Teaching English can be rewarding and fun, depending on your approach. But when it comes to writing an English teacher’s resume, the challenges change. Not only will you need to be sure that you meet the requirements of your potential new employer, but you will need to be sure that your written English is perfect.
A science or math teacher might get away with grammatical or spelling mistakes in his or her resume, but an English teacher won’t. If you don’t get it right here, you can throw your chances of this new, dream job away.
You will find a complete sample resume for an English teacher at the bottom of this article. Use it for guidance and inspiration. Once you’ve completed yours, proofread it carefully to make sure there are no mistakes.
Resume objective for teachers’ resumes
Your objective for teaching English is likely to link with a commitment to student learning and student success. You want your students to speak and write English correctly so that their English language skills are an asset that will help them achieve throughout life, helping them develop personal and academic potential.
But a resume objective may be very different and focused on certain needs.
Sure, any school or college is going to want an English teacher who will ensure that they succeed in the subject. But there may be additional objectives that they specify when they advertise the post.
For example, a position for an advanced placement (AP) English teacher will likely require the teacher to be able to plan, organize, and implement the school’s instructional program in a learning environment that will motivate and guide their students to develop and fulfill their academic potential.
If this is the case, you will want to include these objectives in your resume.
The same principle applies if the school wants an English teacher who can do whatever it takes to “disrupt the opportunity gap.” Or maybe, they want a teacher who will specifically create learning experiences that are rigorous, engaging, authentic, and relevant.
While you shouldn’t use their words exactly, you need to develop a resume objective that shows you have their interests at heart.
Enthusiastic and reliable high school teacher with six years of experience. Passionate about creating an inclusive and equitable school environment. Bachelor’s degree and state certification. Excellent human relations skills. Thorough knowledge of the curriculum and subject content.
Resume skills for teachers’ resumes
When educational administrators hire English teachers, they don’t just want people who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. They also want to know that their new teacher is well-rounded and willing to collaborate to increase their skills and grow along the way.
They want English teachers who will promote the development of student skills in the field of English writing, grammar, syntax, and reading.
Of course, it should probably go without saying that English teachers need to have good cognitive abilities including the ability to learn, recall, and apply the school’s policies and practices in the required manner.
Critical thinking skills and effective communication are also important.
Experience with computers, educational technology, and the relevant software applications may not be specified in the advert, but this is vital, not only for English teachers but for all those who work in a teaching environment.
The most relevant are word processing, networking, database management, and internet navigation skills.
Some schools and colleges specify that they need teachers who are able to lift, push, and carry objects, like heavy boxes of books. They might even be required to show that they can exert force on objects and to show that they have the stamina to sit for a long time and work for extended periods.
English language | Reasoning | Research | MS Suite | Computer networking | Accountability and student support | Passion for education | Patient and caring | Strong communication and leadership skills| Good time-management | Professional ethics
Teachers’ resumes work experience
Your resume should show a proven track record in terms of prior work experience. Whether you have been teaching for three years or 13 years, feedback from previous employers should be consistent.
Ideally, it should also show you have the experience teaching at the level required for the advertised job.
Of course, if you have only been teaching in high schools, and they specifically want a kindergarten teacher, you might be at a disadvantage. But if you are a qualified K-12 teacher, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get the job. It’s up to you to show, on your resume, why you should get it.
Similarly, if the job is for an English teacher, and you have been teaching other subjects until now you won’t be able to show subject experience. But if your qualifications meet the parameters required, and your experience is good, you will be able to use this positively on your resume.
If you have only had one job until now, you may want to consider including any undergraduate teaching programs you participated in. You may not have been paid, but it certainly counts for experience and it will add credibility to your English teacher’s resume.
Sample Work Experience
Lamphere Public School
High School English Teacher, 2018 – Present
Taught English to Grade 11 and 12 students, and Mathematics to Grade 8 students. Consulted regularly with students and learning coaches to ensure all learners completed their instructional programs.
- Acknowledged for my excellent classroom management skills
- Reviewed the English curriculum and, working with students and parents, devised alternative approaches to presenting lessons to increase student understanding
- Managed instructional programs “virtually” during the coronavirus lockdown
- Launched a student journal to encourage students to publish anything they have written and are proud of
ABC Charter School
Advanced Placement (AP) English Teacher, 2015 – 2019
Created an engaging learning environment that was conducive to effective instruction. Prepared and followed lesson plans according to the curriculum and pacing guides. Maintained complete, accurate teaching records.
- Tasked with the responsibility for meeting student performance goals in classrooms and throughout the school
- Introduced a Meet the Family program
- Devised a program to teach and manage classroom behaviour in a constructive manner
- English exam results and the overall pass rate improved significantly between 2015 and 2019
Middle School English Language Arts Teacher, 2012 – 2018
Executed a rigorous curriculum standards-aligned. Demonstrated strong pedagogy. Adapted unit plans, rubrics, and assessments to meet the needs of underserved students. Provided students with daily feedback on academic performance.
- Established a successful program that planned for individual learning needs
- Organized open house and parent-teacher conference events
- Launched a successful after-school student program teaching that learning happens every minute of every day
- Voted Teacher of the Year by the student body in 2017
English teachers resumes education
English teachers generally need to have a bachelor’s degree with a teaching certificate or a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree.
If you do a BA, it is usually preferable to have English as a core subject. However, many positions call specifically for an English Language Arts degree, and some say that the core subject doesn’t matter. In some cases, a master’s degree in a related area may be preferred.
Generally, if you want to major in English Language Art, you will need a degree that includes English as a major.
Some universities require students to complete two years in a pre-education program before they apply for admission to the Faculty of Education. Admission is then based on specified requirements, including grades.
Most degree programs take four years, but if a B.Ed is combined with a BA, it might take longer.
A typical B.Ed degree program will include subjects like assessment, curriculum development, lesson planning, special education, instructional technology, pedagogy, educational policy and leadership, and educational psychology.
In addition to a degree, in the US you will need teacher certification to be able to teach (see Certifications, below).
Midway University, 2016 – 2019
Bachelor in Education
- Graduated as a Middle School English Teacher
Liberty University, 2015 – 2018
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
- Enabled me to move into a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education-approved (NCATE) licensure-track graduate education program
Westcliff University, 2014 – 2017
Bachelor of Art in Education (B.Ed)
- Specialized in business and education
If you want to extend your knowledge, a great way to do this is via additional courses. These could increase your teaching skills, or add value in other ways.
Some universities have graduate schools of education that offer invaluable courses for qualified teachers. Others have departments that offer continuing education courses. There are also many online courses that might interest you.
Probably the most common short courses are those that lead to a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification (see next section). These are offered by many universities and colleges.
There are also culminating capstone projects that add value, including those done as part of TEFL or the Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification.
Additional learning and experience is always found on the job, but continuing education courses are always beneficial.
For most qualified English teachers, courses are not a necessity, and the hours you put in during working hours (and for many, after hours as well), might not allow the luxury of extra learning. If you are keen, check what your local colleges offer. Alternatively, consider online courses.
- TEFL Professional Certificate
- TEFL Proficiency
- Teach English Now – Capstone Project (TESOL) – 2 months at Arizona State University
- Teaching English Grammar – 2 months at the University of California
- Teaching English to the Young Learner – 2 months at the University of California
- Teaching Creative English Language Arts Strategies for K-6 English teachers – University of San Diego Professional and Continuing Education, self-paced for about 9 months
All 50 US states require teachers, including English teachers, to be certified. Because this is considered to be a local (as in state) rather than a federal responsibility, if you are planning to relocate, you will have to get the relevant certification.
A prerequisite of all certifications for English (and other) teachers is a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification. In Canada, teachers must have a B.Ed to qualify for certification.
Generally, the process involves a state-approved teacher preparation program, completion of a student-teaching experience, and a knowledge and skills test like the Praxis series of exams. A background check is also usually mandatory.
In addition to local certification, when English is to be taught as a foreign language, an English Second Language (ESL) or similar certification may be required. These certifications are also required if you want to teach English online to second-language students.
Several international certification programs are available including Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
ELT is the certification for English Language Teaching, and TESL, for Teaching English as a Second Language.
- “STATE” certification
Complete teacher’s resume sample
Once you have chosen a job you want to pursue, you are going to craft a resume that will, hopefully, clinch it for you.
The job shown below is for an 11th/12th grade AP English Teacher at a publicly-funded, independent charter school to work at the school for a year. The duties and responsibilities are detailed, and the school is clearly looking for someone with exceptional qualities.
Something that is very clear from this job advertisement is that the school has very high moral and ethical values. Communication is also very important over-and-above teaching skills.
The school is striving to improve professional competence and has built up a responsible and reliable team to achieve its mission – which is clearly stated at the top of the advert.
AP English Teacher
Highly qualified English teacher with a proven ability and passion for teaching AP English. Proven skills for planning, organizing and implementing learning programs so that they motivate and guide students all the way. Exceptionally good team player. Eager to show I can be a great role model.
Excellent oral and written English language | MS Word & Excel | Good record-keeping | Committed to performance goals | Communication | Responsibility & Reliability | Time management | Physically strong
De La Selle Private High School
AP English Teacher, 2017 – 2019
Prepared lessons and graded student work for English language and reading. Built and maintained positive relationships with students and the school’s instructional team.
- Frequently worked outside the normal teaching schedule in collaboration with teaching and management colleagues
- Used Understanding by Design methods to build, monitor, and revise a new, robust curriculum for English students
- Introduced a poetry competition to encourage critical reading and writing skills
- Made time for one-on-one lessons for students who were struggling to maintain the Advanced Program (AP) levels expected
Kentwood Public School
Middle School English Language Teacher, 2015 – 2016
Taught the relevant knowledge and skills for the correct oral and written use of the English language. Organized and maintained systems for accurate record-keeping, reporting, and grading of students.
- Developed new standards for critical analysis of teaching materials
- Developed a series of new lesson plans and instructional materials
- Introduced interactive discussion groups to help improve the level of verbal English skills amongst the multicultural student base – which the students enjoyed
- Increased the average student achievement level to more than 80% in 2016
Legacy Traditional School
Junior High English Language Teacher, 2015 – 2016
Taught reading, comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills. Followed lesson plans using instructional materials supplied. Evaluated the work of students. Participated in school management and administration activities.
- Developed new standards for critical analysis of teaching materials
- Most of my students improved their reading levels to above average during 2016
- Introduced a reward system that effectively improved student discipline
- Helped with fundraising efforts that improved by 100%
- Arizona Certification
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
Master of Arts in TESOL, 2017
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
- Specialized in English
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
BA, 2010 – 2013
- Teach English Now (Capstone project) – two-month course at Arizona State University
Teaching English at any level is a commitment. Unlike most jobs you will often work in your own time preparing for classes, talking to parents, helping students, and doing everything possible to ensure your students succeed.
- Teaching English isn’t just teaching students how to read, write, understand, and speak English. You need to be able to respond to student needs and be passionate about what you are doing.
- It is vital to assess student needs and expectations on an ongoing basis. The recognition that you find this important can be stated in your resume.
- The quality of the teaching you provide can have a huge impact on the achievement of students who come from poorer backgrounds. If a teaching job entails this kind of challenge, you will need to show on your resume how you will deal with it positively and successfully.
- Classroom management doesn’t only relate to behavior, it also entails time management and the utilization of classroom resources.
Tips from Experts
“Let’s look at some examples of how you would describe prior work experience on your teacher’s resume.” – Eleonora Villegas-Reimers, Teacher professional development: an international review of the literature. International Institute for Educational Planning, Unesco
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela, South African apartheid revolutionary and democratically elected the country’s first black head of state
Teaching English requires a multitude of skills that go way beyond what you will be taught at University. It’s not just about teaching people how to write, read, and speak English, it’s also about building a learning environment that they will recognize their teachers care about.
When you apply for a job as an English teacher, you will need to show your potential employer that you have all the skills required, including caring and compassion.
Use the critical thinking skills you have learned as a teacher to compile your resume. Good luck!