International Teacher Exchanges
The program application period for the 2021-2022 academic year is CLOSED
Ohio’s visiting international teacher programs support the State Board of Education’s vision that Ohio learners be “workforce ready and successfully participate in the global economy as productive citizens". These programs support the State Board’s objective of “teaching 21st Century knowledge and skills for real-word success” by:
Ohio’s programs are designed purposefully to:
- Providing students with quality world language and cultural instruction from native language speakers and cultural experts;
- Providing Ohio schools and districts with a source of highly-qualified world language educators during an unprecedented world language teacher shortage; and
- Supporting the implementation of Ohio’s Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages.
- Promote strong ties between the citizens of Ohio and the citizens in our partner territories;
- Foster knowledge and appreciation of each other’s cultures;
- Provide students who enroll in these programs with bilingual and multicultural education opportunities that train them for future personal, academic and professional success;
- Provide professional growth opportunities to teachers from Ohio and abroad; and
- Serve as a key element in Ohio’s federal educator equity plan.
Outbound Teacher Programs
Teaching English in Taiwan Program
Through a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan's Ministry of Education and a partnership with the Taipei Economic and Culture Office (TECO) in Chicago, the Ohio Department of Education invites both new and experienced licensed elementary and middle school teachers to apply to the Teaching English in Taiwan program. Selected educators must be qualified and available to teach English to primary and middle school students in Taiwan for one or more academic years. Annual teaching contracts are from 10 to 11 months, depending on the placement.
Each selected Ohio teacher is paired with a Taiwanese classroom teacher. In addition to providing instruction in English as a foreign language, teachers work with Taiwanese educators to develop curriculum, prepare lesson plans and teaching materials, conduct classes and evaluate student progress.
The application period for the 2021-2022 school year is now closed.
Click on the links below to read more about this special opportunity and to apply to the program.
Inbound Teacher Exchange Programs
Spanish Visiting Teacher Program
To provide quality instruction in Spanish from native speakers of the language and to promote rich cross-cultural exchange, Ohio has a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education of Spain that facilitates the placement of visiting educators from Spain in Ohio schools. To understand the various program requirements and to access a copy of the contract that host districts are required to sign if they decide to host a visiting teacher through this program, visit the Spanish Visiting Teacher Program webpage.
Teacher Exchange Program with France
Teacher-for-teacher exchanges are facilitated by the Ohio Department of Education’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Académie de Rouen in Northern France. The program seeks to identify teachers in Ohio and France that can exchange positions for one or more academic years. Ohio teachers going to France must demonstrate advanced proficiency in French, while teachers coming to Ohio must be highly fluent in English. Teachers continue to be paid and insured by their home institutions while working abroad. The Department sponsors the required J-1 visa under authority of the U.S. Department of State’s BridgeUSA Program.
Visiting Chinese language TeacherS from Taiwan Program
The Department partners with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Chicago and the Taiwanese Ministry of Education to bring highly qualified Chinese language and culture teachers for placement in Ohio schools and districts for a period of up to 2 academic years. Districts may apply to host a teacher during the winter prior to the school year for which the teacher is needed. The Department reviews the application, and then works with the district and the TECO office to recruit a highly qualified teacher. The Department verifies the selected candidates’ eligibility for J-1 visa sponsorship and Ohio’s Visiting International Teacher License. Note: this program does not provide a salary subsidy like the former College Board/NCSSFL/Hanban program. Host districts pay a salary and benefits commiserate with a candidate’s level of education and years of prior experience. The Department sponsors the required J-1 visa under authority of the U.S. Department of State’s BridgeUSA Program.
Financial Disclosure for Visiting Teachers Coming to Ohio
The Department has prepared a financial disclosure statement for visiting international teachers in compliance with federal regulations for J-1 visa sponsoring organizations. This statement will be useful to overseas educators who might be considering Ohio as a potential visiting teacher program destination by providing a basic understanding of the financial circumstances that might be encountered while living and working in Ohio. These factors include expected earning potential, typical payroll deductions and anticipated living expenses. The salary ranges, deductions and costs described in this disclosure represent statewide averages based on market research last conducted in January 2020. Actual figures might vary greatly by region of the state and may be less than or exceed the estimated ranges listed.
Program Participation Fees-Please note that the Department does not charge any visa sponsorship or program participation fees to the international exchange teachers that it recruits for placement in Ohio.
Third-Party Organizations-The Department collaborates exclusively with the following third party organizations to recruit international exchange teachers for its programs:
- Ministry of Education of Spain (Spanish Visiting Teacher Program)
- Académie de Rouen et Caen (Teacher Exchange Program with France)
- Ministry of Education of Taiwan/Taipei Economic and Cultural Office – Chicago (Visiting Chinese Language Teachers from Taiwan Program)
Last Modified: 6/8/2021 1:10:47 PM