Seeking: Temporary Substitute Preschool Teacher (Nov 2021 to Jan 2022)

Current status of this position: accepting applications

Tsukuba International School (TIS) offers an international education for children from age 3 to 18 (preschool to Grade 12). We are an IB World School authorized to implement the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB).

We are currently seeking a temporary substitute preschool teacher to start immediately and continue until at least early January 2022. The successful candidate will teach four year olds and will participate in collaborative planning with the other teachers at the school.

As TIS is an IB World School, experienced IB (PYP) teachers will be given preference, although certified teachers with a strong interest in international education and the International Baccalaureate will also be considered.

Pledge of Non-Discrimination

Tsukuba International School is an equal opportunity educator and employer. We will not discriminate against any student, prospective student, employee, or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We will take measures to ensure against such discrimination in all of our services and practices.

Tsukuba International School is currently seeking a temporary substitute preschool teacher to start in November 2021. The successful candidate will teach four year old students, including whole class teaching, one-on-one practice, working with small groups, team-teaching with the assistant teacher, supervising children at play, and other duties as they come up.


The following are non-negotiable credentials for applying for this position.

  • English proficiency
  • Legally eligible to work in Japan (as this is a temporary position, we cannot provide assistance with obtaining a work visa)


We hope to find a candidate with the following range of experience.

  • University or college degree, preferably in early childhood education
  • Experience teaching at the early childhood level (up to age 6)
  • Experience teaching at an international school, or in a multicultural environment.
  • Experience teaching non-native speakers of English.
  • Experience with collaborative planning and teaching.

Please note that the school is not located near a train station, so it would be preferable for the applicant to have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

Working Conditions

Salary: 10,000 yen to 15,000 yen / day, depending on qualifications and experience
Days/Times: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Initial Contract: November 2021 to early January 2022
Renewal: The contract may be extended slightly longer if the need arises, but will not go beyond June 30, 2022.

Application Process

Submit a resume outlining your education and employment history (including your current position), and either attach at least one reference letter (preferable) or list at least one reference who can be contacted (multiple references preferred, if possible). Attach a one-page cover letter stating why you are interested in this position and what you could contribute to our school. Applications must be submitted by email. Interviews may take place in person or by web conference.

Please submit your documents as PDF files to the following address. Use the subject “Temporary Preschool Teacher: November 2021”.

jobs at tis dot ac dot jp

Applications are due by November 19, 2021, but we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be considered as soon as they arrive and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. We hope to fill the position by November 22, 2021.

We apologize, but only those candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Documents that are submitted to the school will not be returned.

We look forward to hearing from you.