The field of education—including elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities—is a very exciting place to look for a job because of the tremendous number of jobs available. I’m excited to show you how to approach this sector. I think it will open up some doors in terms of how you think about looking for a job.
Jobs in education tend to be scattered across an incredible number of sources. Many of these sources are university and school system websites. Because of this, it’s much easier to track down and apply for jobs at these institutions. You also have a better chance of actually getting these positions compared to those that are more widely advertised.
In order to explore this thoroughly, let’s start broad with the federal government and work our way down to state governments, universities, and finally, local school systems. Education jobs encompass not just teaching positions, but also those inside educational institutions. I’ll cover each below.
The US Department of Education has its own website, which lists numerous jobs. It’s basically like a regular job search engine. On this site, you’ll see vacancies in almost every field, including finance jobs, attorney jobs, and many others. This is the site:
This particular site isn’t overflowing with opportunities, but it’s always good to check just for the sake of being thorough.
From the federal government, we move to the state government. Here is a list of the state departments of education, which all have several jobs available at any one time.
|Alabama||Alabama Department of EducationGordon Persons Office Building50 North Ripley StreetP.O. Box 302101Montgomery, AL 36104-3833Phone: (334) 242-9700
Fax: (334) 242-9708
|Alaska||Alaska Department of Education and Early DevelopmentSuite 200801 West 10th StreetP.O. Box 110500Juneau, AK 99811-0500Phone: (907) 465-2800
Fax: (907) 465-4156
TTY: (907) 465-2815
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Arizona||Arizona Department of Education1535 West Jefferson StreetPhoenix, AZ 85007Phone: (602) 542-4361Toll-Free: (800) 352-4558Fax: (602) 542-5440
|Arkansas||Arkansas Department of EducationRoom 304AFour State Capitol MallLittle Rock, AR 72201-1071Phone: (501) 682-4204Fax: (501) 682-1079
|California||California Department of Education1430 N StreetSacramento, CA 95814-5901Phone: (916) 319-0800Fax: (916) 319-0100Email: email@example.com
|Colorado||Colorado Department of Education201 East Colfax AvenueDenver, CO 80203-1704Phone: (303) 866-6600Fax: (303) 830-0793Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Connecticut||Connecticut Department of EducationState Office Building165 Capitol AvenueHartford, CT 06106-1630Phone: (860) 713-6548Toll-Free: (800) 465-4014
Fax: (860) 713-7001
Email: AM.Lenkiewicz@ct.gov or email@example.com
|Delaware||Delaware Department of EducationSuite Two401 Federal StreetDover, DE 19901-3639Phone: (302) 735-4000Fax: (302) 739-4654
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|District of Columbia||Office of the State Superintendent of Education (District of Columbia)State Board of EducationSuite 350N441 Fourth Street NWWashington, DC 20001Phone: (202) 727-6436
Fax: (202) 727-2019
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|Florida||Florida Department of Education325 West Gaines StreetTallahassee, FL 32399-0400Phone: (850) 245-0505Fax: (850) 245-9667Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Georgia||Georgia Department of Education2066 Twin Towers East205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SEAtlanta, GA 30334-5001Phone: (404) 656-2800Toll-Free: (800) 311-3627
Toll-Free Restrictions: GA residents only
Fax: (404) 651-8737
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Hawaii||Hawaii Department of EducationSystems Accountability OfficeRoom 4111390 Miller StreetHonolulu, HI 96813Phone: (808) 586-3283
Fax: (808) 586-3440
|Idaho||Idaho State Board of EducationLen B. Jordan Office Building650 West State StreetP.O. Box 83720Boise, ID 83720-0027Phone: (208) 332-6800
Toll-Free: (800) 432-4601
Toll-Free Restrictions: ID residents only
Fax: (208) 334-2228
TTY: (800) 377-3529
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Illinois||Illinois State Board of Education100 North First StreetSpringfield, IL 62777Phone: (217) 782-4321Toll-Free: (866) 262-6663Toll-Free Restrictions: IL residents only
Fax: (217) 524-4928
TTY: (217) 782-1900
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Indiana||Indiana Department of EducationStatehouse, Room 229Indianapolis, IN 46204-2795Phone: (317) 232-6610Fax: (317) 232-6610Email: email@example.com
|Iowa||Iowa Department of EducationGrimes State Office Building400 East 14th StreetDes Moines, IA 50319-0146Phone: (515) 281-3436Fax: (515) 281-4122
|Kansas||Kansas Department of Education120 South East 10th AvenueTopeka, KS 66612-1182Phone: (785) 296-3201Fax: (785) 296-7933TTY: (785) 296-6338
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|Kentucky||Kentucky Department of EducationCapital Plaza TowerFirst Floor500 Mero StreetFrankfort, KY 40601Phone: (502) 564-3141
Fax: (502) 564-5680
|Louisiana||Louisiana Department of Education1201 North ThirdP.O. Box 94064Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064Phone: (225) 219-5172Toll-Free: (877) 453-2721
Fax: (225) 342-0781
|Maine||Maine Department of EducationBurton M. Cross State Office Building111 Sewall Street23 State House StationAugusta, ME 04333-0023Phone: (207) 624-6600
Fax: (207) 624-6601
TTY: (207) 624-6800
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|Maryland||Maryland State Department of Education200 West Baltimore StreetBaltimore, MD 21201Phone: (410) 767-0100Fax: (410) 333-6033Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Massachusetts||Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education75 Pleasant StreetMalden, MA 02148-4906Phone: (781) 338-3111Fax: (781) 338-3770TTY: (800) 439-2370
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Michigan||Michigan Department of EducationP.O. Box 30008608 West Allegan StreetLansing, MI 48909Phone: (517) 373-3324Fax: (517) 335-4565
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Minnesota||Minnesota Department of Education1500 Highway 36 WestRoseville, MN 55113-4266Phone: (651) 582-8200Fax: (651) 582-8724TTY: (651) 582-8201
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Mississippi||Mississippi Department of EducationCentral High School359 North West StreetP.O. Box 771Jackson, MS 39205Phone: (601) 359-3513
Fax: (601) 359-3242
|Missouri||Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education205 Jefferson StreetP.O. Box 480Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480Phone: (573) 751-4212Fax: (573) 751-8613
TTY: (800) 735-2966
|Montana||Montana Office of Public InstructionP.O. Box 202501Helena, MT 59620-2501Phone: (406) 444-2082Toll-Free: (888) 231-9393Toll-Free Restrictions: area code 406 only
Fax: (406) 444-3924
|Nebraska||Nebraska Department of Education301 Centennial Mall SouthP.O. Box 94987Lincoln, NE 68509Phone: (402) 471-5020Fax: 402-471-4433
|Nevada||Nevada Department of Education700 East Fifth StreetCarson City, NV 89701Phone: (775) 687-9217Fax: (775) 687-9202Email: email@example.com
|New Hampshire||New Hampshire Department of EducationHugh J. Gallen State Office Park101 Pleasant StreetConcord, NH 03301Phone: (603) 271-3495Toll-Free: (800) 339-9900
Fax: (603) 271-1953
TTY: Relay NH 711
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|New Jersey||New Jersey Department of EducationP.O. Box 500100 Riverview PlazaTrenton, NJ 08625-0500Phone: (609) 633-0665Fax: (609) 984-5347
|New Mexico||New Mexico Public Education Department300 Don GasparSanta Fe, NM 87501-2786Phone: (505) 827-5800Fax: (505) 827-6520Email: Bev.Friedman@state.nm.us or firstname.lastname@example.org
|New York||New York State Education DepartmentEducation BuildingRoom 11189 Washington AvenueAlbany, NY 12234Phone: (518) 474-5844
Fax: (518) 473-4909
|North Carolina||North Carolina Department of Public Instruction301 North Wilmington StreetRaleigh, NC 27601Phone: (919) 807-3430Fax: (919) 807-3445Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|North Dakota||North Dakota Department of Public InstructionDepartment 201600 East Boulevard AvenueBismarck, ND 58505-0440Phone: (701) 328-2260Fax: (701) 328-2461
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Ohio||Ohio Department of Education25 South Front StreetColumbus, OH 43215-4183Phone: (614) 466-4839Toll-Free: (877) 644-6338Fax: (614) 728-9300
TTY: (888) 886-0181
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma State Department of Education2500 North Lincoln BoulevardOklahoma City, OK 73105-4599Phone: (405) 521-3301Fax: (405) 521-6205Email: email@example.com
|Oregon||Oregon Department of Education255 Capitol Street, NESalem, OR 97310-0203Phone: (503) 947-5600Fax: (503) 378-5156TTY: (503) 378-2892
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania Department of Education333 Market StreetHarrisburg, PA 17126-0333Phone: (717) 787-5820Fax: (717) 787-7222TTY: (717) 783-8445
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|Rhode Island||Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education255 Westminster StreetProvidence, RI 02903-3400Phone: (401) 222-4690Fax: (401) 222-6178TTY: (800) 745-5555
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|South Carolina||South Carolina Department of Education1006 Rutledge Building1429 Senate StreetColumbia, SC 29201Phone: (803) 734-8815Fax: (803) 734-3389
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|South Dakota||South Dakota Department of Education700 Governors DrivePierre, SD 57501-2291Phone: (605) 773-5669Fax: (605) 773-6139TTY: (605) 773-6302
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|Tennessee||Tennessee State Department of EducationAndrew Johnson Tower, Sixth Floor710 James Robertson ParkwayNashville, TN 37243-0375Phone: (615) 741-2731Fax: (615) 532-4791
|Texas||Texas Education AgencyWilliam B. Travis Building1701 North Congress AvenueAustin, TX 78701-1494Phone: (512) 463-9734Fax: (512) 463-9838
TTY: (512) 475-3540
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|Utah||Utah State Office of Education250 East 500 SouthP.O. Box 144200Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200Phone: (801) 538-7500Fax: (801) 538-7521
|Vermont||Vermont Department of Education120 State StreetMontpelier, VT 05620-2501Phone: (802) 828-3135Fax: (802) 828-3140TTY: (802) 828-2755
Email: doe-Edinfo@state.vt.us or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Virginia||Virginia Department of EducationP.O. Box 2120James Monroe Building101 North 14th StreetRichmond, VA 23218-2120Phone: (804) 225-2420
|Washington||Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (Washington)Old Capitol Building600 South WashingtonP.O. Box 47200Olympia, WA 98504-7200Phone: (360) 725-6000
Fax: (360) 753-6712
TTY: (360) 664-3631
|West Virginia||West Virginia Department of EducationBuilding 6, Room 3581900 Kanawha Boulevard EastCharleston, WV 25305-0330Phone: (304) 558-2681Fax: (304) 558-0048
|Wisconsin||Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction125 South Webster StreetP.O. Box 7841Madison, WI 53707-7841Phone: (608) 266-3584Toll-Free: (800) 441-4563
Fax: (608) 266-5188
TTY: (608) 267-2427
|Wyoming||Wyoming Department of EducationHathaway BuildingSecond Floor2300 Capitol AvenueCheyenne, WY 82002-0050Phone: (307) 777-7675
Fax: (307) 777-6234
TTY: (307) 777-8546
|American Samoa||No records found.|
|Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands||No records found.|
|Federated States of Micronesia||No records found.|
|Guam||Guam Department of EducationFederal Programs DivisionP.O. Box DE312 Aspinall AvenueHagatna, GU 96932Phone: (671) 475-0470
Fax: (671) 477-4587
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Puerto Rico||Puerto Rico Department of EducationP.O. Box 190759San Juan, PR 00919-0759Phone: (787) 759-2000Fax: (787) 250-0275Email: Nieves_C@de.gobierno.pr
|Republic of Palau||No records found.|
|Republic of the Marshall Islands||No records found.|
|Virgin Islands||Virgin Islands Department of Education1834 Kongens GadeCharlotte Amalie, VI 00802Phone: (340) 774-2810Fax: (340) 779-7153Email: email@example.com
Colleges and universities are where the search starts to get exciting. To review, the strategy we’re following here is simply to go to the website and look at the jobs available.
Identify all of the colleges and universities in the area of the country in which you want to work. The best way of doing this is to use the following Wikipedia list. Wikipedia has the best lists so let’s review this one here quickly.
If you go to this link, you’ll see they have a list of universities and colleges by country. If you have some special sort of skill, you can apply to places in other countries if you teach something very specific and have a shot of getting a job there. Teachers job opportunities are everywhere.
For example, I lived in Bangkok, Thailand, when I was a teenager. I went to high school there for a year and there were tons of American teachers there. You can go to work in international schools and could be the “Teacher Jon” (or Jane) that the school needs. If you’re interested in teacher jobs, there are numerous places you can teach all over the world. Teacher job vacancies have no geographic boundaries.
Let’s look at California. You have a huge list of all of the different colleges. You can see also the California Community College Systems, which we’ll talk about in a minute.
Basically, you’ve got this list of private colleges and they are all different places you could work organized by country. They have rankings and subjects of study. I really like Wikipedia. They can show you all the different law schools if you’re an attorney, chiropractic schools if you’re a chiropractor, and so on. It’s amazing what kind of resources you can find here.
After browsing through these lists, find the colleges and universities you’re interested in then go to their websites. Just so you can get an understanding of how it works, this is UCLA. Assume for a moment you’re interested in working there. You’d first go to the UCLA website. You can see they have different schools there.
The UCLA website, for example, has a tab called “employment.”
In addition to campus jobs, you can find more UCLA employment opportunities at the hospital, the medical school, for recruitment, for fund-raising, and more. It’s just awesome how many jobs you can find when you start looking at what each school offers.
It’s important to keep in mind that a lot of these jobs won’t be advertised on the school’s website. You have to dig in and look at all of these as closely as you can. To do this, go to Wikipedia.
Another thing I recommend is performing Google searches for colleges or universities in the county where you live. For example, let’s do a quick search. Type in “Los Angeles County universities” or “Colleges and universities in Los Angeles County.” Look at this. It’s absolutely insane:
There are other lists you can use to find these schools. Most states have lists on their Department of Education websites. For example, look at Arizona’ site: AZED.gov.
I also recommend looking into unaccredited schools. It’s fascinating. This is a good list of unaccredited institutions of higher learning:
It’s still under construction, but I would keep checking back to see updates. It will obviously continue to improve over time.
Unaccredited schools could become accredited at any time, so it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Then, of course, there are always the U.S. News and World Report rankings located at: http://www.usnews.com/rankings.
There are colleges and universities all over. There may even be some in your own town that you don’t know about. What’s funny, especially in California where I’m located is there are a lot of unaccredited schools.
I remember several years ago, probably closer to ten years ago, I was sitting in an office building and talking to someone on the phone. He said to me that he was a student in this particular law school. I asked what law school and he said the name. I literally had never heard of it. It was in an office building that was a stone’s throw from where I was working. I had never heard of the law school. Be on the lookout for both unaccredited and accredited schools and know that there are schools all over that you may not know about.
In addition to looking for colleges and universities, you should look for trade schools. They have jobs for accountants, attorneys, architects, and pretty much any profession you can think of. To the extent you want to be very proactive in your job search, you need to look at pretty much every list of trade schools you possibly can. Chances are, several trade schools are located nearby.
This is a vocational school database: http://www.usnews.com/rankings.
A lot of this database is online and I haven’t found a good list that is public. I want to warn you that these tend to be lead generation sites. You can see there are places here that are advertised.
The for-profit education system is huge. As a matter of fact, the founder of the University of Phoenix is a billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. I just want you to understand that when you’re looking at these lists, you need to be careful. None of these lists are complete. In some cases, people have to pay to be on these lists.
Trade schools may or may not advertise in different places online, but you should use these lists to the fullest extent possible. I’m cognizant of the fact that if you’re looking for a job, simply as a teacher, professor, or something, that you’re going to go to this site and look for other colleges and universities. Use these lists and even look at trade schools. There is a lot of available work depending on the geographic areas you choose.
Finally, let’s consider lower level education. Now, many people look at private schools to find K–12 jobs. Again, there are lots of good lists for that. I am going to give you some links for private schools. Let’s look at a couple of them quickly.
Check out this list for accredited schools from all over the country: http://www.privateschoolreview.com/. This is a good searchable list.
Check out this list of schools as well: http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/schools/Default.aspx.
Wikipedia is a good source for lists of K-12 schools. Check out its listings for California, for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_high_schools_in_California. This list is broken down by all of the counties in California. Wikipedia does this for every state.
Remember, each of these schools, with the exception of some of the smaller ones, are going to have openings on an ongoing basis. The point is, to find a job, you have look at each of the schools in your region, and these links are awesome for doing that quickly.
If you want to save yourself time and look through a comprehensive database of education jobs for free, check out Gig.com. Created by our company after more than a year’s work, Gig is an excellent resource in your education job search, no matter what type of education job you’re looking for.
There are a myriad of jobs in the education sector that you can locate if you know where and how to look.
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