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Why Teach in Singapore?

While Singapore is a country in itself- only 90% the size of New York City. Yet, this little cosmopolitan has managed to create an impressive blend of modernity and traditionalism into one small, harmonious space.

With it's small size, already impressive edu. system, and strict regulations- it's no surprise that English teacher positions are not in high demand in Singapore. Compared to many Asian countries where English learning is an after-school thing, Singapore has English already ingrained in their system.

So how do teachers find work in Singapore, then? You've got to be specialized and experienced.

Most teaching opportunities will be for...

  • Highly educated teachers in International Schools

  • Young teachers willing to work in public preschools

  • Specialized teachers that will work in reading acadamies

It's not impossible- just more competitive. But with the right attitude, qualifications, and persistence- you can get a job in Singapore. And once you do, you can expect a salary package that allows a comfortable lifestyle.

Living in Singapore is not too shabby, either. The location of Singapore is FABULOUS for weekend getaways. In fact, many teachers, expats, and Singaporeans go to Bali, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and other nearby destinations most weekends because it's so convenient and much cheaper to party. 


As for what to expect while living on this tiny island, Singapore is one of the most fast-growing countries in Asia with exciting exhibitions, events, and concerts always going on. It’s also a culturally diverse country with amazing food and traditions.


Bottom line, Singapore is a prized destination for the persistent teacher seeking for an unforgettable journey while making a decent chunk of cash. 

Public Schools vs. Language Centers vs. International Schools

Public Schools


12 weeks a year paid holidays

Full-pay sick leave

Yearly contracts



Only Preschool Jobs

Very competitive

International Schools


Higher salaries

American/ British / IB curriculum

Small classes



Heavier workload

Lesson planning

Working in the afternoons and some


Private Language Centers


Hire year round



Likely to work on the weekends

Sparse selection of jobs

Qualifications to Teach in Singapore

Depending on where you wish to apply, the qualifications vary from experience, training, studies, and citizenship.

Public (Government) School

Native English Speaker: Depends on positions

Bachelor’s Degree: Required

Master’s Degree or Teaching Degree: Competitive edge

TEFL Certificate or Equivalent: Preferred

Teaching Experience: 2+ Years Preferred

Criminal Background Check: Required

Health Check: Required for the visa process

Note: Public School in Singapore starts at preschool, and preschool jobs are the only teaching jobs open to foreign teachers within the public school system

International Schools

Native English Speaker: Required

Bachelor’s Degree: Required

Master’s Degree or Teaching Degree: Strongly Preferred

TEFL Certificate, CELTA Degree or Equivalent: Required

Teaching Experience: 2+ Years

Criminal Background Check: Preferred

Health Check: Required due to visa process

Pro Tip


International Schools also hire an array of teachers to teach different subjects. They also accept admin roles and counselors if your qualifications fit! 

Private Language Centers

Native English Speaker: Required

Bachelor’s Degree: Preferred

Master’s Degree or Teaching Degree: Preferred

TEFL Certificate, CELTA Degree or Equivalent: Required

Teaching Experience: Required minimum 2 years

Criminal Background Check: Preferred

Health Check: Not Required (might fill out a form)

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How to Find a Job in Singapore

Due to the high demand of English teachers, the opportunities are endless. Here are some options to consider when applying for a job in Singapore.

For Public Schools


Step 1: Apply directly to the Minister of Education’s (MOE) web page.

Step 2: You'll be contacted by the MOE to discuss your qualifications and hopefully move forward with a job offer.

           One important detail: MOE will choose your school placement based on your experience,                   studies, and training

Step 3: Once hired, submit for the proper paperwork (see the visa section below) to issue your work visa. 

For International Schools

Step 1: Hunt online for international schools and apply directly. Here's a list




We still recommend applying to schools online- but let them know that you are in Singapore and ready for a face-to-face interview ASAP!

You can also show up to Language Schools with your CV in hand, dressed in your best teacher clothes! 

For this option -if you are from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or South Africa- you don’t need an Entry visa. All you need is your bag, your resume, and a plane ticket. Let the adventure begin!

Immerse yourself in Singaporean culture while you earn your TEFL degree!

The on-site TEFL course in Singapore offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to ease you into the culture, language, and customs while you earn your TEFL certificate. You'll study in a classroom with other aspiring TEFL teachers from around the world and at the end... you come out as a TEFL-certified teacher and the program connects you with a teaching job in Singapore. 

Sign up, and you can be in Singapore as soon as next month or schedule your course 6-months down the line. 


Sign up through this link and get 10% off your TEFL Course (applied at checkout)!

Option 1: Apply Online

Option 2: Go to Singapore and Search

Option 3: TEFL Course and Job Placement

Visas for Teachers in Singapore

Visas processes and paperwork always sound scary and tedious, however, in the case of Singapore, it’s actually pretty simple and fast. Americans don’t need an Entry visa, so just pack your bags, go there and explore the wonders Singapore has to offer you. On the other hand, work permits have a process but a simple one. Once you’re hired, the company will ask you to deliver the proper documentation and they will take care of the visa process. Usually work permits last up to 2 years, however, this will depend on the contract with the employer.

  • 2 x Letters of recommendation from previous school/employer/professor (signed and scanned)

  • Separate photo attachment (friendly and professional head shot is best)

  • Scan of degree certificate(s)

  • Scan of passport info page

  • Scan of TEFL cert

  • Scan of your criminal background check


Step 1: Your school with ask for the above documents and start applying for your work permit. 

Step 2: Fly to Singapore

Step 3: Once in Singapore, you'll take a medical test within 2 weeks of arrival.

Step 4: Your school will take the documents and medical check, and then will register you with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)

Step 5: The MOM might ask you to also register your fingerprints and take some extra photos.

Step 6: The work permit card should be ready after 4 working days and will be delivered to your address.


Remember, your school will help you with all of this, so don't get overwhelmed! 

If you want to know a bit more the process and what does the company will do to issue the work permit, visit the MOM website here.

Documents Required for a Work Permit/Visa to Teach in Singapore
How to Apply
What's Included in the Job

Public Schools


Average Monthly Income: $1500- $3000 USD

Housing: Not included

Flights: Not included

Medical Insurance: Included

End of the Year Pension or Bonus: Included

Vacation Time: 12 weeks per year, national holidays included

Contract Commitment: 1-2 years

Family Sponsored Visas: Not included



International Schools


Average Monthly Income: $3000+ USD

Housing: Included

Flights: Not included

Medical Insurance: Included

End of the Year Pension or Bonus: Included

Vacation Time: 10 weeks + national holidays

Contract Commitment: 1-2 years

Family Sponsored Visas: Depending on the school


Private Language Centers

Average Monthly Income: $1500- $3500 USD

Housing: Not included

Flights: Not included

Medical Insurance: Not Included

End of the Year Pension or Bonus: Not included

Vacation Time: 2- 4 Weeks + national holidays

Contract Commitment: 1-2 years

Family Sponsored Visas: Not included

Cost of Living in Singapore

 Depending on your income, benefits provided and party lifestyle, it is possible to save up to $2000 a month teaching in Singapore- especially, if you add some private lessons on top of your work week. Often, hourly wages for tutors are higher than salary teachers. 


Food in Singapore is relatively cheap in the markets but can get pretty pricey eating out. 

That being said, let's crunch some numbers. 

(Prices are in USD roughly according to numbeo.com and individual research– Updated November 2017)



























Compare your current cost of living in Singapore here.


Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: $ 2,180.29

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: $ 1,414.99

 Utilities: $110.51

Taxi (1km): $ 0.40

Local Transport 1-way Ticket: $ 1.25

Day to Day 


1 Dozen Eggs: $ 2.18

Chicken Breast (1kg): $ 6.49

Loaf of Fresh White Bread: $ 1.79

Draft Beer (pint): $ 8.00

Restaurant Meal (average restaurant): $ 9.17

McDonald’s Combo Meal: $ 5.54


Cinema- International Release (1 Ticket): $ 8.81

Gym Membership: $ 96.13

The Low Down on Singapore

Language:  English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil

Currency: Singapore Dollar; (SGD rate here)

Type of Government: Parliamentarian Republic.

Crime: Extremely Low. Check the stats. 

Safety Concerns: Singapore is consistently ranked one of the safest countries in the world!  

Public Transportation:  Great public transportation. MRT trains or buses.

Gay-Friendly: Kind of. While being gay is accepted, it's not celebrated. 

What's to Love about Singapore?

Great tropical weather for beach days

The city has dedicated half of its territory with green spaces and parks 

Local food is considered affordable and delicious.

The transportation system is super efficient, making traveling inside or outside Singapore simple and affordable. 

What's to Dislike about Singapore?

 Alcohol is quite expensive.

Rush hour traffic!

Schools can be pretty agist as they prefer to hire young teachers. 

Public displays of affection are frowned upon- but you'll survive.