U.Va. Ways to Become a Teacher:
- Attend the Curry School of Education Teacher Preparation program.
- Enroll in relevant Curry courses including EDIS 2010: Teaching as a Profession, coupled with EDIS 2880: Field Experience, as both are required before or during application to Curry's Teacher Preparation program.
- Consider teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Browse the Student Information System (SIS) for relevant courses.
- Attend U.Va.‘s Graduate & Professional School Fair to inquire about other teacher preparation programs.
Ways to Get Experience:
Volunteering through U.Va.:
- Volunteer at Madison House. Both classroom and tutoring options are available. (Note: employers prefer classroom/group work over one-on-one experience.)
- Explore volunteer opportunities and current service events on U.Va.'s public service website, Learning in Action.
- Consider an externship or job shadowing. Find more information at the University Career Services (UCS) website.
- Apply for an internship with the University Internships Program (UIP).
- There is a wide variety of programs and activities that are available for kids at U.Va., and many could use student volunteers throughout the year. View the U.Va. Kids & Families Programs page for a comprehensive list.
Summer/Part-time/After School Employment Options:
- U.Va.‘s Summer or Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP).
- Jumpstart AmeriCorps program.
- Possible after-school options include Creative Learning After School and in the Summer (C.L.A.S.S.), ACAC Adventure Central, Covenant School (contact firstname.lastname@example.org), Peabody School, St. Anne’s-Belfield School.
- Exploration Summer Program usually conducts interviews through U.Va.'s On-Grounds Interviewing (OGI) program.
- Register to be on the child care or babysitting list at the U.Va.‘s Women’s Center (982-2361).
- Become a U.Va. tour guide through the Admission’s office.
- 4 Star Academics Plus Camp.
- Explore other summer camp options at albemarlefamily.com or Monticello Avenue.
Other Creative Options:
- Substitute teaching can provide flexibility and money to support you while in school, but is not a suggested route to test out the field of teaching. However, it is a good way to meet many principals and department heads who are usually the ones to make the ultimate hiring decision.
- Don’t forget to consider country clubs, museums, historical homes and city or county based Parks & Recreation departments, which all have educational programs, particularly during the summer. They all provide excellent sources of part-time or summer employment. Check out Monticello, Montpelier, and Charlottesville City Parks & Recreation. Both the Farmington Country Club and the Boars Head participate in U.Va.‘s annual Educators Expo.
- Consider tutoring (Georgetown Learning Centers, Champion Tutoring and Huntington actively recruit through U.Va.). Check with school department chairs if you want direct employment.
- If you’ve done well on standardized tests, consider teaching (and once trained, tutoring can be an option) through Kaplan.
Ways to Land a Full-time Job:
- Review the K-12 Job Search Handbook and How-to-Guides.
- See the job listings for: K-12, Higher Ed., Counseling and Non-Profit.
- Attend the UCS Diversity Career Day, typically offered in the fall. All students are welcome to attend this regional recruiting event. Participants have included Teach for America, Peace Corps, the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) programme, Reading is Fundamental, and some public and private schools and placement agencies.
- Teach for America hires a large number of U.Va. students, but consider applying to other similar regionally-based programs including New York City Teaching Fellows, DC Teaching Fellows, Chicago Teaching Fellows, or Philadelphia Teaching Fellows.
- Some placement agencies for private or independent schools (most do not require certification) recruit through U.Va.'s On-Grounds Interviewing (OGI). Note that all students must complete the OGI orientation process to participate. These agencies include Southern Teachers Agency, CalWest, Carney Sandoe, and The Education Group.
- The Virginia College Advising Corps. Although not teaching-oriented, this program places College of Arts & Sciences (CLAS) graduates in public schools to help high school students realize that college is possible.
- Some international teaching options include: Search Associates (to schedule an interview or for more information, email email@example.com); U.Va. UK Fellows Program; Fulbright Grants; Peace Corps; and Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme.
- Attend U.Va.'s Educators Expo. Over 80 public and private/independent schools interested in both Curry and CLAS/GSAS students attend this two-day event. The job fair will be held on the first day, and interviews will be conducted on the second day.
- Consider talking with public schools about instructional or teaching assistant positions. These positions provide benefits and the extra time to be able to pursue alternative licensure coursework simultaneously.