The following are teaching programs in Japan that are approved by the Center for Global Education. Click the link below to quickly scroll to the program description:
- Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program
- Bunkyo Gakuin University
- Orden Bunka Center
- Shogaku Jr. and Sr. High Schools
Founded in 1987 with the cooperation of the governments of participating countries, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The program also aims to improve foreign language education in Japan and to encourage international exchange at the local level by fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth. The objectives of the program are achieved by offering JET program participants the opportunity to serve in local government offices as well as public and private elementary schools, junior high and senior high schools. Participants are invited to Japan as representatives of their countries, and therefore are expected to be responsible for all of their activities. As of July 2013, there were 4372 participants in the program from 41 countries.
Duration: Program runs from July to June (renewable).
Position Description: Assistant Language Teacher: assist English language teachers in primary and secondary school classes; assist in the training of Japanese English teachers; perform other cultural exchange-related activities.
Coordinator for International Relations position is also available; requires strong command of the Japanese language (see website for description)
Eligibility: All majors encouraged to apply. Bachelor degree or a 3-year teaching certificate completed by July 1, 2015. TEFL/TESL certification and Japanese language skills are not required.
Orientation: Varies. A comprehensive 3-day orientation is provided post-arrival with topics such as life in Japan and work duties. Post-arrival orientation is mandatory.
Financial Compensation: Approximately a $34,500 annual salary for first year participants.
Housing: Provided by JET.
Health Insurance: Provided by JET.
Transportation: Round trip airfare paid by JET; transportation to interview in US is not provided.
Application Materials and Process: Required documents can be found here. Application deadline will be announced at the end of October/ early November. Initial screening in December/January. Interview candidates announced in January/February and conducted in February. Results announced in April. Placement notification in May/June. Please note: CSB/SJU does not have a formal partnership with JET, but a number of our graduates have successfully applied for these positions.
Bunkyo Gakuin University (BGU) is part of Bunkyo Gakuen, an educational institution that was founded in 1924. BGU is composed of two campuses, the Hongo campus and Fujimino campus. Though living near Hongo campus, the assistant will provide support to both institutions. The Hongo campus is situated in the heart of Tokyo, close to many educational institutions, parks, historical sites and cultural facilities. The campus is located next to a primary Tokyo metro (subway) station providing easy access to the entire city and surrounding region. BGU has been a collaborative partner of CSB/SJU for over 20 years and is the host institution for the CSB/SJU study abroad program in Japan.
Duration: August 2015 to March 2016, possibility of an extension of the contract.
Position Description: Assistant Program Coordinator and English Tutor. Work for the Global Studies Institute (GSI), assisting BGU faculty in English language courses, tutoring BGU students, staffing the English Chat Lounge, assisting BGU staff to coordinate both incoming and outgoing study abroad programs and assisting international students as a dormitory administrator.
Eligibility: Bachelor of Arts is required. Teaching, RA, and TESL experience is preferred.
Orientation: A brief orientation upon arrival at BGU by GSI staff.
Financial Compensation: Monthly net salary of $1,400.
Housing: For candidates hired as Residential Assistants, free housing in the international dormitory with cooking and free laundry facilities is provided during the period that the International Dormitory is occupied by students.
Health insurance: Private travel insurance is provided by BGU.
Transportation: Airfare and ground transportation are not covered by employer and must be paid by the employee.
Application Materials and Process: Interested candidates should complete and submit their application materials to the Center for Global Education by February 2nd, 2015 for consideration.
University Website: http://www.u-bunkyo.ac.jp/en/
Founded in 1980, the Orden Bunka Center (OBC) is a small, private English Conversation School located in Tsu City, Japan. A family-run school, OBC provides weekly English conversation classes to about 200 students, catering to a variety of people, levels, and ages. All classes are held at the Orden Building in the center of Tsu City. The focus of the classes is twofold: 1) to improve the student's usage, comprehension, and fluency of common and useful English conversation; 2) to share and promote American culture and ideas in order to encourage discussion and understanding between the two cultures. OBC provides teachers with a variety of texts and CDs, but its most valuable resource for teaching is the quality, attitude, and initiative of its teachers.
Duration: Program runs from July to July (renewable).
Job Description: Primary responsibilities include planning and delivering lessons, participating in staff meetings, interviewing prospective students, and organizing social events. Teachers mainly teach English conversation to students ranging from elementary to adult and beginner to advanced levels. Teachers are expected to be independent, creative and accountable in their classrooms.
Eligibility: Bachelor of Arts is required. Major or experience in teaching and education, as well as ESL, are typical qualities we look for in applicants, but are they are not required.
Orientation: Mandatory new teacher training held every July; lasts two to three weeks.
Financial Compensation: $30,000 average annual salary.
Housing: Housing provided and paid for by OBC.
Health Insurance: National Health Insurance made available through OBC.
Transportation: $1,000 return airfare reimbursement provided by OBC upon fulfillment of the contract; transportation from airport to school paid for by OBC.
Application Materials and Process: Interested applicants should complete and submit the application by January 25, 2015 to John Schlueter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be conducted at the end of February/ early March. Notification of acceptance will be received in March.
Okinawa Shogaku High School is located in the southern part of Okinawa island, one of the prefectures of Japan. The schools, called "Okisho Junior and Senior High School", make up this well-known and highly regarded private institution. The schools have a combined population of approximately 2800 students. Known for its academic achievements, Okisho also emphasizes sports and physical education programs and has won national high school championships in baseball and judo. Okisho's curriculum includes a special international track that emphasizes English language study as an integral part of a program to support students planning to attend American colleges. Shogaku High School is a long-time partner of both Saint John's Prep School and CSB/SJU, which has sent numerous graduates to teach there through the TIA program.
Below are videos of CSB/SJU alumnae who are currently teaching at Shogaku Jr. & Sr. High Schools:
Team Teaching - 8th Grade
Team Teaching - 9th Grade
Team Teaching - 8th and 9th Grade
Team Teaching - 9th Grade Greeting
Team Teaching - 8th and 9th Grade
Duration: Program runs from mid-August to the end of July the following year (11 months). Not renewable.
Job Description: Teaching Assistant in English Language and American Culture classes at junior/senior high school level, Vocational College, and/or Cram School, and one night per week RA duties and stay at the Shogaku Global Dorm. Involvement in extra-curricular activities is appreciated, but optional.
Eligibility: Only those interested in teaching should apply. Recruits do not have to be US citizens. If they are not, the applicant must document a minimum of 12 years of formal studies in all subjects in English prior to filing an application with the Japanese Immigration Office for an Instructor (language) Working Visa. Okisho plans to hire two males from SJU and two females from CSB for 2015-2016.
Financial Compensation: Approximately $31,000 annual salary. Additional monetary or time off compensation may apply for official duties outside of normal duty hours, duties not specified in the employment contract, and for extra-curricular involvement. Does not apply for going to games to provide support for school team/s or for voluntary participation.
Bonuses: A bonus of 100,000 JPY (approximately $1,000 USD) for fulfilling the contract agreement by arriving on-time to receive two weeks of Teacher Orientation and Training. Another bonus of 100,000 JPY for satisfactorily completing the contract and teaching duties. Late arrival (missing the orientation and teacher's training) or early departure for any reasons will result in forfeiture of the bonus/es.
Housing: No housing stipend. Housing (apartment with AC and laundry washer without dryer) is provided but tenant must pay monthly rent, utilities, and purchase own bedding/kitchen items. Monthly pay deductible funds without interest or fees are provided upon request with a one-time or housing stipend provided by employer.
Health Insurance: Provided by employer. Enrollment in the Japan National Compulsory (mandatory) Health Insurance at the city office of residence. TA pays health fees to the city office (fees paid are based on previous fiscal year income in Japan - fiscal year is April to March). Very affordable for initial fiscal year as well as for the end of the contract. Per visit hospital fees (30%) are surprisingly more affordable than in the US.
Transportation: Airfare and ground transportation are not provided. One-time airport pick-up (first time) upon arrival is provided. TA must secure transportation (taxi is approximately $10 USD to the airport) thereafter. Transportation for initial housing supplies and orientation tours is provided. TA must pay entrance, food and beverage fees for visits to various sightseeing attractions.
Application Materials and Process: Interested candidates should complete and submit all application materials to the Center for Global Education by December 29th for first priority consideration. Final application deadline is January 29th. Skype interviews will be conducted by mid-February, and offers will be made as early as mid-March and no later than the end of March. The visa process is complex and time consuming, so prompt replies and submissions of required documents are a must and any delays will forfeit the offer.