How can apply to be a teacher in private school? Most private schools want you to be a trained teacher as well as to have a degree in your subject. But most private schools also want you to be trained to teach the way they want you to teach. After all the teaching is what a private school is all about. The better the teaching, the better the students learn. The bottom line is that parents send their children to private school for the most part to receive the very best education their money can buy. As a result, employing well-qualified, credentialed faculty is a top priority. The important point to note here is that you will do more than simply teach academics. You will be responsible for teaching the whole child. That means you will lead or be involved with an extracurricular activity or club of some sort. This part of your job gives you the opportunity to teach tolerance, team work and persistence to your students. These qualities will be enhanced by your example, participation and leadership. Schools know this. That is why extracurricular activities are part of your duties. The same thing applies to your participation in athletics. Depending on your background, experience and training, you could end up helping with coaching a team. Once again you are teaching the whole child. Private schools believe wholeheartedly in the concept of mens sana in corpore – a healthy mind in a health body – a concept which traces its roots to the Roman poet Juvenal. Licensing At some point in your journey towards becoming a teacher you will encounter licensing requirements. These are intertwined in most states with the Praxis tests written and administered by the Educational Testing Service. Even if your school does not require you to be licensed by the state, earn your license while you are young. It looks good on your resume as it indicates that you have been certified. It is also cheap insurance for those inevitable moves which come with any career nowadays. If you are a private school graduate, you will occupy a special place on your alma mater’s faculty. Alumni who come back as teachers truly know their school and are a strong endorsement for its accomplishments and traditions. They understand the way the school works. They support its mission and objectives. Good teachers are attracted to private schools because quality teaching is appreciated. Teachers want to teach. They really do not want to push paper and be mired in a swamp of arcane bureaucratic rules and procedures. Furthermore, they do not want to be faced with never-ending disciplinary issues. In a private school teachers can focus on teaching. They want the freedom to be creative and effective teachers.