What are the basic requirements to teach English in Japan?

By: Chelsea Hendrickx

What Qualifications Do You Need to Teach English in Japan?

  1. Citizenship from a recognized English-speaking country
  2. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university
  3. Clean criminal background check
  4. Pass a health exam & drug test
  5. Meet the age requirement
  6. Pay basic start-up costs
  7. TEFL certification is typically required

Is the land of the rising sun beckoning you to its shores? Do you dream of having a picnic under cherry blossoms by day and drinking sake at the karaoke bar by night?

The Asian market is one of the largest in the world for English teachers, and Japan in particular has one of the longest traditions of employing English instructors. An official English Teaching Recruitment Program was started by the government as far back as 1978, bringing native English speakers to the various islands of Japan to help teach Japanese speakers. In addition, thousands of Americans & other foreigners teach English in private language institutes that cater primarily to adults. So what do you need to get a job teaching English in Japan?