• Do you consider yourself to be helpful, patient, or understanding? 
  • Are you interested in learning about best methods to reach students or setting curriculum standards? 
  • Does is sound like fun to explain ideas and concepts to a classroom of learners? 
  • Could you see yourself teaching others to assist with understanding and comprehension?

Careers in this community focus on facilitating learning by guiding and encouraging others.


Meet the Community Advisor


Sample Occupations & Industries

  • Teaching:
    • Elementary
    • Middle
    • Secondary
  • Administration:
    • Principal
    • Superintendent
  • Special services:
    • Career/Technical education
    • Curriculum supervision
    • English as a second language
    • Reading
    • Special education
    • Self-Enrichment
    • Subject area supervision
    • Title 1
    • Tutoring services
    • Test preparation


    During Your Practicum

    • Build positive relationships with the people you will use as references and ask them for letters of recommendation. Remember to continue to talk with your contacts even after your experience has ended. A guideline for establishing and maintaining relationships with references can be found here.
    • Ask the principal at your cooperating school to observe you teach or to do a mock interview with you.
    • Attend the education job fair in the spring.
      • Note: Try to go both your junior and senior year. This way, you can introduce yourself to potential districts your junior year and meet with them again your senior year when you are searching for a job. This will give you an advantage over other candidates.
    • It is strongly encouraged that you meet with the Education Advisor at the Pomerantz Career Center by the middle of your practicum experience.
      • Note: The Pomerantz Career Center can help you with your résumé and finding relevant volunteer opportunities.
    • By the end of your practicum experience you should have a full working teaching résumé (a guide can be found here). The only part missing will be your student teaching experience, which you will add in once you have begun student teaching.

    Before Student Teaching

    • Create a REAP account and/or Teach Iowa account 
    • Write the first draft of a cover letter for a teaching position (a guide can be found here) and take it into the Pomerantz Career Center to have it reviewed.
    • Start looking for an appropriate and professional interview outfit.


    During Student Teaching

    • Update your résumé with relevant information from your Student Teaching experience.
    • Ask the principal at your cooperating school to observe you teach and/or do a mock interview with you.
    • Secure letters of recommendation and maintain contact with your references.
    • Attend the education job fair in the spring.
    • Participate in mock interviews (offered during the fall and spring semesters) at the Pomerantz Career Center.

    Consider volunteering as a way to explore your interests, build your resume, and connect with the community!

    UI Statewide Educator Fair

    Friday, March 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Second Floor Ballroom Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

    Current UI students, alums, and students across the state are invited to meet with over 30 districts to discuss job opportunities.