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How to Write a Teaching Philosophy

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Many teaching job applications require the teacher to articulate a teaching philosophy. In order to do successfully complete this task, teachers should craft a personal philosophy that is supported in research-based theory and personal practice. This lesson will give you some tips for how to write your own philosophy.

What is a Teaching Philosophy?

When you are looking for teaching jobs, you might find that applications ask for an articulated teaching philosophy. Even if an application does not request this explicitly, it is a good idea to have a written version of your teaching philosophy in your portfolio or attached to your resume so that you can share it during interviews. Having a formulated teaching philosophy is one way to show that you are serious about teaching. Additionally, a well-written philosophy demonstrates creativity, thoughtfulness, and professionalism--all qualities that aide in the hiring process.

What, really, is a teaching philosophy? It is a statement that tells the reader what you, the teacher, thinks is most important about the profession and details what characteristics and behaviors a quality teacher should strive to embody. Your teaching philosophy might be theoretically informed, or it might be an outgrowth of personal or professional experiences. Though your teaching philosophy might be lengthy, when you write it, you still want to keep it to about one page. This lesson gives you some pointers for writing your teaching philosophy.

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