School Year Teaching
This program is for those willing to commit to a minimum of one semester in China. There are opportunities to teach English or other subjects. Most ERRC teachers serve in China’s universities, but we also have openings for those who want to teach younger students.
All teachers must hold a Bachelor’s degree and have 2 years teaching experience.
Not sure you have enough experience? Contact us and we will let you know if we can place you. See our current openings for more detailed requirements.
Teaching University Subjects
If you hold a PhD or other advanced degree, we can place you to teach in English in your area of expertise. For these openings, make sure to apply early, to give us time to negotiate your placement.
Teaching Secondary School
ERRC has strategically partnered with a few secondary schools, and we have openings to teach math, science, history, literature and social studies. Teachers should hold a BA and be qualified to teach these subjects in the USA or Canada.
Earn Your Master’s Degree While Teaching in China with our Partner Institutions!
MA Intercultural Studies and TESOL
Azusa Pacific University
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Application & Preparation Process
Teaching in China is a serious commitment, but we will partner with you guide you through each step.
Initial planning phase
Even if you’re not ready to depart this year, we would still love to talk with you. Fill out a preliminary inquiry form. We will follow up with you by phone, to get to know you and to answer your questions.
6-18 months before departure
It’s time to apply! We will email you a complete application form. Fill it out, send your resume and application fee, gather references, and undergo psychological screening. We’ll let you know right away if you’re accepted, and you can begin forming a sending team. We will begin immediately negotiating your placement in China. If you don’t have a passport, you’ll want to apply for that now too.
4-6 months before departure
You will complete a physical exam and gather paperwork for your work permit. We will guide you through this process step-by-step. We will also send you some reading materials and curriculum. When your placement is finalized, we will assist you in booking travel.
1-2 months before departure
We will guide you through the visa application process, help you get insurance, and provide helpful packing lists.
2 weeks before departure
ERRC hosts a 2-week orientation in California. At the orientation, we give overviews of Chinese cultural and philosophical worldviews, equip you to answer questions from students, and give you the tools you need to ease your adjustment to your new teaching post.
What does it mean to be a Field Partner with ERRC?
As part of our commitment to our Field Partners, ERRC’s home office staff provides the following suport.
Placement. ERRC will seek to match a candidate’s qualifications with the most suitable position in China.
Contract Negotiation. Once the candidate is accepted by an institution in China, ERRC serves as a liaison and will negotiate the best possible terms for your employment.
Act as an Intermediary with Chinese School Administrators. Language and cultural barriers can make professional communication difficult for visiting professors at Chinese universities. ERRC will work on behalf of Field Partners to work out contractual problems (e.g., job description, salary, visa issues), logistical problems (e.g., housing), or to provide third party mediation with the school administrations, which is a cultural necessity for achieving goals when there are differences of opinion or the risk of “losing face.”
Financial Support Service. ERRC will provide counseling for budget planning, support raising and the establishment of financial accountability. We keep track of your budget, donor gifts (providing tax deductible receipts to donors) and help you to make the most of the funding you receive.
Resource for the Field Partner’s Home Church. We will be a point of contact for your home church and sending team, providing them with updates and helping you to stay in touch with the folks back at home.
Fundraising Help. We provide fundraising materials, guidance for fund raising, and help you send out support letters and updates to your friends and family back home.
Provide Pastoral Support Visits in China and Regular Prayer Support. ERRC staff will visit once each semester to provide encouragement and support.
Provide Spiritual Resources. We’ll help you get plugged into a local Chinese Church and fellowship and will send you along with Christian literature and information about local Christian bookstores in your city.
Maintain Constant Communication. ERRC will contact you frequently via e-mail and phone calls to check in on you, encourage you, and help you solve any pressing issues.
Conduct Mid-Year Retreat to provide fellowship with fellow ERRC teachers, spiritual renewal, physical rest, and refreshment.
Obtaining Work Permit. ERRC will guide you through receiving a work permit as well as a formal invitation from your host institution.
Visa Processing. ERRC will process proper visas through the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco prior to departure.
Provide Pre-Departure Reading Materials/Resource List. Once accepted, ERRC will send helpful orientation manual and reading material lists to assist in preparation for your China experience.
Provide a Two-Week Pre-Departure Orientation and Post-Term Debrief and Evaluation. The ERRC orientation will cover various aspects of your trip. From teaching techniques for a Chinese classroom,TESL guide and curriculum materials, cross-cultural issues, Chinese history and worldview, to the role of Western Christians in China and even a few Mandarin lessons!
Provide International Travel Support. ERRC will provide basic travel arrangements from Field Partner’s home to the host institute at the lowest possible rates.
Provide a Group Insurance Program. ERRC will purchase international health insurance and other international supplemental insurance for overseas coverage at a reasonable cost.