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Teaching High School - foreign B.Ed

Hello,

I'm wondering if anyone knows whether it's possible to teach at the Kantonsschule/Gymnasium level in Switzerland with a Canadian B.Ed?
(I know that a Master's degree in the taught subject is also needed, and I will soon have this, so it won't be a problem).

Conversely, can one teach high school in Canada with a Swiss B.Ed?
I'm trying to decide where to study pedagogy, since I'm not sure which country I'll be spending most of my future in... it could be either one!

Thanks very much!!

Juliet
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Hello,

I'm wondering if anyone knows whether it's possible to teach at the Kantonsschule/Gymnasium level in Switzerland with a Canadian B.Ed?
(I know that a Master's degree in the taught subject is also needed, and I will soon have this, so it won't be a problem).

Conversely, can one teach high school in Canada with a Swiss B.Ed?
I'm trying to decide where to study pedagogy, since I'm not sure which country I'll be spending most of my future in... it could be either one!

Thanks very much!!

Juliet
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I'm currenty in the process of getting my "Lehrdiplom" at Uni Zurich in order to become a Gymnasium Biology teacher. I think in theory (and after a bit of paperwork) you could probably teach in a Swiss Gymasium with a Canadian degree. However, in practice you definitely will want to speak German (or another national language) really quite well too. While most Gymnasia now offer the Matura in English as well, you will need to be able to communicate in German absolutely fluently.

I looked into the issue of getting my "teaching licence" in Australia rather than Switzerland and decided it was easier (and quicker) here as the Swiss are more complicated with accepting foreign qualifications than vice-versa. Basically you have to prove that you've done the equivalent to the Swiss requirement - which means applying to one of the unis that offer the course (as far as I know Basel, Zurich, Bern, Fribourg in the German speaking part) and proving that you have done the equivalent of each unit. They might get you to do one or the other course if they think its not enough.

HOWEVER, the school is allowed to employ you even before you've completed your qualification, as long as you're willing to obtain it. You will get a certain percentage of the normal salary only until you're done (not sure how much exactly at least 80% of standard). Depending on your field, this is quite common (for Maths of Physics) or nearly unheard of (German, English, History, Sports...). At the end of the day, it all depends on the headmaster of the school whether he wants to employ you or not. The school have quite some authority and can interpret the cantonal rules relatively loosely.
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Conversely, can one teach high school in Canada with a Swiss B.Ed?
By the way, in order to teach at a Gymnasium here you don't need a full B.Ed but instead the "Lehrdiplom für Maturitätsschulen", which is a trimmed-down version of a full Bachelor course and takes 60 ECTS points. In theory, this is the equivalent of 1 year full time study, but in practice you'll find it takes most people at last 3 semesters as you need to fit in your pracs at the schools as well. You can start before you finished your Master in your field (and do it parallel) but you can only take the exam when you've got your Master.
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Re: Teaching High School - foreign B.Ed

In Gymnasiums it seems easier to have local certification. However, when I worked in private schools, foreign diplomas were accepted but ideal candidates also had further training (International Baccalaureate experience etc). This also depends on your permit- private schools were more amenable to hiring non-locals with non-local certificates provided they had the appropriate permit.
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You need to go through local training programs to be eligible for teaching.
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