How to teach in the Czech Republic?
Do you want to teach? Do you think teaching is your life mission?
Here is what you need to do:
There are different conditions for teaching your mother tongue and for teaching other subjects.
If you want to teach common subjects, such as physics, you must always meet the same qualifications, regardless of nationality. This means that if you want to teach subjects other than a foreign language and you have obtained a qualification in a language other than Czech (i.e. studied abroad), knowledge of the Czech language must usually be proved and you must have an education in pedagogy. That means you need to do the following:
- You must prove that you do not have a criminal record.
- You need to get recognition of professional qualifications acquired abroad (see Act No. 18/2004 Coll., on Recognising Professional Qualifications). You can find details of the procedure on the Moravian-Silesian website.
- You must prove your knowledge of the Czech language by an examination at a university or language school. Exceptions to this condition are granted only to teachers at a school in which concurrent teaching in a language other than Czech is permitted pursuant to Section 13 of the Education Act No. 561/2004 Coll. (for example, schools with Polish as the language of teaching, but also bilingual schools, etc.), and to teachers who successfully passed a school leaving examination in the Czech language and literature.
- You must have education in one of the fields listed in the Section 8 (1) of Act No. 563/2004 Coll., On Teaching Staff. If you do not have one of those, you need to attend the Additional Pedagogical Study (Doplňující pedagogické studium) at a university. Lifelong learning courses are usually available only in Czech and Czech language knowledge is required. However, it is possible in some universities and school education centers to use different language courses, summer schools, etc.
Another situation is when you want to teach conversations at primary and secondary schools or directly teach your mother tongue. In the case of a foreign language teacher, the exception provided for in Section 22 (4) of Act No. 563/2004 Coll., On Teaching Staff, may be granted, which allows teaching for so-called native speakers even if the foreigner has a university degree but does not have a master’s degree or pedagogical education. So you must meet the following conditions:
- You must be without a criminal record.
- You can only teach if you have a high school diploma (for conversations) or a university degree education (for teaching a foreign language).
- You need to get recognition of your education acquired abroad (see Act No. 18/2004 Coll., on Recognising Professional Qualifications). You will find the details of the procedure on the Moravian-Silesian website.