Haverford's Center for Career and Professional Advising and Bryn Mawr's Career and Professional Devlopment Office offer a variety of services to help students find summer teaching opportunities, spring and winter break externships, part-time jobs, and teaching positions. Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the resources of their College's career resources.
To find out about job openings in independent (private) schools, you can contact the school in which you're interested in teaching to ask how and when they advertise job openings (the hiring season usually begins in early spring for the following fall). There are also a number of independent school job search websites, including the National Association of Independent Schools and the Friends Council on Education.
There are also a number of teacher placement agencies, some of which conduct on-campus interviews at Haverford and Bryn Mawr in the fall, including the following, none of which charges teacher applicants a fee:
Carney, Sandoe, and Associates: Carney, Sandoe & Associates is an educational recruitment firm that places teachers and administrators in private, independent and like-kind (charter, magnet, pilot and merit) schools across the nation. CS&A works with more private, independent and like-kind schools (K-12, urban, suburban and rural, boarding and day, single-sex and co-educational) than any other educational recruitment firm in the country. CS&A has thousands of positions available in all primary and secondary subjects each year. All fees are paid by the client school; personal and professional placement services are free to the candidate.
Independent School Consortium of Greater Philadelphia: Established in 1994 to increase the number of faculty of color in five Philadelphia area independent schools. The original schools were Agnes Irwin, Baldwin, Episcopal Academy, Haverford, and Shipley. The Consortium continues to grow each year. Student enrollments range from 500 to1150. Faculty and staff sizes range from 85 to over 200. The objective of the program is to build a community of educators that reflect therichness inherent in a diverse population. In pursuit of this goal, the Independent School Consortium of Greater Philadelphia serves as a way to attract and support faculty of color such as people of African or Asian descent, Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and multiracial people.
Southern Teachers Agency: Suthern Teachers Agency is the oldest independent teacher placement service in America and the only service dedicated to placement in the South. Theywork with private schools from Maryland south to Florida and as far west as Texas. They also work with some public school districts in Virginia. Since they work primarily with private schools, most positions do not require teacher certification.
Applying for teaching positions in "regular" public schools (not charter): The season for recruitment of public school teachers begins slowly in March/April, heats up in May, and continues through August or until school starts. One straightforward way to find out about the recruitment and application process for teaching positions in a particular public school is to go directly to the human resources web site of the school district in which you are interested in teaching. Search for key words like “recruitment,” “employment opportunities,” “human resources,” etc. to get to the human resources section of the website, where you will find out information about recruitment activities, the application and interview process, and job openings. School districts usually hire in the spring through the end of the summer for fall teaching placements.
Applying for teaching positions in public charter schools: Charter Schools are self-managed public schools that are approved by local school districts. Charter schools operate free from many educational mandates (except for those concerning nondiscrimination, health and safety and accountability). Charter Schools hire their own teachers, so you may contact the schools directly for information about employment opportunities. To find out more about charter schools across the country, you can go to: http://www.uscharterschools.org.
If you are not yet certified to teach, it is more difficult, but possible, to find a teaching position in a public school. Charter schools, for example, are able to hire a certain percentage of uncertified teachers. Uncertified teachers are usually given a prescibed amount of time to get certified.
School districts are also often able to hire teachers who have "emergency", "intern," or "provisional" teaching licenses when they can not find certified teachers to fill all their vacancies. Often, these vacancies are in the "high need" subject areas - such as math, chemistry, physics, special education, Spanish, or bilingual education - and are in schools in low-income (urban and rural) areas of the country.
If you have a bachelor's degree and a good GPA (usually a 3.0), do not have a teaching certification, and are interested in teaching full-time in a low-income urban or rural region of the country while participating in coursework and professional development during non-teaching hours, you may be interested in learning more about programs like the following:
Teach for America: A national corps of recent college graduates of all backgrounds and academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public school. Each year, TFA selects a corps of over 2,000 individuals (from among 19,000 applicants in 2006), provides them with extensive training during summer institutes, places them as full-time, paid teachers in public schools, and coordinates an ongoing network to support them during their two years as teachers and beyond.
Teaching Fellows Programs: Please note that the eligibility requirements for the following programs are designed to attract applicants with little or no education background. Education Minors, therefore, may not be eligible to apply.
Not-for-Profit Networking Fairs sponsored by the Center for Career and Professional Advising, the Seven Sisters, and several other colleges and universities. Check you campus career services site for dates (usually in February).
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