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Teach English in Japan

CIEE TEFL Job Placement Opportunity

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As a current student or alumni of CIEE TEFL, you receive access to free TEFL Job Search Assistance. CIEE TEFL will send your application materials directly to trusted employers to expedite the hiring process.

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Build the conversational English skills of Japanese students of all ages while you hone your teaching methods and immerse yourself in Japanese culture.   

Position Highlights:

  • Teach English at well-respected English schools that partner with CIEE TEFL
  • Locations available throughout Japan
  • Monthly salary of 218,000 to 275,000 JPY
  • Competitive employment package includes health insurance, housing assistance, and paid holidays
  • Extensive teacher training provided by employer 
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Japan (all regions)
Positions start every month of the year1-year renewable contract218,000 to 275,000 JPY/monthApplications are accepted on a rolling basis

Candidates must be enrolled in either the 150-Hour or 180-Hour TEFL Certificate course.  CIEE TEFL's partner organizations are responsible for all hiring decisions and CIEE TEFL does not guarantee job placement. 

Enroll today in the 150-Hour or 180-Hour TEFL Certificate course to become eligible for the CIEE TEFL Job Placement Opportunity. 


What's Included

What's Included

  • Job placement assistance with a reputable English school in Japan
  • Comprehensive teacher training from employer
  • Paid time off for Japanese national holidays, school vacations, and 5 paid personal days
  • Monthly salary to cover living expenses
  • Assistance in the relocation process in Japan from your employer


There are a few simple requirements. These, plus a sense of adventure and a desire to cross cultural boundaries and engage with people eager to learn English, will make you a great candidate. Please note that the application process is competitive and CIEE TEFL is unable to guarantee placement with our partners in Japan.


  • Must have a masterful command of the English language.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in an English-speaking country and at least 10 years of education from schools where English is the primary mode of education.
  • Currently enrolled in or completed a 150-Hour or 180-Hour CIEE TEFL Certificate course

The Take-Aways


Monthly salary of 218,000 to 275,000 JPY. Live comfortably in Japan and get to know the locals at work and in your free time.


School placement locations available throughout all regions of Japan, including cities and smaller towns.

Easy Application

CIEE TEFL sends your application straight to our partner. No additional application paperwork or fees required.

The Destination
  • Japan

The Destination

Welcome to Japan, a captivating blend of ancient traditions and modern marvels. Immerse yourself in historical wonders by day, from majestic temples to awe-inspiring castles, while nights come alive with festivals and contemporary experiences. Japan's efficient transportation connects bustling neighborhoods, so you can explore at your leisure. Embrace the fusion of tradition and innovation as Japan weaves its unforgettable spell, where ancient heritage meets a bright future.

Job Description

Job Description

Positions in Japan can be with students of all ages who are looking to improve their English conversational skills. Teachers will enjoy the benefits of a comprehensive employment package to help facilitate career growth as well as personal growth as you immerse yourself in Japanese culture.

CIEE partners with two well-respected companies in Japan that run innovative English language programs. Once you sign up, we’ll ask which of these you prefer, then we will send your application to the corresponding partner for video hiring interviews.

Positions at Partner A (National)
  • Solo, lead teaching role at private language schools
  • Locations throughout Japan, including the major cities
  • Hiring is very competitive
  • Starting monthly salary is 275,000 JPY, plus 70,000 JPY airfare allowance
Positions at Partner B (Regional)
  • Assistant Language Teacher role, to be assigned to public school classrooms
  • Operates in one of Japan’s more rural prefectures
  • Hiring is a bit less competitive
  • Driving will be required to reach teaching locations
  • Starting monthly salary is 218,000 JPY. No airfare allowance

Other Benefits

The cost of living in Japan is lower than in the United States and your salary should easily cover normal living expenses plus local travel in Japan. If you’re hoping to travel extensively during breaks, you should plan to bring additional funds.

In addition to salary, benefits packages include paid time off for Japanese national holidays and school vacations, as well as access to low-cost housing options, and health insurance.

More Information

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Teachers work a full-time M-F schedule, spending up to 25 hours per week teaching classes, with the remaining time dedicated to lesson prep, commuting, staff meetings, and other administrative tasks.

Teach English in Japan


In addition to the preparation provided by the CIEE TEFL 150-Hour Certificate Course, employers provide extensive training when you first arrive to help you learn the ropes.


Get Started Today

CIEE TEFL Placement Assistance in Japan does not include pre-departure or in-country support from CIEE TEFL.

If you are interested in teaching abroad with support from CIEE check out our Teach Abroad programs.