How to Apply for a Teaching Position

Please send us the following:

  1. The completed online application form
  2. Your resume (In chronological order from past to present. Dates must be detailed to month and year.)
  3. Two to three letters of references on official letterhead from people who have direct knowledge of your qualifications for the teaching position. (Signed reference letter can also be sent by scanned PDF attachments)
  4. 500 word essay “Why I Want to Teach and Live in China” describing your interest in teaching and living in China
  5. College degree transcripts (copies acceptable, GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale)  (Conversion Guide for UK applicants)
  6. Copy of College Diploma or an official letter from your university verifying your graduation date (If you have not graduated when you apply, your expected graduation date must be no later than June 15th for fall teaching placement)
  7. Copy of your passport picture page or a copy of your driving license if you do not have a passport (Your passport copy must be submitted within 4 weeks after your full acceptance to the program.)
  8. A digital passport size visa picture (please dress formal or professional).
  9. $100 application fee (non-refundable) payable to: Marshall University Research Corporation.

Health exam and criminal record check will be required after the acceptance in order to obtain your work permit in China.

If send by mail, please send all application materials by March 31, 2015 (Please email for possible extended deadline) for late August departure, to:

Marshall University
Center for International Programs
c/o Teach in China
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

For Go Green paperless application, we accept your digital application documents. Please follow our guidelines for E-file your application materials.

After we’ve reviewed your completed online application, resume, reference letters, 500 word essay, college transcripts, $100 application fee, copy of diploma and copy of passport picture page, we will send you a letter notifying you of your conditional acceptance. Soon after this, we will contact you by email to arrange a Skype phone interview with our Chinese host school. Following the phone interview, we will notify you of your full acceptance to the program if all requirements are met satisfactorily.

You will then be required to pay a $1,250 program administration and placement fee in two payments. The first payment of $650 is due within 7 days after your teaching placement is received and approved by our Chinese host school.  As a commitment from you, an approved teaching position will not be locked in if the first payment of $650 is not received in 7 days.  The second payment of $600 is due by Friday May 15th, 2015. Please make checks payable to: Marshall University Research Corporation.

As an Appalachians Abroad Teach in China participant, you will be required to attend a 4 day Orientation program in late August that takes place in Shanghai, China. Accommodations during the 4 day orientation program are included in the program fee. In addition, you will also be required to take an online TEFL training course of 45 hours for a nine week period of time at no extra cost starting from the second week of May to prepare you with skills of Teaching English as a Foreign Language and knowledge of the teaching resources. (The online TEFL training course may be waived for applicants with teaching license or degree in teaching or education.)

Placement of your teaching position starts soon after your full acceptance to the program. You will receive two to three placement options. We will do our best to match your needs and preferences with those of the Chinese host school.

After your teaching placement is confirmed, you will sign an employment contract for a 10-month period beginning September 1st of 2015 and ending June 30 of 2016 with the Chinese host school. Marshall University will assist you with your travel and visa arrangements. We will continue to maintain contact with you during your stay in China and serve as your advocate.

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