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Teacher Education References Guide

The reference page is a separate document from the résumé. Always ask a reference for permission before listing them. If they agree, send them a current résumé along with the position description. It is important to keep your references informed on your job search status. Only submit your references when requested by the organization/district to which you are applying. If you use a teacher as a reference, be sure to ask for their summer contact information, as it may be different than their contact information during the school year.

Formatting Tips
  • Heading: Use the same heading as your résumé.
  • Font: The style and size of your font should match your resume and cover letter.
  • Format: Either left-align or center your text.
  • Number: It is recommended that you have a minimum of three professional references, one of which should be a principal.
  • Name of person using: Ms., Mr., Dr., Prof.
  • Position title
  • Company/organization
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
Whom to Ask?
  • Former/current cooperating teachers
  • Former/current career-related work supervisors
  • On-campus student-teaching supervisor
  • Principals
  • Contacts from volunteer work
  • Coaches
  • Professors
  • Mentors
  • Customers/clients
View the Teacher Education Résumé, Cover Letter & Reference Guide (PDF) to see a sample reference page.
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