10 Top Companies That Love To Hire Teachers
If you won’t have (or want) a teaching job in August, March is a great time to start looking for work. But where can you go that will appreciate your skills and help pay the bills?
Read on, and open your mind to the possibilities.
If you love teaching and don’t mind getting up early, VIP kids might be an excellent fit for you. VIPKID’s teachers use provided lessons plans and their own materials to teach English to Chinese children for 25 minutes at a time. Pay hovers around $20/hour, and it’s not hard to work up to a full-time schedule if desired. One unique aspect of this job is the hours – China is 12+ hours ahead of US time, so peak teaching time tends to be in the very early morning. If you have a Bachelor’s degree, a fast Internet service provider, and can be happy singing funny songs to small children before most adults are awake, ask your friends if anyone has a referral code and can help you sign up. All work is 100% remote.
One out of every eight students in the US uses IXL Learning software solutions at school, so it makes sense that they love bringing educators onto their teams! Jobs posted on this site are high-level sales and marketing, software engineering, and IT support. However, if you’re vigilant, sometimes you can catch an Education Consultant or Content Writing role. If you have a passion for education technology and serving an international student base, this could be the right place for you. Their offices are in San Mateo, CA, and Raleigh, NC. They often have remote roles to fill as well.
Khan Academy is a nonprofit that believes online education should be excellent, accessible, and free to use for anyone in the world. This online hotspot is an excellent fit for kids and adults that includes lessons and interactive quizzes. Khan Academy is in Mountain View, California and so are most of their positions. However, they’ll recruit for a fully remote contract position. If Khan Academy doesn’t feel like a good fit, check out their subsidiaries, Duck Duck Moose, which runs the early childhood app and Khan Lab School, which manages teaching in-person classes.
Demme Learning is well-known in the homeschooling community as the creators of Math-U-See and Spelling-U-See curriculums. If you’re into sales or curriculum development, they need more and more help as they grow and add new programs. They have a very unusual application process. For this site, you can apply for consideration for a role on this page (without any job listings). It also helps if you know someone who works there, so he/she can provide you with a referral.
However, Demme is family-run with a lot of heart, and I hear they are a dream to work for as well.
If you love working in education but are tired of dodging the all-searching eye of administration, filtering out the angst in the teacher’s lounge, K12 is always looking for teachers to lead their online and in-person classes. K12 online private schools are available in most US states and many other countries as well. And, there are 200+ positions available on any given day. For example, you can find roles such as “Special Education Paraprofessional” to “Director of Web Services” to “HR Intern.” There is something for everyone at K12.
Connections Academy is a different online school with a similar set up as K12 and would be worth looking into as well.
It’s no surprise that this pillar in the textbook and curriculum industry loves on-boarding talent with education backgrounds. Headquartered in the UK, they seek to create a variety of educational programs and tools that improve education worldwide. They hire worldwide too, with on-site positions in 25 countries, as well as some remote roles. Many in our EdNews Daily community have worked as test administrators or scorers for Pearson in the past, but they have hundreds of other job possibilities as well.
Voted #1 Best Place to Work on Glassdoor by employees’ choice in 2019, and Best CEO in 2018, this education company comes well recommended. With huge accounts like National Geographic Learning under their care, you think they’d be impersonal and stuffy, but their culture is anything but unwelcoming.
For those ready for the challenge of moving with the momentum of a huge company but the agility required by continuous improvement, opportunities for all levels all over the US and internationally await. Cengage welcomes job-seekers to their career page with the tag-line, “Innovate Education with Us!”
If that calls to you, create a log-in and send in a resume. Cengage will save your information and look for a fit with new roles as they come in.
Universities, tech and community colleges, trade schools, and organizations that serve adults with disabilities often need adjunct professors to teach classes and tutors to help their students find success. Sometimes, you can even pitch an idea for a class at a school, library, or community center, and get paid for your expertise one class at a time.
Start with your own alma mater, and you might be surprised what opportunities at the opportunities you can find.
Blogs and Magazines
These blogs and magazines will pay for well-written content. At around $50+ per post, your per diem rate can reach a teacher’s salary pretty quickly once you’ve learned the ropes. Flexjobs.com can help you track down these and other freelance opportunities.
Education and online learning businesses need customer support and sales help just like any on-site business would need, but work can usually be done remotely.
Mirasee and Christian Mikelsen are a couple of my favorites for these types of roles. They don’t have a career section on their website because subscribers fill most positions. To learn more about these opportunities, subscribe to any blog you love to read and watch for hiring posts when they come around!
I hope this has opened your mind to some opportunities you may not have considered before. If I missed a company you’d recommend, comment below or head over to the Educators’ Exchange Facebook group and join the conversation!
Ashley Nance is a wife of one and mother of many, freelance instructional designer, and special needs advocate. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or via email at ashley [at] changeyourmusic.com.