Are you the type of person who enjoys explaining ideas and concepts to others? Do you enjoy working with and impacting the development of children or adolescents? Are you organized, dependable, patient and creative? Do you want to teach? Teachers help students of many different backgrounds learn in many different areas. Different types of teachers include: Preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, secondary school, vocational education and special education. Consider pursuing internships and volunteer opportunities in the field of education to see if teaching is for you.
All 50 States and the District of Columbia require public school teachers to be licensed (not required for teachers in private schools). Requirements will vary by State. Many States offer alternates to licensure programs to assist individuals who have not had teacher preparation courses but do hold a Bachelor’s degree in the subject they wish to teach.
Alumni Careers Network
Alumni have VOLUNTEERED to have students contact them for advice and information about majors and careers. The Alumni Careers Network
Selected Online Resources
NJ Hire - http://www.njhire.com
- Sponsored by the New Jersey State Department of Education. Teacher recruitment initiative which lists online postings in the State of New Jersey.
- Job listings for teaching and administrative positions. There is also a resources directory and an event listing.
Princeton's Teacher Preparation Program - http://teacherprep.reuniontechnologies.com
- Meet with TPP staff to be advised on careers in teaching, Princeton University's program for certification, and position listings. In addition, the Program in Teacher Preparation provides a placement service for any student interesting in seeking employment in independent or public schools.
Private School Placement Agencies
Placement agencies match candidates with teaching positions in private schools.
These programs are generally two-year placements in urban or rural environments that have a high need for educators. The programs provide a way to get certification in the state in which you're working. In some cases, a master's degree can be completed during your placement as well. No teaching experience is required for these programs.
Teach for America
-Started as a senior thesis project at Princeton, this organization places recent college graduates in urban and rural schools for an intense, two-year teaching placement in 25 sites around the country.
Math for America
-Nonprofit organization that offers the Newton Fellowship Program to recruit mathematically-talented individuals to become high school math teachers.
New Teachers Collaborative
- Program consisting of two summers and one year teaching secondary school in Massachusetts or New Hampshire.
Alliance for Catholic Education
- Two summers at Notre Dame getting a Masters of Education and two academic years teaching in under-resourced Catholic schools primarily in the South or Southwest.
International Job Listings and Programs
Princeton in Asia
- PiA is a non-profit foundation committed to providing bright and motivated people with a vivid "Asian experience." Teaching and workplace internships are available in a range of countries annually.
Dave's ESL Cafe
- "The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World!"
-Search by region of the world to browse jobs teaching English as a Second Language.
Office of Overseas Schools
- Includes U.S. Department of State listings of schools, training programs, and employment opportunities.
- Works with teachers across North America (from new university graduates to experienced teachers), placing them in jobs around the world. Offering ESL teaching jobs, along with positions for licensed teachers.
- Program founded at Harvard in 1986 that places volunteers in teaching positions around the world.
Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
- International exchange and foreign language program held throughout Japan.
- In its 15th year of twice-monthly publication, the free electronic newsletter reports the best currently available English teaching positions in Japan.
- Provides information, resources and placement assistance for ESL teaching in Korea.
Directories of Schools
National Association of Independent Schools
- Offers articles about working in independent schools as well as a national job board and links to state job boards.
Council of the Great City Schools
- Directory of a coalition of 65 of the nation's largest urban public school systems.
- A directory of public and private schools in the U.S. by state. Provides statistics on enrollment, student-teacher ratio, and demographics.
Career Information & Professional Associations
National Center for Alternative Certification
- This website offers a searchable state-by-state database for locating programs for alternative certification for teaching.
American Federation of Teachers
-Federation that represents teacher interests at all levels of education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
-Publication that includes articles on current events in higher education as well as national listings of faculty and administrative positions.
National Education Association
- Professional association with 2.7 million members. Dedicated to the advancement of public education at every level.