Cover Letter To Work As A Teacher

Cover Letter Samples for Teachers

When you are applying for a teaching position, you will be asked to submit several documents. These may include a job application, a cover letter, a resume, a list of references, copies of certifications, and college transcripts. 

What to Include in a Cover Letter

Think of the cover letter as the first impression you will give to a prospective employer. You will want to give an intriguing introduction of yourself and what you have to offer their school, faculty team, and students.

When you are writing a cover letter for a teaching position, it's important to include information about your teaching experience, or if you are fresh out of college, you can highlight your student teaching experiences. You will also want to include information on your certification (if you are certified). The school may even ask for copies of your certification certificates. 

Other essential information you should mention in your cover letter would be your teacher education and classroom training if you did not do so earlier. When including all of this information in your letter, stick to the good stuff. It is not supposed to be your resume in the form of a letter. Cover letters should be concise, one-page attention grabbers.

Do not underestimate the power a great cover letter can have. All too often, a cover letter is thrown together last minute and, in turn, has silly grammatical errors, does not do you and your experience justice, or is simply a bore to read.

Imagine that your application and resume is one of a stack sitting on someone’s desk. What will your letter say that will make a school’s hiring committee want to turn the page and learn more about you? 

Use the cover letter as an opportunity to make yourself stand out from the other teachers applying for the position.

If you are applying to several different job openings, do not use the same cover letter for all of your applications. Personalize the letter to show that you are seriously interested in the job. Taking the extra time on your cover letter can make all the difference in landing your dream teaching job!

Prepare Application Materials in Advance

Keep in mind that you will be highlighting your teacher education and certifications in your cover letter. Be prepared to back them up with copies of your certification certificates and college transcripts when you send them your application, cover letter, and resume. It is a good idea to have copies of these ready to go so you can quickly add them to your application documents. 

Official transcripts can take some time to receive from your college or university. Plan ahead and request both your official transcripts (sealed in an envelope) and unofficial transcripts (sometimes available and printable online) from the Registrar’s office. There is usually a small fee to obtain the official copy of your transcript, and most colleges will send them to you via mail or directly to the institution requesting the transcript. 

Unofficial transcripts are sometimes accessible online through your university’s website, but all schools have different policies when it comes to transcripts.

It is important to plan ahead and know these policies, so you are not delayed in submitting your application for the job opening.  

Cover Letter Samples for Teachers and Education Jobs

Job candidates with degrees in education have several options when it comes to finding a rewarding position in public or private school systems. Here are examples of cover letters appropriate for many different academic roles:

More Resources for Teachers

  • Teacher Resume Examples: Teacher and other education-related resume examples including early childhood education, teaching abroad, and related positions such as youth worker and recreation coordinator.

Perhaps no job is as important and as rewarding as being a teacher. School systems are always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic teachers who are passionate about student learning and advocacy. The information in the links above will pave your way to being hired in your dream teaching job. 

The below cover letter template was crafted for the position of English Teacher, however it’s general layout and professional format can easily be used for all types of teaching jobs. Simply download the template and replace the placeholder information with your own. So feel free and go ahead and copy the style of our professional resume writers, we won’t tell!

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The cover letter template (right) below was written specifically for the matching English Teacher resume sample on the left.

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English Teacher CL Templates

(Manager’s Name)

HR Manager

Company Name

Company Address

Date

Dear Mr. /Mrs. /Ms. (Manager’s Name)

I was pleased to learn of your need for an English Teacher. I have ample experience in applying appropriate teaching and assessment methodologies, and am expert at designing and developing educational objectives and preparing teaching material. I am prepared to become an immediate team player within your organization.

The following are highlights of my skills and accomplishments:

  • Presently working at Pathways Primary School as an English teacher relied upon to assess and look after 150+ students throughout the term.
  • Possess an ability to communicate complex information in an understandable way students can easily comprehend.
  • Prior experience of adopting distinctive teaching methodologies, documenting all lessons, organizing healthy group discussions, and mentoring troubled students.
  • Previously employed with Mount Hill Secondary School where I successfully increased the writing and reading comprehension test scores by 16% over three years.

My strong initiative and exceptional organizational skills, combined with my ability to work well under pressure, allow me to play a crucial role in fast-paced teaching environment. Furthermore, I am capable of simplifying lesson plans to achieve curriculum objectives, without sacrificing quality. I believe I will reach and improve upon your school’s education standards.

Enclosed is my resume for your review. I welcome the opportunity to discuss with you personally how my skills and strengths can best serve your institution.

Sincerely,

Name

Address

T: Phone number

E: email address

The number of “key bullet points” you include on your cover letter should be between 2-4 and should not exceed 5

Including numerical quantification is a great way to make both resumes and cover letters stand out to readers. The above sample does this by stating that test scores were “increased by 16% over three years”. Consider reviewing your work history and trying to find an achievement that can be represented in numbers.

Note many of the above key bullets begin with targeted action verbs. Starting with action verbs is key in grasping HR attention and holding it through the duration of the bullet point. Consult this complete list of action verbs for ideas on how to start your own bullet points.

Wrap your key bullet points with an introductory paragraph, an optional descriptive paragraph or two, or several key bullet points, ending with a closing paragraph and request for follow-up interview.

Other Useful Teacher Cover Letter Guides & Tips

Monash University Australia Sample Cover Letter

Western Washington University Career Services Resumes & Cover Letters for Educators

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