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Many teaching options are available to grads, even if they don't have certification. In addition to Teach for America's two-year positions, there are programs in major cities such as the New York City Teaching Fellows. One-year teaching fellowships, including the Public Allies Fellowship and the Student Conservation Association Program, are listed on the Idealist.org website. Many of these employers also attend one (or more) of Cornell's career fairs each year.
Other teaching fellowships are offered by private schools. Many religiously oriented organizations offer year-long teacher placements, including the Catholic Volunteer Network, Mennonite Central Committee, and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
AmeriCorps sponsors many informal teaching opportunities in all 50 states that typically provide an education award at the end of a year's service. There are additional opportunities in museums, nature centers, and even in business settings.
More information on teaching careers can be found using these resources:
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AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. AmeriCorps offers several ways to get involved, from part-time local service programs to full-time residential programs.
- Andover Teaching Fellowship
One-year experience for recent college graduates. Involves guided work in the classroom, professional seminars, and exposure to theories/methods of experienced faculty.
- Back Door Jobs
International summer jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities in conservation, outdoor education, teaching, resorts, and hospitality.
- Bell Curves
Bell Curves, LLC is a socially responsible test preparation and educational services company based in New York City. Since its inception, the company has developed a diverse clientele comprised of non-profit organizations, educational institutions, young professionals, and college and graduate school-bound students.
- Blueprint Mentoring Fellowship - Denver or Houston Schools
Blueprint Mentoring Fellowship - A year of service in an urban education tutoring program in Denver, Colorado; Saint Louis, Missouri; and Boston, Massachusetts. Fellows manage only 2 or 3 students at a time, depending on the grade level. The small ratio of students to Fellows allows for the individualization of remedial and supplemental instruction. Blueprint Fellows focus on the individual needs of their students, bolstering and accelerating student achievement while helping to close any skill gaps that may exist.
- Boston Teacher Residency
A 13-month program to recruit, prepare, and license teachers to work in the city's schools. Teacher Residents co-teach with a mentor teacher in one of Boston's most effective public schools, take course work facilitated by exceptional teachers and university faculty.
Students interested in becoming certified in teaching English as a foreign language.
- Central European Teaching Program
Teaching in state-run, Central European schools.
- Citizen Schools Teaching Fellowship
A two-year leadership development program under the National Teaching Fellowship, an AmeriCorps program. Locations in many states. Fellows lead interactive educational activities, organize and support educational field trips, conduct community outreach, learn about non-profit management, act as trainers, and help to develop programs and curricula, with a focus on urban children and their families.
- City on a Hill CoaHCORPS
A one-year program that serves Boston students in grades 9 through 12. CoaHCORPS members deliver individualized instruction in literacy and numeracy.
- City Year
City Year is an education focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation.
- Council on International Exchanges (CIEE)
Nonprofit organization providing work and teaching opportunities abroad.
- Emma Willard School Teaching Internship
A college preparatory boarding and day schools for young women located in Albany, NY. The one-year position includes teaching, coaching and dormitory duties. Each intern teaches two sections under the guidance of the department chair, usually working closely with teachers who have responsibility for other sections of the same course. Interns must be women.
- EPIK (English Program in Korea)
A program of the Korean government that offers one-year teaching opportunities at public schools.
- EYA Youth Counselor Positions
Counselors work with groups of about 10 - 12 kids, ages 10 – 18, in a rustic camp setting. It is a full-time, year-round, residential position. Counselors typically spend four or five days working with their group of kids, then enjoy two or three full days and nights off while another Outdoor Youth Counselor takes charge.
- French Ministry of Education Assistantship Program
Every year, the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services at the French Embassy offer paid teaching assistantship positions in French elementary and secondary schools. Students need to secure own housing.
- Great Oaks Charter School Tutor Corps
A year urban education fellowship in Newark, New Jersey. Corps members invest their time and energy in the success of six middle school students to improve their academic skills while building critical personal relationships with students and families.
- Greenwich Country Day School Co-Teacher Program
Employs 27 college graduates for a one or two years to experience all aspects of an elementary classroom. Additional responsibilities include either coaching athletic teams in grades 6-9 or working in the “Afters” program in grades 1-3. Benefits: $25k annual stipend, housing, generous medical and dental benefits, and tuition assistance for graduate school. Greenwich, Connecticut. decisions made in February. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Harris Fellowship in Child Development
Fellows spend one year (August to August) training at Yale's Calvin Hill Day Care Center and the Yale Child Study Center. Under the supervision of a mentor, they gradually assume all the duties of a teacher.
- Hidden Villa Education Internship (one year)
A nonprofit educational org. that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach about the environment and social justice. It covers 1600 acres in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco.
Internship and job listings with nonprofit organizations; nonprofit career advice, and Idealist-sponsored nonprofit career fairs.
- Illinois Network of Charter Schools
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) brings together students, parents, educators and administrators who all share a common goal: to improve the quality of public education by promoting and strengthening charter schools throughout the State of Illinois.
- International Schools Services
For over 55 years, ISS has been dedicated to supplying international schools with everything they need to provide their students with a world-class education. Headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, USA, ISS offers only the best in staff recruitment, job placement, school supplies and other services that help position your school for success.
- Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)
Involves teaching or other activities with local residents throughout Japan. Contracts are for one year.
- Jobs for Educators in Missouri Schools
Site Sponsored by Success Link and The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
- Kieve Leadership School Teacher Position (1-2 years)
Located in Maine, Kieve-Wavus Education promotes environmental stewardship through year-round experiential programs and camps for youth and adults. The position runs from mid-August thru mid-November and mid-February thru mid-June. It involves using a experiential teaching/learning methodology.
- Massachusetts Promise Fellows
Fellows are committed to building a better future for children and youth in communities across Massachusetts. One year with living allowance of $14,000, health benefits, free grad/undergrad courses at Northeastern University.
- Match Corps
Recent college graduates from universities across the country commit one year to public service in Boston. They receive a modest living stipend and housing in a dorm at the school.
- Math for America Fellowship
Fellows make a five-year commitment to teach in public schools while actively participating in MƒA corps activities and events. Locations of fellowship are Boston, LA, NY, DC, and Utah.
- National Association of Independent Schools
Database of jobs and internships with independent schools, searchable by category (admissions, ESL, science, etc.), state, and key word.
- Naturalist Internship at Foothill Horizons Outdoor School
A September to June program that offers "the equivalent of a university level teacher training program for people who want to be professional outdoor science educators." Interns receive thorough training before taking on a group of their own students. They rotate through positions as recreation leader, health coordinator, and “evening principal.” Location = Sonora, CA.
- New England Center for Children
The New England Center for Children (NECC) is a school for autism located 20 miles west of Boston in Southborough, Massachusetts. We are a private, nonprofit autism education center dedicated to transforming the lives of children with autism worldwide through education, research, and technology.
- New York City Teaching Fellows
Fellows "teach in the NYC classrooms that need teachers most" while pursuing a subsidized Master's degree program. They receive a regular teacher's salary and benefits. Similar programs exist in Philadelphia, Chicago, Oakland, DC, Baltimore, and Miami. (See notebook in Education section).
- Oxford Seminars
Provides 100-hour TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification courses throughout the U.S. - 6 in NYS. Offers six months of job placement assistance.
- Princeton in Asia Fellowship
Most fellows are placed in one-year teaching positions throughout Asia, some are in workplace - business or media. A "livable" salary is always provided, as well as medical insurance for those who need it. Airfare not usually provided. Small program costs.
- Reach to Teach
Offers English teaching jobs in Korea, Taiwan, and China. No certification required. No fees to teachers.
- Shelburne Museum Summer Education Intern
Located in Shelburne, VT. Summer position for juniors or graduating seniors that involves work in one or more of several education department programmatic areas, including summer camps, family programs and activities, special events, and adult programming. Interns will work as camp counselors, assist with planning, set up, and execution of special day and evening events, and work in the family activity center. Interns also may conduct research, fill in as exhibition guides.
- Slide Ranch Teacher-in Residence Internship (10.5 months)
Teachers plan and lead experiential educational programs for children that include the exploration of the farm, garden, trails and tide pools. Located near San Francisco. Benefits = housing, healthy food, and an opportunity to live w/ a group of people in a beautiful rural setting. Applicants must be comfortable living in rustic accommodations.
- Teach for America
Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.
- Teach for China Fellowship
Teach For China takes a unique approach to eliminating educational inequity by enlisting the US and China’s most promising future leaders in the effort. In partnership with the global network Teach For All (www.teachforall.org), Teach For China recruits, selects, trains, and supports outstanding US and Chinese graduates to work side-by-side to deliver an excellent education in high poverty, rural Chinese communities. Teach For China’s Fellows are placed in full-time, two-year teaching commitments at under-resourced schools, where they meet the pressing need for exceptional educators.
Their mission is to inform, empower, and encourage aspiring, new, and veteran teachers. Teacher.org is a website for teachers by teachers.
- Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL)
A global professional association for those who want to make a career of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Provides an online directory of degree and certificate programs – each several semesters to two years (master's) in duration. Offers student membership with access to many services.
- The Center for Green Schools Fellowship
A three-year program. Fellows work with a school district to initiate and/or accelerate various initiatives that may have languished for lack of manpower or resources, including: monitoring energy usage and decreasing consumption by educating staff and students, disseminating environmental curriculum resources, establishing indoor air quality policies and practices, revising maintenance and transportation contracts and improving recycling, school garden and composting programs.
- The Learning Project Teaching Internship (one year)
A year-long program in Boston, MA. The Learning Project Elementary School is an independent, co-educational day school for grades K-6. Interns train directly with experienced mentor teachers and to develop their own teaching skills by working daily in the classroom. There is a carefully outlined "progression" of responsibilities each Intern is expected to fulfill during each placement, culminating in a take-over week where Interns switch places with the Classroom Head.
- Transitions Abroad Website
Information on a wide range of international career topics including jobs, internships, travel, and teaching English.
- U. of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium Internship (1 year)
Designed for recent college graduates who would like some teaching experience in marine science and coastal ecology. Property is composed of 700 acres of maritime forest and open field, 1,000 acres of salt marsh, and 18 acres of freshwater ponds.
- University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching - CELTA
Offers training courses in ESL teaching that leads to a certificate - one recognized throughout the world. Full-time = 4-5 weeks; part-time = a few months to a year. Locations in 130 countries, searchable on their website.
- Urban Prep Fellows Program Fellowship (Chicago)
A one year program for recent college graduates interested in working with urban youth at a nationally-renowned all-boys charter public high school. Fellows assist students in small groups by mentoring, tutoring and leading students in their development and progression toward college readiness.
"A nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries." There is a fee that includes airfare, training, and support. Living allowance provided in year-long program, room and board for summer program.
- Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) Summer Fellowship
A 9-week summer program for juniors and seniors “who are interested in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment that offers a hands-on introduction to the fields of positive youth development, education, and non-profit management.” Location: Evanston, Illinois. Fellows serve simultaneously as role models, mentors, tutors, counselors, problem-solvers, crisis intervention workers, and life skills coaches for the youth in our programs.