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Careers in Education

Most current and future job openings are in the areas of special education, mathematics and science. States in the Southeast and Southwest tend to have more openings, for different kind of teachers, than Michigan and other Northeastern and Midwestern states. Urban and rural school districts tend to have more positions available than other school districts.

Supply and demand information is collected and published by the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE).

  • Salaries

    Salary information can be obtained from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Keep in mind that teacher salaries vary within each state.

  • Job Search

    Preparing for a Job Search

    • Meet with an advisor in the University Advising & Career Development Center (UACDC) to discuss how to develop a job search plan.
    • Build a network of people who can help you find teaching positions through student teaching, summer employment, tutoring, community service, and volunteering experiences.
    • Use the Internet to explore job prospects outside your immediate geographic area. Consider geographic areas such as the South and Southwest where populations are growing rapidly.
    • Take courses to prepare for teaching in fields with shortages such as mathematics, science, special education and English as a second language.
    • Attend job fairs. EMU's UACDC sponsors a Teacher Job Fair each year.
    • Develop a clearly written resume and put together a portfolio that demonstrates your capacity to teach. Have your resume critiqued by an advisor in the UACDC.

    Conducting a Job Search

    • Search national databases of job banks to find districts with job openings. There are many areas, particularly in the south and southwest United States, with critical shortages of teachers.
    • Send letters of inquiry, resumes, letters of reference, and transcripts to each school district of interest. Letters and resume need to be direct, clearly written, laser-printed, and summarize your strengths and experiences.
    • Send applications to district central offices (many now have applications available on line).
    • Attend job fairs.
    • Follow up on each submission with a personal call or email to remind the district of your interest and check on your status.


    • Find out as much as you can about the school prior to the interview. Do research online to get information about the school report, curriculum, enrollment, philosophy, and priorities on the administration and faculty.
    • You may also wish to take advantage of the UACDC job search training videos. Many school districts require you to teach a sample lesson to a faculty panel. Anticipate questions you may be asked such as:
      • What is your philosophy of teaching?
      • How are you best suited for this position, for this school?
      • What experiences have you had that prepare you for this position?
      • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
      • What is your teaching style?
      • How do you handle classroom management issues?
      • Describe a lesson you have taught.
    • Prepare questions to ask the interviewers. Ask about classroom practices and issues important to you. Do not ask about salary and compensation until a job offer has been made.
    • Follow up the interview with a letter expressing your appreciation and continued interest in the position.
  • Out-of-State Teacher Certification

    A teacher with a valid Michigan teaching certificate can apply for a teaching credential in another state. However, each state has its own requirements and its own process for “out-of-state” teacher certification. Please visit the links below to learn about the requirements for the states in which you wish to teach.

    Verification Forms

    When applying for certification in other states, you may be asked to have a program verification form or an institutional recommendation form completed by the EMU certification officer or dean of the College of Education.

    If you were a regular undergraduate earning a first teaching certificate at EMU, then please forward the request for verification to:

    Office of Records and Registration
    Eastern Michigan University
    303 Pierce Hall
    Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

    If you were a post-baccalaureate teacher certification student, then please forward the request for verification to:

    Post-Baccalaureate Coordinator, Teacher Certification
    Eastern Michigan University
    206 Porter Building
    Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197