How Do You Become a Private School Teacher?

Published March 21, 2008
Years ago if you wanted to be a private school teacher, you went to college, got a degree, took a few education courses and began teaching. It's not that easy these days. Most private schools want you to be a trained teacher as well as degreed in your subject. But most private schools also want you to be trained to teach the way they want you to teach. After all the teaching is what a private school is all about. The better the teaching, the better the students learn.

A few schools offer faculty internships. So you will run across enlightened opportunities such as the Kenan-Lewis Internship at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. Two Kenan-Lewis interns are appointed annually.
Andover offers The Andover Teaching Fellowship Program. "At Andover on a teaching fellowship, the recent college graduate is introduced to teaching in a program of guided work in the classroom, a professional seminar, and exposure to theories and methods of experienced faculty. Obviously, the school seeks applicants who are new to the vocation of teaching."
The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn also has an established associate teachers program in their Lower School (PK-4).
Choate-Rosemary Hall has a similar program. It is a signal opportunity for a college graduate wanting to be a teacher. Even better, it fits in with the plans of people who did a degree in their subject as opposed to an education degree. The young graduate then learns her craft under the careful tutelage and watchful eyes of an experienced mentor. What better way to learn is there than this?
Collegiate School in Richmond has an EE Ford Teaching Fellowship.
Hotchkiss School hires three or four interns a year. "Interns are introduced to the craft of teaching through close work with mentors in their academic disciplines throughout the year, weekly seminars on various aspects of teaching through professional development programs, both on and off campus."
Norwood School in Bethesda offers an internship in conjunction with a degree program at George Washington University.
Phillips Exeter Academy offers six to eight one year internships.
Rye Country Day School has several apprentice teaching positions in the Lower School. These are apprenticeship positions providing 1-2 years of classroom experience. The lead teacher serves as a mentor to the assistant, Tte assistant is expected to pursue a master's degree in conjunction with the classroom experience. There are also a few apprentice teacher positions in the Upper School.

At some point in your journey towards becoming a teacher you will encounter licensing requirements. These are intertwined in most states with the Praxis tests written and administered by the Educational Testing Service. Even if your school does not require you to be licensed by the state, get your license while you are young. It looks good on your resume. It is also cheap insurance for those inevitable moves which come with any career nowadays.

If you are a private school graduate, you will occupy a special place on the faculty. Alumni who come back as teachers truly know their school and are a strong endorsement for its accomplishments and traditions.

Good teachers are attracted to private schools because quality teaching is appreciated. Teachers want to teach, not push paper and be mired in a swamp of arcane bureaucratic rules and procedures. They can focus on teaching in a private school. They want the freedom to be creative and effective teachers.

 Suggested Reading

Read Related Teaching Articles:

  • Cellphones In School
    Cellphones are leading the wave of the future. Convergence is here. It is changing the way students learn and how teachers teach.
  • Be Careful What You Post in Facebook!
    Teachers need to learn how to be Facebook savvy. Otherwise Facebook will cause them lots of problems.
  • Are You a 21st Century Teacher?
    21st century schools need 21st century teachers. Are you a 21st century teacher?
  • Don't Leave Any Evidence!
    Future and current employers can find out all sorts of things about you these days. Make sure that you don't leave behind any damning electronic evidence.
  • Froebel, Montessori and Steiner: Champions of Children
    Friedrich Froebel, Maria Montessori and Rudolf Steiner were trail blazers in early education.
  • Gay Teachers
    Several prep schools have pushed the envelope of diversity by allowing committed same sex couples to live on campus in school housing.
  • Interactive Learning the Harkness Way
    Students sitting in rows of desks listening to a teacher lecture? You are not likely to find this scenario in a school which uses Harkness Tables.
  • The Private School Survival Guide for Teachers
    There are several differences between teaching in a private school versus teaching in a public school.
  • What's In A Grade?
    The letter grade at one school may or may not be the same as the letter grade scheme at another school. Some answers to the inconsistencies here.
  • A Teacher's Influence
    Never underestimate the influence you have on your students. You may not think that you are getting through, but you are! This little bit of fiction shows the influence teachers had on some famous people.


Teacher Training

  • Becoming a Teacher Later
    Many people have successful careers only to realize that something is missing. Teaching can satisfy that missing 'something'. Explore the possibilities of becoming a teacher in your 30's, 40's and even your 50's.
  • How Do You Become a Private School Teacher?
    How do you become a private school teacher? We look at internships, licensing and more.
  • What Is Praxis?
    Praxis is part of the teacher licensing process many states require.
  • The Pros and Cons of Teaching Overseas
    Hundreds of private schools (and for that matter, public schools) outside the United States will be happy to have you as a teacher for a few years.

All Categories:

Recent Private School Articles:

Article Categories
Most Recent
Most Popular
Choosing a School
Paying For It
School Life
Running a School