Teaching in the Netherlands

Teaching in the Netherlands

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Teachers with foreign teaching credentials must meet the standards set by the Dutch Ministry of Education. We outline the steps to find out if you qualify to teach in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands is the only country in the world where the government subsidises international education because education is mandatory for all children (from five to 18 years old) residing in the Netherlands. This means, however, that teachers with foreign permanent teaching credentials (licence or certificate) who want to teach in the Netherlands must meet the standards set by the Dutch Ministry of Education.

If you are not a qualified teacher you are not allowed to teach at any of the Dutch international schools. If you are a fully qualified teacher, then you must have your foreign teaching credentials recognised by the Dutch Ministry of Education.

If you want to know if you qualify for teaching in the Netherlands according to the the rules and regulations of the Dutch Ministry of Education, simply download a form from Educaide, fill it in and send it by email (in Word format) to teach@educaide.nl. On the basis of the information you provide, Educaide will be able to give you advice on the steps to take to obtain the accreditation, as well as other possible red-tape procedures.

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Educaide is the International Education Solution House, advising all stakeholders in a wide range of issues pertaining to international and bilingual education in the Netherlands.

They also assist teachers finding jobs at international and bilingual schools. If you are seeking a teaching position, you can also contact Educaide (as outlined above) or view their website for vacancies.

For more information, visit the Dutch ministry of Education's website in either the Dutch language or English.


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Updated 2016.

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