Teaching Careers in Catholic Schools
|Featured Catholic School Programs|
Not everyone who teaches in a Catholic school considers themselves a Catholic or even a practicing Christian. However, it is important that you be living a faith-based life. In addition, the Catholic schools offer a more challenging academic experience to students than do some of the public schools, and consequently, you should be well-prepared to teach your particular academic discipline.
Some Catholic schools prefer their teachers to have state teacher certification or to be working toward that certification.
What are the benefits of working in a Catholic School?
- You have the opportunity to teach and to model a religious- and values-centered approach to life. More simply put, you have the opportunity to talk to your students about God.
- Classes are frequently smaller than in the public schools, and there are fewer discipline problems.
- Parental cooperation and involvement is high.
FEATURED CATHOLIC SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The University Consortium for Catholic Education offers fantastic opportunities to both teach in a Catholic school in an underserved urban or rural area AND, in many cases, to work towards a tuition-free Masters degree. Applicants do not need to be state-certified or have studied in a teacher preparation program.
- In some cases, small communities of 4-7 members live together and share the many challenges and rewards of beginning teaching and are encouraged to develop their spirituality.
- 14 programs, placing over 400 educators in Catholic schools across the U.S. - includes the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (Portland, OR); BC's own Urban Catholic Teacher Corps; and the Alliance for Catholic Education (Notre Dame).
Mother Caroline Academy
“It is an honor and a privilege to work here.” Spoken by one of our volunteer teachers, this sentiment is held by all who have shared the experience of teaching at Mother Caroline Academy. Yes, you give a lot – of your time, energy, creativity and love – but what you learn and gain in return is truly immeasurable.
Mother Caroline Academy’s volunteer teacher position is a two-year service program in which dedicated individuals make a commitment to teaching middle school girls and preparing them for competitive high schools.
- Teach 2-3 classes with help and support from experienced administrators
- Lead afternoon activities including sports, art, music, Kids Can Cook, and trips to Boston Nature Center
- Supervise recess, evening study, and various weekend field trips
Benefits include: Modern, communal housing with private bedroom; Stipend of $300 a month ($400 a month for second year teachers); Full health and dental insurance; AmeriCorp educational voucher.
MORE INFORMATION: http://www.mcaec.org/theacademy/academyfaculty.html
BC ALUMNA PROFILE: http://www.bc.edu/offices/careers/careers/step2/stories/storiesteaching.html
Nativity Preparatory School
A Jesuit Catholic school - not Archdiocesan, Nativity provides a free [all the boys are on scholarship] middle school for inner city Boston boys from low income households. The goal is to enable the students to gain admisson to the Catholic secondary and other prep schools in Boston and New England. Most teachers are volunteers, like the JVC, for whom we provide a small stipend, board and room, health insurance, and eligibility for an Americorps education grant. Many go on to other professions following their two year commitment to Nativity.
New York Nativity Centers
Teach at a Jesuit Middle School in the South Bronx, Crown Heights in Brooklyn, the lower east side of Manhattan. Give the chance of a Jesuit education to youngsters whose families could never afford such an opportunity! Only requirements: a bachelor's degree (any field), the desire to make a difference, a generous spirit.
Organizations offering full-time, post-graduation opportunities - most provide room, board and a living stipend.
Opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.
Many of these are Catholic organizations, and some offer teaching positions.
Red Cloud Volunteers
Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation teachers who live and serve in the community for one year commitments. Insurance, room & board, travel expenses and monthly stipend.
The Remick Fellowship
For non-education majors interested in a career in Catholic education, teaching at the secondary level in the disciplines of mathematics, social studies, modern foreign languages, English/language arts, life science, physical science, music and religion. Earn a Master of Arts in Instruction and teacher certification in an intensive 12-month program while pursuing additional study and mentoring in ethical leadership skills. Remick Fellows will receive full tuition, room and board while enrolled in the program on the Winona Campus of Saint Mary's University of Minesota.
St Joseph's Indian School
A boarding school for Native American Children in need of teachers.
The Urban Catholic Teacher Corps
Part of Boston College, the UCTC offers new teachers an opportunity to gain classroom experience in the inner city under the mentorship of seasoned Catholic school teachers, while they receive professional and spiritual guidance and direction. Corps members live together in a community house in Dorchester, MA. They receive full room and board, a stipend for personal expenses, medical and dental coverage, and allowances for food and transportation.
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