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Additional Job Search Guidelines

Important Things to Know:

  • Be prepared to invest time and effort in finding a teaching position.
  • Take time to learn about the district and the school you’re interested in via their website and/or onsite visitation.
  • Keep All Appointments! If you schedule an appointment, be sure to keep it, whether it’s for an interview here on campus with a visiting school district, or at a district office.
  • Send a handwritten thank-you note immediately after each interview. Follow up after ten days if you have not heard from the district.
  • Maintain a positive attitude. Many positions are filled in August or as late as October due to fluctuation in student numbers.
  • Honor your contract! If you sign a contract, ethically you should keep your word. Districts who are recruiting teacher candidates at Career Fairs will often offer a Letter of Intent. They are valid and binding so think very carefully before signing.

How to Apply for a Teaching Position

1. Complete a district application:

  • Every district has a preference for required application materials, and how they should be submitted. Most districts have on-line applications that take a lot of time to complete. Gather all necessary information before you begin. Take time to thoroughly write out narrative answers to questions before completing your final product. ALWAYS PROOFREAD FOR ERRORS.
  • If you are submitting your application by mail, use a large envelope (9” x 12”) without staples, folds or paperclips so your documents arrive as printer-ready as possible.
  • If you are submitting application materials electronically, here are some suggestions from other Whitworth candidates:
    • Prepare your documents for electronic submission by scanning transcripts, WEST-E/Praxis II score reports and certificate/permit. Convert text documents, such as your cover letter and résumé, to PDFs. PDFs are more compatible than text documents with the online systems. If you don't have a PDF writer, you can easily download a free version by doing an online search for "PDF Writer Download." Be sure to convert final, error-free versions of your documents. Watch for errors in spelling and grammar! Save both text and PDF versions of your documents in more than one place.
    • Look through the entire application and reserve plenty of time before you begin. Determine if you can you save-as-you go, or if you will need to complete in one session.
    • Use the same name and password for each application if possible.
    • Before you submit your application, print out each page to have a record in case of lost information or technical difficulties.
    • Check your online application status at least a day or two after submitting.

2. Submit résumé, cover letter, certificate or permit, and transcripts with your application:

  • Unofficial (opened) transcripts are acceptable when applying. Have official (sealed) transcripts ready for when you are hired. Transcripts are available through the Whitworth Fegistrar's Office. You must submit transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • While your certificate is being processed by OSPI, you will be issued a temporary permit by this office which is valid for 180 days. You will not have a certificate number for your application until you receive the actual certificate. Put the words “being processed” on your application if you must list something for certificate number.
  • NOTE: You may also be asked to provide a copy of your content assessment score report for any endorsement exams that you have passed.

3. Have your placement file sent to the district office:

  • Send an e-mail request to our office at certification@whitworth.edu or use our online order form to order and pay for your request.
  • Check the application information to see if the district has a preference for placement files/letters of recommendation submission. Please include the district’s preference in your request information.
  • Please provide the name of the district and the address if the district is outside of Washington or Idaho. If you're requesting an e-mail attachment, send the e-mail address and name so we can direct it to that individual quickly, especially if the position has an imminent closing date. If requesting a fax as well as a mailing, please provide a fax number and name. Our goal is to send your placement file within one business day after we receive request.

4. Check your application status a day or two after you have submitted your application to be sure they have received all materials. You should be able to do this online if you submitted an online application.

You can do it!

Let us know when you sign that contract. We'd love to celebrate with you and share your good news with the Whitworth School of Education family for all to enjoy your success!

Go get 'em!

Whitworth University
Educational Certification and Career Services
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251

FAX: 509.777.3219

certification@whitworth.edu