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101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
Phone: (610) 526-5376
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370 Lancaster Avenue
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 Development 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.

Commit to a year of service

Teach in an independent school

To learn of job openings in independent schools, contact the school 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.

Akso, there are 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:

Teach in a public school

If certified...

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

Applying for teaching positions in school district public schools (not charter): Find out about the recruitment and application process for teaching positions on the school district's human resources web site. 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, go to:

If not certified...

It is more difficult, but possible, for someone without teacher certification to teach full-time in a public school and earn a regular teacher's salary. 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't 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. Often, applicants must be enrolled in a teacher preparation program and on a path to earning a teacher certification.

Programs that vet candidates and match them with teaching positions include programs like Teaching Fellows Programs or Teach Kentucky.

Apprentice teach in an urban public school while earning a Master's (similar to the medical residency model) 

Receive a living stipend and tuition remission. Must commit to teaching for several years in the school district or charter school network.