Teaching Jobs in Malaysia

Malaysia, highly acclaimed for its picturesque beauty and tourism industry, has experienced major changes in education sector since 1990s. Top-notch education system of Malaysia is now considered as one of the prime reasons to live in this beautiful country. As far as the employment opportunities are concerned, teaching jobs in Malaysia hold a very significant position. Nestled in the tropics of Southeast Asia, spanning the South China Sea, Malaysia incorporates a knowledge-based economy. There have been major educational reforms by the Malaysian Government to produce quality workforce that meet the requirements of diverse industries.


Education System in Malaysia

Two government ministries – the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education mainly administer the education system in Malaysia. The education system is well regarded for excellence. Total population of the country is some 5,416,924. Education could be availed from government-sponsored schools, private schools, or through homeschooling. Stages of Malaysian education are Pre-school, Primary education, Secondary education, Tertiary education, and Postgraduate. There are some 27 Teacher training colleges to produce quality teachers for primary and lower secondary levels.

Undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Malaysia have been made easily accessible by the top rated educational institutes. The country homes ten local public universities, one international university as well as six private universities and more than 500 Public Higher Educational Institutions (PHEIs). These Public Higher Educational Institutions are not funded by the government. Students from all races in Malaysia and from foreign countries can enroll in these institutions.


Different Teaching Jobs in Malaysia

The prospect of teaching jobs in Malaysia is excellent. Variety of positions is offered by different institutions in various levels. Interested candidates can apply for their preferred position with updated resume and cover letter. Following are some of the most common teaching job positions in Malaysia:

  • Childcare Teachers
  • Math Teachers
  • Senior Trainer
  • English/GP Teachers
  • Asst. Director, Academic Quality (Education)
  • Secondary Teachers
  • Principal
  • Academic Director
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Science Teachers
  • Preschool Teachers/Infant Care Teachers
  • Childcare Teacher
  • Professor
  • Computer Teacher
  • Mandarin Teacher
  • English Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Nursery Teacher
  • Mental Arithmetic Course Instructor Teacher


Eligibility for Malaysia Teaching Jobs

To work as a primary level teacher in Malaysia, the candidates must have a Diploma in Teacher’s Training Program for primary or any other level. Candidates with a Graduate Degree in Education or Teaching can also apply for these jobs. Skills in teaching kindergarten courses as well as fluency in Bahasa, Mandarin and English are added advantage. Interested candidates must be legal resident of Malaysia or they must also have a legal work and stay permit. For working as a teacher in university level, interested candidates must have a doctoral degree in the related field. Those who have a Master’s Degree can also apply. In Malaysia, the citizens are only eligible to apply for University level positions like Lecturer or Professors/assistant Professors. They must also have proficiency in local language, Bahasa, English, Mandarin, etc. Unspecified, but candidates having 2 to 3 years of teaching experience in the particular field are given preference.


Educational Institutes in Malaysia

Universities in Malaysia are separated into two main categories - public and private universities. Public Universities in Malaysia are –

  • University of Malaysia, Terengganu
  • University of Technology, Malaysia
  • Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia
  • Utara University, Malaysia
  • National Defence University of Malaysia
  • University of Malaya
  • Technical University of Malaysia, Melaka
  • Islamic Science University of Malaysia
  • University of Malaysia, Pahang
  • University of Science, Malaysia
  • Sultan Idris University of Education
  • University of Malaysia, Perlis
  • University of Malaysia, Sabah
  • University of Malaysia, Sarawak
  • International Islamic University of Malaysia
  • National University of Malaysia
  • MARA University of Technology
  • Putra University of Malaysia
  • Darul Iman University of Malaysia
  • University of Malaysia, Terengganu


Polytechnics Schools in Malaysia

Apart from the university degrees, students can also enroll in professional courses offered by the ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators). Polytechnics Schools in Malaysia offer programs and courses in diploma certificate level. Duration of the diploma programs are 3 years, while the certificate courses are 2 years. Name of the public polytechnics in Malaysia are mentioned below:

  • Politeknik Seberang Perai
  • Ungku Omar Polytechnic
  • Politeknik Merlimau
  • Polytechnic Of Sultan Azlan Shah or Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah
  • Politeknik Muadzam Shah
  • Politeknik Kota, Melaka
  • Politeknik Kulim
  • Politeknik Sultan Idris Shah
  • Politeknik Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin
  • Politeknik Kota, Kuala Terengganu
  • Politeknik Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin
  • Politeknik Mukah
  • Politeknik Kuching Sarawak
  • Politeknik Port Dickson
  • Politeknik Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah
  • Politeknik Kota Kinabalu
  • Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah
  • Politeknik Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah
  • Politeknik Kota Bharu
  • Politeknik Johor Bahru


International schools in Malaysia

International schools in Malaysia bring excellent opportunity to study the curriculum of a different country. Some of the notable International schools in Malaysia include the following:

  • Malaysia (Australian curriculum)
  • The Alice Smith School (British Curriculum)
  • elc International school (British Curriculum)
  • The Garden International School (British Curriculum)
  • The Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur (Japanese Curriculum)
  • Lycée Français de Kuala Lumpur (French Curriculum)
  • Horizon International Turkish School
  • The Chinese Taipei School
  • Kuala Lumpur and The Chinese Taipei School
  • Lodge International School (British Curriculum)
  • The International School of Kuala Lumpur (International Baccalaureate and American Curriculum)
  • Penang (Taiwanese Curriculum)
  • The International School of Penang (International Baccalaureate and British Curriculum)
  • Dalat International School in Penang (American Curriculum)

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