If you’re passionate about teaching and want to earn a good living as a teacher, you should think about teaching at an international school.
Hillcrest, Braeburn, Aga Khan Academy, Braeside, SABIS, Gems Cambridge, and other international schools in Kenya immediately spring to mind.
To be considered for international school teaching jobs in Kenya, you must be qualified.
Which brings me to the point of this article: qualifications to teach in international schools in Kenya.
So, what are the requirements for teaching in international schools in Kenya?
This article will outline the current international school teacher requirements as well as how to become an international school teacher.
Continue reading until the end.
Qualifications for teaching in Kenyan international schools
The following is a summary of the general qualifications required to teach in Kenyan international schools.
- Bachelor’s Degree in the subject(s) to be taught
- Recent (up-to-date) training in relevant subject(s), including IB/IGCSE teacher training (in some cases)
- International Teacher certification from any accredited university/college (in some cases)
- Relevant teaching experience – at least two years in a specific subject (s)
- Knowledge of the most recent educational technology
Fluency in English
Qualifications that can give you an extra advantage:
When applying for teaching jobs in Kenya international schools, the following qualifications can help you stand out from the crowd:
- a Master’s Degree in the relevant field (s)
- Qualified to teach a variety of Modern Languages courses (e.g. Spanish, French, etc.)
- Certification in Virtual/ Online/Distance teaching & learning
- The TSC certificate (most schools demand TSC registration or any other acceptable teaching license)
- Remember that a Police clearance certificate (certificate of good conduct) is oftenly required (it must not be expired).
Furthermore, experience teaching in multi-cultural/international environments is essential, as teaching in these schools is quite rigorous.
How to become a teacher in international schools in Kenya
As you can see, obtaining a degree in education is the first step toward a career as a well-paid teacher in an international school (in the subjects you intend to teach e.g. Science, French, Humanities, English, Economics, ICT, and more).
Next, taking a course in Teaching International Curricula can give you a huge boost– you can enroll in any institution in Kenya that offers IB training for teachers or take a course that covers a broader range of skills/knowledge required to successfully teach international curricula.
Here is a list of Kenyan institutions that provide IB teacher training, IGCSE teacher training, and other useful short courses for Kenyan teachers (both experienced and new).
International baccalaureate training for teachers in Kenya
If you want to teach in international baccalaureate schools in Kenya, you can take the following courses:
- Virtual IB workshops at the Aga Khan Academy
- Aga Khan Academies provides authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) training workshops online for Primary and Middle Years teachers, as well as Diploma Programme teachers.
The workshops teach strategies and techniques for effectively teaching IB courses (in a classroom) and are led by highly skilled IB experts.
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the course (including the next intake).
PGCEi courses (Post Graduate Certificate in Education International)
Another option is to pursue the PGCEi, a part-time distance learning programme of professional development for educators working outside the UK.
The course is offered by the University of Nottingham through Braeburn International School, and upon successful completion, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (international).
This certificate confers you the Qualified Teacher Status
Minimum Entry Requirements
You should hold a relevant degree from an approved university/ or any other accredited institution of higher learning- In general, a 2nd class honours (at least) is needed.
In addition, you must satisfy the following English language requirements to be admitted (except where English is your first language):
IELTS 6.5 (the least you can have is 6.0 -in any element)
TOEFL iBT 87 (the least acceptable is 21 (in listening), 22 (in reading), 23 (in speaking) and 21 (in writing).
Please note that the above English Language entry conditions are waived for graduates of recognized universities in Tanzania or Kenya.
How to Apply
Send an email to Jennifer Kaumbulu at email@example.com if you’re interested. Jennifer is the Director of Teacher Education at Braeburn.
Don’t forget that the course fee is £3,500 and must be paid upon acceptance into the course.
IGCSE teacher certification in Kenya
Those interested in obtaining IGCSE teacher certification in any subject in order to increase their chances of being hired for teaching positions in international schools can enroll in an online IGCSE Teacher certification course.
The CTIC Certificate from RIARA University is another worthwhile alternative to the above international school teaching courses.
The benefit of this International Teaching Curricula course is that it covers a wide range of topics and will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to teach and examine international curricula both locally and internationally.
The CTIC covers the following topics: There are six major areas of study covered by the CTIC:
- Internationalism & International Education
- BNC (British National Curriculum)
- IGSE (International General Certificate of Education)
- IB (International Baccalaureate)
Computing -Introduction to essential Computer Applications
Inquiry-Based Pedagogical Approaches/Techniques & Practicum
Mode of Study
The course is holiday-based so you attend lessons during school holidays
The fee is Kshs.6000 per unit and you are required to take 6 units to be awarded the certificate.
–Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much do international school teachers make?
In some international schools, the average salary ranges from Kshs.50000 to Kshs.500000 per month, depending on your experience and qualifications.