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become a teacher in Dubai

Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the UAE. Other emirates include Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Quwain. To become a teacher in Dubai or any other emirate, a teacher must adhere to the requirements and guidelines of the Ministry of Education of the UAE. Now, you can apply for jobs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, or any of the other Emirates in the UAE with Les Transformations. Fill up this form to check your eligibility. 

What Qualifications do you need?

It is mandatory for every teacher to have a subject qualification of minimum QF Emirates Level 7 or equivalent. In Indian context, this means that you must have a Bachelors Degree or above in any subject. For example, to become an English teacher you must have a B. A. in English or above in India.  

Also, it is mandatory to have a Teacher Preparation Qualification of QF Emirates Level 6 or above. In the Indian context, this means that a teacher must possess a Bachelors in Education (B. Ed.) degree or above to become a teacher in the UAE.

Some of the emirates require additional certifications. For example, Dubai has rolled out mandatory professional development certification for all the teachers as a part of  Dubai Teacher Permit System.

These are the academic mandates to become a teacher in Dubai but if you don’t have these credentials, we can still help you. Read on to know more or click here to talk to our executive.

Is experience mandatory?

Although the Government of the UAE does not mandate a prior experience in teaching, most of the schools prefer to hire teachers who have teaching experience in a school. If you do not have teaching experience but want to become a teacher in Dubai, don’t lose heart. Les Transformations has been helping pre-service teachers to get amazing teaching jobs in Dubai and other emirates of the UAE.

Every teacher in the UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and all other Emirates) also needs to acquire a teaching license. Let’s see what it means and how to get it.

Licensing Requirements

Teacher Licensing is the latest initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Education in the UAE. You can start working as a teacher in the UAE without the teacher license, however, the Government of the UAE mandates all the teachers in the UAE to be licensed before 2021. Only those teachers can apply for a teaching license who are already working with a school.

If you have a subject qualification as well as a teaching qualification, you can apply for a teacher license in the UAE with your school’s support.

If you have a subject qualification and a teacher preparation qualification, you can apply for a teacher license in the UAE, with the relevant documents.

There are 2 steps to this process:

Step 1: Enrollment with the Ministry of Education

Step 2: Acquiring the Teaching License

Let us discuss both these steps.

Step 1 requires you to submit all your qualification documents, visa documents along with other verification documents in the prescribed format to the Ministry of Education. If the Ministry of Education of the UAE finds that all your documents are valid and meet their prescribed requirements, you are enrolled into the licensing system.

Step 2 begins as soon as your enrollment is complete. After enrollment, you are required to give a licensing exam. If you qualify the examination you can continue working as a teacher in the UAE. Also, this teaching license needs to be renewed every three years.

What is the salary of a teacher in Dubai

There are multiple roles a teacher can have in a school depending on their experience and qualifications. Salaries vary according to these roles. To give a simplified version, we have mapped these roles in the following categories:

Position in School Median Salary in AED Equivalent Qualifications in India
Teaching Assistant
4,000 AED*
Bachelor level Subject Qualifications
Teacher
10,000 AED*
Bachelor level Subject Qualifications & B.Ed
Leadership Role
15,000 AED*
Bachelor level Subject Qualifications & B.Ed, M.Ed
Head of School/ Principal
20,000 AED*
Master level Subject Qualifications & B.Ed or M.Ed

* These are approximate numbers based on data available. The real salary may increase or decrease based on the demand of individual school.

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