How to Write a Teacher Resume: Tips for Choosing the Right Format

This article will cover the basics of what you need to include in your teacher resume, how to format it, and when to use it.

How to Write a Teacher Resume: Tips for Choosing the Right Format
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Brenna Goyette
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So, you want to be a teacher? Teaching is a noble profession. It takes a lot of time and effort to learn how to be a good teacher. In order to become qualified for this position, you will need to go through many years of education and training. You will also need a degree in teaching or another related subject. Once you have completed the process of becoming certified, it’s time to find a job. But wait! Before you start looking for teaching jobs, make sure your resume is the best it can be by following these simple tips.

Choosing the best format

The first question to ask yourself is what type of document you want your resume to be. A PDF? Doc? Word document? What will work best for the job you're applying for?

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Did you know that a PDF can be too large if you're emailing it or uploading it to a website that only accepts a certain size file? If this is the case, be sure to convert it from PDF to DOC before uploading it. This will make it easier for employers to review your resume.

What to include on your resume

One of the most important parts of your resume is your education section. It should be placed at the top of the page, and it should include information about where you went to school, what degree you received, and when you graduated.

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You will also need to include your teaching experience on your resume. If you don't have any teaching experience but are still interested in becoming a teacher, make sure to include any work or volunteer experience that relates to teaching.

What not to include on your resume

Don't overload your resume. It is important to include your work experience and education, but don't include every job you have ever had. Including too many jobs can overwhelm the employer and make it hard to find the relevant information they need to know about you.

Don't include irrelevant information, such as age or marital status. This information is not necessary for a teaching position and could lead to discrimination.

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Don't include personal information that cannot be verified (ie- social media accounts). If an employer sees information on your resume that they can't verify, they will wonder why you left off this pertinent detail when you had no problem including it in the earlier years of your career.

Do not include anything unrelated to teaching or education in any section of your resume (ie- hobbies). This section should only contain relevant information about you and what sets you apart from other candidates vying for the same position.

Crafting a unique teaching philosophy

Every resume should start with a "Summary of Qualifications" section. This is where you will list your teaching philosophy, which is the way you plan to interact with students.

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For example, if you are empathetic and want to build relationships with your students, then your teaching philosophy section would read: "I am an empathetic teacher who strives to build healthy relationships with my students."

If you want to make the process even simpler, there are many online generators that can help you create a teaching philosophy from scratch.

How to use your teaching philosophy in an interview

Interviewers like to ask about an applicant's teaching philosophy because it gives them a sense of what your priorities and beliefs are. When answering this question, give specific examples of how you would address certain situations in the classroom.

For example, if you believe that children should be given the chance to learn hands-on through hands-on activities, make sure you include this on your resume.

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If you want to provide students with a wide variety of opportunities for learning, make sure to mention it on your resume as well.

It's also important to keep in mind that interviewers will also ask other questions related to your teaching philosophy. Make sure you're prepared with answers!

Teacher Resume Objective or Resume Summary

So, what is the point of a resume objective or summary? Surely it’s not to identify the type of job you want?

Well, it can be. However, many hiring managers actually prefer this section to be left blank. This is because an objective statement will only limit your opportunities for a position. If you write an objective statement with a specific job in mind, then your resume becomes generic and will only apply to that specific position.

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On the other hand, if you leave this section blank, then employers will know that you are willing to work in any field related to your degree and experience. You have more opportunities for positions because you are not limiting yourself with one particular statement.

Job Description for Teacher Resume

Teachers are responsible for helping students learn and grow. They teach in a variety of settings, such as public and private schools, colleges, universities, and online. Teachers can specialize in various subjects such as math, science, English language arts, social studies, music, physical education and more.

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There are many qualities that make a good teacher: patience, intelligence and creativity to name a few. Teachers must also be able to handle stressful situations with calmness and poise while maintaining their composure.

If you’re looking to become a teacher or you want to find more information on this career path for your resume, read on!

Education Section for Teacher

It's important to list your education history on your resume. Start by listing the degrees you've earned with the date of completion. If there are any honors or awards associated with it, that should be listed as well.

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To make sure your resume is searchable by employers, include keywords in the description of each degree. For example, if you have an elementary teaching certificate, list 'elementary education,' 'teacher,' and 'certification.' These keywords will help potential employers find you when they do a search for teachers.

Write a Skills Section

The skills section of your resume is important, because it helps employers quickly identify the qualifications you have that they are looking for. So make sure you list all relevant qualifications you possess in this section. You can also use this section to indicate any additional qualifications you would like to highlight.

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It’s important to be concise and precise when listing your skills on your resume. Remember, the skills listed here will determine if or not an employer will contact you for an interview.

You may also include some of your strengths and weaknesses if they are relevant to the position you are applying for.


Choosing the right resume format for a teacher can seem intimidating. There are many formats to choose from and it's important to choose the one that best represents your strengths and experience.

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After reading this article, you should have a better understanding of how to create a resume that will help you land your next teaching position. However, if you need further guidance, please feel free to contact us. We are more than happy to help.