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What is necessary to become a teacher here?

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Does anyone now what someone has to do to become a teacher here? Are there some courses or exams one has to take? Or do you just apply at a school and hope they accept you?
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Re: What is necessary to become a teacher here?

You would have thought this had been asked before. The first step to being a teacher is to use the search function...
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Re: What is necessary to become a teacher here?

Hello
I just had a similar discussion recently with a swiss friend (who is a language teacher, retired)

To go into the local school system, you will need to have Tertiary education for teachers. If not, you will need to attend 2-3 years of mandatory teacher courses in CH. This route is not easy but doable.

If you want to go to an International school for teaching, their requirements may differ and you should ask that school directly.

For applying for a teaching role, you will surely need to state your experience etc.

Besides all that above, you need to really have a teaching disposition. An eye for fair comment and caring for the students, etc.
Teaching is not really (IMHO) a money-making occupation, but rather a holy one because more often than not, you are EDUCATING and INFLUENCING your students (presumbly young and receptive).

CH is lacking in good teachers, that's to your advantage but strangely many Swiss teaching employers (say Schools) will not or can not take in "foreign" teachers easily. It could be a language or cultural reason. (My impression: how many foreigner teachers in my son's local school? zero)

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Re: What is necessary to become a teacher here?

What kind of teacher? Where would you like to work?

It all depends on what kind of job you'd like.

Working for a state institution requires a PHZ (Swiss teacher's) diploma and/or a Master's in your field.

Teaching English to adults requires at a state institution requires a SVEB 1 with preferably a CELTA as well. A SVEB II would give you more seniority.
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Hello everyone,
Does anyone now what someone has to do to become a teacher here? Are there some courses or exams one has to take? Or do you just apply at a school and hope they accept you?
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Here is one I found...

Search Recognition of a Teacher diploma by EDK

There are probably others.

Good luck and don't forget... research research research.

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What kind of teacher? Where would you like to work?
Well i do have a masters in IT (databases) and have been working in that field for some years now so i was thinking of staying in my field.

What i would really love is to do is teach the primary classes, i just love the little ones I think maybe maths or some other science class for that...
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Well i do have a masters in IT (databases) and have been working in that field for some years now so i was thinking of staying in my field.

What i would really love is to do is teach the primary classes, i just love the little ones I think maybe maths or some other science class for that...
Are you sure you are a Master in Databases?
Primary level teaching demands a certain personality. Patience and patience and more patience.
From Primary 1 to 6, there is no Database course, AFAIK.
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Why would i not be sure?
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Primary level teaching demands a certain personality. Patience and patience and more patience.
From Primary 1 to 6, there is no Database course, AFAIK.
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Why would i not be sure?
In primary schools, you also need a lot of humor and also to show it in a good way.
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Well i do have a masters in IT (databases) and have been working in that field for some years now so i was thinking of staying in my field.

What i would really love is to do is teach the primary classes, i just love the little ones I think maybe maths or some other science class for that...
Without a PHZ education (Swiss teachers diploma), you will never be hired by a Swiss institution. Fact.
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Re: What is necessary to become a teacher here?

I know that some teachers at the international school don't have any teaching courses at all, just a bachelor degree. I guess those rules won't apply for sure for the local schools.
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Re: What is necessary to become a teacher here?

Also if you want to teach here, it's good to be at least C1 level in German* and be somewhat familiar with Swiss German.

I asked at Migros Klubschule about teaching various classes there, and while the degree requirements vary, the German level is largely non-negotiable.

*or French or Italian, depending on region
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What i would really love is to do is teach the primary classes, i just love the little ones I think maybe maths or some other science class for that...
Aww, sounds lovely - however at primary level it's normal for a single teacher to teach almost all subjects. So you really have to train as a generalist, be able to teach everything from math and science to language to (in many schools) music and gym.

The alternative is to teach high school, where the rule is one teacher per subject. There are several different kinds of high schools here, and the qualifications required to teach in them are different. At gymnasium level, you need a master's in your subject as well as a teaching degree of some sort (i.e. a master's in education won't do it.) For Sekundarschule the rules are a little more relaxed (I think it's a bachelor's plus a teaching degree, don't quote me on that though.)


The good news is that there are some programs available which target people like you, who have experience in industry and now want to become teachers. As I understand it, you still have to do a teacher training course but they will work with you a bit more on the scheduling. Ask about programs for "Quereinsteiger".
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The problem is that primary school teachers teach ALL subjects, there is no specialization, which means that you would also have to teach the local language, another Swiss language, science, math, history, etc.

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I know that some teachers at the international school don't have any teaching courses at all, just a bachelor degree. I guess those rules won't apply for sure for the local schools.
This was the case a while ago but most schools (particularly the decent ones) have tightened up their recruitment procedure and without a teaching qualification you would not be hired. You could possible get a job as a teaching assistant without any qualifications but there are plenty of people chasing very few jobs.
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