Looking for your very first teaching job or your third? One thing rings true: all the best credentials, experience and passion go unnoticed without a strong cover letter. The main rule? Sell yourself the way a publicist would. Sing your praises! Cover letters aren’t a time for modesty. They’re a time to brag and make your passion for teaching known. Here are a few of our favorite teacher cover letter examples.
But first, a few tips:
Always emphasize your achievements.
Teach your students “show me, don’t tell me?” Do the opposite! Share every detail of your teaching accomplishments. Overshare all your awards, accolades, relevant certifications and completed training.
Don’t forget your work outside the classroom.
When you’re just starting out, it’s understood that your experience is limited. You can still expand on all your relevant experience working with children from running workshops to volunteering. Discuss the impact it made and why.
Always tailor EACH letter to fit the specific school, district and job for which you’re applying. Research the school and its culture so you understand their expectations and use specific examples to explain why you’re a good fit.
Here are some great teacher cover letter examples:
1. For a first time teacher
This letter (linked above) is friendly and enthusiastic. It uses concrete examples and experiences related to teaching, building a strong case for why you want to become a teacher.
2. For an experienced teacher looking for a new position
Make it short, sweet and to the point—but chock full of important career information that highlights why you’re the right candidate for the specific job available.
3. For an assistant teacher position
With this letter, a slightly different approach is taken by breaking down the most relevant achievements and accomplishments into bullet points. They’ll jump out at the hiring manager while scanning through all their applications.
4. For special education teachers
If you’re applying for a special education/lead teacher position, you’ll see that this letter is not too different from the others. It does call out the specific qualifications and experience needed.
5. For a specialist position
Here’s letter is specifically for a food service specialist. Yet, it can easily be adapted for any job that goes beyond the traditional classroom.
Do you have any more great teacher cover letter examples? We’d love to add to this list. Please share in the comments.
Sample Cover Letter for an Education Position
How to Compose a Cover Letter for Your Education Job Application
Your cover letter will be the first impression you give to the hiring manager. Don’t presume your resume will speak for itself, especially if you are applying for a competitive job in education. The goal of your cover letter is to make you stand out from the rest of the applicants, and there are several ways to draft a letter that will do just that in a concise way.
See below for a sample cover letter for an education position and tips for what to include in your letter.
Before You Write Your Cover Letter
There is some prep work you should do before you write your letter. Research the school or organization that is hiring. You can use what you learn to personalize your letter. This will show that you wrote the cover letter specifically for the position they are looking to fill, and you are interested enough in the job to learn about the educational institution ahead of time. While you are researching, try to find out who exactly will be reviewing your resume.
Often, it is the head of human resources or a hiring manager, or it could be the principal of the school. Sometimes this information can be found online, within the job listing, or you may be able to contact the school using the phone number or email address provided in the job posting.
What to Include in the Cover Letter
Use a writing style that is less formal than your resume when writing your cover letter; try to show your personality.
The mission of your cover letter is to highlight you, your skills, and your accomplishments and to show your sincere interest in filling the position.
If you can find a contact person, address the person by name in the greeting of your letter.
Following the salutation, the first paragraph should include a thank you for taking the time to review your resume.
Also, explain why you are hoping to land the position and specifically name the job title in which you are applying.
Think of one or two notable reasons you feel you would be a good fit for the position. Do not be bashful and be honest; you want to come across as confident and earnest.
In the second paragraph, talk about your education and previous experiences that make you the ideal candidate for the position they are looking to fill.
Finally, the third paragraph is your closing few statements. Express your enthusiasm for the job and how you feel it will be the ideal fit. It is also okay to be assertive and say something like, “I look forward to being contacted for an interview.”
If you are sending a hard copy cover letter with your resume, don’t forget to sign it.
Here's more information on what to include in a cover letter.
Below is an example cover letter focused on an education position, you can see some of the tips mentioned above used within this letter.
Sample Cover Letter for an Education Position
87 Washington Street
Smithfield, CA 08055
Mr. John Doe
Smithfield Elementary School
Smithfield, CA 08055
Dear Mr. Doe,
Thank you for taking the time to review my resume. I am applying for the Prevention Educator position because I am looking to use my degree in Elementary Education, in combination with my Concentration in Sociology, in an alternative way to a traditional teaching position.
I have had the opportunities to work with children and adults of all ages and abilities while I was student teaching for XXX College, substitute teaching in local districts, working as a Museum Educator, and as the assistant trainer at a local riding stable.
I am seeking a career that will allow me to continue working with people in many different ways. I hope you will find that I am qualified for the position you are trying to fill.
If I can provide you with any further information on my background and qualifications, please let me know.
I look forward to hearing from you. I can be reached at 555-111-1234 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, I appreciate you taking the time to review my resume.
Signature (hard copy letter)
Sending an Email Cover Letter
If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message. Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation.
More Sample Cover Letters
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