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Here you'll find valuable information on finding jobs within the private school sector. Get the basics on everything from job searches to salary and contract negotiations. Explore the dos and don’ts of private school employment and learn your marketability quotient.
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Each state sets its own teacher certification requirements. While many private schools do not require you to be certified, it is in your best interests to obtain certification.  Why is that so? Simply because it adds one more important credential to your resume. That will help keep you marketable for many years to come.
 
Here is the contact information you need to find out what the specific requirements are in the various states and territories.
  
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Alaska Massachusetts Rhode Island
Arizona Michigan South Carolina
Arkansas Minnesota South Dakota
California Mississippi Texas
Colorado Missouri United States DOD Schools
Connecticut Montana Utah
Delaware Nebraska Vermont
District of Columbia Nevada Virginia
Georgia New Hampshire Washington
Hawaii New Jersey West Virginia
Illinois New Mexico Wisconsin
Indiana New York Wyoming
Iowa North Dakota  
Kansas Ohio  
Kentucky Oklahoma  
Louisiana Oregon

 

What does a teacher make? "Not nearly enough" is the almost universal answer. Scan a site like Salary.com and check out competing jobs. You will see that the problem with teaching is that we demand highly qualified, well-credentialed individuals with experience to take jobs for which we literally pay them less than a dog catcher.
 
The cynics will say that teachers are well-compensated for what they do. After all, they get all those holidays. And they only work for ten months anyway. The reality is that teachers invest inordinate amounts of time preparing lesson plans, learning new techniques, keeping certifications current and so on. And then there is the cost of that bachelor's degree, the masters and doctorate. Let's face it, the ROI is job satisfaction, not financial reward.
 
Private school teachers are more fortunate than most public school teachers. Why? Because they get to teach their subject to small classes. Real learning takes place in most private school class rooms as a result of low student to teacher ratios. Discipline is rarely a problem. What does this have to do with teacher compensation? Combine job satisfaction with a reasonable compensation package and you will have a happy teacher.
 
Private school teachers enjoy many perks which are not generally found in the public sector. These include free or reduced tuition for faculty children, meals and housing at boarding schools.

 

In truth, the private school job hunting season never ceases. But the main window of opportunity is from December through March. Not much happens on either side of those months unless there is a sudden vacancy.
 
So, how do you really find a private school job? You build a network of colleagues, friends and families and keep that network in good repair. That's how you find the best jobs. Why? Because employers are flooded with hundreds of resumes from every quarter. Online services and job boards yield a flood of applicants from everywhere in the world. The trick is to make your application stand out from all its competitors. That's where your network comes into play. An email or a phone call from you saying that you have somebody worth considering for that drama teacher position carries a lot of weight. The same is true when somebody who knows you calls a friend and says that you would be perfect for the position!
 
The Network Advantage No matter how wonderful your credentials are, no matter how much experience you have had, you definitely will stand a much better chance of securing a private school job by using your own personal and professional network. Who you know is more important than what you know. Having a friend put in a good word for your application should at the very least get you an interview.
 
Build your network How do you build a network? Think about all the people you have met...
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What is it really like to work in a private school?  Is it the same as teaching in a public school? We'll look at the advantages to working in private schools, different types of jobs in private schools, teaching in a private school versus in a public school, benefits to working at a private school, preparing for work in a private school, and finding employment in private schools.

 

Advantages to Working in a Private School


Flexible Curriculum

A private school teacher does not have to teach to the test. Public school teachers must focus on preparing their students to do well on state mandated testing as opposed to really teaching them.


Smaller Class Size


Private school class sizes are generally smaller than similar public school classes. You can truly teach a small class of students. Discipline issues are minimal.


Increased Teacher Safety


Teachers feel safer in most private schools because private schools can enforce their discipline codes with impunity. In addition most private schools have a much smaller student population than public schools. It is easier to supervise a smaller group of students.

 
 
Different Types of Jobs in Private Schools

 

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