or similar qualification that was studied in a classroom, not online.
There are employers that run programs that allow you to learn and teach giving you a wage and you gain a TEFL certificate after a certain length of time.
Language schools provide English language lessons to children and adults. You would be teaching listening, reading, writing and speaking to different age groups. Each learner will have ability in English from no English to people at the language school to brush up pronunciation.
Hours and wages
You can choose to work part time or full time from a few hours a week to 25 contact hours in the classroom. Although a language school in Spain is private a sufficient wage is paid to even new teachers to allow them a reasonable living in Spain.
New teachers can expect to be paid around 1300 Euros and for teachers with experience 1800 Euros full time. Spanish taxes are deducted from your salary, although as an employee you are enrolled in the state healthcare program so that should save a lot if required.
Requirements to teach at a language school
Native or fluent English speaker
Legal right to work and live in Spain
Sign a contract
English language qualification
Criminal background check with no adverse result
Find and pay for your own accommodation
Face to face interview needed by many employers, although some will hire you via a Skype or telephone interview.
University English lecturer
Starting in late September or early October you have an option to deliver first language lectures at university level. Here students would be studying for a degree in English.
Full and part time academic positions are available fro suitably qualifies lectures that are native English speakers. Qualifications required included a doctorate degree, publications and experience teaching at university level English.
Salaries for university lecturer tend to be higher than teachers and expect to be offered in excess of 2700 Euros for a full time position as a faculty English lecturer.
Further education colleges are in larger cities and towns where students study until 18 years old and then attend university. Also, students to gain work related qualification via part time and full time study. Post compulsory lecturers from Scotland and the rest of the UK will find mostly all colleges will accept their teaching qualification and related experience.
No TEFL, CELT qualification
What if I have no teaching experience or qualification?
There are a number of programs that place native English speakers in state schools as language & cultural assistants such as the Spanish government sponsored Bilingual English Development and Assessment program (BEDA).
English is a popular language to learn in Spain and is taught in all state and international schools to a certain level. Spain has been a popular destination for many years for teachers from English specking western countries such as USA, Australia, Canada and the UK as the high demand for children to learn English helps with a continues flow of available jobs for teachers of English in Spain.
Many of the jobs you will find are for the major cities or towns such as Valencia, Madrid, Bilbo, Zaragota, Barcelona, and Seville.
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 before school teaching abroad:
- 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.
Language school teachers are in high demand from the hundreds of schools in Spain providing children and adult English learning classes at all levels.
You as a prospective teacher may require attending an interview for a school position and possible mini presentation as part of your interview. Don’t expect to be hired just with a telephone or Skype conversation, although some schools do employ teachers without a formal face to face interview such as international or language schools.
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 approximate for 2018
€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.
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 jobs in Spain opportunities: Check out this website, recruitment agencies for a list of jobs to teach in schools in Espana.