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How to Teach Psychology Abroad

by Chris Snellgrove, studioD

Learning psychology is a wonderful way to better understand the human mind, and teaching psychology can provide an opportunity to see the world. Many people don't know how to begin looking for a job teaching psychology in another country, but you can take some easy steps to ensure that you find the best possible job teaching psychology abroad.

Finding Jobs

In addition to your bachelor's degree in psychology, you should also obtain a master's degree, for two reasons. If you later choose to teach psychology in American high schools, you'll have a higher salary and be better suited to meet the subject competency demands of the No Child Left Behind Act, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Also, a master's degree in psychology will allow you to teach the subject at the college level.

One of the best free resources for finding psychology teaching jobs abroad is the Chronicle of Higher Education website. The job search section lets you specify a keyword to search so you can view all psychology jobs. You may also search for something more specialized that relates to your field. One of the best things about the site, though, is that it allows you to specify which places you'd like to search. While the default setting is all regions -- which will bring up national and international areas -- you can specify specific international locales, allowing you to browse jobs in England, Egypt and other countries. By clicking on your desired position, you get a variety of details at a glance: the institution's name, location, whether the position is on a tenure track or not and whether it's a full-time or part-time job. By setting up a free account, you'll also be able to save some of the jobs you find by searching so that you can review them later.

The method of applying for your chosen jobs may vary. Sometimes the Chronicle will have a direct link: by clicking "apply now," you'll go to the school's website. If it doesn't provide a direct link, you should visit the school's human resources site directly and view job requirements. Traditional requirements include a cover letter, job application, curriculum vitae or resume, three letters of reference, writing sample and teaching philosophy.

About the Author

Dr. Chris Snellgrove is a writing specialist, and a veteran of everything from a book-length dissertation to a newspaper editor's desk. He has produced work for academic, business, creative, and non-profit endeavors.

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