This program provides high potential recent graduates with an opportunity to kickstart their teaching careers in an international school setting. The program provides practical experience bridging the gap between higher education and the needs of the job market. With mentorship from experienced teachers, candidates progress through modules while applying what they have learned in a practical IB school setting.


Hosting department

The KAUST School (TKS) is a coeducational pre-kindergarten to grade 12 international school that serves the KAUST community.

Trainees will be prepared for a teaching career path in which they will assist teachers in the classroom as teaching assistants.

  • Assist the teacher with classroom activities
  • Supervise or lead small group activities for children
  • Take and collect children from specialist lessons
  • Prepare and present displays of students' work
  • Supervise playground and recess (including snack time and lunch)
  • Perform bus duties that include helping students to and from the bus in the mornings and evenings

Training program duration: 12 months

Program Qualifications

What you need to qualify for this training program:

  • Recent Saudi graduates between the years of 2020 – 2022
  • Graduated with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/ 4, 4.5/5
  • Maximum of 2 years of teaching experience
  • KG and Elementary applicants: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Education is preferred for all applicants.
  • Secondary school applicants: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Education or subject-specific (e.g., mathematics, science, Arabic etc.)
  • IELTS score of 6.5 online test with a minimum of 6 in each band
  • Age: 22-28 years

  • Portfolio of work:
  1. Three lesson plans 
  2. Three samples of student work
  3. Two learning resources that were created by the applicant


  • Written statement about your personal teaching philosophy and reason for joining the program answering the questions below (500 words).
  1. What are your beliefs about how children learn? 
  2. What are the characteristics of a successful learning environment for children?

Recruitment Stages

Applications open:
April 17 , 2022

  • Application Submission: The form includes the general information required and submission of relevant documents
  • Applications open: April 17 – April 23
  • Video Submission qualified applicants will be required to submit a video to introduce themselves and answer some questions to move to the next stage. To view a sample of the video submission, please click here
  • Recruitment review of applications: Recruiters will assess the submission form with the department managers

  • Invitation for interview: a zoom panel interview with the school representatives
  • Week of May 22
  • A day as an Elevate Education Trainee: an opportunity to explore a day of an Elevate Education trainee at the KAUST Schools
  • June 6th
  • Onboarding: Accepted applicants will receive directions on the relocation and onboarding process

Training Journey

Trainees will go through various internal, external, and practical training programs during their 12 months journey

Internal program modules include (but are not limited to):

  • Building a culture of feedback
  • Establishing a culture or learning
  • Strategies for engaging students in learning
  • Assessment for learning
  • Differentiation 

External professional development that includes: 

  • IB certified workshops (PYP, MYP, DP - depending on placement)
  • Positive Discipline Certification

Additional professional development opportunities based on specialization from renowned educators.

Program kick-off August 4, 2022 


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