Job Search Timeline for Licensed PK-12 Positions

Educator Job Search Suggested Timeline and Checklist

Active hiring for PK-12 licensed or certificated positions that start the following August/September typically begin in January with searches for administrator, school counselor, school psychology, special education, and other hard-to-fill positions.

Teaching positions typically begin to post in mid-January at the earliest with the majority of positions appearing from March through mid-September. (While some hiring of teachers happens in spring, a large number of positions are filled from late-July through mid-September.)

Searches for licensed or certificated international positions typically are conducted via specialty educator recruiting fairs held in January and February. Detailed information on these searches is available here.

Gratitude, the Overarching Theme

As you move through the job search process, remember to express gratitude—notes of thanks—to those who assist you in the job search process. Your taking the time to share your thanks will be positively remembered by those in positions to hire.

December/Early January

EMAIL, VM, and RINGBACKS

Create a personal email address, if you don’t already have one, that you check regularly and can use in the job search process. (Do not use your Lewis & Clark email address during the job search as that email address will be discontinued shortly after you graduate.)

Create a voicemail message that is simple and professional. Make sure that your VM box is not full and that you check it regularly. If you have a ringback tone, choose one that is professional-appropriate or go without.

GOOGLE

Search yourself using a variety of search engines. As possible, delete/untag anything that reflects unprofessionally on you as an educator.

*RÉSUMÉ and BUSINESS CARDS (optional)

Update your résumé. Consider creating a master résumé or cv that includes all of your experiences in and related to the profession. Use the master résumé as the source for creating résumés specific to each position to which you’re applying. A sample résumé is available here.

Optionally, create a business card to use during your job search. Business cards can contain your name, phone number and personal email address, your license information, type of position you are seeking, and an abbreviated version of your philosophy of education.

*See licensure language for résumés at the bottom of this webpage.

NETWORKING

Introduce yourself to your building principal and the staff in the district office, including human resources, sharing your updated résumé. Networking suggestions are available here.

LOCATION

Determine the geographic region(s) in which you would like to teach. Identify the school districts within that region and find links to the district webpages and to their employment or human resources pages. Links to district maps are available here.

LICENSE

Begin collecting license application packets if you are planning to relocate outside of Oregon. Links to out-of-state licensing offices are available here.

TESTS/edTPA

Register for and take any subject area tests that you have remaining.

Find the score reports from tests you have already taken (you may need these reports in order to apply for licenses).

Aim to have all required tests passed by Spring Break. Student teachers: Complete and submit the edTPA or the Oregon Work Sample on the timeline recommended by your faculty program director.

Save the e-mails with your official score report(s). 

Make sure that WebAdvisor correctly lists all of your test and, if required, edTPA, results. Contact the Graduate Admissions re: missing results. gseadmit@lclark.edu

Additional test and edTPA information is available here.

TRANSCRIPTS

Order one or more copies of official, undergraduate and other degree-posted college/university transcripts to be sent to you at your home address.

Optionally, order one Lewis & Clark graduate transcript from the Graduate Registrar’s office to demonstrate to districts that you are in the process of completing a license and/or degree program. Information on ordering is available here.

You will use these official transcripts as you apply for jobs, when you are hired, and when you apply for your license(s).

LETTERS, PAST EXPERIENCES

Collect letters of recommendation from former supervisors of both paid and unpaid positions. (You’ll be collecting letters of recommendation from your Lewis & Clark student teaching and internship experiences later in the spring.) (Hint: Offer your reference-writer a list of 4-bulleted skills/abilities that they could expand on as they write your letter.)

LinkedIn and PORTFOLIO (optional)

Optionally, create and maintain a professional LinkedIn page or an e-portfolio in TaskStream that can be shared with prospective employers. 

VACANCIES

In January, begin regularly checking the vacancy links on school district employment or human resources webpages and on SchoolSpring. Vacancy links are available here.

APPLY

Complete district applications as positions become available (Frontline, PowerSchool, TalentEd, Appli-Track, or district-specific).

EARLY LETTERS, CURRENT PROGRAM

If you are applying to a school district before mid-April or May, work with your faculty program director re: obtaining early, place-holder letters of recommendation from cooperating teachers, district supervisor, L&C supervisor, and/or administrator. Update these letters in April/May. (Hint: Offer your reference-writer a list of 4-bulleted skills/abilities that they could expand on as they write your letter.)

 

Mid-to-Late January/February/March

VACANCIES

Continue regularly checking the vacancy links on school district employment or human resources webpages and on SchoolSpring. Vacancy links are available here.

APPLY

Continue to complete district applications as positions become available (Frontline, PowerSchool, TalentEd, Appli-Track, or district-specific).

ZOOM SPACE

Create a quiet, professional space where you participate in Zoom, Skype, or other online interviews. (Any space will work, including stopped vehicles, as long as you have a quiet work environment with minimal distractions.)

EARLY LETTERS, CURRENT PROGRAM

If you are applying to a school district before mid-April or May, work with your faculty program director re: obtaining early, place-holder letters of recommendation from cooperating teachers, district supervisor, L&C supervisor, and/or administrator. Update these letters in April/May. (Hint: Offer your reference-writer a list of 4-bulleted skills/abilities that they could expand on as they write your letter.)

REGISTER 

Register on-line for the Oregon Professional Educator Fair and other recruiting events.

Request a full- or half-day away from your student teaching or internship site to attend these events. A complete listing of educator recruiting events is available here.

RECRUITING EVENTS

Attend educator networking fairs and district recruiting events. A complete listing of educator recruiting events is available here.

 

April/May

RECRUITING EVENTS

Continue attending educator fairs and other recruiting events. A complete listing of educator recruiting events is available here.

VACANCIES

Continue checking the vacancy links on school district employment or human resources webpages and/or on SchoolSpring. Vacancy links are available here.

APPLY and INTERVIEW

Continue filling out district applications and interviewing. Send thank you notes to interviewers.

FINAL LETTERS, CURRENT PROGRAM

Collect final letters of recommendation from cooperating teacher or district supervisor, L&C supervisor, and administrators. Request that the letters be written on letterhead. Aim for a total of three-to-five letters of recommendation. (Hint: Offer your reference-writer a list of 4-bulleted skills/abilities that they could expand on as they write your letter.)


June/July/August
CELEBRATE

Details on the graduate school’s 2021 commencement ceremony are available here.

APPLY and INTERVIEW

Continue the application and interview process. 

LICENSE

Once you have completed all of your PRELIMINARY LICENSE requirements (including course work, work samples, edTPA, tests…), you will automatically receive a “congratulations” e-mail from Lewis & Clark Graduate School indicating that you are eligible to apply to TSPC for your Oregon and out-of-state licenses.

Once you receive the “congratulations” e-mail, you can begin the licensing process for Oregon and out-of-state. License instructions are available here

TRANSCRIPT

Once you receive your master’s or specialist degree, order two official transcripts from the Graduate Registrar’s office—one for your permanent records and the other for your school district’s human resource office so that they can place you at the appropriate point on their salary schedule. Information on ordering is available here.

PRELIMINARY LICENSE

Make sure that your Oregon license, once issued, appears correctly on TSPC’s “Public Educator Search” webpage. 

ESOL (optional)

Apply to add the ESOL endorsement at the point that you have completed all courses, field experiences, and test. Application instructions are available here

ASL and BILINGUAL (optional)

Holders of all regular (non-restricted) Oregon licenses may add the optional ASL or Bilingual specializations to their licenses. Details are available here.

 

*Licensure Language for Résumés

Elementary and Elementary with ESOL

  • Oregon Preliminary Teaching License, Elementary—Multiple Subjects Endorsement, Eligible [Month] 2021 or Expires [date]
  • Oregon Preliminary Teaching License, Elementary—Multiple Subjects and ESOL Endorsements, Eligible [Month] 2021 or Expires [date]

Secondary and Secondary with ESOL             

  • Oregon Preliminary Teaching License, [subject area] Endorsement, Eligible [Month] 2021 or Expires [date]
  • Oregon Preliminary Teaching License, [subject area] and ESOL Endorsements, Eligible [Month] 2021 or Expires [date]

School Counseling   

  • Oregon Preliminary School Counselor License, Eligible [Month] 2021 or Expires [date]

School Psychology  

  • Oregon Preliminary School Psychologist License, Eligible [Month] 2021 or Expires [date]

Administration       

  • Oregon Principal License, Eligible [Month] 2021 or Expires [date]
  • Oregon Professional Administrator License, Eligible [Month] 2021 or Expires [date]