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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 applying for private school teaching jobs 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 do have more requirements. Learn more here.
After submitting your application, we will review your candidacy promptly. If we can assist your job search, then your assigned placement counselor will notify you and provide details about your online account.
You will arrange an interview (either over the phone or in person) with your ST placement counselor to discuss the specific parameters of your search. We want to know your interests, talents, goals, and personality. We will also discuss your desired geography, types of schools, and extracurriculars.
At this point, you can begin assembling a credentials file that we will send to schools that match your search. This includes your resume, letters of recommendation, official transcripts from your degree programs, and, if applicable, copies of your teacher certification. You will be able to upload these documents yourself after your application has been accepted.
Your counselor will help you for the duration of your search, maintaining steady communication to discern the best opportunities based on your interests and talents.
While it’s entirely optional, we strongly encourage you to send us a video resume. Your chances of obtaining an interview with a school are dramatically increased by presenting a polished video resume alongside your traditional credentials file.
We can film your video here in our Charlottesville office, or you can make one at home. More important than your skills as a videographer, though, is that the digital product emphatically convey your enthusiasm for your subject and—especially important—for working with K-12 students.
Are you interested in helping teachers find great jobs? Southern Teachers is currently accepting applications for an additional placement counselor in our office in Charlottesville, Virginia.
We are delighted to announce the winners of our 9th annual Student Art Contest! Please take a look at the terrific pieces submitted by students at independent schools around the South. Our 2018-19 art calendar is also now available. Our 10th annual contest will be open for submissions on October 31.