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How to Get a Summer Teaching Job

Janelle Cox

This article was originally published in a recent edition of TeachHUB Magazine.

While most teachers are looking forward to a long summer break, others are scouring the Internet looking for a summer teaching job. Whether you're looking to gain experience, or to earn a little extra money for your pockets, there are a lot of resources out there to help you in your search.

Getting Started

Before you decide what type of summer teaching job you want to apply for, you should first make sure your resume and teaching portfolio is up to par. If you are a new teacher, or have not yet had the opportunity to lead your own classroom, make sure your resume lists all of the work experience you have had with children. Also, be sure to add your field experience from college, and any certifications you may have.  

Next, define your expectations and make sure you are qualified for the positions you are applying for. Are you looking for a summer teaching position as the lead teacher, or would you consider being an assistant? Remember, summer school positions are usually offered first to the veteran teachers who have worked for the district throughout the school year. If you want to be considered for a lead teaching position, then make sure you have the qualifications and experience that are necessary to get the job.

Where to Look

Local School District. The first place to start is your local school district website. Here, you will find a listing of jobs that are available. Another place to look is the school's bulletin board, usually in the main office or the teacher's lounge.

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Online Websites. The next place you should look is the Internet. Places like Craigslist or your local job Finder will post any job leads they have for your local school district. If you are looking to gain a unique experience out of state, try searching Reach Every Child  or Education America. These sites allow users to search for summer teaching jobs, sorted by state.

Local College. Another great place to search for a summer teaching job is at your local college. A lot of colleges will pay you to teach summer workshops. Try doing an online search at your alma mater. You may be a shoe-in just because you graduated from there, and may have contacts that can help you land the job.

Word of Mouth - Getting a summer teaching job may be as easy as announcing your search on social media. Word of mouth is a great way to learn where the jobs are, and to get your voice heard. Network with everyone you know - neighbors, colleagues, friends, and former professors. Talk to everyone … you never know who may have the connection that will get you in the door for an interview.

Quick Tips

  • Look for a summer teaching job before school ends for the year. Jobs are usually posted a few months before the end of the school year.
  • Consider teaching courses classes online.
  • If you already have your Master's degree, try applying at your local Community College.
  • When all else fails and you can't find a job teaching, you can always try to find a job at a local camp, daycare, or tutoring center.

Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators