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Teacher Education Cover Letter Guide
Listed below are the components to build an effective teacher cover letter. If you have questions about creating a cover letter or would like your cover letter to be reviewed, please contact
Career Services. To download a copy of the Teacher Education Cover Letter Guide, click
Sample Cover Letters
A cover letter should directly recognize the needs of the particular school/district you are applying to and the ways in which your unique traits would meet those needs.
Research: Make sure you know some information about the school/district you hope to work for. Try to integrate that knowledge into your cover letter. Utilize the district/school websites to gain valuable information about the particular district/school you are interested in. Most districts now post the minutes from their school board meetings online, which can be another source of information.
Know your Interests and Skills:
- What skills do you have that could be valuable in an academic setting?
- What non-teaching experiences demonstrate a background that would enrich the school environment?
- How have you chosen to work with children when it was not required for your degree?
- What are the strengths that most define you as a teacher?
Keep your writing style simple and direct
Present yourself in a positive and honest manner
Use the same paper and same font as used on your resume
One page in length
- State the reason you are writing the letter – position you are applying for or inquiring about
- Grab the attention of your audience
- Source of referral, if any
- Include your interest in the position/school/district
- Flatter your audience by including school/district information found through research
- End the paragraph with a persuasive statement about why you are qualified for the position or why you are the ideal candidate
- Demonstrate why you are qualified for the job
- Emphasize what you can contribute to the organization
- Give concrete examples of your skills and experience – prove it!
- Highlight information found on the resume, but do not simply repeat your entire resume
- Easy method – choose your top 3 skills that relate to the position and give a specific example for each
- May be 1-2 paragraphs
- Reiterate your interest in the position
- State your appreciation of the employer’s consideration
- Include your intentions for follow-up
- Phone number/e-mail and best way to contact you
Please see the example below for information on formatting your cover letter.
Sample Cover Letters
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