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Teaching Opportunities and Professional Development

Alternative Teaching Opportunities

Professional Development

Resource Sites

Alternative Teaching Opportunities

Peace Corps

http://www.peacecorps.gov/  (note: On average the process from application to invitation takes from six to twelve months).

What: The Peace Corps works in countries from Asia to Central America, and from Europe to Africa. In each of these countries, Volunteers work with governments, schools, and entrepreneurs to address changing and complex needs in education, health and HIV/AIDS, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment. Education Volunteers introduce innovative teaching methodologies, encourage critical thinking in the classroom, and integrate issues like health education and environmental awareness into English, math, science, and other subjects.


Pay and living expenses: During service, Peace Corps Volunteers receive pay to cover living and housing expenses, earn money for their transition after service, get vacation time, and have options for possible deferment or partial cancellation of student loans. Peace Corps covers the travel costs to and from the country of service. Unlike other international volunteer programs, there is not a fee to participate in the Peace Corps.

Transition Funds: Returning from overseas requires some adjustment. To assist with the transition back home, Volunteers are paid $7,425 (before taxes) at the close of 27 months of service. This money is yours to use as you wish: for travel, a vacation, making a move, or securing housing.

Cancellation of Student Loans: Only Volunteers with Perkins loans are eligible for a partial cancellation benefit. Fifteen percent of your Perkins loans can be cancelled upon the completion of each 365 days of service during your first two years of service, and 20 percent can be cancelled upon completion of each of the third and fourth years. Therefore, four full years of service would equal a 70 percent cancellation of your existing loan.



What: Americorps offers a wide variety of year-long programs throughout the United States that involve service with non-profit organizations including many opportunities that involve teaching.

Stipend: Most positions come with a small living stipend and and education award that can be used to pay for educational expenses such as paying off qualified student loans.

Student Conservation Association


What: The SCA has a number of opportunities for college student and recent graduates through their internship program. Internships run 12 to 52 weeks. Interns can work in education, interpretation, youth, or living history programs at parks, museums, and other kinds of sites around the country.

Stipend: Internships include travel to and from the site, housing, and a living stipend, and in some cases insurance. Interns may also be eligible to receive Americorps educational awards.


CIEE Teach Abroad Program


What: CIEE offers programs in Chile, China, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam for recent university graduates. Programs vary in length from a few months to multiple semesters. Most are focused on teaching English.

Stipend: Amount and benefits vary by program, but most include housing and compensation, and in some cases, additional benefits like insurance or TEFL certification.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship


What: English Teaching Assistantships are available in many countries worldwide. The details of each program vary by country, but generally ETAs are placed in schools or universities outside of capital cities where they work with student on their English skills and knowledge of the United States. Some programs may also allow ETAs to complete independent research projects simultaneously. Programs generally run 9 to 12 months.

Stipend: Amounts awarded vary by country, but are designed to cover travel to and from the host country, living expenses for the duration of the assignment, and some health benefits.

Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program


The Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program is a direct one-to-one exchange of teachers from primary and secondary schools. The program operates between the United States and six countries worldwide for a semester or academic year. By living and working in the host countries, Fulbright Teachers gain a unique understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences in cultures and education systems. Fulbright Teachers enrich their schools and communities with a new awareness of other cultures and traditions in different parts of the world, providing students and colleagues with new perspectives about the world in which they live.

Franco-American Teachers-in-Training Institute (FATITI)


What: (FATITI) is an international teacher exchange program designed to explore the evolution of education's best practices, social and education policy and the political institutions of schooling from a comparative lens. It is funded by the U.S. Department of State in collaboration with the Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange (Fulbright Commission) and the French Ministry of Education.  French and American teachers-in-training participate in a seminar examining history, language, culture, education and politics, followed by a teaching practicum.

Stipend: Airfare to and housing in France are provided as well as a stipend for living expenses.  Travel to and accommodations in Akron are also provided.  Health insurance while in France is provided through the Department of State’s Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE).

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Professional Development: Summer Programs, Seminars and Institues for Teachers

National Endowment for the Humanities:


What: Each summer, the NEH supports tuition-free seminars and institutes for K-12 educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in the humanities. These programs will give participants direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence.

Stipend:Varies depending on length of seminar

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers

Application Deadline:Varies



The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for grants to direct a summer program for college faculty or schoolteachers on a humanities topic of your expertise.

Why direct an NEH summer program?

  • Directors strengthen teaching and research at the undergraduate or K-12 levels.
  • Directors influence their fields of expertise through intense collegial study, often resulting in participants’ publications.
  • Directors join a distinguished roster of NEH summer program leaders.
  • Directors engage with motivated participants from across the country.
  • Directors receive compensation based on the duration of the program.
  • Directors bring distinction to their home institutions.

Interested in applying? Consult the application guidelines:

• NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes

• NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops


Gilder Lehrman Institute


What: Intensive summer seminar with a renowned American historian. Choose from 39 seminars taking place at colleges and universities across the United States and in the UK.

Stipend: The Gilder Lehrman Institute provides books, room and board for the week, and a travel allowance up to $400 to reimburse actual expenses.

Massachusetts Historical Society


What: The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is offering at least three fellowships to public and/or parochial schoolteachers and library media specialists during the summer. Applications are welcome from any K-12 teacher who has a serious interest in using the collections at the MHS to prepare primary-source-based curricula, supported by documents and visual aids, in the fields of American history, world history, or English/language arts.

Stipend: A stipend of $4,000 for four weeks of on-site research at the MHS.

Special Note: When applying for funding in settings such as the ones listed above, your main objective is to convince the institution (via your stunning application) why their educational offerings are a perfect fit with your intellectual and teaching needs.  Demonstrate, with clear examples, how your students will benefit exponentially from their program offerings or collection holdings. They want to see how funding you will give back to the wider community.  

Congress in the Classroom


What is Congress in the Classroom®?

Developed and sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional Center, the workshop is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information on teaching about Congress.

Who Should Attend?

Congress in the Classroom® is designed for high school or middle school teachers who teach U.S. history, government, civics, political science, or social studies. Thirty-five teachers will be selected to take part in the program.

What Will I Learn?

The workshop will feature a variety of sessions related to the U.S. Congress. Presenters will emphasize ideas and resources that teachers can use almost immediately in their classrooms--examples include sessions about Internet sites, online historical resources, simulations, and best classroom practices.

C-SPAN’s Summer Educators Conference and Fellowship Program


Each year C-SPAN invites teachers of social studies, as well as media/ technology educators in grades 6-12, who are highly familiar with C-SPAN’s programs and demonstrate successful innovative methods of integrating C-SPAN’s programming and resources into their teaching practices, to apply for an opportunity to participate in its 2013 Teacher Fellowship Program, a project of the C-SPAN Education Foundation. This Fellowship is open to certified teachers in public or private schools who are members of C-SPAN Classroom, a free membership service that is dedicated to supporting educators’ use of C-SPAN programming in their classrooms. For four weeks during the summer, Fellowship recipients will collaborate with C-SPAN’s Education department to develop new teaching materials using C-SPAN resources in order to better serve our Classroom members nationwide. This program takes place at C-SPAN’s offices in Washington, DC. Each fellow receives an award valued at $7,000 which includes housing and travel expenses. Fellows may also participate in C-SPAN’s Summer Educators’ Conference where they share their ideas with education colleagues about creating innovative learning experiences using C-SPAN’s programs and websites.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellowship Program


The Museum Teacher Fellowship Program enables talented teachers to become leaders in Holocaust education, bringing the history and lessons of the Holocaust to new places and new audiences.

Each year, the Museum designates up to 20 educators—from grades 7 through 12 and community college faculty—as new Museum Teacher Fellows. These educators must show evidence of extensive knowledge of Holocaust history, successful teaching experience, and participation in community and professional organizations.
Teacher Fellows participate in a five-day, all-expense paid summer institute at the Museum in Washington, DC, designed to immerse them in advanced historical and pedagogical issues. Following the summer institute, Teacher Fellows are expected to create and implement an outreach project in their schools, colleges, communities, or professional organizations. In July of the following year, they attend a follow-up program at the Museum to assess their efforts and to continue their study of the Holocaust with Museum staff and noted speakers.

The Hodson Trust Teacher Fellowship Program at St. John’s College


St. John’s College offers a special fellowship for teachers to pursue the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts during the eight-week summer session in Annapolis, Maryland. The Hodson Trust Teacher Fellowship Program provides seventy percent of a teacher’s cost of attending (tuition, books, and housing) for qualified students. The fellowship is open to teachers from Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York. Full-time public or private primary and secondary school teachers with a minimum of one year of teaching experience are eligible for this fellowship.

Bill of Rights Institute


The Bill of Rights Institute offers a variety of educational programs and instructional materials for educators. These include constitutional seminars around the country, as well as printed and online teachers’ guides for use in history, government, civics, and social studies elementary, middle, and high school classes.

Council for Economic Education


The Council for Economic Education offers many professional development opportunities for educators, including live workshops and webinars. CEE offers in-person workshops through the National Center for Economic and Financial Education in New York City. Check out what’s currently available.

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Resource Sites

Oberlin’s Gap Year: Teaching Fellowships


An excellent list of foreign and domestic teaching opportunities.



A fantastic resource for finding volunteer opportunities, internships, and jobs in the US and abroad with non-profit organizations.

Center for International Education University of California - Irvine


Has extensive lists of websites and specific programs for teaching internationally.

Teach Abroad


A site that includes information on thousands of teaching opportunities overseas. Many programs focus on teaching English as a foreign language, though not all do. Not all organizations and programs listed are “verified” and further research is recommended before applying.

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program


The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The program also aims to improve foreign language education in Japan and to encourage international exchange at the local level by fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth.

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