Teaching English in Iran

University of Toronto
Iran Overview

Iran has never been a popular TEFL destination but opportunities are growing, especially in private language institutes. Those without experience or knowledge of Iran would be wise to volunteer in the country in the short-term and make contacts and assess the situation in the meantime. Most local Iranians are very pleasant people but the dangers associated with being a foreigner in Iran are considerable so be aware of this before making a decision to accept the offer of a contract. It helps enormously if you already have contacts in Iran.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 500 – 1,500 Various shifts 2 weeks plus national holidays
International schools 3,000 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs


Typical requirements

Degree, CELTA (or equiv.), 1-2 yrs exp.


1. Stay abreast of political developments and register with your embassy to notify them of your address in Iran.

2. American English and pronunciation seems to be favoured here so Americans and Canadians are probably more likely to find the positions with the best salaries.

3. Those with a knowledge of Farsi language are at a great advantage and it would be advisable for anyone considering working here to start learning before arriving in Iran.

Red tape

Work permits must be arranged to work legally. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Iran is low but security is a major issue. Clearly, security is worth spending money on but speak to your prospective employer regarding accommodation as part of the contract package.

Tax and salary information

You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.


Growing demand for English tuition An unstable nation at present
Friendly, eager students Poor pay for those without previous teaching experience
Less competition from other TEFL teachers The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced

Go to Middle East jobs board


  1. hf74474 says:

    Dear Sir,
    If there is still an opening in international schools, I reckon I am a very suitable candidate. In case there is an opening, I am willing to apply for the job.
    Best regards
    Hassan Fazlali

  2. My qualifications include the following:

    1. 11 years’ experience (2000-2011) as ESL teacher (writing and conversation), editor, and writer at Tongsoong Linguatech and its publishing division, Lingua Forum, in Seoul, Korea.
    2. Contributed as writer and editor to hundreds of ESL and TOEFL prep books at Lingua Forum. Extensive knowledge of TOEFL.
    3. Author of more than 20 published books from US and Korean publishers, including one on Yahoo Korea bestseller list in 2002. Also have had articles in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and many other leading US publications.
    4. BA with distinction, University of Virginia, 1973.
    5. More than 200 hours’ classroom experience in Korea.

    What would be my prospects for finding an ESL teaching position in Iran, please? My age is 61. Thank you.

  3. Dear Sir or Madam,

    My name is Patrick Woodcock. I am a Canadian teacher and writer with over 10 1/2 years of ESL experience. I am currently working in Azerbaijan. My contract in Baku ends in December 2013. I am currently looking for work in Iran beginning January 2014. I have taught every age and every level and would greatly appreciate the chance to work in your country. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at allthehuskies@gmail.com and I will respond immediately and send you a more updated CV.

    Kindest Regards

    Patrick Woodcock

    • Username* says:

      Dear William,
      I’m an English teacher in Iran(Isfahan).Isfahan is the second biggest city in Iran after Tehran.I am teaching these days and I can help you to look for a job in my city Isfahan. At least you can visit Iran beauty in my city if you come to Iran. Please feel free to ask me more questions if you want.
      My Email address is ahmad_aghdaei@yahoo.com
      You can also search my name “Ahmad Aghdaei” in Google to see my CV.

  4. jtigue says:

    I am a certified high school teacher. I am interested in teaching English and History in Iran. If anyone can help please contact me. Thank you for your time.

  5. Ms. Parvaneh Saatchi says:


    For the last 19 years, I have been a high school math, physics, junior science, and ESL teacher in Vancouver, Canada. I was born in Iran, immigrated with my family to Canada in 1973 when I was nine years old. I speak, read and write my mother tongue, Farsi. I would like to spend my two months of summer holiday teaching in remote parts of the country where children would not otherwise get any schooling. Ideally, in the two months that I have these students I would make a program that would give them a basic and varied education around reading, writing, math and science. I would be doing this for personal fulfilment so I am not seeking a salary but would appreciate accommodations. I have family in Tehran but my purpose would be to spend my time teaching. I would like to spend a few summers with one group of students and then perhaps change and take another group in a different location. I want my work to be as efficient and wide spread as possible given that I need to return to my regular teaching job in Canada every September.

    Please let me know if you or any other organization would be interested in my offer.

    Ms. Parvaneh Saatchi

  6. Bahar says:

    I’m one of your hometown, I’m going to know if i can find a tefl job abroad like: Turkey,Middle east,Dubai , or not. Can you help me
    I live in Iran .and also I have a tefl certificate and also I passed this course in Paris in 2013.

    Best regards,

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