Jobs in Private Schools

This section focuses on tools, tips and articles related to working in a private school. We’ll cover marketing yourself, resume tips and contract negotiations. Learn more about the availability of private school jobs, the difference between a cover letter and letter of interest, and what impact you can have as a teacher.
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Updated May 25, 2016 |
Becoming a Teacher Later
Many people have successful careers only to realize that something is missing. Teaching can satisfy that missing 'something'. Explore the possibilities of becoming a teacher in your 30's, 40's and even your 50's.
Many people enjoy successful careers only to come to the realization that something is missing. That 'something' is often supplied by a desire to teach. Can you become a teacher later in life? The answer is a qualified 'Yes!'  What is involved? You need to make sure that  your credentials are in order. A master's degree in your subject will always get your resume noticed. A teaching certificate and/or education courses will strongly support your application.

Questions You Need To Ask Yourself
Are you a digital dinosaur?
If you have not interwoven technology into your life, then look at some profession other than teaching. Private schools have been in the vanguard of technology use in the classroom since the mid 1990's. Being a digital dinosaur will simply not cut it these days.

Have you stopped learning?
If you have, then find something else to do. Teaching is all about being a life-long learner. After all, that is what you are encouraging your young charges to be, isn't it? Your intellectual curiosity must never die. It is the hallmark of a good teacher.

Do you bristle at change?
You need to look elsewhere if you cannot stand change. Teaching is not a static profession. True, some things stay the same. A teacher will always stimulate, inspire, guide and direct. But what you teach and the way you teach is dynamic. The methodologies and presentation are changing constantly to adapt to new circumstances.

Is your network up to date?
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Updated December 08, 2015 |
How Do You Become a Private School Teacher?
How do you become a private school teacher? We look at internships, licensing and more.

Years ago if you wanted to be a private school teacher, you went to college, got a degree in your subject, took a few education courses and began teaching. It's not that easy these days. Most private schools want you to be a trained teacher as well as to have a degree in your subject. But most private schools also want you to be trained to teach the way they want you to teach. After all the teaching is what a private school is all about. The better the teaching, the better the students learn.

The bottom line is that parents send their children to private school for the most part to receive the very best education their money can buy. As a result, employing well-qualified, credentialed faculty is a top priority. This short video clip is one of several clips explaining how to become a private school teacher.

Duties of a private school teacher

Miss Porter's School's description of the duties of a teacher are fairly typical. 

"Classroom responsibilities involve four or five courses per academic year and faculty members are expected to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school and share some dormitory and residential school responsibilities. Qualifications for all teaching positions, therefore, include a demonstrated interest in coaching or coordinating extra-curricular activities and a willingness to fulfill evening and weekend duties.Bachelor's degree required for all faculty positions; Master's preferred."

The important point to note here is that you will do more than simply

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Updated May 25, 2016 |
What Do Teachers Make?
What do teachers make? Teachers' salaries vary from state to state, indeed, from school to school.
What does a teacher make? "Not nearly enough" is the almost universal answer. Scan a site like 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.
Updated June 09, 2016 |
Education blogs, podcasts and sites worth a read and a listen.
Keeping current with anything is a tough assignment these days. Information comes at us like a blizzard. What's a busy person to do?
An RSS aggregator helps. Bloglines is one of many. It does the job and is easy to configure. Here are some education blogs, podcasts and sites worth looking at regularly. Most offer a rich Web 2.0 experience.
Updated June 08, 2016 |
How to Find a Private School Job
You can send in a resume and use an agency, but the very best way to find a private school job is to use your network. You do have a network, don't you?
You can send in a resume and use an agency to find a private school job. But the very best way to find a private school job is to use your network. You do have a network, don't you?
In truth, the private school job hunting season never ceases. The main window of opportunity is from December through March. Not much happens on either side of those months unless a school has an unexpected vacancy.This is where your network comes in. Let's say that you are thinking about finding a new position for the next school year. You should try to firm up that decision by the end of October or November so that you can begin your active job search.
First Steps
Check the job boards in the areas you are thinking about moving to. Register with an agency which specializes in placing private school teachers. They will know about openings. That will get you thinking about the possibilities.
Know why you want to make a move. Are you making a lateral move, i.e., moving to another school to do the same thing as you have been doing. Or are you thinking about different responsibilities such as being an administrator? It is very important for you to have your goals clearly understood. That will be invaluable during the interview process when the inevitable question "Why do you want to leave St. Swithin's and come teach at our school?" is asked. 

This brief video offers three tips to advance your career
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