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How to get an English Teaching Job in Japan

Overseas teachers require a university degree to teach in a formal educational setting. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited tertiary institution is essential. This is a minimum requirement to teach English in Japan.

 A TEFL qualification is not required to teach English in Japan if teachers intend on working a few months or a year.

A CELTA / TEFL qualification is preferred in certain private and public schools. Previous practical teaching experience with degree qualifications assures prospective teachers of the English language a greater opportunity of obtaining teaching jobs with higher salaries. Applicants do not require Japanese language proficiency in order to successfully secure employment. 

In Japan it is a legal immigration requirement to acquire a bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) in order to be eligible for a work visa. Applicants with degree qualifications and with proficiency in the English language can seek sponsorship with interested educational and / or recruitment institutions.    

Overseas teachers do not require knowledge of the Japanese language to gain teaching jobs with AEON. Many teachers find that Japanese people can be very accommodating and helpful. Japanese citizens have a foundational knowledge of English and can assist overseas teachers with a variety of matters associated with communication and daily life in Japan. Many overseas teachers arrive in Japan without any prior knowledge of the Japanese language.   

Teaching English as A Second Language (ESL) in Japan offers teachers a monthly salary of approximately 200,000 and 600,000 Yen ($1,700 - 5,000 USD). Hourly tutorial rates range from approximately 3,000 Yen ($25 USD).   

Japanese educational institutions and private organisations offer a package deal which includes flights, accommodation and training.

Eikaiwas: independent English school, or private academy.

Salary 250,000 yen per month

The majority of eikaiwas cover teacher flights, accommodation and prospective training. They can arrange insurance and visas, be advised that benefits will vary from school to school.

JET Programme: The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme

Salary 280,000 yen per month

This programme is the most reputable English teaching program in Japan for public schools. This is a government sponsored organisation and is known to offer teachers the highest wages for native English Teachers in Japan. Contracts can be renewed annually up to five years.  In the JET Program salary increases occur in accordance to experience based on a set teacher level salary scale. Approximate salary range is 3.36 million to 3.96 million yen ($28 - 33k in USD) annually.

ALT (Assistant Language Teacher):

Salary range: 200,000 - 250,000 yen per month ($1,600 - 2,000 USD) per month. Similar employment conditions apply as the JET program, with housing / accommodation often provided. Schools or recruitment organisations hire ALT. Class sizes range from 30 to 40 students and employment hours are from 8.00am to 4.30pm.


Salary range: 300,000 - 600,000 yen per month ($2,500 - 5,000 USD).

Salary depends on experience. It is a very highly competitive sector of employment due to high salaries and favourable working hours, averaging 10 to 15 hours per week with three months of vacation period. A master’s degree in TEFL or equivalent qualifications is expected for a university teaching position.

International Schools:

250,000 to 600,000 yen per month ($2,000 - 5,000 USD) per month.

Tokyo is the main location base of international schools. These institutions usually require two years practical teaching experience. Students attending these educational institution have an established foundational English proficiency level. Accommodation and settlement allowance funds are at the schools discretion.

The American School in Japan offers a salary of approximately 1.7 million and 2.8 million yen per month for housing allowance. An additional 400,000 yen can be provided for relocation bonus.  Such teaching positions are highly competitive to obtain. 

Private Tutoring:

 3,000 yen per hour ($25 USD) per hour.

Prospective teachers are expected to advertise and source their own employment. Teachers require to increase their networking skills in order to promote a value based service in order to attract interested students.  

Additional Information on Overseas Teaching Opportunities:

Click on link:

   Teaching Jobs in Australia. Information for Overseas Qualified Teachers.

   How to Get an English Teaching Job Overseas.

   How to apply for a teaching job in Australia


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