CAREERS IN TEACHING
Public School Teaching • Private School Teaching • Internships in Teaching • Advising
Public School Teaching
Certification requirements vary by state. See, for example, Requirements for Certification in the
Arts and Sciences Career Library, 55 Goldwin Smith Hall.
A New York State Department of Education representative is available at the local BOCES
(Board of Cooperative Education Services -- in Ithaca, call 257-1551) to examine transcripts and
tell you which courses will count toward certification.
Alternatives to Certification Programs:
Internship programs at private schools
Participate in a private school program that includes a teaching internship and college coursework
See the Education notebook in the Arts and Sciences Career Library for information on Shady
Hill School and other programs
Call private schools to inquire about programs - see directories of private schools in the Arts and
Sciences Career Library
Programs that serve under-resourced schools:
Inner City Teaching Corps - Information available in the Arts and Sciences Career Library
Mississippi Teacher Corps - Information available in the Arts and Sciences Career Library
Teach for America - offers a fall information session and spring recruiting schedule for Cornell
See Education notebook in the Cornell Career Services Library for additional programs.
State sponsored programs:
Programs vary by state. Contact state departments of education for details. Phone numbers may
be found in Requirements for Certification in the Arts and Sciences Career Library.
The Massachusetts Department of Education selected 50 outstanding persons to teach in the
public schools supported by a Corps of Master Teachers. Chosen candidates received $20,000
bonus over the first four years in the classroom, participated in an intensive summer training
program and received on-going support and professional development throughout their teaching
commitment. All college graduates who demonstrated high academic standards and strong
leadership skills were encouraged to apply regardless of their academic major or professional
background. To find out if this program is available to you, and for more information consult the
website at www.doe.mass.edu.
Master of Arts in Teaching Programs:
Some states (including New York) require a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree for
permanent certification after five years of teaching. Check Peterson's Guide to Graduate
Programs, volume 6 on the Web or in the CCS Library for listing of programs.
Teacher Education in Science and Mathematics at Cornell: Major in math or science as an
undergraduate and complete an M.A.T. at Cornell.
Private School Teaching
National Association of Independent Schools:
Obtain information about private school teaching and possibly interview for jobs at their annual
conference in February/March.
One-year fellowship/internship programs at private schools:
See One Year Teaching Fellowships Notebook in the Arts and Sciences Career Library and/or
contact individual schools. Most schools have a February application deadline.
Register with a placement agency which provides resumes to schools (typically you pay no fee):
§ Carney, Sandoe and Associates (http://www.csa-teach.com/)
§ The Education Group (http://www.educationgroup.com/index.asp) (800-369-9102)
§ Educational Resources Group (http://www.ergteach.com/) - interview with ERG through
§ Educators Ally, Inc. (http://www.educatorsally.com/) (914-234-6323)
§ International Schools Services (http://www.iss.edu/)
§ School Service Bureau (508-757-9225)
§ Southern Educational Associates (904-452-0990)
§ Teachers on Reserve, Inc. (818-710-0744)
Check CornellTRAK for available positions: http://www.career.cornell.edu/cuTrak.html
Apply directly to individual schools:
Refer to http://www.boardingschoolreview.com/ and see directories of private schools in the Arts
and Sciences Career Library.
Internships in Teaching
§ Summerbridge/Breakthrough Collaborative - teach middle school or high school students
at one of 30 U.S. sites during the summer. See the One Year Teaching Fellowship
Notebook in the Arts and Sciences Career Library for more information.
§ Check Student Jobs and Internships on CornellTRAK for available positions.
§ One year fellowship/internship programs at private schools
§ See One Year Teaching Fellowship Notebook in the Arts and Sciences Career Library, 55
Goldwin Smith and/or contact individual schools. Most schools have a February
Cornell A&S students interested in a career in teaching can make an individual appointment with
Diane Miller by calling Arts and Sciences Career Services in G55 Goldwin Smith Hall, 255-4166.
Other (non A&S) students should refer their questions to Bill Alberta, 103 Barnes Hall.
Students interested in a career in teaching can register with Cornell Career Services via
CornellTRAK to receive e-mail containing information on programs and other items of interest.
The Idealist.org Web site has a very useful Resource Guid e to “K-12 Education” at: