Southern Teachers is the premier placement service for private school teacher jobs in the South. Since 1902, teachers, coaches, and administrators have found more jobs through Southern Teachers than from any other source.

Our services are free for candidates.

Schools pay for our services because they trust Southern Teachers to serve them with integrity and care as they seek the very best educators for their students.

Why Teach at a Private/Independent School?

At an independent school, quality isn’t just test scores and college acceptances; it’s also the unique way teachers maximize the potential of their students.

Independent schools have small class sizes, allowing teachers to create a more intimate learning environment. Teachers have the flexibility and autonomy to forge their own paths to excellence. Engaged faculties help support and foster first-time teachers as they become part of the school community. And parental involvement effectively creates a classroom beyond the school walls.

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Our Process

Once you've been accepted as an ST candidate, a placement counselor will be assigned to help you through the entire job search process. Together, you'll assemble a compelling credentials file, prepare for interviews, and discern your best job opportunities.

You'll discuss your talents and interests, your career goals and relocation preferences. Next, your counselor will contact your references. Our full understanding of your search helps us identify opportunities most appropriate for you from the thousands of private school teacher jobs listed with us each year.

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General Requirements for Candidates

A bachelor's degree is required and a strong academic record is important.  What matters most is a prospective teacher’s gift for managing and motivating kids. Schools will often consider a candidate’s previous success as a camp counselor, coach, tutor, or residential advisor.

For elementary school teaching positions, certification is usually required.  For teachers in middle and upper school, however, schools focus on subject area knowledge and skills in communicating and connecting with teenagers.

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  • Southern Teachers has been a great long-term partner in our hiring. Taking the time and making the effort to know our school and its culture has built a relationship that has allowed you to send us better candidates.

    DuBose EglestonCharleston, SC

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  • At each juncture in my career, I have reconnected with Southern Teachers. They are unique among teacher agencies in that they commit time and resources to knowing candidates and building partnerships with them.

    Marie Reed Charlottesville, VA

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  • Southern Teachers is one of the easiest placement organizations I have worked with. Your staff is accessible, supportive, and sustains a high level of engagement. Your website is easy to navigate and the video introductions of candidates are a real plus.

    Garhett WagersHouston, TX

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Latest News

  • Job Fairs in 2023

    Southern Teachers will hold three Job Fairs in 2023.

    Join us for an in-person Fair in Atlanta, a Virtual Fair in Texas, and a Virtual Fair in Florida.

    All active Southern Teachers candidates are eligible and encouraged to participate!

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  • We're Hiring!

    Are you interested in helping teachers find great jobs? Southern Teachers is currently accepting applications for a Search Coordinator and Placement Counselor in our office in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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  • 2023 Student Art Contest is Now Open!

    Our 14th Annual Student Art Contest is open for submissions!  Students at member school in grades 8-12 are eligible to participate. One art teacher from each member school should register to coordinate submissions.  

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  • Why an Elephant?

    This majestic creature symbolizes many different things in cultures around the world, but we selected it as our icon because the elephant and the agency have key traits in common.

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