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Haverford, PA 19041-1392

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Careers in Education

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.

Independent Schools (certification not required)

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:

Public schools (teacher certification usually required)

Delaware Valley Education Consortium’s “Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair

State Departments of Education post information about job openings in the state. In Pennsylvania, for example, the site is: http://www.pareap.net.

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 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, 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:

Teaching Fellows Programs

Careers and volunteer opportunities in education in the non-profit sector

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).