Schools in China

It’s easy to see why China is such a popular destination for teachers. The average salary for teaching English in the country is one of the highest globally, meaning teachers can save a nice amount of money whilst still enjoying a comfortable lifestyle. In addition, China has one of the oldest and most fascinating cultures in the world, and getting to experience this culture in diverse locations adds to the country’s appeal. Teachers can easily find opportunities in cities with a rich history and a traditional Chinese feel such as Beijing, as well as more modern, bustling megacities such as Shanghai and Shenzhen. Recent estimates suggest that close to 400 million people in China are learning English, and that number is expected to keep on growing. This high demand for English-speaking teachers, along with China’s rapidly growing economy, means there’s an enormous amount of opportunities throughout the country. In fact, out of the estimated 250,000 English speakers teaching the language worldwide, over 100,000 of them are located in China! Teaching opportunities in China can be found within a variety of different school types.

Teach Through an Agency

A Teacher Agency in China is an education company that is partnered with a large variety of Kindergartens, Public Schools and Private Schools (usually within the same city or province). For those in the early stages of their teaching career who would like to teach in one of these school types, working for a Teacher Agency is a brilliant way to do so. Teacher Agencies specialise in bringing teachers into China and provide them with comprehensive teacher training upon arrival. This training ensures that all new teachers, regardless of experience level, have the skillset that working in a Kindergarten, Public School or Private School requires. Teachers working for an agency can expect to receive a great deal of support throughout their entire time in China!

Typical Schedule: Monday – Friday | 8.30am – 4.30pm

Student Age: 2 – 18 years old (school dependent)

Class Size: 20 – 30 students

Average Monthly Salary: 16,000 RMB – 23,000 RMB

Typical Benefits

  • Comprehensive Teacher Training
  • Housing Allowance
  • Flight Reimbursement
  • Part-paid Winter & Summer Vacation
  • Medical Insurance

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • TEFL Certificate
  • No previous teaching experience required
  • Native English Speaker
  • Clean Criminal Record

Teach in a Kindergarten

For teachers who are looking to further their careers in early childhood education, a Kindergarten in China is a great place to pick up valuable experience of working with very young learners, whilst also teaching English at a beginner level. Most Kindergartens in China provide their teachers with a competitive salary, as well as a generous amount of winter and summer holidays. At least one year of teaching experience (preferably with very young learners) is typically required in order to be considered for a Kindergarten position in China.

Typical Schedule: Monday – Friday | 8.00am – 4.30pm

Student Age: 2 – 6 years old

Class Size: 20 – 30 students

Average Monthly Salary: 20,000 RMB – 30,000 RMB

Typical Benefits

  • Housing Allowance
  • Contract Completion Bonus
  • Flight Reimbursement
  • Part-paid Winter & Summer Vacation
  • Medical Insurance

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • TEFL Certificate
  • At least one year of teaching experience
  • Native English Speaker
  • Clean Criminal Record

Teach in a Training Centre

Training Centre is the name given to Private Language Schools in China. Training Centres are where young learners come to learn English after school and on the weekends. They are extremely popular in China, due to the high demand by parents for their children to learn English. Most Training Centres provide all of their new teachers with extensive training during their first month of work, and the average class size in Training Centres is much smaller than those found in other school types in China, with usually no more than 10 students per class. This makes a Training Centre the perfect environment for those with no previous teaching experience who would like to teach in China. It also explains why the majority of English teachers who travel to China typically work in a Training Centre during their first year in the country.

Typical Schedule: Evenings & Weekends

Student Age: 4 – 16 years old

Class Size: 5 – 15 students

Average Monthly Salary: 18,000 RMB – 25,000 RMB

Typical Benefits

  • Housing Allowance
  • Contract Completion Bonus
  • Flight Reimbursement
  • 2 Weeks Paid Vacation
  • Medical Insurance

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • TEFL Certificate
  • No previous teaching experience required
  • Native English Speaker
  • Clean Criminal Record

Teach in a Public School

For teachers looking to challenge themselves in a completely foreign environment, teaching at a Public School in China is the place to start. Here you’ll teach huge class sizes of Chinese students, and get to experience modern-day Chinese culture to its fullest, as the majority of your co-teachers will be Chinese. Many Public Schools in China are unable to recruit teachers directly, meaning those who are eager to teach within this environment should do so via a Teacher Agency. Due to the large class size and the high teaching standards set by Chinese schools, at least one year of teaching experience is required for this type of teaching position.

Typical Schedule: Monday – Friday | 8.30am – 4.30pm

Student Age: 6 – 18 years old

Class Size: 30 – 50 students

Average Monthly Salary: 20,000 RMB – 23,000 RMB

Typical Benefits

  • Housing Allowance
  • Contract Completion Bonus
  • Flight Reimbursement
  • Part-paid Winter & Summer Vacation
  • Medical Insurance

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • TEFL Certificate / Teaching Qualification
  • At least one year of teaching experience
  • Native English Speaker
  • Clean Criminal Record

Teach in a Private Bilingual School

At Private Bilingual Schools in China, native students are taught in both English and Chinese. Just like International Schools, Private Bilingual Schools have impressive facilities and high academic standards, due to being privately funded. These schools aren’t tied to one set curriculum, with many using a mixture of curriculums to suit their academic objectives. Working at a Private Bilingual School, teachers can expect to receive a salary and benefits package that is somewhere in between Public and International Schools. The basic requirements for this school type do vary, with a fair few preferring to only hire officially licensed teachers. However, some Private Bilingual Schools will give opportunities to unlicensed teachers if they’re deemed experienced enough.

Typical Schedule: Monday – Friday | 8.30am – 4.30pm

Student Age: 6 – 18 years old

Class Size: 30 – 40 students

Average Monthly Salary: 25,000 RMB – 35,000 RMB

Typical Benefits

  • Housing Provided / Housing Allowance
  • Contract Completion Bonus
  • Flight Reimbursement
  • Fully-paid Winter & Summer Vacation
  • Medical Insurance

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Teaching Qualification / Official Teaching License (Preferred)
  • At least two years of teaching experience
  • Native English Speaker
  • Clean Criminal Record

Teach in an International School

International Schools are the pinnacle of professional teaching in China. Due to the funding they receive, the facilities found in International Schools are usually outstanding, and these schools operate at high academic standards. International Schools pay the highest salaries out of all school types in China, provide the largest amount of fully paid vacation over winter and summer, and typically include other great benefits such as a large housing allowance, or free housing. The majority of students at International Schools are foreign nationals, and an international curriculum is taught, such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Because of the consistently high teaching standards that are expected at International Schools, teachers will need previous teaching experience, and an official teaching license/qualification (such as a PGCE) in order to be considered for a position.

Typical Schedule: Monday – Friday | 8.30am – 4.30pm

Student Age: 6 – 18 years old

Class Size: 25 – 30 students

Average Monthly Salary: 25,000 RMB – 40,000 RMB

Typical Benefits

  • Housing Provided / Large Housing Allowance
  • Large Contract Completion Bonus
  • Flight Reimbursement
  • Fully-paid Winter & Summer Vacation
  • Medical Insurance

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Teaching Qualification / Official Teaching License (Essential)
  • At least two years of teaching experience
  • Native English Speaker
  • Clean Criminal Record