If you're a teacher with a teaching qualification from a foreign country, it's important to find out what you need in order to qualify for teaching in Sweden. Your first step is to contact the Swedish National Agency for Education.

In 2011, the Swedish National Agency for Education was tasked with reviewing foreign teacher qualifications. Teachers in Sweden must be certified; this is a requirement in order to improve teacher skills and the quality of education.

What is the certification?

A teacher certificate states in which types of schools, which subjects, and which years a teacher is qualified to teach. This certification is required in order to teach at a school - only certified teachers can be offered permanent employment. All teachers in Sweden must have certification - both those that received their qualifications in Sweden, and those with foreign teaching qualifications.

If a teacher or pre-school teacher seriously neglects their work, their certification can be revoked (taken away). These decisions are reviewed and made by the Teachers' Disciplinary Board, located at the Swedish National Agency for Education. A teacher can also be issued a warning.

What must you have to be certified

 In order to qualify, you must have:

  • A diploma of education (lärarexamen) awarded in Sweden; or a Qualified Teacher Status Certificate (Behörighetsbevis) issued by the former Högskoleverket; or a diploma of Education from a country other than Sweden that qualifies you to work as a teacher or preschool teacher in the country you received your diploma.
  • Adequate proficiency in the Swedish language, equivalent to an upper secondary school (high school) level course in Sweden.

How to apply

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

  • Certificate of proficiency in Swedish
  • Diplomas, transcripts and qualifications
  • Official certificate of recognition as a teacher
  • Birth certificate or similar documentation
  • Translations of documents

If you do not have a Qualified Teacher Status Certificate and your Diploma of Education is dated after 1 July 2011, the application fee is 1500 SEK. Otherwise, there is no cost.

Find out more about teacher certification at Skolverket's website


Page last updated 2015-07-02