Finding Traveling Teacher Jobs

Instructor: Shelby Golden
This article explores the steps for securing a job as a traveling, or floating, teacher. Learn about the education, licensure and skills you'll need to successfully find a job in this field.

Where Should I Look for a Traveling Teacher Job?

You have a variety of options available to you when looking for work as a traveling teacher. Openings are typically advertised on job websites, state education job boards and even through schools. You can pursue one or all of these avenues in order to secure a traveling teacher position.

What Skills Should I Have?

Working as a traveling teacher requires the same skills as a more traditional teaching position. However, floating teachers are educators who don't have their own classrooms. Instead, they work in different classrooms throughout the day, moving their supplies with them, typically on a cart. This constant movement requires a unique set of skills you can develop in order to find a job as a floating teacher.

The National Education Association (NEA) offers the following suggestions to prospective traveling teachers that can help make their careers a success:

  • Stock up on the supplies you'll need throughout the day to ensure you're ready for whatever your next class needs.
  • Keep your cart organized so you can keep track of your students' work as you go from classroom to classroom.
  • Visit each classroom in advance so all of your materials are ready to go when you arrive the next day.
  • Develop your ability to work well with colleagues. Floating teachers move into other teachers' classrooms to teach, and this can potentially cause friction.

Are Traveling Teacher Positions Permanent?

Traveling teachers are most often newly hired teachers who lack seniority. However, the length of time you can expect to work as a floating teacher depends on the specific circumstances at your school. These positions could last for some time.

How Can I Prepare to Be a Traveling Teacher?

The most important steps for securing a job as a traveling teacher are to complete your teaching program or degree and obtain licensure to teach.

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