If you’re passionate about teaching and leaving a legacy for the next generation then you were born to be a teacher. If you are thinking about becoming a teacher then you have a choice between public and private schools. Or, you may find yourself as a teacher in a public school that is dissatisfied with the experience. Whichever situation you find yourself in, there are some things to consider so you can become a private school teacher.
In general, private school teachers are going to be paid better than their public school peers. They are also given better tools to teach with. Many public school teachers complain of a lack of supplies and having to pay for basics out of their own pocket. This is motivation enough for many to seek out private school opportunities. In this article, we will go over the things you need to do to become a private school teacher.
1 – Get licensed
There are many states that require an educator to be licensed to be a teacher. There are also distinctions between levels of school in which you may or may not need a license. Many primary schools may not ask for one, for example.
That said, you should still get your certifications even if you live in a state where one isn’t required. There are virtually no private high schools that wouldn’t require even an experienced teacher to have a license.
Try to find out the best way to go about getting your teacher’s license and at least start there. There will be further requirements to come but this should be your first step even if you already have teaching experience.
2 – Curate your resume
Having some teaching experience is certainly helpful and will look good on a resume. However, to be a private school teacher, you need a resume that will wow the hiring director.
You’ll need to make sure that you have some things to put on the resume that will stand out and show that you are well-rounded. For instance, you should be doing things like teaching abroad for some time to show how you are able to overcome challenges and have a unique teaching perspective that can help you in a private school setting.
You should also be doing some volunteering for organizations that will look great on a resume and show your character. Lastly, there are many different teaching methods so looking for opportunities to get certified in them will also help you get into top-tier schools.
3 – Build a network
Having a solid network will help in just about any profession. It’s vital when looking to get into a private school, however. Word of mouth is very powerful when it comes to getting hired in a private school because when somebody vouches for you it means a lot.
While you are studying, make sure to cultivate a network of professors, academics, and even other teachers who will be able to help you along your journey.