- 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.
NOTE: If you are interested in graduate programs that would lead to a faculty position, please refer to career community that aligns best with the content you wish to teach or conduct research within. Those seeking to work in student affairs or related roles, please see Helping & Counseling or other career community that best aligns with your specific interest in higher education. If you are unsure, any advisor can assist and offer guidance in an initial appointment.
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- Special services:
- Career/Technical education
- Curriculum supervision
- English as a second language
- Special education
- 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.
Applying to the College of Education
Check out student employment, internships & post-graduation full-time jobs in Handshake. Employers targeting University of Iowa students & alumni use this recruiting system to connect with you!
- University of Iowa Statewide Educator Job Fair
March 27, 2020
- CESA 3 Career Fair
- 2020 DIVERSITY in Ed Virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair
- Visit over 75 School District Exhibitors (nationwide)
- Upload resumes and other supporting documents for employers to review
- Engage in real-time individual and group chats with recruiters and principals
- APPLY and INTERVIEW for multiple jobs on the same day
- It’s FREE to participate
- This is an efficient way for student teachers to network with recruiters from 23 Chicago-area school districts.
- Our virtual fair relies on video interviewing software such that student teachers can continue their job searches while schools are closed in IL due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- It's free and can be completed in less than 10 minutes, but more importantly, the video resumes that you create will automatically be sent to school recruiters and administrators for their review...even though most of those recruiters have been banned from their offices during this period of social distancing.
In an effort to be consistent with the University of Iowa moving in-person instruction online beginning March 23th through at least April 2nd (https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/ ) the Pomerantz Career Center is canceling the Educator Fair.
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am Open Networking 11:30am-2pm Optional Interviewing
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.