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Teaching

Some teaching options are available to grads, even if they don't have certification. Many of these employers also attend one (or more) of Cornell's career fairs each year. You can often defer on your student loans and/or qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Some even provide an education award at the end of a year's service. Common programs include:

  • Teach for America. Teach in an urban or low-resourced school for two years. Receive training and serve as the primary teacher in the classroom. 
  • City Year. Teach in a NYC area school for one year (or more if you’d like). Serve as more of a mentor and teacher’s aide to support primary teacher.
  • Public Allies Fellowship. Ten month program with a non-profit, along with leadership and professional training.
  • Student Conservation Association Program. One year fellowship.
  • AmeriCorps. Informal teaching opportunities in all 50 states.
  • Private schools. Many religiously-oriented organizations offer year-long teacher placements.

You might also consider teaching and educating in a less traditional setting. There are opportunities in museums, nature centers, and other non-profits where you can educate the community in some way outside of the classroom setting.If you are looking to pursue teaching as a long-term career, you should research the certifications required, as these vary by location and age group you want to teach. Requirements can include completing a Masters degree, passing a series of exams, and/or successfully completing of a background check and/or drug test (particularly when working with children).

Resource Library

Education and Teaching Resources

Our Resource Library contains links to many resources that will help you in your search for opportunities in teaching.