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Information for Teachers Immigrating to Israel

​​​​​​​​​Dear teachers and kindergarten teachers,

Welcome to the State of Israel!

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​We wish you success in the future!​

Division of Practicum and Teacher Induction

Ministry of Education

General Information 

What is required of new-immigrant teachers in order to work as a teacher in Israel? 

In order to work in the teaching profession in Israel you must have documents attesting to your academic and professional qualifications:

  1. Diplomas of aca​demic degrees

  2. Teaching certificate or teaching license

Upon your arrival in Israel you will be required to study the Hebrew subjects, complete pedagogical compatibility studies and obtain a positive opinion of your teaching work.

First step – contact us – before immigrating to the State of Israel

How to contact us and receive information before immigrating to Israel? 

Please fill the following online form.​

If you have all the teaching certificates and documents, according to the list in the online form, you are welcome to contact the representative on our behalf with the scanned documents to receive a preliminary opinion regarding the documents. 

The representative: Mr. Motti Almog, email: motia@education.gov.il

To remove any doubt, final evaluation of degree and teaching certificate equivalency will only be conducted after submission by ​mail or upon your arrival in Israel of the original or certified as original documents and translation of the documents to Hebrew or English. 

Second step - equivalency evaluation of academic degree - before immigrating to the State of Israel 

Can the final equivalency and evaluation of a foreign academic degree be conducted prior to immigration to the State of Israel? 

Yes. However you will need to send the documents by mail since the process cannot be conducted only based on scanned documents sent by email. 

How should the documents for final equivalency evaluation of an academic degree be sent, before immigration to Israel? 

First - make sure you have the following certificates and documents: 

Required documents: 

  1. ​Academic degree: degree diploma + official transcript signed by the academic institution. Take note, those who hold a Master’s degree must also submit their Bachelor’s degree diploma and transcript.

  2. Official transcript signed by the academic institution of prior studies recognized for the academic degree (if applicable).

  3. Passport

  4. Confirmation that you are entitled to immigrate to Israel

  5. Academic degree evaluation application form (download)

  6. Translation of all documents to English or Hebrew, including the translator’s declaration in the presence of a representative of the Israeli consulate attesting to translation accuracy. 

The above original documents should be photocopied and certified as original by the Israeli consulate. 

Second - you must fill the academic degree evaluation application form. The form is found on the Division for Evaluation of Foreign Academic Degrees website​. The form is in - English. Send the documents and application form by mail to: 

Ministry of Education, Division for Evaluation of Foreign Academic Degrees, 22 Kanfei Nesharim Street, Jerusalem.​

Additional information can be found on the Division for Evaluation of Foreign Academic Degrees website. Telephone: 02-5601684; Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. 

Third step - evaluation of teaching certificate - before immigrating to Israel  

Can the evaluation of the teaching certificate or teaching license be conducted from abroad, before immigrating to Israel?

Yes. However you will need to send the documents by mail since the process cannot be conducted only based on scanned documents sent by email. 

How should the documents for teaching certificate evaluation be sent, before immigration to Israel? 

First - you must make sure you have the following certificates and documents: 

Required documents: 

  1. ​Teaching certificate and/or teaching license

  2. Transcripts of teaching certificate studied, signed by the academic institution

  3. Official documents attesting to number of teaching years

  4. Teaching experience form. The form is found on the website in the following languages: English, Russian, Spanish and French.

  5. Additional documents attesting to Hebrew language studies or other studies that may be relevant. 

The above original documents should be photocopied as certified original documents. Signature of the consulate or a notary of the public – will confirm that the documents are certified as original. 

- The documents must be translated into English or Hebrew by a translator working with the Israeli consulate. The translation must be signed by the consulate to certify that the translation was performed by the consulate.

Please send the documents by mail to the Ministry of Education, Teacher Training Division, the committee for recognition of teaching certificates, 2 Dvora Hanevia Street, Jerusalem.  

Fourth step - the process of integration into the teaching profession after your arrival in Israel

What is the process of opening a file with the Ministry of Education? 

When you arrive in Israel, we invite you to contact the designated supervisors in the districts responsible for new-immigrant teachers. There is a designated supervisor in each geographical district who assists new-immigrant teachers residing in the district. 

Click here for contact information. ​

The district designated supervisor for new-immigrant teachers will be the contact person for the initial teaching integration process in Israel. The designated supervisor will provide the utmost assistance to help you find employment, including guidance concerning prerequisites for full integration into the teaching profession.

To the meeting with the district supervisor bring all documents attesting to your education and professional experience in the teaching field (as specified in step two).

The purpose of the meeting is to get to know you, including a preliminary job interview. The designated supervisor will examine the documents, authorizations and diplomas you bring with you.

If an equivalency evaluation has not been conducted yet for the certificates and documents – the designated supervisor will assist in sending the certificates and documents for equivalency evaluation. (Degree – through the Degree and Diploma Department, teaching certificates – through the Teachers’ Administration).

The designated supervisor will also help you fill th​e required forms for receipt of supplementary hours from the hour basket intended to foster new-immigrant teachers.

Important to know!

The academic and pedagogical knowledge you have acquired is very significant. Nonetheless, compatibility with pedagogical requirements in Israel will be examined. Compatibility with the requirements will determine whether you will be required to take complementary courses and the scope of hours involved. 

Please note: 

  1. ​New-immigrant teachers that have an academic degree in teaching a subject – the degree, after equivalency certification, can serve as a teaching certificate for all intents and purposes.

  2. New-immigrant teachers that have a teaching certificate but do not have an academic degree will be referred to one of the colleges to complete an academic degree in order to be eligible to work as teachers in Israel.

  3. New-immigrant teachers that have an academic degree but do not have a teaching certificate will be referred to one of the colleges to complete a teaching certificate in order to be eligible to work as teachers in Israel. 

Fifth step - integration in a teaching position and pedagogical opinion of your work

How does integration in a teaching position in school take place?  

According to the needs of the system, and based on the qualifications of the new-immigrant teacher - the teacher will be integrated into one of the schools or kindergartens in Israel, only after discussions with the supervisory entity and the school principal. 

The Ministry of Education encourages assignment of new-immigrant teachers in the education system by granting supplementary hours to the educational institution to which the new-immigrant teacher was assigned: for every teaching hour granted the new-immigrant teacher by the educational institution in which he/she was assigned – the Ministry of Education will transfer a supplementary hour, in primary and junior high school up to 8 hours and in post-primary education up to 6 hours. Thus, new-immigrant teacher’s employment hours will increase to enable them to enter the education system and ensure optimal integration. ​

In every school the principal will appoint a teacher tutor who will accompany the new-immigrant teacher and help him/her in their initial integration in school.

The district supervisor responsible for new-immigrant teachers will continue to accompany and support the new-immigrant teacher in the event of special problems or issues they face.

During their first employment year - the new-immigrant teacher’s classes will be observed for the purpose of a written opinion about their teaching quality.

Following observation - a written opinion will be formulated. In kindergartens – by the kindergarten inspector, in primary or junior high school - by the school principal or the school inspector, in post-primary schools – by the subject inspector or the general inspector. 

Sixth step - complete the study of Hebrew subjects and pedagogical subject compatibility studies alongside teaching

What professional complementary studies are required?  

  1. ​​All new-immigrant teachers are required to participate in a 210-hour course to reinforce Hebrew subjects. The Hebrew subject course includes a cluster of 6 subjects: Hebrew, language, Jewish/Israeli culture, bible, history and civic studies. 

  2. All teachers teaching English, Sciences or Physical Education are required to participate in a 180-hour compatibility course. 

Referral to courses and information about the courses will be provided by the new-immigrant teacher’s district designated supervisor. Click here for contact information.​

Seventh step - receive “teaching license” or “teacher certificate” 

What are the conditions for receiving a “teaching license” for new-immigrant teachers in post-primary education?

  1. ​Approved equivalency of foreign academic degree

  2. Recognition of foreign teaching certificate or document confirming completion of required complementary studies

  3. Document confirming completion of Hebrew subject studies

  4. Document confirming completion of compatibility studies in special subjects (for example: English, Sciences, Physical Education).

  5. Positive opinion of subject or general inspector following observation of classes​

Coordinator handling teaching license: Mrs. Ariella Barak

Ariella’s direct email: arielaba@education.gov.il

What are the conditions for receiving a “teacher certificate” for new-immigrant teachers in post-primary and pre-primary education?​

  1. ​​Approved equivalency of foreign academic degree

  2. Recognition of foreign teaching certificate or document confirming completion of required complementary studies

  3. Document confirming completion of Hebrew subject studies.

  4. Document confirming completion of compatibility studies in special subjects (for example: English, Sciences, Physical Education).

  5. Positive opinion of school principal or the inspector following observation of classes​

Coordinators handling teacher certificate: Mrs. Sarit Agami, Mrs. Rachel Berkovitz

Sarit’s direct email: saritdo@education.gov.il

Rachel’s direct email: rachelbe@education.gov.il​

Eighth step - adaptation period for teaching in Israel

Does the accompaniment and support continue after assignment to an educational institution?

We will continue to accompany you when you enter the education system, after assignment to an educational institution, through the district designated supervisor of new-immigrant teachers and the tutor. Furthermore, an educational counselor will be at your disposal to provide support and help solve problems.

The direct email of the educational counselor, Dr. Ruti Ben Zeev: Benzeev96@gmail.com


We are confident in your success

and wish​ you pleasant and rapid 

integration in Israel

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להמשך קריאה סגור
To be a teacher in Israel – you must hold an academic degree and a teaching certificate. A teacher who is a new immigrant is required to study Hebrew
subjects and must fulfill several pedagogic adaptation requirements 
When you arrive in Israel you must contact the  Supervisors in the districts responsible for immigrant teachers. There is a special supervisor in every geographic district appointed to assist immigrant teachers who reside in the district. At this meeting the supervisor will conduct an acquaintance discussion and an initial job interview. The supervisor will examine the documents, diplomas and approvals you bring with you
Bring all the documents that verify your education and professional experience in the teaching field
If the equivalency of the documents has not been evaluated yet – the supervisor in the district responsible for immigrant teachers will help you send the documents for equivalency evaluation (degree through the Academic Degree and Diploma Division. Teaching certificate – through the Teacher Administration)
All immigrant teachers must participate in a 210-hour course to reinforce Hebrew subjects. The course in Hebrew subjects includes a cluster of 6 subjects: Bible, Israel/Jewish heritage, Hebrew literature, Hebrew language, history and civic studies
In Israel you must have an academic degree in order to work in education. Therefore, in this case, you will be referred to one of the education colleges to complete an academic degree
: In Israel you must be qualified in teaching in order to work in education. Therefore, in this case, you will be referred to one of the colleges to complete a teaching certificate, unless you have a degree in teaching the subject, in which case it is considered to be equivalent to a degree and a teaching certificate
In this case you will be referred to one of the colleges in Israel to participate in a special program to expand your certification
The supervisor in the district responsible for immigrant teachers. This will be your contact person throughout the initial process of absorption in education in Israel. This person will help you as much as they can in finding employment, including advice regarding prerequisites for full integration in teaching
Immigrant teachers who have an academic degree in teaching a specific subject – the degree, after receiving equivalency approval (in the Sub-Division for the Evaluation of Overseas Degrees and Diplomas, the Ministry of Education) can serve as a teaching certificate for all intents and purposes

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