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College Teaching Jobs?

Postby Michael Lumish » Thu, 20 Mar 2008 4:54 am

I have recently earned a PhD in American history from Penn State University and am considering relocating to Singapore in pursuit of a teaching position at the college or junior college level. I have taught on the college level, on and off, for the last 5 years.

I have only just begun to look into possibilities so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Questions:

Is it necessary to go through the Ministry of Education in order to get such employment?

Are such opportunities generally available for someone with my education?

Will they require training as a teacher?

Thanks in advance for any responses. And any additional information that might be helpful is greatly appreciated.

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Postby maneo » Fri, 21 Mar 2008 9:58 am

You should be contacting the universities and junior colleges directly to see if they have any need for someone to teach American History.
However, I would be surprised if they did.

Maybe you should consider SAS, the Singapore American School.
American History is part of their curriculum.

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Postby nowaydude » Wed, 26 Mar 2008 1:02 pm

If you consider yourself a relatively serious academic, you should NOT consider SAS or junior colleges (the term is used differently here - JCs are basically glorified high schools for the "better" students - i.e., those scoring high on O-level exams). You should look into these places only if you want to become a high school teacher.

You should look directly at the universities (3 of them currently: NUS, NTU, SMU) for job postings. Frankly, I am unsure how many of them want people doing American history exclusively). Also, history in general is not a huge academic field here.

Best of luck.

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Postby maneo » Thu, 27 Mar 2008 1:07 am

As noted above, "history in general is not a huge academic field here." American History would be of even less interest.

A major in Asian History, say SE Asian or Chinese in particular, would have been more relevant.

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Postby madura » Fri, 04 Apr 2008 8:30 pm

Nan Yang Tech Uni is expanding their history department. You might want to check them out.

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Postby PrincessJ » Thu, 08 May 2008 12:56 am

All govt and private schools teachers are required to register with MOE to be a teacher FYI. Hope that helps :)


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