Live the Capital Life in Seoul


MOE stands for the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education and is a public school English teaching program that places teachers into the capital of Seoul. SMOE is one of the most popular and competitive programs in Korea due to its urban and large international appeal. SMOE is also referred to as EPIK-Seoul, with the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education using EPIK to find and screen teachers. Once admitted into the SMOE program, applicants will be distributed randomly to areas around Seoul.

Korvia is an official partner of EPIK. We help guide candidates through the process and prepare all the documents needed, giving you an edge over candidates who aren’t informed. As SMOE is one of the most popular programs, this edge is critical in bettering your chances of obtaining a position with SMOE. We’re here to guide you through it all and make sure your application and documents are perfect.

Teach English in the Capital of Korea

SMOE places teachers directly into the bustling and international city of Seoul; home to over 12 million people.

A Truly International City

Seoul strives to be one of the international commerce hubs in Eastern Asia. Living in Seoul gives residents access to many international food options, shopping, as well as events.

Elementary School Age Group Focus

SMOE places the majority of teachers into elementary school level positions. Making it great for those that like to work with children!

No Experience Necessary!

Those without any teaching experience but have a passion are more than welcome in the SMOE program, making it a great way to jump-start your teaching career!

Mass Program Recruitment Basis

Applicants apply using the standard EPIK Application form and specify that they would like to additionally apply to SMOE.

The EPIK Backup Plan!

If you are not accepted into the SMOE program, candidates will automatically be considered for EPIK positions, making it a safe option for those who are flexible with location.

Fall & Spring Starting Dates

SMOE program applicants have the option of starting either starting September 1st or March 1st during the year

Private School SMOE Positions Also Available!

SMOE will occasionally also fill positions at private schools in Seoul. These positions offer elevated payscales as well as longer vacation.

Become a Seoulite

Seoul gives teachers and visitors a little taste of all the traditional and contemporary culture of Korea. With its historical landmarks, fast-paced financial districts, and beautiful attractions, Seoul truly is the heartbeat of Asia.

Learn more about SMOE Locations >

  • Historical Landmarks
  • Access to International Cuisine
  • Korean Entertainment
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EPIK / SMOE Orientation

All Expenses Paid 9-Day Orientation

A SMOE | EPIK exclusive!

Nervous about stepping into the classroom for the first time? SMOE teachers get to attend a 9-day orientation that not only teaches you about Korean culture and how to be the most effective teacher from the get-go, but also allows you to meet and bond with other fellow SMOE teachers!

Learn more about SMOE Benefits >

Teach English at the Elementary Level

Teachers who like to work with young children will like SMOE’s focus on the elementary-age level. Know that you’re making a difference early in Korean children’s lives as you teach them the basics of phonics, grammar, and most importantly of all: to have fun while learning!

Learn more about the SMOE Contract >

  • Teach Grade Levels 3 to 6
  • 22 Teaching Hours Per Week
  • Take part in school talent shows, sports days, and more!
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The Korvia EPIK-Seoul Process

Be at the Top of the Application Game

It’s no secret that to nab a position with SMOE, you need to be at the top of your game. That’s precisely what Korvia is here to help you do. Working for over 6 years with EPIK, the organization in charge of placing teachers into SMOE, we know what it takes and how to be ahead of the rest of the game.

Learn more about the SMOE Application >

SMOE Elements

Get Informed About SMOE

From required documents to contract details, there’s a lot of stuff to learn about SMOE! Korvia is here to help you make the right choice, but for those that want to learn more on their own, we recommend getting started here!

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The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education has its own contract that specifies things like salary levels, benefits, working hours, and accommodation. The contract is backed by the Seoul City Government, which means not only are your salary and benefits secure, but that you’re employment is also locked in for the full contract term.

Learn more about the SMOE Contract >

  • 1-Year Contract
  • Mon-Fri | 9:40 AM – 4:40 PM
  • 21 Days of Vacation
  • 11 Sick Days
Being an English teacher in South Korea is not an easy task! The lessons, curriculum, and day to day routines that you as a teacher create at school can have a lasting effect on your students. Be prepared!

Learn more about SMOE Teaching Duties >

  • Prepare teaching materials
  • Assist your co-teacher in teaching English
  • Assist with extracurricular activities
  • Create testing materials and new curriculum
Applying to SMOE through Korvia is easy! After a brief Skype interview, one of our Korvia Recruiting Specialists will guide you through the entire application process helping you fill out the necessary forms and even double checking them for you before you submit them!

Learn more about SMOE Application Documents >

  • Skype Interview with Korvia Recruiting Specialist
  • Submit Application Documents to your Recruiter
  • That’s it!
[/fusion_builder_row_inner]Applicants interested in applying to SMOE are required to submit both initial application documents as well as final placement documents. As SMOE along with EPIK operates on a first-come first-serve basis, those that prepare earlier have a higher chance of obtaining a position! So it’s best to get started now!

Learn more about SMOE Required Documents >

  • 100-Hour TEFL Certificate
  • Apostilled National Criminal Background Check
  • Passport Sized Photos
  • Plus Others

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