Your actual job search should always start with your state department of education or the state department of education for the state where you plan to live. Find links to all the state Departments of Education. Here is a list of other places to look for teaching positions:
American Association of Employment in Education
AAEE offers resources related to working in the field of education (for HR directors) and for finding a job in the field of education. The Job Search Handbook and the Educator Supply and Demand Report are very useful for job seekers. Sign up on their website to learn about job fairs in your area.
Association Montessori Internationale Career Opportunities
Look for Montessori teaching positions throughout the world on the organization’s site, which includes information about the Montessori method and training opportunities.
This comprehensive site is not education specific but provides extensive information in job preparation, searching, and many related aspects, including a job-search function for jobs across the world.
Education Jobs is a specialist jobsite for the Education and Training industry sector. Jobseekers can search and apply online for roles across all levels of employment.
This “employment source for educators” offers jobseekers a one-stop solution for managing the job search, including complete archiving of all necessary documents and certifications, and access to education jobs in selected regions.
Find your perfect job among thousands of school postings nationwide. Post your résumé online and let schools come to you through this teacher placement service and KDP’s collaborator on The ABC’s of Job-Hunting for Teachers.
Designed to give you an edge in the education marketplace, Teachers-Teachers.com lets you create and post your résumé, send cover letters, and record your answers to typical interview questions online—and it’s free. Just create a login and a password to get started on Teachers-Teachers.com and explore your job possibilities today!
Jobs in a Different State or Country
Read Seeking a Job Out of State if you want to move to a state other than that where you are receiving your degree. Remember that certification in one state does not get you certification in any other state; you must look up the requirements, complete everything, and apply.
International schools are seeing an influx of students who want to attend university in America. Because of this, American teachers are in high demand in international schools all over the world. Why should YOU choose a pathway of international teaching?
Teaching in an international environment allows a teacher to build their professional profile and see the world! Many teachers choose an international pathway to enrich their career prospects and return to their home country with valuable teaching and professional development experiences. A teacher with experience working in an international school can be very sought-after by school districts who welcome educators with enhanced skills in differentiation, teaching English Language Learners, and teaching students with high academic standards.
What are the benefits of teaching overseas?
- Excellent salaries (sometimes tax-free) with great savings potential.
- Most schools provide annual flights home.
- Free accommodations (utilities paid) with worldwide insurance benefits available at most schools.
- Teach in English—no foreign language necessary.
- Small class sizes.
- High demand for American teachers in all subject areas and grade levels.
- Newly graduated teachers in high demand.
- Gain international experience and broaden your professional (and personal) profile.
- Become part of exciting teams of energetic, committed, innovative and creative educators.
- Enjoy cultural experiences of which most only dream.
- Travel the world—teach while you travel!
Special Application and Interviewing Processes
What do you need to do to get ready for applying for a job overseas? Here’s a checklist for you:
- Update your CV (résumé). A CV is a curriculum vitae and is used in place of a résumé in most countries.
- Create a cover letter. Learn how to write cover letters in the Writing Cover Letters area.
- Request official copies of your transcripts, degree(s) and teaching certificate(s).
- Request a letter of reference from your current referees. (A person who writes a reference for you will commonly be referred to as a "referee" in the international community.)
- Request a "proof of work" letter from your current employers. This is a letter that includes your dates of employment, job title, and job responsibilities. This letter should be written by your current employer and written on school letterhead.
- Create "folders" on your computer so you can easily access important files and documents. Create folders for:
|Scanned copies of past evaluations|
|Reference letters including referee contact information|
|Digital copies of your passport, passport photos|
|CV, including personal statement and cover letter(s)|
|Copies of transcripts, teaching licenses, etc.|
- Get TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified.
Do your homework. Study different regions with an open mind and discover where you would like to work and live.
Create a checklist of things that are important to you both personally and professionally.
Interviewing will be done differently than when you can travel to a school to interview. Skype is the norm. Learn more in this blog: Interviewing for an International Teaching Position via Skype.
Frequently Asked Questions about Teaching Overseas
- Are there opportunities for first year teachers in international schools?
Yes! International schools are looking for high-quality teachers with enthusiastic teaching strategies! It is doesn't matter if you are a first year teacher or an experienced teacher. International schools are looking for you!
- Is it possible to teach and travel with my partner/spouse/friend?
Be clear at the interview if you have a partner or friend with whom you want to travel. Schools may often be more interested in teaching couples/partners because they are perceived to be a longer-term employment prospect and it can be cost effective for the school to hire teaching partners.
- What are the qualifications to be an "international educator"?
There are no set qualifications to teach internationally. Ideally, international schools want to hire high-quality teachers who are specialists in their area of expertise. The background of international teachers will be varied but selection criteria will focus primarily on how well the teacher's profile matches the needs of the students in the school.
- I have student loans to repay. What about salary and savings potential?
In reality there is no hard and fast rule as to what to expect regarding salary. A good recruitment company will help you research the average salaries for different regions/schools as salaries vary depending on the school, country and other considerations. In some countries you may be able to save up to two-thirds of your salary.
- What will the students be like?
You will be teaching your subject material in English to students focused on learning and education. Discipline problems are rare in most international schools.
Finding a Job at an International School
There are several websites where you can learn more about teaching at international schools and actual start the process of applying. Some even offer training and help with matching you to the right location.
Learn about the different types of schools at Footprints Recruiting. This website also tells about the process.
The U. S. Department of State has a lot of information on their website to help you. It will be an ally once you have moved to another country. Be sure to check out their warnings and information carefully and often.
Each of the following websites has more information and listings of jobs available overseas. Peruse all of them and decide which one or ones fit you better.
- Council of International Schools – This is the accrediting and standard-setting body for international schools worldwide. It is good to know what is going on with CoIS, but you can also find out about jobs on their website.
- The International Educator online - The International Educator (TIE) is a 25-year-old non-profit organization committed to matching the best educators with the best international schools around the world.
- Timeplan Teaching Recruitment Agency - TimePlan is one of the U.K.’s top teaching agencies. It places qualified teachers in short- and long-term teaching vacancies in England and Scotland, recruiting overseas as well as in the U.K.
- U. S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) - You will find information about teaching in military schools, being a liaison for DoDEA schools, and various teaching-related topics.
- Peace Corps - Look for overseas opportunities with the Peace Corps and find lesson plans and other teaching resources. You also can serve as a Peace Corps volunteer and work on a master’s degree.
- University of Northern Iowa (UNI) - UNI’s Overseas Placement Service for Educators connects international K–12 schools with certified educators year round. Check with your alma mater to see if they place teachers overseas.
- International Schools Services - The demand for quality teachers and administrators is exploding worldwide. More educators than ever before are needed to teach overseas. Since 1955 ISS has placed 20,000 of the best teachers and administrators in schools overseas.
- Global Services in Education, Ltd. - GSE provides global expertise in education reform, curriculum development, teaching and learning practices as well as project management for international education. See their website for books, newsletter, blogs, resources, and teacher recruitment.
- Teacher Horizons – Teacher Horizons has matched nearly 16,000 teachers to 399 schools in 105 countries.
- TeachAway Inc. – Teach Away gives educators access to a wide variety of teaching jobs, educational administration positions, and opportunities to teach English abroad in public and private schools overseas. Teach Away’s extensive teaching abroad programs include teaching jobs with Ministries of Education, private international schools, colleges, universities, and private ESL schools.
Returning to the U. S. to Teach after Teaching Internationally
Begin by contacting your alma mater to see what job-seeking services it offers to its alumni (résumé and cover letter information, access to job openings, interview tips, and job fairs are some common services). Institutions in the same conference will sometimes offer reciprocity to graduates from other institutions—sometimes for a fee and sometimes free of charge. Start with larger state schools that have teacher preparation programs.
Because of a complex variety of issues in education, it may take you a bit of time to find a position. Apply ONLY to schools where you know there is an opening, rather than sending out “blanket” cover letters and resumes. See the information on Networking for a Position. Work your way through all the information in the KDP Career Center.
Jobs are listed on school district websites, state department websites, nonprofit websites, and commercial websites. Regional Office of Education websites and websites for individual school districts are typically the good places to start when looking for openings. Be sure to research districts that interest you, so that you can tailor your materials to their needs.
Online applications can contain pre-interview essay questions to see how you think and feel about teaching. Highlight your international experience. You have a very unique set of experiences which deserve emphasis. With the influx of immigrants to the U. S., you will be an asset to many schools. Your international experience and savvy can serve you well!
For administrative positions, sign up for the job search engines listed in #7 and use AAEE, Education Jobs, School Spring, and Teachers-Teachers. There are other places to look as well such as Education Week. Two other good places to look are USREAP and GlassDoor.
If you have been an administrator (principal, assistant principal, curriculum director, etc.), you probably belong to a state and national association. Use your connections there to network to find where jobs are and what the situations are for each job.
Learn more from these webinars:
The Effective Principal Today: Can This Be You?
Public education has changed more in the last 5–10 years than in the previous 50, and a new kind of leadership is needed. If you are a principal, can you adapt to the changing times? Do you have the personal qualities necessary for leadership?
The Many Hats of the Principal
Former Principal Robert Berman, who received New York’s Distinguished Service Award, discusses characteristics of successful principals, as well as management strategies to help balance all of the hats administrators wear. Recommended for principals and assistant principals with fewer than five years of experience, as well as prospective administrators.
8 Strategies for Success in Your First Year as a Principal
While you can never be fully prepared to step into your first administrative position, you can minimize your learning curve if you understand what beginning administrators need to know and what skills they need to have to succeed in their first year. From a presenter who served 28 years in public school administration, learn how to connect with students and parents, develop staff relations, avoid surprises, and much more.
Becoming a Female Superintendent: Advantages, Challenges, and Pathways
Join this webinar to learn from two women who have been superintendents. Discover how to enhance your climb, find employment, get into mentoring programs, and increase your networking opportunities. Learn the advantages you have as a female and get strategies for turning the barriers into gateways.
Faculty Positions in Colleges and Universities:
As you finish a master’s or doctorate, you may be wondering how to narrow your search to find a school that fits you. Work with your mentor and network with others you know who recently graduated. Don’t just look at the job description, but do some research on the school, the school of education, and the other faculty members.
Possible websites to use:
Higher Ed Jobs
The Chronicle of Higher Education Job Listing
Education Faculty Jobs
Along with your search you will want to spend some time watching the following webcasts which can be found in the KDP Resources Catalog Higher Education area:
Entering the Hallowed Halls of Academia
Learn essential insights into the process of moving from doctoral candidate to assistant professor and the culture and expectations inherent to higher education. Drs. Morowski and Castro share tips for preparing a vitae, interviewing, selecting the right institution, and surviving the first year in academia.
Survival Guide for New Faculty Members
New or aspiring professors will hear examples and scenarios to help them become prepared to be a faculty member, advocate for what they need to be successful, and implement strategies for success. Drs. Bakken and Simpson also discuss choosing an institution, making time for research, documenting progress, fitting in service, and finding balance between family and work.
Plan, Achieve and Succeed: The Transition from New Professor to Promotion and Tenure
Tenure/promotion decisions are critical, so it is important to plan steps in order to achieve that next goal. This webinar will provide practical insight from the perspective of both a first year tenure-track assistant professor and a seasoned, tenured professor on successfully walking the path of academia. Whether you are at a research institution or a teaching college, there are commonalities that all new faculty experience.
It’s Worth the Ride: Moving Up in Academia
Whether it is moving up a rank, asking for a merit raise, or going for tenure, this webinar presents advice about getting to the next level. Professors Dr. Rea Kirk and Dr. John Nkemnji explain the importance of committee work, involvement in professional organizations, and community service, as well as having the right relationships with students, colleagues, and administrators. Hear the official and unofficial requirements for rank, salary, and tenure.