Mandarin Chinese Teaching Jobs

You love that learning Mandarin Chinese can have huge effects on a students' futures, whether they pursue business, politics, or humanitarian opportunities.

What's more, Chinese is completely unique: with its own alphabet, intonation, and structure, the language is different from the Romance Languages that typically populate a school's language department. Learning the language is like solving a puzzle-and the prize for the solution is a heightened level of understanding.

Teaching Mandarin Chinese at an Independent School

Just a decade ago, Mandarin Chinese was not taught as frequently in primary and secondary schools. Now, however, our client schools rush to develop their Chinese language departments, with some independent schools beginning instruction as early as kindergarten.

Our client schools are looking to hire Mandarin Chinese teachers with demonstrated language skills as well as experience working with students in an academic setting. They welcome native and non-native speakers alike. Typically, employers look for native speakers with a degree from an American university and experience teaching Chinese (not just ESL) and experience working in a public (i.e., not just a language) school. They also find American students with a degree in Chinese or Asian studies attractive, particularly if a candidate has lived in China. Candidates with independent school experience are particularly attractive.

The use of technology in the classroom is important, particularly due to the connective possibilities the Internet and tools like Skype can afford.

Finding Mandarin Chinese Teaching Jobs Through CS&A

The CS&A Mandarin Chinese Teacher Placement Team works with teachers at every career stage, from recent college graduates to department chair candidates to career-changers. We encourage you to apply for candidacy if your qualifications expressly include:

  • A master's degree (preferred) or bachelor's degree in Chinese or Asian Studies
  • A demonstrated fluency in Mandarin Chinese
  • Experience teaching a Chinese in an independent, private, boarding, college preparatory, or like-kind school setting
  • A love of children, community, cultures, and languages in general
  • Extensive travel or study abroad experience in a Chinese-speaking country
  • Strong references that attest to your teaching abilities, connection with students, and Chinese language mastery
  • Knowledge of 21st-century learning principles and techniques
  • Excitement about fostering global citizens
  • Skills, talents, and flexibility for contributing to the independent school community in additional capacities. For example: coaching sports, advising extracurricular activities, supervising a dorm at a boarding school, etc.
  • Additional language-related skills and work experience that can enrich an independent school community. For example: Advising a language club or foreign film club, managing a language lab, or spearheading global education initiatives.

A Word About Visas

If you are a job-seeker who will need a school to support your visa transfer or sponsorship in order to work in the U.S., we encourage you to fully research the process while applying to work with us. We may be able to suggest resources to you if you are unfamiliar with the visa process.

If you're a hiring school, please note that a number of our language teaching candidates are not U.S. citizens; however, we do not sponsor visas or work permits. Obtaining such documentation is strictly the responsibility of the candidate and hiring school.

If you seek a Mandarin Chinese teaching job in an independent school, don't hesitate — apply now. Begin your job search here.

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