Private/independent schools frequently have greater flexibility in their hiring than do public schools.  As a result, teacher certification is not required for most middle and high school teaching positions.  Generally speaking, candidates should have a bachelor's degree in the same field as their teaching field (e.g., a math major could be hired to teach 9th-grade algebra). Some roles, however, do have more stringent requirements.


Elementary Education

Teacher certification is usually required.  Moreover, the strong private schools with which Southern Teachers works will seldom hire elementary teachers who do not have teaching experience.  ST can help elementary candidates who have: 

• a superior academic record (undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher)

• very strong professional recommendations

• at least two or three years of full-time classroom experience

• significant geographic flexibility in their search


Art, Music, and Physical Education

Teacher certification strongly preferred.


Media Specialist/Librarian

MLS or comparable degree typically required.


School Counselor

Master's degree in counselor education.  Most private schools will only hire experienced school counselors.


College Counselor

Master's degree in counseling desirable, but not typically required.  Experience either in the field of college counseling or in college admissions is essential.


Learn more about teaching each subject within a private school here.

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