Are you working as a teacher in Sweden and are planning to stay here? There are a few things you need to bear in mind. For instance, it is a good idea to make sure you obtain a Swedish teacher’s certificate and to learn the Swedish language.
If you are working as a teacher in Sweden and want to continue over the long term, there are a few things you need to bear in mind. For instance, it is a good idea to make sure you obtain a Swedish teacher’s certificate and to learn the Swedish language. You also need to keep up with new work environment regulations and the rules issued by the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket).
Swedish teacher’s certificate
In Sweden teachers require a teacher’s certificate. The certificate shows in which types of school, years and subjects you are qualified to teach. The aim of the certification system is to raise standards in Swedish schools, improve the status of the profession and clarify the qualifications of teachers and preschool teachers.
Since 1 July 2015, only certified teachers or preschool teachers may be responsible for teaching and setting grades, no matter when they were employed.
You can top up your certification with additional credit for experience you had from the year 2000 up until 1 July 2015. If you wish to apply for a teacher’s certificate, have questions or want to add additional experience, you should contact Skolverket directly.
Many benefits of learning Swedish
Teachers from outside Sweden who want to, or perhaps already, work as a teacher in this country should learn Swedish, even if this is not required in your teaching. There are numerous benefits to mastering the local language.
Don’t be excluded from society
Almost all union negotiations take place in Swedish and your collective agreement is negotiated in Swedish. The English version is thus usually just a translation. Many authorities have English translations on their websites, but these are usually short versions of the Swedish text and information. The language is the key that will enable you to access valuable knowledge about your rights in Sweden.
Professional development and demand
People with a mastery of languages other than Swedish are in demand on the labour market, where your language skills are an asset. There is, for example, a considerable shortage of teachers in Swedish as a second language (SvA) – a subject that aims to enable students who do not have Swedish as their mother tongue to develop their knowledge in and of the Swedish language through education. Read more about SvA on Stockholm University’s website (in Swedish).
There is also a major demand for mother tongue teachers in Sweden. As a qualified teacher with skills in languages other than Swedish, you are therefore in demand on the Swedish labour market. Read more on Skolverket’s website about what it means to be a mother tongue teacher (in Swedish).