Resumes for teacher candidates are different from those in other fields for 2 main reasons. The first is length. Teacher resumes generally run about 1 1/2 to 2 pages. The second is the emphasis of the resume. You want to highlight all relevant experience with children (which is why it may run over one page). Some components you may want to include in your own resume are education, classroom experience, relevant work experience, activities, honors, professional affiliations, objective (if you have a specific one), names of references, and relevant coursework. As a new teacher candidate, the bulk of your experiences will probably be from university practica, student teaching, and summer jobs (such as camp counseling).
Here are some links to help you with resume development:
Resume Writing and Correspondence
How to Write an Exceptional Resume
Resumes and Cover Letters
How to Write a Resume
One book I found EXTREMELY helpful is "101 Grade A Teacher Resumes" by Rebecca Anthony and Gerald Roe. You can purchase this book online by visiting the amazon.com online bookstore.
Or, to see my resume (as an example of a new teacher candidate resume), click here.
Some components you may want to include in your own portfolio are:
Professional Resume- see the above section.
Philosophy Statement- this is a general statement about your beliefs on teaching and learning. What do you feel is the teacher's role in the learning process? What kind of environment do you see as the most beneficial? What is the role of the community in learning? How do students learn best? This gives employers a clue as to whether your beliefs about education "fit in" with theirs. It should be about 1 page.
Examples of Work- lesson plans/units you've created (and maybe taught), with samples of student work if you have them.
Photos of you "in action"
Evaluations/Letters of Recommendation
Parent Letters (praising you!)
you can also add reflective statements or captions to the materials, because they will probably not explain themselves. Remember that all the materials should support your philosophy of education. Basically the portfolio is a way to tell employers what you believe and how you have (and plan to) implemented those beliefs in classroom situations.
Here are some links associated with portfolio development:
Landing a Teaching Job
Elements of a Good Portfolio
The Teaching Portfolio
Some good books about portfolio development are:
"How to Develop a Professional Portfolio: A Professional Manual for Teachers" by D.M. Campbell (1997)
"Portfolio Power: A New Way to Showcase All Your Job Skills" by M. Kineldorf (1997)
You can order these online from Amazon.com online bookstore.
First, there are general job sites for teachers:
Yahoo Education Jobs Index
Troops to Teachers
Nationjob Education Jobs
Academic Employment Network
America's Job Bank
Independent School Jobs
Private School Job Listings
Next, you might want to consider going through an agency as part of your job search. Agencies are hired by
private and independent schools to find competent candidates for openings. You don't have to be certified (except for primary positions)
to teach at most independent/private schools. Here are the addresses of some agencies. Most agencies provide services to
teacher candidates (at least those attending school full-time) for free.
Here are some agencies who recruit teachers:
Carney, Sandoe, and Associates
Independent Educational Services
Teachers On Reserve (California schools only, $25 fee)
School Service Bureau
Educational Resources Group
In addition, you may want to attend a teacher recruitment fair somewhere around the country. Fairs are a great way
to meet hiring personnel for school districts and have initial interviews. Most are university sponsored, so if you can't
find information in one of the career fair databases, try going to a university career center webpage at a university's homepage
in the area you would like to teach. Some of these are open to the public, and some are not. You may even be able to beg your way
in to a fair that is only open to students! The K-12 Jobs site has a great listing of teacher job fairs, and links to other job fair sites.
In addition, the American Association for Employment in Education publishes two books helpful in the teacher job search. The "Job Search Handbook for Educators", published annually, gives information on the job search process for teacher candidates. The "Guide to Services and Activities for Teacher Employment" includes a wealth of information on job fairs nationwide, referral systems, reciprocity, and interviews.
Getting certified is very important if you want to teach in a public school system. However, I have found that
it is less important to be certified in the state you want to teach as long as your certified somewhere. This is because of reciprocity. Most, if not all,
hiring school districts will still hire you if you are not certified in their state. Once you accept the job, you usually have anywhere from the first day of school to within the first 1-2 years you teach to become certified in that state.
Reciprocity does not mean you automatically get certified in another state. What it means is that you get to bypass some (maybe all) of the certification procedures that
the state requires for completely uncertified candidates. For example, when I graduate in May 1999 I will be certified to teach Elementary grades 1-8, and Special Education (modified) grades K-12. If I want to teach in, Florida, I will have to take some state certification tests that TN doesn't require. However, it may only be one test and I can teach while I am in the process of meeting those requirments. These details are generally in your hiring contract so make sure you read carefully before signing and accepting a job! Here are is a link where you can find the certification requirements for every state. International schools generally require you to have any state's certification.
Also, here is a link to the NTE/PRAXIS exams, given by ETS and used in many states for certification.
Educational Testing Service
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