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.
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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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.
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.
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