Many Amherst graduates have chosen to teach in "prep" schools, religiously-affiliated schools, or other independent schools after graduation.  Private schools tend to hire uncertified teachers with a strong background (e.g. undergraduate major or Master's) in their desired teaching field.

First-year teachers in these kinds of schools often have many other responsibilities, such as coaching sports, working in administrative positions, or serving as resident faculty in dorms in addition to teaching. 

Some of these schools have recuited directly on campus, while others interview applicants at job fairs. 

General Information About Independent Schools and Job Postings

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
NAIS provides a good overview of independent schools as well as a national job board and additional links to regional postings in their services for job seekers section.


Teacher Placement Services

Teacher Placement Services may come to campus to assist Amherst students with their job search for placements across the country and around the world.  Most agencies work on commission from the hiring schools, so their services are free to candidates.

Carney, Sandoe & Associates
New England Minority Network
CalWest Educators Placement
Specializing in teacher & administrator placement throughout California.
Educator's Ally, Inc.
Search & placement service for teachers and admininstrators in the NY/CT area.
A national online teacher placement service providing schools access to thousands of current teacher resumes.
ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States)
The Education Group
Independent Teaching Project
Teachers from under-represented groups.
Southern Teachers Agency
ndependent School Placement
Faculty and administrator recruitment for greater New York City, New Jersey, and Westchester independent schools
Manhattan Placements
Placement company for teachers, administrators, and department heads serving New York and New Jersey independent schools
The Private School Consultancy
Provides teacher recruitment services focusing on the sourtheastern U.S.
Independent Thinking
IT is for those new to teaching as well as for experienced teachers & administrators and school professionals who are looking for a position in an independent school. IT Connects offers the opportunity to create an online professional profile.

Post-Graduate Teaching Internships/Fellowships and Teacher Training Programs

Some public and many private schools also offer internships, fellowships, or teacher training programs, which are based on structured supervision at that school, supplemented by coursework at a nearby graduate program.  These can be for one or two years.  Participants can earn state certification, a Masters degree, or both.  Candidates apply through the K-12 school.  More information is available in the Career Center, as well as from NAIS

Belmont Day School (Lesley College )
Brookline Public Schools (Lesley College )
Brookwood School (Lesley College )
BB&N (Lesley College )
Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR ( Lewis & Clark )
National Center for Montessori Education, Beverly, MA 978-927-9600 ( Lesley, Cambridge College , or Antioch New England Graduate School )
Park School, Brookline, MA (Lesley, Wheelock, or Harvard )
Pike School ( Lesley College )
Pine Point School, Stonington, CT (Lesley )
Providence Country Day School ( Brown )
Saint Johnsbury Academy ( UVM )
Shady Hill School ( Lesley College or Tufts )
Smith College Campus School ( Smith )
University School ( Ursuline College )
Woodward Academy ( Georgia State )

program examples

The purpose of The Putney School Intern Program is to prepare young people for careers in teaching. Participants will experience a good cross-section of life in a boarding school that since its founding in 1935 has gained a national reputation as a leading progressive school. To be eligible, candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree in the liberal arts and have a strong desire to enter the teaching profession. Teaching internships are normally offered in two or three of the following disciplines in any given year: English, history, mathematics, science, languages, arts. Visit The Putney School website for an application.

The Intern Program at Stanwich School allows recent graduates to work beside a master teacher at two grade levels for two years, sharing and learning all the responsibilities of the classroom. Earn MAT at nearby Manhattanville College while simultaneously gaining teaching experience. At the end of two years, NY and CT certification possible.

A sampling of additional schools offering
internship/fellowship/Associate Teacher/Apprenticeship programs: 
Greenwich Country Day School, CT
Punaho, HI
Northfield Mt. Hermon School, MA
St. Paul's School, NH
Groton, MA
Hackley School, NY
     (inquire early junior year, provides undergraduate tuition grant)
Phillips Exeter Academy, NH
Choate Rosemary Hall, CT (Summer)
Phillips Academy Andover, MA
The Brearley School, NY
New Canaan Country Day School, CT
Beauvoir National Cathedral Elementary School,  Washington D.C.

 The National Association of Independent Schools has a detailed article on teaching internships with additional listings at