Resources for Teachers

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Schools Volunteer, Summer,  & Overseas Higher Education 


Certification / Resumes

 Certification Information

Maryland State Department of Education
NJ Department of Education - Information about obtaining teaching certification.
NY Department of Education - Office of Teaching home page provides information including teaching certificate and application procedures.
PA Department of Education - Includes sections on teacher certification and school profiles.
The U.S. Department of Education - A career preparation guide

Resume Databases

Connecticut REAP - (The CT Regional Education Applicant & Placement Program)
NJHire - New Jersey Department of Education Teacher Recruitment Initiative
Links job seekers with schools who are hiring.  You can also post your resume.
Online Application System for Educators - Putnam / Northern Westchester BOCES, NY - Serving over 200 school districts in New York state.
PA REAP - One online application can reach numerous school districts in Pennsylvania. - Create an online application that participating school districts in Pennsylvania can access. Started in western PA but includes districts from other areas of PA.  A free teacher placement service. You can put your resume on line for districts to access.

Resumes / Cover Letters

Cover Letter Writing Guide
Job Search Guide
PA Standard Application for Teaching Positions
Resume Writing Guide

Job Openings

Job Openings / Job Fairs
Job openings posted in the Center for Career Development
Campus Recruiting
CareerBuilder - Presents searchable, updated classified ads from the major US newspapers including Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, NY Times, Washington Post,Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News and the LA Times.
Connecticut: Public School Job Vacancies
Education Jobs - K-12 education jobs listing site.
Education Week - Search administrative and teaching job listings in Education Week.
ESL Teachers Board
Great Teacher - A searchable employment listing for teaching jobs nationwide.
K-12 Jobs - Teaching jobs and administrative employment at public and private schools.
NJHire - New Jersey Department of Education Teacher Recruitment Initiative - Links job seekers with schools who are hiring.  You can also post your resume.
New York State Education Department Links to Job Banks
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Pennsylvania Public School Salaries
Pennsylvania School Boards Association - Professional vacancies including administrative and teaching positions.
School Spring
Social Studies Teaching Positions - National Council for the Social Studies.  Includes both secondary level and collegiate level openings.
Special Education - National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education. Includes numerous resources for job seekers.
Career Advice for Special Education Teachers
Teaching Jobs in PA


Interview Guide - Provides detailed information about interviewing for all majors.

Interview Questions for Education Majors

Questions you may be asked in an employment interview for a teaching position
Tell us about yourself?
Describe yourself, your background and why you are interested in being a teacher?
What was the nicest thing that happened to you during student teaching?
What characteristics do you possess that will make you a successful teacher?
What are some of the ways you got your students to participate during student teaching?
What is most important when presenting new information to students?
During student teaching what gave you the most satisfaction?
Could you help with extra-curricular activities?
Are you willing to relocate?
What are you looking for in a starting salary?
What are you looking for in a school district?
Of what importance is the amount of money this district spends for each child?
How do you feel about tracks and levels?
Why do you think you deserve this job?
When did you decide you wanted to be a teacher?
During student teaching, were you in a heterogeneous or homogenous classroom?
What classroom management theory did you use in student teaching?
How do you motivate students who you know are capable?
What is the most important thing you can bring to a teaching position?
Do you want your students to understand the material first or be on page__by March?
Where do you want to be 10 years from now?
Where do you think you will make a mark in the field of education?
How do you teach values in a classroom?
How often were you late for class?
When were homework assignments given?
What subject and what grade are you most comfortable teaching?
Why would we be glad if we hired you?
Who are you?
Where do you come from?
And where are you going to?
What grades do you want to teach and why?
How do you handle power in the classroom?
What discipline methods did you use during student teaching?
Give me an example of the rules or procedures you would have in your classroom.
Do you use cooperative learning when you were teaching?
How do you monitor when students are helping each other?
When putting students in groups, how do you monitor whether or not the higher level students is being challenged?
Are you aware of how teacher expectations can affect student performance?
Other than paper/pencil tests, what kinds of assessments do you use?
What is outcome based education?
What is inclusion?
What is main streaming?
Do teachers have to pay attention to individual student differences?
As an elementary teacher, what kind of reading programs would you use?
What have you read lately?
How would you grow professionally while working here?
What, if any, education publications do you read?
Would you be comfortable with teachers evaluating each other's classroom performance?
What do you do in your spare time?
What do you have to offer children as an elementary education teacher?
What are the two most important things you learned at the University of Scranton?
What sport would you like to coach?
Do you have any questions?
Do you use standardized tests or write your own?
How do you get quiet/shy students to participate in class?
What is unique about you?
What qualities do you have that will help with teaching?
What would you change about the educational system?
How would you bring cultural diversity to the classroom?
Are you aware of teacher sexual bias in the classroom?
What do you see as the most pressing concerns in the field of education today?
Why should we hire you?

Some situational interview questions (AAEE Job Search Handbook)

Some of your students always finish their assignments early.  How would you deal with the free time that they have?
How would you work with students who perform below grade level, especially those form disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds?
How would you use teacher aides and parent volunteers?
A student is consistently late to your class.  How do you handle this situation?
What would you do, or how would you treat a student who refused to do the work you assigned?
How would you handle a student who continually "acted up" in your class?
You know that a staff member has been talking behind your back about what he or she sees as your ineffective teaching methods.  What would you do?

Social Studies
What area of social studies is the most exciting? challenging?
What level of Math are you comfortable in?
Do you find Math exciting?
How could you bring your excitement for math into a classroom?
What does the word stadium mean to mathematics?
Where do you find writing on a scale of importance to the average person?
Is there a connection between writing and thinking?
Should an English teacher have a background in logic, reasoning, and critical thinking?
How do you feel about Reader's Theater (acting out what is being read aloud)?

Questions Candidates Can Ask

What is the level of support for faculty by administration?
Does administration have complete control of course contents?
What is the teacher/student ratio?
How many guidance counselors are in this school, and what is their role?
How do you get parents involved in their children's education?
What reading program is used in this school?
Do you have a mentoring program for new teachers?
What is the district's philosophy of education?
How does this district handle disciplinary problems?
What kind of extra-curricular activities does this district provide to students?
What kind of students attend school in this district?
What do you see as the most pressing concern for this district?

Interview Questions for School Counselors

How would you describe your counseling style?
Do you have experience using any assessment tools?
As a new counselor, what would be the first three things you would do?
What role does confidentiality play in counseling relationship and underwhat circumstances would you discuss student counseling concerns with parents?
What would you do if a student said he/she wanted to tell you something very important, but you had to agree not to tell anyone?
What do you feel is the most important contribution you can give to a counselor-client relationship?
What professional counseling skills do you possess that need further development?
What type students are you least comfortable working with?
Do you have any experience working with "at risk" students?
In this position you will be working closely with a variety of departments and teams. Can you give an example of a time when you worked in a teamand how you contributed to the team environment?
What would you do to increase parental involvement in your students' progress?
Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a stressful situation and how you handled it.
What would you current or last employer say are your strengths? What would your employer say are your weaknesses?
Give an example of a situation when you went above and beyond the call of duty to get something accomplished.
Describe your problem solving style and how you successfully used it on the job.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
What do you look for in a supervisor?
What extra-curricular activities do you feel qualified to supervise?
Do you have any questions of us or would you like to tell us anything about yourself that didn't come up in the interview?

Possible Interview Questions for School Counselors -



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New Jersey

New York
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Council of the Great City Schools - Organization of the nation's largest urban public school systems.
School Data


Boarding Schools Online - Information on 300 boarding schools in the U.S. and abroad. Assoc. of Boarding Schools
Cristo Rey Network of Schools
Independent School Management - Browse here for the latest job openings for private school administrators and teachers.
Jesuit Schools - Follow links to "Education" and then "Jesuit K-12 Schools" 
Kipp Public Charter Schools
National Catholic Educational Association
National Charter School Directory
Network of International Christian Schools
Online (Cyber) Schools

Volunteer, Summer, Overseas Opportunities


Catholic Network of Volunteer Service - Includes organizations such as Christian Appalachian Project, FrancisCorps, Marist Volunteer Program
Jesuit Volunteer Corps - The largest Catholic lay volunteer program in the country.
Proliteracy Worldwide
Teach for America - Americorps program where recent college graduates commit 2 years to teach in urban and rural public Schools.
TNTP Teaching Fellows Program (The New Teacher Project is now in 25 cities)
University Consortium for Catholic Education - 2 year program; 14 locations throughout the United States.

  • Also, schedule an appointment to meet with Cathy Seymour, Campus Ministry Office. She can provide you with information about religiously affiliated long-term volunteer opportunities.



Council Exchanges(CIEE) - A non-profit organization that has been a world-leader in language learning and cultural exchange services for 52 years. Information includes a Work Abroad Program, International Volunteer Projects, and a Teach in China Program.
Department of Defense Education Activity
ESL Cafe - Large list of English as a second language teaching jobs all over the world.
ESL and EFL Job Opportunities and English Employment Sites and Resources - ESL teacher placement abroad
Guide to Getting a Teaching Job Overseas
International Volunteer Programs Association - Search for international volunteer and internship opportunities.
The JET Programme - The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
Peace Corps
Projects Abroad
Riley Guide – International Jobs
Teach Abroad
U.S. Department of State Overseas Schools & Teaching Overseas
Volunteering Solutions - A volunteer abroad organization, with volunteer opportunities offered in more than 20 different countries
WorldTeach - A non-profit, non-governmental organization based at the Center for International Development @ Harvard University.  This program provides the opportunity to live and work as a volunteer teacher in developing countries.


American Camp Association - Year round and summer camp positions
Benchmark School - a not-for-profit independent school in the Philadelphia area
Breakthroughcollaborative(formerly Summerbridge National) - A program for academically motivated elementary and middle school students with limited opportunities. Over 30 sites including LehighValley, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Locust Valley, Long Island, NY; New York, NY; Washington, DC.
Bright Horizons- Nationwide child care centers.
Camp AmeriKids - for children with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. - This organization also offers summer opportunities abroad.
Camp Pocono Trails -  A weight loss camp in the Poconos
College Settlement Camp and Kuhn Day Camp - Philadelphia area camps for economically needy children  Click on "Summer Employment".
ESF Summer Camps

Explorations in Travel, Inc.
- Unique travel adventures. Includes volunteer placements in Latin America and the South Pacific.
The Fresh Air Fund
Frost Valley YMCA - An inclusive camping program for children with developmental disabilities in the Catskill Mountains of New York state.
Future Stars Camps - Locations in the Philadelphia area
The Goddard Schools for Early Childhood Development - 65 child care centers located in 9 states. Summer programs are available for children through the age of 10.  There is an on-line application form by location.
The Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University - A national university based program that promotes the academic ability of children and youth throughout the world.  Provides summer job opportunities at various locations.
The Living Classrooms Foundation - A non-profit educational organization that provides hands on learning programs and job training for young people, with an emphasis on disadvantaged and at-risk youth.
National Institute for People with Disabilities
- This is a not-for-profit health and human service agency that provides services to people with developmental disabilities throughout nine counties in the NYC metropolitan area and at specific sites within New Jersey.
Operation Smile - A private, not-for-profit volunteer medical services organization providing reconstructive surgery and related health care to indigent children and young adults in developing countries and the United States.
Outward Bound -  A non-profit educational organization that offers unique programs in schools and centers in the USA and abroad.
PA Lions Beacon Lodge - Residential summer camp for adults and children who are blind/visually impaired, deaf/hearing impaired, and/or physically and mentally challenged.
Troops to Teachers - Federal program designed to place experienced former military personnel as teachers in school districts which serve high concentrations of low-income families.
Vision Quest
- A positive direction in treating troubled youth in America. All Vision Quest year-round schools are approved by the applicable State Department of Education.
Walt Disney World Co. - Search for employment
Wyoming Seminary
- This private school in Kingston, PA offers summer positions for ESL teachers, Teaching Internships, and summer middle school and high school teaching positions.

Cancellation/Deferment Loan Options for Teachers - This site is maintained by the  
United Stated Department of Education.  You can screen their database for schools that are involved in these loan cancellation and deferment programs. 

Higher Education

Positions in Higher Education

Academic Careers Online
American College Personnel Association - Primarily openings in student services
Chronicle of Higher Education Career Network

Employers List of Openings

Higher Ed Jobs
Jesuit Colleges and Universities - Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Click on "Jesuit College Job Bank".
Academic - Jobs in Higher Education
Student Affairs.Com

Graduate Schools Information

The University of Scranton Center for Career Development Graduate School Resource page
Directory of Education Degree Programs
GRE - Graduate Record Examination