There are three main avenues for English-speakers to teach in Israel.
One is to work as an English teacher (inside or outside the Israeli public school system), another is to teach a subject other than English in Hebrew, and the other is to teach other subjects with the language of instruction being English.
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While teachers of other subjects are currently finding their hours cut or their positions jeopardized, English teachers continue to be in demand. Currently in Israeli schools, from 2nd grade and above, there is a mandatory requirement for English instruction. There simply are not enough qualified teachers to meet the demand.
Native English speakers have an advantage over their Israeli counterparts in this field, and the Ministry of Education is interested in encouraging immigrants to enter the work force as English teachers. The Ministry offers incentives such as subsidizing immigrant’s salaries (through the addition of extra teaching hours) and by running training programs for native English speakers without prior teaching experience.
Even if you taught English before arriving in
People arriving in
For those arriving with foreign teaching credentials, the Ministry of Education will evaluate previous education and/or work experience, which may well allow portions of the regular requirements to be waived. Nonetheless, the Israeli authorities have certain criteria for teaching English to students which is not their native language, and all certified English teachers in
In addition to the Israeli public school system, there is a wide variety of options for teaching English, including at private schools, adult education, pre-schools, post-secondary and after-school/tutoring programs. In most cases, a Ministry of Education credential is not required when teaching outside of the public school system.
Teaching subjects other than English in the Israeli school system
The rules for compensation and receiving a license to teach subjects other than English in the Israeli school system is quite similar to the requirements for English teachers, with the one exception that teachers of other subjects must also have a good level of Hebrew. As with English teachers, people from other countries should contact the Ministry of Education’s relevant inspector in order to understand what they need to do specifically to qualify for an Israeli credential, as previous education and/or work experience will allow some of the regular requirements to be waived.
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