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  • Length : A cover letter is typically 3-4 paragraphs, not exceeding one page.  
  • Format : Use the same heading, font style and size, and type of paper as your résumé.  
  • Structure : Do not overuse the pronoun “I” at the beginning of sentences. Vary your sentence structure.
  • The purpose of this paragraph is to gain and keep the reader’s attention. 
  • Include company information found through research.  
  • State the reason you are writing the letter, identifying the position you are applying for or inquiring about.  
  • Indicate the source of referral, if any.  
  • End this paragraph with three qualifications/skills demonstrating why you are the most qualified candidate.  
  • The purpose of this paragraph is to emphasize what you can contribute to the organization.  
  • Give concrete examples of the skills you listed in the first paragraph.  
  • This will be the biggest part of your letter and may be one or two paragraphs.  
  • The purpose of this paragraph is to wrap up your letter.  
  • Reiterate your interest in the position.  
  • State your appreciation of the employer’s consideration.  
  • Include your intentions for follow-up.  
  • Phone number/email and best way to contact you.  

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How to Write an Application Letter for a Teaching Job

Last Updated: February 2, 2023 Fact Checked

This article was co-authored by Adrian Klaphaak, CPCC . Adrian Klaphaak is a career coach and founder of A Path That Fits, a mindfulness-based boutique career and life coaching company in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also is an accredited Co-Active Professional Coach (CPCC). Klaphaak has used his training with the Coaches Training Institute, Hakomi Somatic Psychology and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) to help thousands of people build successful careers and live more purposeful lives. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 89,442 times.

Applying for teaching positions can be daunting because of all of the materials you need to submit. Your cover letter is an especially important part of the application since it highlights your best skills. Writing an excellent cover letter can set you apart from other applicants, so it’s important to take your time and write a targeted letter for every application. Start by researching the position and getting all of the necessary information before you start writing. Then, use the intro and body paragraphs to emphasize your qualifications for the job. Conclude your letter by emphasizing your interest in the position and requesting an interview, and don’t forget to revise and proofread before you send your letter to the prospective employer.

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Gathering Information Before Writing

Step 1 Read the job posting carefully and underline or highlight key terms.

  • For example, if the position is for a Kindergarten teacher, then the position may indicate that you need to have undergone a preparatory teaching program.
  • If the job posting is online, you can transfer the text into a word processor and highlight using the highlight tool.

Step 2 Find out the name of the hiring manager.

  • Make sure to find out the person’s preferred prefix. For example, if the hiring manager is a woman named Nancy Cardigan, ask if she goes by Ms., Mrs., or something else.

Warning : Never write “To whom it may concern” to start a cover letter! This is too informal and it makes your letter seem generic from the start.

Step 3 Research the school, district, and position.

  • The school’s student population
  • Special challenges facing the school, such as budgetary issues or overcrowding
  • Extracurricular programs available to students

Step 4 Identify 3 experiences or skills that qualify you for the position.

  • For example, if you’re applying for a Spanish teacher position, you might want to mention your study abroad experience that enhanced your Spanish speaking skills, or your additional certification as a TESOL teacher.

Writing the Introduction and Body Paragraphs

Step 1 Include your address and the date followed by 3 spaces.

  • For example, you might list your address as “100 Main Street, Everytown, ND, 12345.”
  • Then, after adding a space, list today’s date in long form, such as August 8th, 2019.

Step 2 Provide the full name and address of the hiring manager.

  • For example, “Mrs. Sherri Mascarpone, Executive Director of Personnel, Sacramento School District, 1000 Johnson Lane, Sacramento, CA, 12345.”

Step 3 Greet the person with a formal salutation.

  • For example, you might start with “Dear Mr. Rodgers,” and then add a space and begin your introduction.

Step 4 Indicate the job you’re applying for and why you’d be a good fit.

  • For example, you might open with something like, “I’m writing to apply for the Math Teacher position that was advertised in this week’s paper.”
  • It’s also a good idea to give the employer some indication of who you are, such as by mentioning where you attended school and when you graduated or expect to graduate. For example, you might follow your first sentence with something like, “As a recent graduate of Universal University’s teacher education program, I am well-qualified for the position.” [6] X Research source

Step 5 End the first paragraph with 3 reasons you're qualified.

  • For example, you might write something like, “I’ve had a broad range of professional experiences that qualify me for the position, including working in the school district as a teacher’s aide while working on my college education, getting the opportunity to tutor at-risk youth in an after-school program run by a local charity, and completing my student teaching at this school.”

Step 6 Provide evidence of your experiences and skills.

  • For example, if you mention that you completed one of your student teaching rotations at the school you’re applying to work at, then you might expand on what you learned about the school and its teachers during that experience and how that knowledge would make you a good fit for this position.
  • If you mentioned that you hold a special certification, then you might expand on how that could enhance your ability to fulfill the needs of the position to which you’re applying.

Step 7 Emphasize what you’d contribute as a teacher at this school.

  • For example, you might include a line about your persistence and refusal to give up on students who struggle with course material, or you might mention that your professors or former employers have praised you for your ingenuity in designing engaging lessons.

Tip : Try to be as specific as possible whenever you talk about your qualifications. Point to professional experiences, certifications, training, and other evidence to support your claims.

Concluding Your Letter

Step 1 Reemphasize your qualifications and interest in the position.

  • For example, you might write something like, “Because of my professional experiences and special certifications, I’m very interested in the 7-12 French teacher position at Northwestern Central School.”

Step 2 Thank the employer for their time and consideration and look ahead.

  • Try saying something like, “Thank you for considering my application! I hope we can meet soon to discuss my qualifications further.” [14] X Research source
  • You may also indicate when you’re available or suggest a time and date for an even stronger option. For example, you could say something like, “I’m available to meet in person most weekday mornings and on Friday afternoons.” Or, you could say, “I’m available next Friday afternoon between 1:00 and 4:00 pm if you’d like to schedule an interview.”

Step 3 Provide an email address and phone number where you can be reached.

  • For example, you might write something like, “My cell phone number is (123) 555-1234 and my email is [email protected].”

Tip : You can skip this if you have included this information on your resume.

Step 4 End with a simple sign off and your name.

Revising and Proofreading Your Letter

Step 1 Check the content of your letter and revise as needed.

  • For example, if the job posting emphasizes that the ideal candidate should have evidence that their teaching strategies are successful, then you might want to add more detail on the positive feedback you’ve received during teaching observations.

Tip : If you’re a recent graduate or student applying for a teaching position, you might ask your advisor to review your cover letter for you and provide feedback. If they’re unavailable, visit your college’s career development center and ask one of the career counselors to review it for you.

Step 2 Ensure that your letter is brief and to the point.

  • Not making your letter more than 1 page long
  • Describing your skills using action verbs similar to the ones in the job posting
  • Avoiding long, intricate sentences that may be difficult to follow

Step 3 Read through the letter again to check for errors.

  • Try reading the letter out loud to help you spot any errors that you might miss while reading the letter silently.
  • Don’t rely on your word processing software to catch errors. These programs are not foolproof for spotting errors.

Step 4 Print the letter on high-quality bond paper and sign it.

  • If you need to submit the letter electronically, convert it to PDF format.

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  • ↑ https://www.snc.edu/careers/employment/teachereducation/coverletter.html
  • ↑ https://newmanu.edu/nth-degree/what-to-look-for-when-choosing-a-teaching-program
  • ↑ Adrian Klaphaak, CPCC. Career Coach. Expert Interview. 18 December 2018.
  • ↑ https://your.yale.edu/sites/default/files/maximizing_your_coverletter_guide_2016.pdf
  • ↑ https://writing.wisc.edu/handbook/assignments/coverletters/

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Teacher Cover Letter Formats

How to convince the school you are the ideal candidate.

Writing an attention-grabbing teacher cover letter to go along with your teacher resume can often be a frustrating and stressful task. Using a standard cover letter template as a fallback can sabotage a winning resume. Even worse, not including a covering letter will look as though your computer applied for the teaching position. True, deciding what to include and what to leave out can be a difficult task, yet you must make the effort if you want an interview invitation.

If putting your cover letter together is bringing you stress, read our " A-Z Cover Letter Writing Tips " for teachers and administrators It shows you how to structure a winning cover letter for a teaching position.

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Using the Sections of a Cover Letter to Target Teaching Jobs

Once you have chosen a format for your teacher cover letter and are comfortable with the layout, it is easy to tweak it to suit different teaching jobs. Let's get started! Your cover letter should be divided into three distinct parts: the introductory paragraph , the body of the letter, and your closing paragraph . Here are some user-friendly tips on what to include in each section:

The Cover Letter’s Introductory Paragraph

The introductory paragraph of your letter is incredibly important because it is your first chance to gain your reader’s attention and make a great first impression. You should try to address your cover letter to a specific person, if possible. You can do this by inquiring about the hiring manager’s or human resources manager’s name. Make sure to double check the spelling of the person’s name. You don’t want to ruin a first impression by spelling their name incorrectly!

Your first paragraph should clearly state the position name and posting number for the teaching job you are applying to. As well, if you have been referred to the job opening by an existing teacher, it’s important to state this information as well, as this can often go in your favor.

Alternatively, you may be submitting your documents when there is no formal job posting. In these cases, you want to convince the principal that it is worthwhile reading your cover letter and resume and, ideally, be placed in the follow up stack for consideration as a future hire.

Generic letters are five times less likely to get a response. For each job position, tailor your cover letter to the position advertised. Do not leave connections to chance. Make the match for the reader!

This elementary teacher cover letter sample makes a direct match to the elementary school teacher job qualifications in the opening sentences of the first and second paragraph. First, the education match is made. The candidate has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. Immediately following, we learn she has 15 years of classroom experience.

A hit! An experienced elementary school teacher – let's read on!

The second paragraph introduces her commitment 'toward the empowerment of elementary school children,' followed by her experience and teaching approach.  

The Cover Letter's Body

The cover letter’s body is where you try to show the reader how you are the best teaching candidate for the position. In these paragraphs , you must capture the principal’s interest, so they want to read on to your resume. You can make a strong cover letter body by focusing on your related achievements, skills, and education that are related to the position you are applying to. By demonstrating your talents in these areas, you will show the reader that you are an excellent fit for the job.

Even if you are writing a cover letter as a new teacher with no experience , there is valuable information from past work experiences, internships, practiums, and college courses you can incorporate. You will need to dig for these and find a creative way to communicate your relevant skills and experience as a beginning teacher. It takes time and deep thought to write an excellent cover letter for an experienced teacher or a first year teacher - so allocate the time necessary to get it right.

This math teacher cover letter sample provides numerous examples of how the teacher facilitates math learning at all levels of student ability. Try and avoid simply listing attributes. Make connections for the reader and tell a story.

"By incorporating class discussions, open-ended questions, and cooperative learning, I am able to facilitate a highly interactive and inquisitive classroom atmosphere."

The job candidate and author of this secondary school teacher cover letter example provides a thoughtful and impactful philosophy of teaching statement:

"I have found the method of facilitating rather than dictating to be a highly beneficial style of teaching. I have learned that if students construct their own learning experiences they will not only retain information longer, but they also will become more confident in their abilities."

The hiring managers, however, want to see examples and evidence. She could have included qualitative and quantitative examples of learning outcomes produced as a direct result of this teaching approach:

"My empowered class of learners has increased their reading and math scores by 12% percent, and has become self-initiated learners. For example, they check out twice as many books from the library."

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Do Your Due Diligence: Research the School

Doing your research can yield excellent results. Learning about the school district can help you tailor your cover letter to what the school district is looking for. You can find information on both the school district and the specific school you are applying to by visiting their website. Take your time to read through it and gather pertinent information.

Discover what programs, projects, and potential issues are at the forefront for them. By bringing these issues up in your cover letter and showing that you have the necessary skills and experiences they are seeking, you will most likely impress the principal reading your letter.

Try and put your own stamp on your cover letter; let your personality and passion for the job shine through. Tell the principal why you are interested in the position and how you can contribute to the school community. If you can communicate how your teaching skills and experiences can benefit the school, you will have a good chance at being called for an interview.

The Cover Letter’s Concluding Paragraph

Your cover letter should end by re-stating your enthusiasm for the position. It should also state your interest in being called for an interview. Specify how the reader can get in touch with you and thank them for their time and consideration.

In this section, you may find the use of original language to be challenging. The biggest risk in a cover letter is using repetitive, formulaic language. The reader sees these same statements over and over again, and thus tends to gloss over them with glazed eyes. The challenge is to draw on your own experience to provide an original hook. Try to not only open your cover letter with a hook, but also end it with a hook to keep the reader interested.

This music teacher cover letter sample wakes up the reader by adding a call to action that requires action on his/her part.

"In closing, I look forward to meeting you to discuss in greater detail how I can contribute to the continued success of your music program. If you have any questions, or would like to set a time to meet, please feel free to contact me at the number listed above."

Let's add a more compelling ending.

"I will leave you with this short video clip of me on the piano teaching the music scales and singing Christmas carols with my special education class – a fun activity we all thoroughly enjoyed."

This additional sentence packs a powerful punch. You have provided an example of you in action as a teacher, engaging the students and having fun while learning. I challenge you to come up with a list of original ways of ending your cover letter – ideally ways that demonstrate evidence of your teaching ability.

After you write your cover letter, it is important to have it proofread by someone else. Even if you think it’s perfect, it’s always a good idea to have a fresh pair of eyes look at it. Sometimes you can be blind to your own mistakes. So, it is always recommended to have it double checked before you send it off.

Check out these 6 common mistakes NOT to make on your application letter and information you should always include in an education cover letter when searching for a teaching job position. Read a recent blog post about how to highlight your skills and strengths in your teacher resume and cover letter.

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How to End a Cover Letter [w/ 4 Examples]

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How you end your cover letter is an important part of the process. 

You’ve managed to make a good impression with your cover letter and now you want to “exit” on a good note with an equally impactful conclusion. 

This is where this article comes in.

We’ll show you how to end your cover letter effectively and leave the right impression on the recruiter reading it!

  • 6 Ways to end a cover letter for a job (with examples) 
  • Ways NOT to end a cover letter
  • How to sign off a cover letter
  • Signature lines NOT to use 

New to cover letter writing? Give our resumes 101 video a watch before diving into the article!

6 Ways to End a Cover Letter for a Job (With Examples)

Your cover letter ending consists of your closing paragraph and your signature line.

As your official “parting” from the recruiter, your closing paragraph should be an on-point summary of your cover letter’s highlights and a chance to reaffirm your strong points.

To guide you in the right direction, we’ve put together our favorite tips on how to end a cover letter effectively. 

So, let’s see what they’re all about!

#1: Show Confidence 

First things first—make sure you end your cover letter on a confident note. 

All your skills, qualifications, and strengths will lose a bit of their value if you don’t confidently show the recruiter that you can apply them to the company’s benefit. 

Say, you mentioned a bunch of noteworthy achievements and skills as you were writing your cover letter . Your cover letter ending is your chance to confidently reiterate them.

For example, you might have mentioned in your cover letter how you helped your previous company exceed its sales target by 30%. That’s an achievement you can use to conclude your cover letter confidently.  

For example:

I believe my ability to generate sales and drive results will be a significant contribution to your company’s goals and KPIs. 

#2: Sum Up Your Skills (For the Position)

Another way to effectively end your cover letter is to sum up your top skills. 

More specifically, sum up exactly how your skills will bring value to the team or company, or how they are relevant to the position you are applying for.

Here’s an example of how you can do this:

To conclude, I can confidently say that my 5 years of experience as a researcher have made me detail-oriented, patient, and able to connect smaller pieces of information to see the bigger picture. I believe these skills will be of use in this position. 

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#3: Be Enthusiastic

You may be highly qualified and justifiably confident in your skills, but employers also want to see that you will be a motivated and engaged employee. 

So, make sure to express your enthusiasm! This will show that you care about this job and that you will put passion and energy into your work if you’re hired. 

Employees who are enthusiastic about their work are also far more likely to stay on board long term, which means that you’ve got more chances to get (and stay) hired! It’s no wonder that 71% of executives say that employee engagement is critical to their company’s success .

As such, sometimes, the deciding difference between two equally qualified candidates is just their level of interest and enthusiasm for the position.

Being able to apply all of my skills and previous experience to this project is an ideal and exciting opportunity for me. 

#4: State Your Goals and Set Expectations 

Another great way to end your cover letter is by stating your professional goals and giving the recruiter a general idea of what they should expect from you as a potential employee.

This will show that you are proactive and that you have clear objectives for your career.

Keep in mind though—when stating your goals and expectations, focus on mentioning how you’ll contribute to the company and benefit the employer, not just the other way around. 

And remember—what can set you apart from other candidates is expressing exactly what connects you to the company (other than just wanting to be hired). This can make your claims more believable and attract recruiters more easily.

Here’s an example of how you can make that work:

My goal is to be counted among the top professionals in the field, not only due to my skills but also because of my appetite for innovation. Your company’s mission to innovate some basic aspects of our daily lives is an inspiration for my work and I’d be happy to contribute my skills to achieve this common mission.

#5: Don’t Forget to Say “Thank You” 

Don’t forget to end the letter with gratitude. 

After all, recruiters go through countless applications daily, so just the fact that they took the time to read yours is enough of a reason to be thankful. 

Because it is expected that you will say “thank you” (and would be considered rude if you don’t), genuine gratitude is what will make you instantly more likable and win you extra points. 

Thank you for taking the time to review my application. I truly appreciate your consideration and hope to have the chance to prove through my dedicated work for your company.

#6. Keep It Professional 

This last piece of advice is quite simple. Keep your cover letter professional. You’ll have plenty of chances to express the more fun side of your character. 

There will be plenty of time to express your more “casual” side once you’re hired. At this stage, though, employers want to see that you are professional, reliable, and serious about your work. 

So, it’s better to use academic language and a clean, simple style. 

Liked the tips we covered in this article? There’s more where that came from! Check out our complete guide with the top 21 cover letter tips .

Ways NOT to End a Cover Letter 

And now that we covered the best ways to end your cover letter, let’s go over what you should NOT do when you’re writing your cover letter ending.  

  • Do not appear desperate for the job. There is a fine line between expressing enthusiasm and being desperate. If you step over that line, you might blow your chances at getting a callback.
  • Don’t be cocky and entitled. Avoid rhetoric that implies that the company would be foolish not to hire you and avoid speaking as though you’ve already been hired.
  • Do not use overly familiar language or slang. That is unless you are working in the comedy industry.
  • Don’t forget to proofread. Forgetting to proofread your cover letter (including the ending) is a big no-no. Typos and grammar mistakes can come across as unprofessional, so make sure to double-check for mistakes or use software like Grammarly .
  • Don’t be sloppy! Pay attention to how you structure your closing paragraph just as much as the rest of your cover letter. This is the last thing the recruiters will read and it is what they will remember from the cover letter.
  • Do not skip the closing! Not including a final paragraph in a cover letter is a huge mistake. This is your opportunity to summarize your strong points, enthusiasm, and gratitude memorably.

Want to know what mistakes you should avoid when you’re writing your cover letter? Our guide on cover letter mistakes has all you need to know.

How to Sign Off a Cover Letter 

Signing off your cover letter is a pretty straightforward task. All you have to do is use a signature line, followed by your full name. Something like this: 

And since “sincerely” has become overused, consider these signature lines to use instead: 

  • Kind regards,
  • With best regards,
  • Most sincerely,
  • Respectfully yours,
  • Best regards,
  • Respectfully,
  • Thank you for your consideration,

Signature lines not to use

You probably know better than to use any of the signature lines below, but we thought to go over them just in case. So, whatever you do, refrain from using any of the following: 

  • Warm Regards
  • Yours Truly
  • Have a wonderful day
  • Affectionately

Do I Sign a Cover Letter? 

Whether you should sign a cover letter depends on how you are sending your cover letter. 

Nowadays, most cover letters are sent electronically. If that’s the case with you, there is no need to add an electronic signature. 

Simply add your full name at the end of the cover letter, using the same font as the rest of your letter. 

If you are sending a good old-fashioned printed cover letter, on the other hand, include the same details and add your signature underneath your name. 

Having a matching resume and cover letter is a great way to make a good impression on the hiring manager! We make that super easy for you - just pick one of our matching pairs of resume & cover letter templates and start writing yours!

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Key Takeaways 

How you end your cover letter is extremely important. If you manage to get it right, your application will make an impression and most surely earn you a callback.

To make sure you got it right, let’s go over the main points we covered in this article: 

  • Your cover letter ending should contain a captivating closing paragraph and a signature line.
  • To write a good closing paragraph, do some of the following: convey enthusiasm, recap your skills and qualifications, show gratitude, and state your goals and expectations.
  • Things NOT to do when you’re writing your cover letter ending are: appearing cocky, being sloppy, forgetting to proofread, and ignoring the ending altogether.
  • Signature lines to consider in addition to sincerely are: kind regards, respectfully, and most sincerely.

Related Readings:

  • Do I Need A Cover Letter in 2023
  • Entry-level Cover Letter
  • Cover Letter for Internship

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How to Write an Application Letter in Nigeria for a Teaching Job

How to Write an Application Letter in Nigeria for a Teaching Job

Teaching Jobs in Nigeria happens to be one of the most popular jobs in Nigeria. Teaching as a career field is usually many people's choice in Nigeria because it gives room for different people at different levels in their careers.

Whether you are a secondary school graduate, an OND holder, a BSC holder, etc. you can easily start a career in teaching in Nigeria, especially in rural areas. Teaching is one of the desired jobs for fresh graduates that are just leaving the University.

This is because it allows them to make some money for themselves while they try to discover their career path, and build their work experience.

Although, many people say that a teachers’ reward is in heaven. While I acknowledge that, employers and school owners are still looking to hire skilled teachers.

Teaching jobs have become competitive, and with competition comes effort. That means that you have to put in more effort to convince the employer/the recruiter that you are the best person for the job.

The best way for you to tell the employer that you are the best person for the job is through your application letter. Your application letter allows you to sell yourself, especially for a teaching job.

It may be difficult for you to sell yourself through your application letter if you don’t know how to write one. In this article, we are going to walk you through all you need to know to write an application letter.

Before we go into the details, let us take a look at what an application letter is.

Learn how to write a general application letter for any job role.

What is an application letter?

An application letter is a formal document that summarizes your strongest and most relevant skills and abilities. The skills, abilities, and experience that you talk about in your application letter are what the recruiter or employer will expend on during the interview.

The application letter allows you to convince the recruiter that you are the best person for the job right before they meet with you.

Since you understand what an application letter is, we will go ahead to talk about tips that will help you write a good application letter for a teaching job in Nigeria.  

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How to write an application letter for a teaching job in Nigeria

When it comes to writing an application letter for a teaching job in Nigeria, it is quite different from other professions and roles. This is because teaching is a field that requires great communication skills to impact students and inspire them to learn more.

These tips for writing a good application letter for a teaching job will help you to explain yourself to your potential employers and relate your unique skills and experience to the job description of the job that you are looking to get.

If you want to write a good application letter for a teaching job, then you should follow this format:

  • Start by including your address, contact information, and date. Address the letter to the right person.
  • Introduce yourself in the first paragraph and talk about where you saw the job vacancy.
  • Talk about your education and other certifications that make you the best person for the job.
  • Talk about your experience in teaching and the achievements that you have gotten so far.
  • You can conclude with a positive closing.

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1. Start by including your address, contact information, and date.

When you start writing your application letter for a teaching job, you must add your address and contact information. It would be easy for employers to reach out to you when you include your contact details and address in your application letter.

Your contact details and your address should look like this in your application letter:

23 Rogers Lane,

Williams Estates,

26th January 2022.

You should also include the school’s address after yours. It should also appear like this in your application letter:

Susan Peters,

Head Teacher/School Administrator,

Great Height International School.

Ikeja, Lagos.

2. Address the letter to the right person

You need to address your application letter to the right person when you are applying for a teaching job in Nigeria. It is better for you to directly address the right person in your application letter instead of saying;  “Hiring manager”  or  “to whom it may concern”.

You should do some research to find out the right person to address your application letter. You can visit the school’s website to find out the right person to address. You can also contact the school to find out the person in charge of recruitment.

3. Introduce yourself in the first paragraph and talk about where you saw the job vacancy.

Start your application letter by introducing yourself. You can start by talking about where you saw the job advert, then go ahead to talk about why you are interested in the position. Also, talk about what makes you the best candidate for the position.

You can also include information about yourself that would give the recruiter a better understanding of who you are and how you fit into the organization.

4. Talk about your education and other certifications that make you the best person for the job.

Teaching is a profession, and as such your educational qualifications and certifications goes a long way to determine if you would get the job. Every employer wants to hire a qualified teacher, and also someone that is certified to teach.

It is smart for you to talk about your education in your application letter to give the employer a background of your qualification. You can also state your grades or the name of the institution that you graduated from especially if it is of high repute.

You can also talk about how you became interested in teaching. This will give the employer a glimpse of who you are and how you fit into the role.

5. Talk about your experience in teaching and the achievements that you have gotten so far.

When it comes to getting a teaching job in Nigeria, your experience is extremely important. Including your teaching experience in your application letter gives the employer an idea of your expertise in teaching.

You can talk about your experience in a way that the employer can see how you have progressed in your career. If you don’t have teaching experience, you can still talk about the experience that you have that is related to teaching.

For instance, if you have worked with the learning and development department in a corporate organization, you can talk about your experience in the company.

Always talk about your teaching experience that focuses on the accomplishments that you are most proud of.  

6. You can include your teaching techniques and values.

It is good that you outline how you like to teach, and the values you follow as a teacher shows more about who you are as an educator. You should include details about how you have built the value that you follow when you teach students.

You can also mention some of the skills that you have that makes you a great teacher. You can also make the employer understand the style of teaching that is most appropriate for the kind of students that you are looking to teach.

7. You can conclude with a positive closing.

It is good that you close your letter politely and positively by showing your appreciation to the reader for considering you for a role. You can include information about how you plan to follow up, indicate whether you want to call the hiring manager or send an email.

The final paragraph of your application letter should leave an impression on the recruiter or employer.

Application Letter for a Teaching Job in Nigeria

This application letter example for a teaching job in Nigeria will guide you to write yours. You can take a clue from this example while trying to write your application letter.

089 (0000) (000)

[email protected]

Dear MRS Susan,


I am writing this application letter in response to the open position for a class teacher at Great Height International School. I am a second-class graduate of the College of Education Lagos, and I have over 2 years of teachings experience at both the primary and secondary school’s levels. I believe that my passion for literacy in rural communities makes me an ideal candidate for a teaching position at your school.

I have experience in teaching secondary school students both professionally and in training. I have worked as a student teacher and a teaching assistant in the beginning part of my career. As a former education coordinator during my National Youth Service Corps. I also have experience in teaching primary school students. From the job description, I can see that your school caters for both children in local communities and children in urban areas. I think that my experience with local communities will make me a great candidate.

From my research, one advantage that your school has over other schools is how it inspires students to be a part of community development programs. I am passionate about building a safer environment so I try to incorporate it into my learning plans. In my previous job, I led a team of secondary school students to plant trees around the school’s compound. I would love to look for ways to integrate community development into my lessons.

I look forward to combining my years of experience with my ability to be a compassionate, passionate, and enthusiastic teacher who will make a positive contribution to your school and the community at large. 

I appreciate your consideration for the role, and I look forward to speaking with you further regarding the position. I am happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

John Adams.

Application Letter Template for a Teaching Job in Nigeria

If you are still not clear about how you can write a good application letter for a teaching job in Nigeria, then this template will guide you.

[Your name]

[Your phone number]

[Your email address]

[Recipient's name]

[Recipient's title]

[Recipient's institution name]

[Recipient's address]

Dear [Recipient's name],

[In the first paragraph, talk about where you found the job vacancy, explain the job you're applying for and why you're interested in it. Summarize why you are the best person for the job]

[In the second paragraph, describe your educational background and how it relates to the role.]

[In the third paragraph, detail any relevant work experience you have.]

[In the fourth paragraph, describe your teaching style to show how it could fit in with the school, the show a bit of your personality].

Writing an application letter for a competitive job like teaching can be challenging especially if the school is sought after by job candidates. If you have never written an application letter for a teaching job in Nigeria, then you may be a little bit confused.

If you are not sure about where to start from, you can use the teaching job application letter example or the teaching job application letter template to write an attention-getting application letter.

Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comment box below.

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21 comment(s).

Chukwunyere PROSPER .I.

Good work,keep it up

samsino SAMPSON

Please help me write the application and send it for me 


Send me the letter please

amina abdulkarim

Pls help me write an application letter to a school i want to start teaching

Aminu sale

How can I write an application for a teacher

Adeyemi Grace Folasade

Please how can I write an application letter to a school showing that I am not done with my degrees in n the university. I will be grateful if you can help me write and send it to me.

Down bridge primary care secondary School ashaka

Please help me

Dorathy Image

Pls hhelp me write an application letter a primary  school 

Comfort Duke

Please help me write to a nursery school

Jessica Anthony

Please help me write the application letter and send it to me please 

Oluseda motunrayomi

Primary school my name is Feyikemi

Joseph Toyin

How can I write an applican to a school teacher 

Uzohchukwuka Victor

Wow... this is nice

Opemipo Abdulrahman Salaudeen

Please am still a secondary school students how I can write a application letter as a teacher 

Grace Oyedeji

Please how can I write when have not teach before please can you help me out it's my fist time 

Doris Abidemi

Please,help write the application letter of an assistant teacher in primary school,this is my first time,I don't know-how to go about it,pl please help me out,and send it to me

Chimezie Nnaji

Please help me write application letter  for teaching job as a secondary school graduate

ɱѳɗupɛ ʀɛɓɛccɑ

Great work.  But the comment section is funny. He gave a template and even a sample. Yet you all are still requesting him to write letter for you. Wow. Will he still help to write lesson notes as well. Nigerians

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School Teacher Cover Letter Example (Free Guide)

Create an school teacher cover letter that lands you the interview with our free examples and writing tips. use and customize our template and land an interview today..

School Teacher Cover Letter Example

Are you applying for a new position as a school teacher? With this comprehensive cover letter guide, you will have the tools and tips you need to create an effective and professional cover letter. From understanding the structure of the letter to the do's and don'ts of cover letter writing, this guide will help you make the best impression with your application.

We will cover:

  • How to write a cover letter, no matter your industry or job title.
  • What to put on a cover letter to stand out.
  • The top skills employers from every industry want to see.
  • How to build a cover letter fast with our professional Cover Letter Builder .
  • What a cover letter template is, and why you should use it.

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Dear [Hiring Manager],

I am writing to express my interest in the position of School Teacher at [Company Name]. As a dedicated and passionate educator, I am confident that I possess the necessary skills and qualifications to become an asset to your team.

I am a certified teacher with a degree in Elementary Education from [University]. I have been teaching for the past [number] years in both public and private schools, and have taught students from kindergarten to grade 8. I have extensive experience in developing effective lesson plans, creating engaging activities, and differentiating instruction to meet the needs of a diverse student population. I also have experience in developing and implementing behavioral plans to support students who require additional guidance.

I have a strong commitment to helping students reach their full potential and I am highly motivated to ensure their success. I am well-versed in the use of technology, and I am adept at using various forms of technology to enhance instruction and engage students in the learning process. I am also an excellent communicator and I have a proven track record of success in working with teachers, administrators, parents, and students to create positive educational experiences.

I am confident that I can bring an enthusiastic and positive attitude to your school. My passion for teaching and learning, along with my dedication to students, make me an ideal candidate for this position. I am eager to discuss how I can contribute to the educational experience of your students.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, [Your Name]

Why Do you Need a School Teacher Cover Letter?

A School Teacher cover letter is an important tool when applying for a teaching position. It allows you to show your personality and explain why you would be the perfect fit for the job. Here are a few reasons why you need a School Teacher cover letter:

  • It demonstrates your knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching.
  • It shows you are committed to the job and have the skills to be an effective teacher.
  • It allows you to highlight the unique strengths and experiences that make you a great fit for the job.
  • It is a chance to make a good first impression on the hiring manager.
  • It gives you an opportunity to explain why you are the best candidate for the job.

A Few Important Rules To Keep In Mind

  • Open with a strong introduction. Your opening should be short, but it should persuade the reader to keep reading.
  • Highlight your relevant experience. Include any teaching experience you have, and any other relevant experience, such as working with children.
  • Explain why you are the best fit. Show the hiring committee why you are the best candidate for the job. Demonstrate your knowledge of the school, its programs, and the local community.
  • Include relevant keywords. Use keywords related to teaching and the position you are applying for, such as “classroom management” and “curriculum development.”
  • Proofread your letter. Read your letter out loud, and have someone else read it as well. Ensure that there are no typos or grammar errors.

What's The Best Structure For School Teacher Cover Letters?

After creating an impressive School Teacher resume , the next step is crafting a compelling cover letter to accompany your job applications. It's essential to remember that your cover letter should maintain a formal tone and follow a recommended structure. But what exactly does this structure entail, and what key elements should be included in a School Teacher cover letter? Let's explore the guidelines and components that will make your cover letter stand out.

Key Components For School Teacher Cover Letters:

  • Your contact information, including the date of writing
  • The recipient's details, such as the company's name and the name of the addressee
  • A professional greeting or salutation, like "Dear Mr. Levi,"
  • An attention-grabbing opening statement to captivate the reader's interest
  • A concise paragraph explaining why you are an excellent fit for the role
  • Another paragraph highlighting why the position aligns with your career goals and aspirations
  • A closing statement that reinforces your enthusiasm and suitability for the role
  • A complimentary closing, such as "Regards" or "Sincerely," followed by your name
  • An optional postscript (P.S.) to add a brief, impactful note or mention any additional relevant information.

Cover Letter Header

A header in a cover letter should typically include the following information:

  • Your Full Name: Begin with your first and last name, written in a clear and legible format.
  • Contact Information: Include your phone number, email address, and optionally, your mailing address. Providing multiple methods of contact ensures that the hiring manager can reach you easily.
  • Date: Add the date on which you are writing the cover letter. This helps establish the timeline of your application.

It's important to place the header at the top of the cover letter, aligning it to the left or center of the page. This ensures that the reader can quickly identify your contact details and know when the cover letter was written.

Cover Letter Greeting / Salutation

A greeting in a cover letter should contain the following elements:

  • Personalized Salutation: Address the hiring manager or the specific recipient of the cover letter by their name. If the name is not mentioned in the job posting or you are unsure about the recipient's name, it's acceptable to use a general salutation such as "Dear Hiring Manager" or "Dear [Company Name] Recruiting Team."
  • Professional Tone: Maintain a formal and respectful tone throughout the greeting. Avoid using overly casual language or informal expressions.
  • Correct Spelling and Title: Double-check the spelling of the recipient's name and ensure that you use the appropriate title (e.g., Mr., Ms., Dr., or Professor) if applicable. This shows attention to detail and professionalism.

For example, a suitable greeting could be "Dear Ms. Johnson," or "Dear Hiring Manager," depending on the information available. It's important to tailor the greeting to the specific recipient to create a personalized and professional tone for your cover letter.

Cover Letter Introduction

An introduction for a cover letter should capture the reader's attention and provide a brief overview of your background and interest in the position. Here's how an effective introduction should look:

  • Opening Statement: Start with a strong opening sentence that immediately grabs the reader's attention. Consider mentioning your enthusiasm for the job opportunity or any specific aspect of the company or organization that sparked your interest.
  • Brief Introduction: Provide a concise introduction of yourself and mention the specific position you are applying for. Include any relevant background information, such as your current role, educational background, or notable achievements that are directly related to the position.
  • Connection to the Company: Demonstrate your knowledge of the company or organization and establish a connection between your skills and experiences with their mission, values, or industry. Showcasing your understanding and alignment with their goals helps to emphasize your fit for the role.
  • Engaging Hook: Consider including a compelling sentence or two that highlights your unique selling points or key qualifications that make you stand out from other candidates. This can be a specific accomplishment, a relevant skill, or an experience that demonstrates your value as a potential employee.
  • Transition to the Body: Conclude the introduction by smoothly transitioning to the main body of the cover letter, where you will provide more detailed information about your qualifications, experiences, and how they align with the requirements of the position.

By following these guidelines, your cover letter introduction will make a strong first impression and set the stage for the rest of your application.

Cover Letter Body

Dear [Hiring Manager], I am thrilled to be applying for the school teacher position at [School Name]. With both a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and three years of teaching experience, I believe I am an ideal candidate for the job.

My experience as a teacher has prepared me to tackle the challenges of the role. I have a proven record of success in developing and implementing effective instructional strategies to meet the needs of students. Additionally, I have extensive experience in developing and maintaining positive relationships with both students and colleagues. I am confident that I have the knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on the students, faculty, and school community.

In my current position as a teacher, I have:

  • Developed and implemented a differentiated curriculum to meet the unique needs of every student
  • Created a positive classroom environment that encourages student engagement and collaboration
  • Monitored student performance and provided timely feedback to ensure academic success
  • Coordinated with parents and other staff members to discuss student progress and provide additional support when needed
  • Utilized technology to enhance the learning experience for students

I am passionate about teaching and I am committed to helping students reach their full potential. I am confident that I can bring this same level of enthusiasm and dedication to your school. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss my qualifications in more detail and am available for an interview at your convenience.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Complimentary Close

The conclusion and signature of a cover letter provide a final opportunity to leave a positive impression and invite further action. Here's how the conclusion and signature of a cover letter should look:

  • Summary of Interest: In the conclusion paragraph, summarize your interest in the position and reiterate your enthusiasm for the opportunity to contribute to the organization or school. Emphasize the value you can bring to the role and briefly mention your key qualifications or unique selling points.
  • Appreciation and Gratitude: Express appreciation for the reader's time and consideration in reviewing your application. Thank them for the opportunity to be considered for the position and acknowledge any additional materials or documents you have included, such as references or a portfolio.
  • Call to Action: Conclude the cover letter with a clear call to action. Indicate your availability for an interview or express your interest in discussing the opportunity further. Encourage the reader to contact you to schedule a meeting or provide any additional information they may require.
  • Complimentary Closing: Choose a professional and appropriate complimentary closing to end your cover letter, such as "Sincerely," "Best Regards," or "Thank you." Ensure the closing reflects the overall tone and formality of the letter.
  • Signature: Below the complimentary closing, leave space for your handwritten signature. Sign your name in ink using a legible and professional style. If you are submitting a digital or typed cover letter, you can simply type your full name.
  • Typed Name: Beneath your signature, type your full name in a clear and readable font. This allows for easy identification and ensures clarity in case the handwritten signature is not clear.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a School Teacher Cover Letter

When crafting a cover letter, it's essential to present yourself in the best possible light to potential employers. However, there are common mistakes that can hinder your chances of making a strong impression. By being aware of these pitfalls and avoiding them, you can ensure that your cover letter effectively highlights your qualifications and stands out from the competition. In this article, we will explore some of the most common mistakes to avoid when writing a cover letter, providing you with valuable insights and practical tips to help you create a compelling and impactful introduction that captures the attention of hiring managers. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting your career journey, understanding these mistakes will greatly enhance your chances of success in the job application process. So, let's dive in and discover how to steer clear of these common missteps and create a standout cover letter that gets you noticed by potential employers.

  • Using an unprofessional email address
  • Not doing enough research on the school and position
  • Using a generic cover letter for multiple applications
  • Failing to include examples of how your qualifications match the job requirements
  • Exceeding the recommended length of the cover letter
  • Using overly flowery language or cliches
  • Not proofreading the letter for grammar and spelling errors
  • Failing to include contact information
  • Forgetting to thank the reader for their time

Key Takeaways For a School Teacher Cover Letter

  • Highlight your teaching experience, including any relevant certifications or qualifications.
  • Detail your successes as a teacher, such as successful lesson plans and student feedback.
  • Emphasize your ability to build positive relationships with students and colleagues.
  • Mention any experience you have in developing and using technology with students.
  • Discuss your commitment to teaching and education in your cover letter.
  • Demonstrate your enthusiasm for teaching and your knowledge of the subject.


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