Public School Teaching & Administration
Teaching or working at a public school allows you to live anywhere in the U.S. and it helps you be part of the community while giving back and making a difference in children’s lives. Although all 50 states and the District of Columbia require teacher licensure, their rules vary by state. Teaching at a public school right after college may require provisional certification. Here are some resources to get you started.
Summer Teaching Experiences
The premier pre-professional teacher residency program in country, Breakthrough offers hard-working undergraduates the opportunity to try teaching out for a summer. During the nine-week residency, Breakthrough teaching fellows receive over 100 hours of teaching and leadership training, including 75 hours of lead classroom experience. Many return to teach the following year, and nearly 75% go on to careers in education. Our undergraduate teachers are exceptional: 55% are scholars of color (compared to 18% nationwide), 21% come from STEM majors, and 33% are male (compared to 24% nationwide).
We recruit talented and diverse college and college-bound students. We train and immerse them in summer teaching experiences in urban schools with daily coaching and feedback. And then, we place fellows in jobs with our partners.
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and high schoolstudents from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
Public Education Resources
SchoolSpring is the premier online employment source for educators. SchoolSpring offers job seekers a one-stop solution for managing the job search, including complete archiving of all necessary documents and certifications, and access to the all education jobs in their selected regions.
Nemnet Minority Recruitment
Nemnet Minority Recruitment is a national resource organization committed to assisting schools and organizations in the recruitment and retention ofdiverse teachers, administrators and coaches. Each year, Nemnet works with over 500 public and private schools [k-12], colleges and universities and non-profit organizations and in turn, assists thousands of minority students and professionals in their search for professional development and employment.
Selected Public School Teacher Preparation/Fellowships and Residencies
DC Teaching Fellows
Upholds the conviction that public schools can work, but they must be staffed and led by our most-talented and accomplished citizens.
An ambitious, intensive, one-on-one tutoring program designed to fully close the Achievement Gap between minority and non-minority students, and between economically disadvantaged students and their more advantaged peers. Each MATCH Corps member is assigned four urban high school students with whom they build an in-depth relationship throughout the year, as they work together towards clear goals in academic classes and on key exams like the MCAS, SAT, and AP.
Attracting well-qualified college graduates to Louisville, KY, through an Innovative and supportive Teacher Recruitment Program. Many Middlebury students have participated and stayed!
Mississippi Teacher Corps
Mission is to provide dedicated, talented teachers for Mississippi school districts where an inadequate supply exists and provide liberal arts graduates with a structured entry into the teaching profession.
Teach NOLA seeks the nation’s most outstanding recent, mid- and post-career professionals to make a difference by teaching in New Orleans’s charter schools and the Recovery School District. This highly-selective initiative recruits the most talented individuals to drive the city’s rebirth by boosting academic achievement for all students.“
Teach For America
“The national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand opportunity for children. Each year, Teach For America selects a corps of nearly 2,000 individuals, provides them extensive training during summer institutes, places them as full-time, paid teachers in urban and rural public schools, and coordinates an ongoing network to support them during their two years as teachers and beyond.”
Math for America MfA
MfA offers mathematically talented college graduates a five year MfA Fellowship which includes a full tuition scholarship for a master’s degree program and four years of teaching in a New York City public secondary school. Today, there are over 200 MfA
Fellows in the New York City program. MfA Fellows receive:
- A full tuition scholarship for a master’s degree in mathematics education from MfA NY partner universities Bard College, New York University or Teachers College, Columbia University
- A stipend of $100,000 over five years, in addition to a full time teacher’s salary.
- Extensive professional development support and mentoring.
- Guidance from a community of highly qualified math teachers.
Chicago Teaching Fellows
Provides a pathway for outstanding individuals to become teachers in Chicago Public Schools and to significantly impact the academic achievement of our city’s children.
Miami Teaching Fellows
Committed to providing Miami-Dade County with a new group of teachers who will work tirelessly to increase student achievement and to help our children find academic success throughout their educational careers.
NYC Teaching Fellows
Upholds the conviction that teachers have the greatest influence on students’ academic success; each Fellow is pursuing his/her own education through a subsidized Master’s degree program
The New Teacher Project
The New Teacher Project (TNTP) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of outstanding individuals who become public school teachers and to creating environments for all educators that maximize their impact on student achievement. Since 1997, we have partnered with school districts, state education agencies, colleges and universities, and other educational entities to accomplish these goals. To date, we have trained or hired approximately 28,000 high-quality teachers, worked with more than 200 school districts and established more than 55 programs or initiatives in 27 states
Baltimore City Teaching Residency
Designed for individuals who have a deep commitment to children and want to earn their teaching certification while working full time in a Baltimore City School.
Private School Teaching & Administration
Private schools, also known as independent schools include both day and boarding schools. Because private schools do not receive tax dollars, removing state requirements, they often have more flexibility in the courses they offer and the curriculum standards they use, and teachers sometimes have more autonomy in the classroom. Teachers and administrators are also often asked to take on additional responsibilities in the lives of their students and school, such as coaching, academic advising, student organization advising, residential life, and more. Here are some resources to get you started.
Independent Schools Summer Teaching Internships (these schools and many others are also great places to work)
Choate Rosemary Hall
Typically, 30-35 interns are needed (junior status-rising senior)
Northfield Mount Hermon School Summer Teaching Intern Program
Summer academic program for 7-12 including college prep and ESL
Groton School Teacher-Intern Program
A coeducational, primarily residential school of 175 boys and 175 girls in grades eight through twelve.
St. Paul School Summer Teaching Internship
2 internship programs for juniors, seniors and recent grads. Applications are available by contacting the school or look on Handshake.
Tabor Academy Summer Teaching Internship
You will need to approach each day with a willingness to work, a sense of humor, enthusiasm, and common sense. Our program is quite intensive and you will learn much about yourself during the summer. You will stretch your own limits as you move from activity to activity, dine with children at meals, and, in the evening, create a community in the dorms. The days can be long, but connecting with children is the ultimate reward.
Taft Summer School
Interns generally assist in Science, English, and Mathematics courses, but have also been assigned to foreign languages, ESL and art classes. As members of the faculty, they are provided with a salary, free housing and board, on-campus medical attention, and teaching materials. The job demands strong commitment and, because of the residential nature of the program, interns must be available to chaperone trips and oversee dormitories on weekends. Each year, approximately half of the interns go on to teach in independent schools and, wherever possible, the Director of the Summer School provides assistance and support in their decision-making process.
Woodberry Forest School
Kenan-Lewis Internship: Woodberry is a boarding school of 400 boys. As a way to give back to our profession and to assist young men in gaining teaching experience Woodberry offers two internships each year to outstanding young men interested in teaching and coaching. Each intern receives $24,000, health benefits, room and board. They are guided by an outstanding faculty and coaches in developing their skills as educators.
Independent School Resources
Represent and recruit for boarding and days schools in the Northeast with special emphasis on placements in NJ, CT and NYC
Carney, Sandoe and Associates
Provides placement in independent and like schools all over the country and all over the world.
Nemnet Minority Recruitment
Nemnet Minority Recruitment is a national resource organization committed to assisting schools and organizations in the recruitment and retention of diverse teachers, administrators and coaches. Each year, Nemnet works with over 500 public and private schools [k-12], colleges and universities and non-profit organizations and in turn, assists thousands of minority students and professionals in their search for professional development and employment.
Southern Teachers Agency
Placement in PK-12 in US Southern States. Job fairs are also scheduled in Orlando and Charlottesville.
Cal/West Educators Placement
Specializes in placement in independent, private, and charter schools throughout CA and other western states. In addition, specialty positions such as admissions directors, college counselors, development directors, business managers, and many other staff positions. Job Fair schedule on web site.
Higher Education in the U.S. refers to a variety of both public and private institutions of post-secondary education. Positions in higher education fall into the larger general categories of faculty (teaching/research), and administration, which can be anything from deans, admissions counselors, human resource officers, etc. Most faculty positions require a Doctoral degree and include teaching, research and advising responsibilities. Some positions, such as adjunct or positions at community colleges may only require a Master’s degree. Here are some resources to get you started.
Higher Education Jobs
Database with jobs in higher education.
Chronicle of Higher Education
Weekly news and job-information source for college and university faculty members, administrators, and students.
Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed is the leading digital media company serving Higher Education Careers. Since our founding in 2004, we have become the go-to online source for higher education news, thought leadership, careers, jobs and resources.
NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities.
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
HERC is a non-profit consortium of over 700 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non- and for-profit organizations. Consortium members share a commitment to hiring the most diverse and talented faculty, staff, and executives.
Working at an educational non-profit or NGO may be a good way to combine your interest in education with wanting to do something good for the world. Non-profits are tax-exempt organizations that are typically mission-driven to serve the public interest. Those focused on education are often involved in educational access and social justice issues. Here are some examples to get you started.
826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
Practice Makes Perfect
Practice Makes Perfect is an innovative education organization that partners with schools to create high quality summer learning opportunities in high-need communities.
“City Year, an AmeriCorps national service program, brings together young people ages 17 to 24 from DISTINCT backgrounds for a challenging 10-months of service focusing on civic leadership, team building and mobilizing citizens to civic action.”
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
The Dream Project
This not for profit is committed to improving educational opportunities for children in rural areas and small communities in the Dominican Republic.
Broadway for All
Our mission is to transform the American stage and screen to reflect the diversity of America. We train young artists from all income levels and all ethnic backgrounds in a world-class conservatory–led by professionals from the Broadway, television, and film industries–in order to shape a new generation of artists, leaders, and advocates who are impassioned to create inclusive work for all.
The Great Books Foundation is an independent, nonprofit educational organization that creates reading and discussion programs for students and adults.
Center for Talent Development
Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University exists to serve the gifted community. As a non-profit center within the School of Education and Social Policy, CTD ensures gifted students receive the education, encouragement and support they need to grow into confident and accomplished lifelong learners.
Jobs in educational research or policy might have you working at a think tank, government agency, NGO, consulting firm, law office, publishing house, library, etc. Here are some examples to get you started.
Rural Education Action Project
The Rural Education Action Program (REAP) is an impact evaluation organization that aims to inform sound education, health and nutrition policy in China. REAP’s goal is to help students from vulnerable communities in China enhance their human capital and overcome obstacles to education so that they can escape poverty and better contribute to China’s developing economy.
Institute for Educational Leadership
For a half-century, the Institute for Educational Leadership has championed the need for leaders at all levels to shake off their institutional constraints and work across boundaries to address the needs of young people and their families. Bound by no constituency, IEL serves as a catalyst that helps policymakers, administrators, and practitioners at all levels to bridge bureaucratic silos and undo gridlock to improve outcomes for all young people and their families.
The Education Trust
The Education Trust is a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. Through our research and advocacy, Ed Trust supports efforts that expand excellence and equity in education from preschool through college, increase college access and completion particularly for historically underserved students, engage diverse communities dedicated to education equity, and increase political and public will to act on equity issues.
The New Teacher Project
TNTP’s mission is to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom. TNTP offers a range of support to partners, from strategic advice to multi-year execution.
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Emotions drive learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, and health. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. The Center conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop their emotional intelligence.
Center for Collaborative Education
The Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) envisions a just and equitable world in which every student is college- and career-ready, and prepared to become a compassionate, thoughtful and contributing global citizen. CCE’s mission is to transform schools to ensure that all students succeed. We partner with educators and leaders to develop strategies, processes and tools that support our vision of schools that prepare every student to achieve academically and make a positive contribution to a democratic society.
The White House
Employees of the Office of Administration come from a wide range of backgrounds and possess a unique blend of education, skill and experience. We recognize that our people are our most vital resource and value their knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment.
U.S. Department of Education
The Department of Education (ED) offers internships for students interested in seeking valuable work experience in government and federal education policy and administration. Volunteers have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the Department’s mission to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
Teaching oversees is an opportunity to combine your interest in teaching with living in another country. Many opportunities do not require a teaching certificate, especially those involving teaching English. Other opportunities may require teacher certification and previous teaching experience. NGOs might provide another way to seek non-teaching educational positions oversees. Here are some resources to get you started.
Opportunities around the globe: teaching, internships, volunteer, Eco/adventure, US universities abroad
US Peace Corps
Education is the Peace Corps’ largest program area. Volunteers play an important role in creating links among schools, parents, and communities. They may work in elementary, secondary, or post secondary schools, teaching subjects such as math, science, or conversational English; or as resource teachers or teacher trainers. Volunteers also develop libraries and technology resource centers.
You can earn your Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate through the Peace Corps. Learn more about the TEFL certificate program [PDF].
NALCAP: North American Language and Culture Assistants Program in Spain
Places over 1000 teachers, administrators and interns in international schools throughout the world, making SA one of the larger of the international school placement organizations.
If you are looking to begin a career in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to individuals outside of the United States or just looking to expand your knowledge on teaching English to non-native speakers the optional WorldTeach TEFL Certification is a great start. Accredited by ACCREDITAT, the WorldTeach TEFL Certification is designed to equip volunteer teachers with the knowledge and competencies they need to be more effective in the classroom.
For over 30 years, the single most useful and comprehensive resource—THE Web portal—for Work Abroad, Study Abroad, Cultural Travel Overseas, and International Living.
International School Services
Since 1955, ISS has grown into a dynamic educational force in the overseas community. A nonprofit dedicated to excellence for children attending overseas schools worldwide, ISS is the world’s leader in providing a comprehensive range of quality educational services for schools, educators, families and corporations. specialized service areas.
The world’s largest ESL employment agency focused on placing great teachers in great teaching opportunities. Free ESL teacher placement services for native English speakers.
TEFL vigorously supports and promote the development of English Language Teaching as a global enterprise.
TESOL International Association represents teachers, administrators, researchers, and other English language teaching professionals worldwide. The association often provides feedback to U.S. policy makers on important issues facing the ELT community, and it provides position statements and talking points that you can use as you advocate for your students and your profession.
United World College
UWC comprises schools and colleges in 16 countries and also consists of more than 60,000 alumni and other members in virtually every country in the world.
Bosnia Initiative for Local Development
BILD includes education and community service projects focused on helping young people succeed and helping families and communities emphasize local investment, self-reliance, and sustainability.
EPIK-English Program in Korea
EPIK is a unique teaching opportunity sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education. Teach English to Korean students and teachers; assist or conduct English classes with Korean teachers; prepare teaching materials for English classes.
Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
JET seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The program also aims to improve foreign language education in Japan and to encourage international exchange at the local level by fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth.
Educators who want to teach outside of the walls of a classroom might be interested in environmental education or other experiential education which might include travel education, camps, and gap-year or semester programs. Here are some examples to get you started.
For over 30 years, Overland has been taking middle and high school students on summer travel adventures in the U.S. and internationally led by college-aged students and young adults.
Exploration Summer Programs creates a dynamic environment of intellectual inquiry, responsible decision making, and spirited adventure for kids led by enthusiastic teachers (many of whom are current college students or recent grads). Programs held on the campuses of Yale, Wellesley, and Wheaton.
Where There Be Dragons
This organization dedicated to cross-cultural education offers summer, gap-year, and semester programs.
Chewonki Semester School
With a 3:1 student-faculty ratio, a rigorous curriculum, and the natural world as a laboratory, Maine Coast Semester challenges students to break through classroom walls and not just learn, but do.
Formerly known as Elderhostel, this organization is dedicated to lifelong learning, meeting new people, touching history where it happened, and delving deep into the cultures and landscapes.
Thinking Beyond Borders
Thinking Beyond Borders is an educational institution helping students prepare for careers that improve our world. TBB students live within communities, work alongside committed change leaders, and develop a deeper understanding of the world and their capacity to create meaningful impact.
Shelburne Farms is a working farm, including a dairy, Market Garden, and woodlands. They use their food and farming practices to educate others about sustainable agriculture and shared connections to the soil.
Hurricane Island Outward Bound School
Based on an island in Maine, this Outward Bound program engages high school, gap year, and college students as well as a struggling teen populations, adults looking for wilderness adventure, and Veterans from our Armed Forces.