Guide to Cover Letters for Teachers

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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 Your 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 Your 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.