In addition to teaching in the classroom, education also includes informal education institutions such as tutoring and literacy training. Education opportunities include both certified and non-certified teaching positions.
Certification, or licensure, is required to teach in public schools. If you are not certified you can get a teaching position in an independent school or a teaching apprenticeship or fellowship. The field of education offers non-teaching positions as well. Private schools and colleges often offer jobs in residential life, admissions, financial aid, student activities, and coaching.
Salary varies widely depending on role, education level, and location. Here is a sample of 2016 median salaries from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor:
- Elementary School Teacher: $55,490
- Middle School Teacher: $56,720
- High School Teacher: $58,030
- Special Education Teacher: $57,910
Alternative Teaching Programs
- Teaching Fellows Programs
- Independent Teacher Placement Agencies
- City Year
- Teach for America
- New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey
- New York City Teaching Fellows
- Mississippi Teacher Corps
- Teach Kentucky
- Graduate Schools of Education
- Teacher Certification
- NAIS (secondary schools)
- Nemnet (diversity recruiting)
- Service Corps
If you are considering teaching as a career, or even for a few years following Bowdoin, you should “test the waters” with at least one summer internship or experience working with children. Summer enrichment or remediation programs, camps, environmental organizations, non-profit organizations, etc are all good places to look. Additionally, the McKeen Center for the Common Good offers multiple volunteer opportunities during the academic year, plus funded internships that might allow you to engage in education-related service over the summer.
- Advanced Studies Program at St. Paul’s School: Internship with the children’s summer program runs mid-June through end of July.
- Breakthrough Collaborative: Breakthrough Collaborative is a national non-profit that increases educational opportunity for high-potential, low-income middle school students and inspires outstanding college and high school students to pursue careers in education.
- Center for American Progress: The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action.
- Center for Talented Youth: Summer teaching opportunities at Johns Hopkins University, as well as in other residential sites (room and board provided), or day sites.
- Children’s Defense Fund: The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that works to ensure a level playing field for all children.
- Choate Rosemary Hall School: Summer internship opportunities in Wallingford, CT open to juniors or recent graduates. Application information up late November: view last year’s information.
- Cushing Academy: Summer fellowship opportunities in Ashburnham, MA.
- Exploration Summer Program: Summer enrichment programs for students grades 4-12 at Yale, Wellesley, and Wheaton College campuses.
- Idealist.org: Searchable database of non-profit, education, and volunteer opportunities world-wide.
- Mercersburg Summer Programs: Summer counselor and internship opportunities at summer camp in Mercersburg, PA. Rolling applications until positions are filled.
- National Council of La Raza: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Education intern in California or Communications intern in Washington DC.
- National Service/Americorps: VISTA Summer Associate Program: participate in service projects with disadvantaged youth.
- Northfield Mt. Hermon School: Summer opportunities to teach in Northfield, MA.
- Northwestern University Center for Talent Development: Summer teaching experience with gifted and talented students.
- Omprakash: Volunteer opportunities in 30+ countries world-wide. You might want to consider applying for funding through the Global Citizens Grant.
- Phillips Andover Academy: Teaching Assistant and Administrative Intern positions in Andover, MA.
- Phillips Exeter Academy: Summer internship opportunities in Exeter, NH.
- Tabor Academy: Summer teaching internships in Marion, MA.
- Taft School: Teaching opportunities at Taft Summer School.
- Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates (TEU): Immersive summer experience in secondary mathematics (at Brown University) or science education (at Trinity college) for liberal arts STEM students.
- The Education Trust: The Education Trust internship program is for individuals who believe that all students can achieve at high levels and who want to work as part of a team committed to that goal.
- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund offer a substantive, fast-paced internship program designed to give undergraduate students interested in civil and human rights, public service, advocacy, journalism and online communications, real-world work experience in the policy arena.
- Uncommon Schools Summer Teaching Fellowship: Offered in Boston, Newark, Rochester and New York City. Open to juniors and recent graduates with an interest in social justice and urban education reform.
- Upward Bound: Opportunities to teach in various locations, including Bowdoin.
There are many, many more. Be sure you are registered on Handshake to receive updates, opportunities, and application information.