How would you like to travel to a beautiful country, earn an income and make a positive impact on a student\u2019s life?\u00a0\n\n\n\nIt almost sounds too good to be true, but there are plenty of people teaching English in Japan right now (who once thought it was too good to be true, too).\n\n\n\nTeaching English in Japan is a legitimate employment opportunity for someone who wants to pack their bags and move (and still be able to financially afford the experience).\n\n\n\nIf you\u2019re reading this, then you probably already know just how amazing Japan is, but you\u2019re currently looking for the requirements that you\u2019ll have to meet to be able to physically teach English there.\n\n\n\nSo, let's talk about exactly that.\n\n\n\nCurrent Requirements to Teach English in Japan\n\n\n\nBachelor\u2019s Degree (ANY field is acceptable)Work Visa (can only get with a Bachelor's degree)Job Offer (to be able to get the work visa)Fluent in EnglishTEFL*Pass a Background Check*\n\n\n\nIf you were looking for the quick answer, then there it is.\n\n\n\nBut I\u2019d like to go a little deeper into each so that you don\u2019t prematurely cross off the idea of becoming an English teacher in Japan.\u00a0\n\n\n\n1. A bachelor\u2019s degree is required not by the company (although they likely would as well), but it\u2019s a requirement by the Japanese government. \n\n\n\nThe reason for this is because you can\u2019t get a visa to work in Japan WITHOUT a Bachelor\u2019s degree. \n\n\n\nThankfully, your degree field is pretty much irrelevant when it comes to not only the work visa but when getting hired as an English teacher as well. \n\n\n\nJust like the Japanese government, most companies don\u2019t care what your degree is in either, as long as you have one.\n\n\n\n2. In regards to the work visa, two types are likely going to be relevant to your needs.\u00a0\n\n\n\nInstructor VisaSpecialist in Humanities Visa\n\n\n\nAn instructor visa allows you to work in elementary schools and high schools (or any public institution).\n\n\n\nA specialist in humanities visa is for private language schools or private English teaching companies that physically operate in Japan.\n\n\n\nBecoming an English teacher in Japan is dependent on the first three requirements because they rely on each other.\n\n\n\nFor instance, you have to have a job offer\u2026 before you can get either of those work visas.\n\n\n\n3. Having a job offer is the key to being approved for a work visa (granted that you have a Bachelor\u2019s degree of course). \n\n\n\nIt\u2019s kind of a no-brainer once you think about it though because, after all, why would they give you a work visa if you don\u2019t have work lined up?\n\n\n\nIf you get hired, by either a public or private institution, then they will likely sponsor you so that you can get your work visa.\u00a0\u00a0\n\n\n\nIf I were personally looking to teach English abroad in Japan, I\u2019d start my employment search with JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program) because they are organized by the Japanese government.\n\n\n\nNo matter where you start your job search, you\u2019ll need to meet the hiring requirements.\n\n\n\n4. Speaking fluent English is a no-brainer requirement. \n\n\n\nIn fact, if you\u2019re a native English speaker you\u2019ll have a higher chance of getting hired over someone who isn\u2019t. \n\n\n\nThat isn\u2019t to say that non-native English speakers can\u2019t get hired, but they\u2019ll be required to have years of English \u201ctraining\u201d to show that they are fluent and that their accent isn\u2019t swayed by their native tongue.\n\n\n\nLet\u2019s get into accents a bit more because this is an important factor that many people don\u2019t mention in the \u2018be an English teacher\u2019 niche.\n\n\n\nIt is common practice by most hiring institutes, to focus on hiring teachers who have more of an American accent (or at least a neutral British or Australian accent).\n\n\n\nJust because you have an American accent doesn\u2019t mean you\u2019re a shoo-in either because if you have an extremely southern \u2018twang - that\u2019ll hinder you big time if you don\u2019t learn to tone it down or mask it with a neutral accent.\n\n\n\n5. Having a TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is another common practice hiring requirement and I\u2019m not sure why other helpful blogs don\u2019t just go ahead and say it\u2019s a requirement. \n\n\n\nMost higher-paying companies will require it and honestly, I just think it\u2019s extremely important for YOURSELF so that you have some technical training under your belt.\n\n\n\nIt just makes sense to invest some time and money into getting the TEFL certification so that you can move forward with confidence.\n\n\n\nThere are tons to choose from, but PremierTEFL is where I\u2019d personally get a TEFL certification from because it\u2019s accredited, affordable and online-based.\u00a0\n\n\n\n(I received my certification from my employer because I\u2019m a VIPKid online English teacher)\n\n\n\n6. Passing a background or criminal check is not required by the Japanese government, but will likely be required by the hiring company. \n\n\n\nYou\u2019ll most likely be teaching younger Japanese students how to speak English so it\u2019s not far-fetched that they would like to make sure that you can pass a background check.\n\n\n\nBy the way, knowing Japanese is NOT a requirement to teach English in Japan.\n\n\n\nYes, it could help increase your hiring chances, but it is by no means a requirement.\n\n\n\nLet\u2019s recap.\n\n\n\nTeaching English in Japan Requirements:\n\n\n\nBachelor\u2019s Degree (any field is acceptable)Work VisaJob Offer (to be able to get the work visa)Fluent in EnglishTEFL*Pass a Background Check*\n\n\n\nIf you need a TEFL, again, look into PremierTEFL because they are affordable, accredited and online-based.\n\n\n\nIf you meet the requirements above and you\u2019re ready to go teach English in Japan ASAP (or planning on it sooner than later), then I highly recommend that you start your job search out with JET!