How to become a qualified English teacher in Vietnam?

Nowadays, the demand for learning English of Asians in general and Vietnamese in particular is strongly increasing day by day. Based on that demand, international schools and English centers have been exponentially opened with special benefits for foreign teachers. This is also the reason why so many foreigners choose Vietnam as a place to find a teaching job. But have you ever wondered what quatities you should have to become an English teacher in Vietnam?

However, in order to be accepted to teach in prestigious centers/schools as a qualified teacher, you need to make sure that you meet the requirements of the employer. So if you want to know what those requirements are, read this article carefully!

1. Standard requirements to become an English teacher in Vietnam:

– Graduated from University or have a pedagogical certificate in local countries.

– Having standard voice and abilities of communicating.

– Own an international English teaching certificate: TESOL, CELTA, TEFL.

–  Experience in teaching English in the local country or in other countries around the world.

– Ability to adapt quickly to a new working environment.

2. Criteria of origin, background and common characters of an ideal English teacher in Vietnam

– Having nationality and clear legal status.

– A legal work permit issued by the state (if not yet granted, must provide sufficient identification to the school / support center)

– Owning a clear visa (visa) and properly classified.

– No previous conviction and offence

– Enthusiastic, friendly and open-minded

– Having experience of culture and understanding of characteristics and traditions of Vietnam.

3. Standards of morality

Teaching is considered as a sacred and respectful job in Vietnam because teachers are the ones who will teach not only knowledge but also morality and standard lifestyle for people, especially children. A teacher with poor morality will significantly affect the thinking development of students’ generation in Vietnam. There is even a negative impact on the reputation of the school / center. Therefore, native teachers need not only to be professionally qualified but also ethical: be a good citizen, has no previous conviction and offence, does not participate in social evils or breaks the law.

4. Criteria of teaching methods

To ensure the best quality of teaching, qualified native teachers need to have a curriculum which is suitable to the common level of each classroom. Tutorial tools such as: image illustration, instrument illustration, songs, short films, etc. are also essential for classroom to make the atmosphere more lively and fun. Besides, teachers should proactively ask about the student’s learning situation so that they can research new effective teaching methods.

Based on the above criteria, schools/centers will have accurate assessments to review and recruit native teachers to teach English for students and employees. If you make sure that you meet the above requirements of the employer, please apply at .We will bring you a great experience teaching at international schools and leading English language training centers in Vietnam!

5. How to apply as an English teacher in Vietnam?

To apply as an English teacher in Vietnam, there are 3 ways:

1. Search on job-specific websites for foreigners like

You can search and apply directly for the jobs displayed on our website. It is important to get your application noticed by providing all relevant certificates, degrees and immigration documents. By having all the necessary elements to come to Vietnam / work legally in Vietnam, you will make the recruitment process easier for both the employer and yourself.

2. Search for jobs on facebook groups about teaching jobs:

There are a plenty of facebook groups out there where you can find so many jobs posted within a day. However you have to be careful when applying for jobs on social media, due to some negative experience reported by teachers in the past. That maybe because the employer is not reliable or has a really bad reputation of mistreating their teachers, or there are cases where some scammers pretend to be recruiters with bad intentions (money, personal information,…)

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3. Google search

With just one simple step of searching on Google, you can find thousands of job listings on the first pages in the result board. However you can also be overwhelmed with such a large number of options available for you, so here is a small tip: Decide which city/ province of Vietnam you want to live and find a job, and put the name of that place behind the keyword for teaching jobs. This will help narrow down the options when looking for job posts on this most prominent search engine in the world.

6. Become an English teacher in Hanoi

In Hanoi, you can easily get high paying jobs in teaching English. In particular, parents in Hanoi are not afraid to spend money on different types of classes, including soft skills, physical education and other extracurricular programs. So you can easily find more teaching jobs that match your level and area of expertise in Hanoi than anywhere else in Vietnam.

See also: Cost of living in Hanoi

7. Become an English teacher in HCM city (Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh city is the largest and most populous city in Vietnam, home to many headquarters of large companies, corporations and enterprises. The number of international schools here is also quite overwhelming, with a large scale and professionally operated. If you want to live in a city where there are many job opportunities for many different people and nationalities, Saigon is the place for you!

See also: Cost of living in HCM

8. Frequently asked questions about being an English teacher in Vietnam

1.What is the salary range for an English teacher in Vietnam?

You can see our article about salary in Vietnam here for a better understanding.

2. Which clothing should I wear when working as an English teacher in Vietnam?

Formal clothing would be the best choice when teaching in public schools in Vietnam, it is even a compulsory thing to do in some places. However some English centers have more casual or no dresscode at all so that teachers can feel comfortable to move around. It really depends on where you work for.

3. How do I get a work visa in Vietnam?

Please check out our very detailed guide here about how to get a work visa for an English teacher in Vietnam.


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Vietnam Teaching Jobs (VTJ), which was founded in 2012 is a well-established platform for teachers to find their dream teaching job in Vietnam. Covering the entirety of the country, we have successfully paired thousands of happy teachers and schools. Be part of the thousands of happy teachers working in Vietnam, register and apply for your dream job today!