Writing a Cover Letter for a Teaching Position

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Writing a Cover Letter for a Teaching Position
Writing a cover letter for a teaching position requires proper planning. (chldren teaching image by Julia Britvich from Fotolia.com)

A cover letter for a teaching position is known as an academic cover letter. Writing this type of letter requires organisation and attention to detail. Academic cover letters tend to be longer than the business (traditional) cover letter, according to Claremont Graduate University Writing Center. By following a basic outline, you will have the opportunity to inform the reader of your teaching experience and methodology, research practice, teaching philosophy and intellectual interests.

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Things you need

  • Personal computer
  • Word-processing software

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  1. 1

    Write the date in the upper left-hand corner. Your page should be left justified, single spaced and double spaced in between paragraphs. Use a Times New Roman 12-point font. This is a formal style called block format.

  2. 2

    Research the school and address the cover letter to a specific department chair or committee.

  3. 3

    Write the school’s address. Include the name of the institution, name of the department chair and write the city, state and Postcode. Include the proper greeting such as: “Dear Hiring Committee," "Dear Selection Committee" and "Dear Professor Smith.”

  4. 4

    Write the introduction. Choose and include three to five sentences that describe who you are and the teaching job you are applying for, according to Purdue Online Writing Lab. In addition, include how you heard about the teaching position. An example introduction statement for a teaching cover letter could be, “My name is Brandy Smith and I am a certified English instructor. I am applying for a teaching position in your English Department and I heard about this opening from my colleague, Jane Jones.”

  5. 5

    Write the body. Include ten to twelve clear sentences that inform the school of your teaching and research experience and methodology. Use persuasive language. Focus on choosing at least three skills that match what the school is requesting. For example, “At ABC School I taught eighth grade language arts and focused on differentiated instruction and academic motivation.” In addition, you could write, “In my undergraduate studies I conducted research on the improvement of reading levels ages five to eight.” Refer the reader to your curriculum vitae and point out pivotal career highlights.

  6. 6

    Write the closing. Write two to three sentences indicating you are willing to provide writing samples, references, presentations or a sample syllabus. Write your contact information (phone number) and your availability. Thank the reader for his time.

  7. 7

    Write the closing signature. Choose an appropriate closing title, such as "Sincerely," "Respectfully submitted" or "Thank you." Type your name underneath after a double space. Place your signature in the middle of the closing signature and closing title.

Tips and warnings

  • Review and edit your cover letter for clarity. Spell-check for errors.
  • Ask a colleague to proofread your cover letter.

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