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Teaching at Public Schools in Abu Dhabi

Teach Away Inc. is the founding recruitment partner for one of the world’s largest educational reforms, the ADEC Licensed Teacher Program. As the Abu Dhabi Education Council’s first worldwide recruitment partner, Teach Away is the number one choice for thousands of educators across the globe.

Teaching at Public Schools in Abu Dhabi

Since the start of the Licensed Teacher Program in 2009, Teach Away has successfully sent thousands of educators to teach in public schools in Abu Dhabi.

  • Proven recruitment methods: Teach Away’s recruitment and screening process was developed with ADEC during the inception of the program. As a result, Teach Away candidates have been hired at a higher percentage than other candidates.
  • Highest success rate: Over 80% of the teachers in the ADEC Licensed Teacher program have been hired through Teach Away.
  • Simplified procedures: Teach Away’s systems tie into the systems of the Abu Dhabi Education Council to ensure the smoothest possible processing of visas, flights, and housing.
  • Free professional development: Teach Away has founded an exclusive scholarship program for teachers seeking professional development.

With head offices in North America and branches worldwide, Teach Away recruits licensed Public School educators from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa for exciting teaching positions within ADEC’s New School Model.

In early 2009, Teach Away management met with officials from the Abu Dhabi government to design and develop one of the largest international licensed teacher recruitment initiatives in the world. Since the inception of the ADEC Licensed Teacher Program, Teach Away has recruited over 80% of all English speaking educators working for the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

As the first recruitment provider for the ADEC Licensed Teacher (LT) Program, Teach Away is the only organization that has been working with ADEC since the LT program’s inception. Teach Away is seeking dedicated teachers, principals, and administrators to participate in a large education reform that will help shape the future of this young nation.

Additional benefits to working in Abu Dhabi Public Schools through Teach Away:

  • Support network - Teach Away’s online network puts teachers in touch with a community of foreign educators, even before departing for Abu Dhabi.
  • Professional help arranging documents - Teach Away has worked with the Abu Dhabi Education Council since the inception of the program and has a proven record of success.
  • Efficiency and simplicity - Teach Away’s systems work with ADEC’s to facilitate the processing of documents, giving Teach Away educators the best chances of arriving on time.

Join the thousands of other professional educators who have partnered with Teach Away to support this dynamic young country in developing their education system.

Apply to Teach in Abu Dhabi

All applicants must submit an online application for teaching overseas through Teach Away.

Successful candidates must be interviewed in person at various locations in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Asia. Teachers who are required to commute to the interview are responsible for their own commuting and lodging expenses.

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Teach Away Scholarship Program

As we enter our 5th year of recruitment with the Abu Dhabi Education Council, Teach Away is launching its first-ever scholarship program in conjunction with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Only Teach Away educators are eligible for this exclusive scholarship program. Applicants who are successful in obtaining a job with ADEC following an in-person interview will have the opportunity to complete the University of Toronto’s professional development module “Teaching in English to Arabic Speakers,” developed by OISE and TEFL Online, free of charge. The module, valued at $200, is specially tailored to teachers taking part in this educational reform.

As part of its commitment to international education and the professional development of teachers, Teach Away has decided to further its efforts by offering this new scholarship program for successful ADEC educators applying through Teach Away.

Learn more about the Teach Away scholarship program

Interview Dates

Interview dates listed below are tentative and subject to change.

Please note that attendance to an interview session is by invitation only. Candidates are asked not to purchase flights to any of the interview locations until they have been officially invited by Teach Away Inc. representatives. Please also note that all dates are subject to change. Applicants who interview through more than one agency risk having their application cancelled by ADEC.

Abu Dhabi Public Schools – ADEC Interview Dates

Country / Region City Tentative Interview Dates*
England London


Ireland Dublin


Australia Sydney TBA
New Zealand Auckland TBA
USA Chicago


  New York City


  Los Angeles TBA
  Houston TBA
Canada Toronto




South Africa Johannesburg OR Cape Town


UAE Abu Dhabi TBA
    *Subject to change


About the Education Council in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Education Council is responsible for developing and implementing innovative educational policies, plans, and programs that aim to improve education in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and support educational institutions and staff in a manner that helps achieve the objectives of national development.


Teachers who are accepted to teach will be assigned to a public school within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which is responsible for three regions: Abu Dhabi City, Al Ain, and Al Gharbia. The majority of placement locations will be in urban or suburban settings. Teachers may be placed up to 45-minute drive from their school.

Abu Dhabi is the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after Dubai. It is located on an island on the Arabian Gulf and offers year-round sunshine. Al Ain, the fourth largest city in the UAE, is located next to Oman and is known as the Garden City of the UAE. Click here to read more information about teaching locations in Abu Dhabi.

Program Duration

Teachers working in the UAE are contracted to teach for a minimum of two years. Teachers who successfully complete the contract will be offered an option to renew their contracts.

Qualifications for Teaching in Abu Dhabi

Teachers interested in working in Abu Dhabi must be licensed to teach in their state/province. Teachers who possess a teaching license that has been valid within the past three years will be considered for a position. Retired teachers are also welcome to apply.

Teachers who have an undergraduate degree but no teaching credentials will not be considered for teaching jobs in Abu Dhabi. Teaching English as a Second Language certificates, although helpful in a second language learning environment, cannot replace a teaching license.

Criminal Background Check

All Teach Away applicants to this public school program must provide a criminal background check at the time of their in-person interview.

Primary and Secondary Schools in Abu Dhabi

Teachers will be placed throughout 296 public schools in Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain, and Al Gharbia. The majority of the students are of Emirati nationality.

Class Sizes and Student Age in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi schools are divided into four levels: Kindergarten, Cycle 1 (grades 1-5), Cycle 2 (grades 6-9), and Cycle 3 (grades 10-12). A typical class in Abu Dhabi will have between 20-30 students.

Teaching Subjects in Abu Dhabi

Level Subjects Taught Teaching Independently?
Kindergarten English, math, and science Working with Arabic co-teacher
Cycle 1 English, math, and science Own classroom
Cycle 2 ONE of the following: English, math, or science Own classroom
Cycle 3 English only Own classroom

Foreign Staff in Abu Dhabi Public Schools

Teachers can expect to work with local Emirati teachers, western expatriate teachers, and Arabic expatriate teachers. Due to the popularity and growth of the Licensed Teacher program, foreign teachers make up roughly 10-35% of the staff in any given Abu Dhabi public school.

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