How much does STA's service cost the teacher
Do I need a certificate to get a teaching job?
I have a teaching license.  Will other states honor it?
What is an independent school?
In which states does STA have jobs?
Does STA publish a list of vacancies?
Will a school help me to relocate?
What kind of letters of recommendation do I need?
Can I get a teaching job if I've been in a different career?


How much does STA's service cost the teacher?

There is no cost of any kind to the teacher candidate. No registration fee, no placement fee, not one penny!

Do I need a certificate to get a teaching job?

Most private/independent schools will consider uncertified teachers who are teaching in their major (e.g., the school will hire a math major to teach math). Elementary education is one major exception to this rule; almost all schools strongly prefer elementary candidates who have gone through a formal training program.

I have a teaching license.  Will other states honor it?

Rules for certificate reciprocity depend on the policies of each individual state. The best way to find out if your certificate will be recognized is to contact the Department of Education in the state to which you are relocating.

In most cases, however, if you have a teaching certificate in one state you can be hired in another state before your new certificate has been processed.

What is an independent school?

Independent schools are a distinct category of private schools. They are different from other schools in that they are primarily supported by tuition, charitable contributions, and endowment income rather than by tax or church funds. Independent schools are independently governed by a board of trustees, practice nondiscriminatory policies, and hold not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status. Most independent schools are accredited by an approved state or regional association. The primary mission of most independent schools is to prepare students for success at the college level, and in general the teaching environment in independent schools is very good.

In which states does STA have jobs?

We place teachers, administrators, and coaches in private/independent schools throughout the South, from Maryland south to Florida, and as far west as Texas.

Does STA publish a list of vacancies?

STA is a placement agency rather than a job listing service. Therefore, we do not publish a list of vacancies that have been posted with us. We refer registered candidates for positions that are consistent with their qualifications and interests as a teacher. We then notify candidates of the schools to which their file has been sent.

Will a school help me to relocate?

Schools will generally assist you with information about housing in the area, but most will not provide funds to cover moving and transition costs. There are exceptions, however, especially if you are the ideal candidate for the job.

What kind of letters of recommendation do I need?

The most meaningful forms of recommendation are professional, rather than personal, letters of reference. For student teachers this means letters from your university supervisor and cooperating teacher.

For experienced educators, please send letters from your most recent supervisors (e.g., principal, headmaster, department head).

Inexperienced candidates who have not gone through a teacher education program should provide letters from their professors in their college major/minor and recent work supervisors, especially from supervisors who have observed your work with children (e.g., summer camp directors).

Concerning the number of references, we request at least three current letters. You should provide letters from as many different areas as you are qualified to teach. For instance, if you want to teach math and chemistry and coach soccer, you should have a letter attesting to your skills in both of these teaching areas, and a coaching reference as well.

Letters of recommendation are the tools that enable us to do our job. Without positive letters from the appropriate sources, we cannot assist you.

If your referees want to access an STA reference form on line, please copy and e-mail them this link

STA Recommendation Form

Can I get a teaching job if I've been in a different career?

Each year, STA successfully works with candidates who have decided to switch careers and pursue educational employment. While teaching experience helps, it is not a prerequisite for entering the teaching profession.