If you want to work as a teacher in Dubai, it is important for you to obtain a teaching license in the city. While teachers in international curriculum schools generally need teaching qualifications and certifications from recognised bodies such as the British Council or a degree in Bachelor’s in Education to teach in the city, there is now a new license in place for those wanting to pursue a career as a teacher in Dubai, especially in schools following the Ministry Of Education curriculum. Recently launched by the Ministry of Education, the Teachers Licensing System (TLS) is a new benchmark in the economic sector of the UAE. The TLS license makes you eligible to work in both government and private schools in any part of Dubai. Read on to find more about how to get a teaching license in Dubai.
To pursue a career as a teacher in the UAE, a minimum qualification of a bachelor’s degree or a 4-year university degree is mandatory. This rule is applicable to teachers applying for jobs in both government entities and private institutes. Along with this, teachers should also satisfy the following criteria to be considered eligible for an academician’s job in Dubai:
- Absence of any criminal record
- Medical Fitness report
- Original transcripts of education certificates
- Attested certificates for overseas applicants and those holding degrees from institutes outside the UAE. Please note that these certificates must be attested by embassy of the relevant country and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Procedure to get a teaching license in Dubai
The process to apply for a teaching license in Dubai requires you to complete your TLS registration online in order to proceed further. There is no fee to register on the system.
Register on TLS website
- Head over to the TLS website
- Enter your basic information, qualifications, references, additional contact details and English Language test score.
- Add Emirates ID, certificates, passport, police code of conduct, resume, transcript and residency visa and references.
- Click ‘Submit Information’
- Once you provided the credentials, you will receive an email from the Ministry of Education (MOE) consisting of details about the day and time of your specialisation test.
Appear in proficiency tests
You can get a license to teach in Dubai by passing two tests, one in your specialised subject and the other in your teaching skills.
- The specialisation test occurs in April while the proficiency assessment takes place in September.
Get a license
Once you pass the tests, you are given a Dubai teacher’s license, which is valid for either one or three years, depending upon your test scores, expertise and experience.
For now, only Arabic, Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Math teachers working in schools imparting the Ministry Of Education curriculum have to apply for a UAE teachers license but by the end of 2020, all teachers, principals, vice-principals and cluster managers working in government or private schools have to gain a license to work legally in the city.
What if you fail the tests?
In case, you fail to meet the exam criteria, you are given two more chances to redo the assessment. For your assistance, TLS has also introduced training courses that you can enrol in if you couldn’t achieve the required outcome in the first test. Tailored to your needs, these courses vary from one month to six months.
Will teachers licensed in their respective English-speaking countries have to go through the same procedure?
The Ministry of Education (MOE) is currently working on finding equivalencies for expatriate teachers who already hold a license from their home countries but for now, they will have to follow the same procedure.
If you have expertise in handling the tantrums of young children, you can think of teaching at primary schools in Dubai.