Teaching in Independent or Private Schools
Independent schools, sometimes called private schools, may require teacher certification; others accept candidates interested in teaching with appropriate Bachelor's and/or Master's degrees. All jobs are very competitive. Interested candidates should start researching options as juniors and making contacts early in your senior year.
There are several ways to explore teaching in independent schools: contacting schools directly, attending independent school job fairs, applying for One Year Fellowships in independent schools, or using employment agencies that specialize in independent school placements. Below are examples of resources in each category. Others are available on-line or in the Career Center library.
- The National Association of Independent Schools, the primary professional organization, has a useful career site which includes information on Intern and Fellowship programs to prepare new graduates for careers in independent teaching and information about their annual conference including an employment exchange.
- To contact schools directly, you may use the directory Peterson's Guide to Independent Schools on-line or from the Career Library.
- Other schools are listed by the Association of Boarding Schools.
- Locate vacancies using the Independent School Management Career Corner.
- Council for American Private Education (CAPE)
- Carney, Sandoe and Associates – employment agency for private schools