Whether you have years of experience in education or are in search of your first teaching job your cover letter is an important tool.
Resumes tend to look alike from one applicant to the next. It is your cover letter that can really communicate your unique qualities and the talents that aren’t always easily expressed on a resume or CV.
To put it more succinctly, it is your cover letter that can mean the difference between being called back for an interview or waiting around for a call that never comes. Below, we will share some cover letter tips created especially for teachers. Then, we’ll share an excellent example.
Essential Cover Letter Tips For Educators
- Customize your cover letter so you address the specific school, district, and hiring manager. Address how you would be a good fit for that school in particular.
- Mention and then quantify your achievements. Did you boost test scores? Show how much and over which period of time. Have you won any awards? This should go on your cover letter.
- Include your certifications and other special training. For example, if you are Special Ed certified, add that to your cover letter as well as your resume. You want to be sure the hiring committee knows you are well qualified.
- Edit and proofread carefully. This is one field where even small errors will really work against you. Take the time to craft a well-written letter.
- Show your passion for education outside of the classroom. If you head up extra activities, chair committees, volunteer, or otherwise helped educate children outside of the classroom, write about your experiences.
Cover Letter Sample For Teachers (MS Word version)
Teacher Cover Letter Example (text version)
Here is a cover letter that any teacher can customize to their needs. Name and location information is fictional, of course and used as an example only.
4057 Augusta Park
Bluefield, WV 24701
Month DD, YYYY
Mr. School Administrator
123 School St.
City, ST XXXXX
Dear Mr./Ms. School Administrator,
I am writing this letter to express my interest in the position of art teacher that you have advertised at teacherjobwebsite.com. I am currently employed at XXX elementary school as an art teacher. I am a 2005 graduate of XXX University with a BFA in Art Education. I completed my MFA in 2014 from Southern XXX State. I am an experienced educator and have obtained my tenure. I believe my experience makes me an excellent candidate for this position.
I have already applied for a teacher certification in your state. I have obtained provisional approval, and am due to receive my permanent certification within the next 90 days. As such, I will be qualified to accept any position within XXX school district before the start of the next school year.
I have more than ten years of experience as an elementary art teacher. I have also served as the fine arts department coordinator in my current school district. Additionally, I have been certified as a special education art instructor, and recently completed a continuing education program on developing fine art curricula in urban school districts.
In addition to teaching, I spent three years as the sponsor of our district-wide art club. I have also sat on the board of directors of the local art museum. I have developed programs geared at encouraging at-risk students to become involved in the arts, which received extensive press coverage in Local Paper; and further appraisal from the city mayor, Mr. John Doe.
I read with great interest that your school district has pioneered several fine arts initiatives as well. I believe that school districts can do important work by partnering with the local community, and would love to play a role in these efforts.
In closing, I have a passion for art, several years of teaching experience, and experience in curriculum development. I have obtained several certifications beyond meeting the educational requirements stated in the job listing that was published for this position. I am very excited about this opportunity and would love to meet with you along with members of the hiring committee.
Using This Example
Any teacher who is searching for a new position can use this cover letter as an example. Simply modify the contact information and create a body of the letter to match your experience, education, and qualifications. This, when combined with a well-designed resume or CV will help you as you search for the ideal teaching position.
Your cover letter is what truly personalizes your overall application packet. If your letter is well-written, interesting, and truly communicates your passion for teaching, you will be much more likely to receive a positive response. It is well worth your time to craft a personalized, well-edited cover letter.
Remember that this is an integral part of your application, and should never be treated as an afterthought!