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.
Special Education Teachers teach secondary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students.
When you include a cover letter with your resume, you are putting forth that extra effort that shows what could become your future employer just how committed you are to obtaining that position. While anyone can submit a resume, a cover letter goes that extra step to show that you are not just applying to random jobs but that you are interested in the job in particular to which you are submitting said cover letter.
A sample cover letter for a Special Education Teacher that expresses the skills and expertise required for the position is shown below. Also, be sure to check out our extensive Special Education Teacher resume samples.
Dear Mr. Jim Ellis:
This letter expresses my sincere intent to be the next Special Education program manager for Sweetwater Union High School District. I am confident that my professional qualifications meet and exceed those demanded of this position. More importantly, I am a patient and a flexible team player, yet firm in my communications and decisions. These qualifications make me ideally suited to work in this multi-faceted environment.
After my first year of teaching, it was very clear that I had a special bond with kids that have emotional and behavioral issues. Teaching them comes naturally to me and gives me a deep sense of personal satisfaction. As a disciplinarian, coach and tutor, I open up in this setting. Undeniably, watching students make improvements and sharing positive praise with parents are my most rewarding moments of teaching.
My experience as a Special Education Teacher is what will ensure my success as program manager. I have worked with a diverse range of emotional, physical and cultural backgrounds and often consider myself a de facto site psychologist. More importantly, because of my history in the classroom, I connect well with parents. I am able to relate to all circumstances because I am rarely shocked. Rather than become emotional, I take a proactive problem solving approach. Through this strong relationship with parents, I recognize quickly the accuracy and efficacy of assessments.
The recent completion of my administrative credentialing also makes me an ideal candidate for this job. I am readily aware of the procedures and guidelines set forth by IDEA, as well as other codes and regulations, and relevant testing and assessment models shaping the way we educate today. My belief is that when we, as educators and administrators, are competent and confident, everyone walks away happy.
In addition to teaching, I provide behavioral consultant services to other district schools, assess instructional programs, conduct trainings and work collaboratively with teachers, parents, aides and support staff. In this capacity, I have gained a broader understanding for how public and non-public districts interact to best serve the needs of students. Working between districts has also granted me a big-picture perspective that I believe will help manage Sweetwater Union High School Districts budget. I intend to bring superb mediation and communication skills to the table that will ultimately save money and protect the rights of all parties.
I am a true lifelong learner. I love to teach and learn, especially from kids. As such, I was especially excited to be recently nominated and awarded an ABA Certification scholarship and intend to start courses as soon as possible. This designation will further enhance my ability to be a bridge between special education students and the successful academic careers they deserve.
While I recognize that I do thrive in the classroom, I am ready to move forward into a management position where I can serve many more young people with special needs, ensuring they receive the best services available to them. I have dedicated my career to the Sweetwater district and I intend to continue to bring a higher level of competency to the special education program. I can and will get the job done.