General Information for Teaching Overseas
Teaching is a regulated professional occupation everywhere in the world, and as such is governed by local laws and policies concerning who can practice, what their qualifications must be, and other requirements.
You cannot simply take a U.S. teaching license, or education degree, and try to get a job in another country without first learning about, and then following, that country's rules and regulations regarding both foreign workers in general and teaching in particular.
There are generally four types of employment opportunities for teachers and other educators overseas:
U.S. education credentials are most likely to be recognized by U.S. schools operating overseas or other schools or programs organized and structured to provide American-style education. American teachers may also find some success in teaching English as a foreign language. Teaching opportunities in foreign public schools is less likely to occur because of labor laws that give employment preference to local citizens; linguistic and cultural barriers; and differences between American and foreign professional qualification requirements.
Foreign Country Employment Information
It is imperative to check the requirements for working in a foreign country, including obtaining a work visa or permit, with the embassy or consulate of that country's government. Go to Foreign Diplomatic and Consular Services to locate the nearest embassy or consulate of the country in which you are interested.
You should also explore the educational system of the country in which you may work, regardless of whether you want to work in a local American or international school or in a local public school. Links to national education sites can be found by going to National Information Sources
Other Useful General Information
For information on foreign travel and living conditions, predeparture preparation, and special requirements for U.S. citizens entering specific countries, visit the section of USNEI's site called Going Abroad