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Teacher accreditation agencies

Hello,

Does anyone know of an agency that we could pay that would help organise teacher equivalency in Switzerland?

My wife is from Montreal (French Canada), is bilingual, and we both have UK passports.
We would like to move to Switzerland to work for a year or two and we understand that people normally go through the EDK.ch website to get their teaching degrees recognised.

What time of year is best to look for primary school jobs on the canton websites?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
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Welcome to the forum.

Why would you need an agency? EBK has all the info you need on their website.

https://www.edk.ch/dyn/16429.php
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Re: Teacher accreditation agencies

Degree recognition can take a long time, OP, I wouldn't rule out delays. It is not automatic and while the UK passport is relevant, if your wife has a non-EU degree that can also play a role in how much time it will take or whether it will be recognized at all.
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Re: Teacher accreditation agencies

Unlike Canada, the use of agencies to help with accreditation is not normal here, everything goes over the official web-site.
Swiss schools normally will know their pupil count for the coming school year in June and would have hoped to fill vacancies for the school year starting in August before the school holidays which are now. For vacancies that arise during the school year it is a case of being in the right place at the right time. Temporary maternity leave positions are common and a way to get a foot in.
It is worth writing directly to schools, especially the private ones - a lot goes by word of mouth.
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Usually for EDK the application is facilitated by the employer. Basically, if the employer thinks the qualifications are adequate, they can offer a contract and the person can begin work, then the qualifications are submitted and approved in a process that can take up to 2 years, but in that time the person is able to work.


This avoids the local admin from being inundated with speculative foreign qualifications from people who have not even entered the country.

It also stops people from getting qualifications approved then thinking they will easily get a job.


Basically, your wife needs to find a suitable employer willing to offer a contract based on her foreign CV, then they will advocate for her accreditation on arrival.



EDK only handle degrees in teaching.

https://swisseducation.educa.ch/en/r...qualifications


The other reason why you might not want to do it before coming, is that it costs 1000chf!
https://www.edk.ch/dyn/12933.php
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Usually for EDK the application is facilitated by the employer. Basically, if the employer thinks the qualifications are adequate, they can offer a contract and the person can begin work, then the qualifications are submitted and approved in a process that can take up to 2 years, but in that time the person is able to work.


This avoids the local admin from being inundated with speculative foreign qualifications from people who have not even entered the country.

It also stops people from getting qualifications approved then thinking they will easily get a job.


Basically, your wife needs to find a suitable employer willing to offer a contract based on her foreign CV, then they will advocate for her accreditation on arrival.



EDK only handle degrees in teaching.

https://swisseducation.educa.ch/en/r...qualifications


The other reason why you might not want to do it before coming, is that it costs 1000chf!
https://www.edk.ch/dyn/12933.php
What employer will do that, though, for somebody who plans to stay 1-2 years. I'd say - maybe a sub in a private primary school for short term subbing? There might be more leniency.
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What employer will do that, though, for somebody who plans to stay 1-2 years. I'd say - maybe a sub in a private primary school for short term subbing? There might be more leniency.
Top tip: donít tell potential employer the plan of only staying two years...
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Of course. Or maybe anywhere.
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Of course. Or maybe anywhere.
In all honesty: most EF members came to CH for a year or two... and then decided to stay.
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In all honesty: most EF members came to CH for a year or two... and then decided to stay.


True, but as a teacher my husband had to say 3-5 minimum to get the contract. It's been 12 now...but that's another story
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Re: Teacher accreditation agencies

Thanks for the replies. It is good the hear an employer could hire without getting an equivalency prior.


As mentioned above, am I right in understanding jobs ought to be advertised currently?

Vaud, valais, and geneva don't seem to have anything on their job boards.


This is the website I should be refering to, no? https://www.educa.ch/fr/bourses-cantonales

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Thanks for the replies. It is good the hear an employer could hire without getting an equivalency prior.


As mentioned above, am I right in understanding jobs ought to be advertised currently?

Vaud, valais, and geneva don't seem to have anything on their job boards.


This is the website I should be refering to, no? https://www.educa.ch/fr/bourses-cantonales

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Swiss schools normally will know their pupil count for the coming school year in June and would have hoped to fill vacancies for the school year starting in August before the school holidays which are now.
No, they will have filled vacancies before the school holidays started. School starts again in about a month.
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