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How to Find a Summer Teaching Job

Tips and Suggestions on How to Get a Summer Job

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While most teachers look forward to summer break, others are looking for a summer teaching job to gain more experience and make a little extra money while they're at it. Some teachers say they feel more at ease in an informal classroom setting, while others say it's a great way for new teachers to gain classroom experience. Whether you’re a veteran teacher or just starting out there are a lot of resources to help you in your search.

Define Your Expectations

What are your expectations and qualifications for a summer job? Are you looking to teach summer school, or would you be okay with being a teacher's assistant? These are the questions you have to ask yourself before you get started in your search. In order to teach summer school you must have the same credentials as if you were teaching during the regular school year. Keep in mind that teaching summer school is a tough job to get. These jobs usually go to experienced candidates that work in the school during the year. So in order to be considered, you should make sure you are qualified for the job you are applying for.

Perfect Your Resume and Portfolio

Before applying for any teaching job make sure your resume and portfolio are up to par. That means that your resume should be updated with your current information and have the four major headers that employers are looking for: Identification, Certification, Education and Experience. Your professional teaching portfolio should include the following five items: teaching philosophy, resume, degree/certificates, planning materials, and recommendations.

Getting Started

Once you have decided on what kind of summer job you will be applying for, a good place to begin your search is by looking in your local newspaper. If your city has a job search website, then this is a great place to look because a lot of the time you can apply for the job right online.

Where to Look
  • Local Colleges - Besides your local newspaper another place to search is your local college's website. A lot of schools offer paid internships to teach "summer in the city" type programs or other summer workshops to young children. Also check your local school district, some administrations may offer a summer job fair or may allow you to post your business card on their bulletin board.

  • Online Sites - Check out Craigslist and the Reach Every Child website where they post up to date summer jobs for teachers. These sites are great resources because you can search by state. You may want to consider finding a summer job out of state for a unique teaching experience.

  • Community Centers - Call your local tutoring center or community center, and see if they are participating in any summer programs and need teachers. This would be a great informal way to gain experience and be around children.

  • General Public - Lastly, network. The word of mouth is a great way to learn about where the jobs are. Talk to your neighbors, friends, old professors, former employers, your kid's teacher or even their lunch lady! Everyone knows someone that is a teacher, and that someone may just be the person to get you the summer job you want.

Tips and Suggestions
  • Look for a summer job before the end of the school year. Don't wait until the kids are out of school because all the jobs will most likely be taken by then.

  • Consider teaching or tutoring online. With technology today, this just may be the way of the world soon, and you can have a leg-up by gaining some online teaching experience.

  • Summer school offers only a select number of jobs, so if you don't get the position, don’t be too disappointed. Consider other alternatives, such as being an assistant or tutor for the summer.

  • If you have a Master's degree some community colleges will hire you to teach their summer classes. If you don't have a Master's degree, then ask your local community college if they have any assistant teaching or tutoring jobs available.

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