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Teaching Opportunities and Professional Development

Alternative Teaching Opportunities

Professional Development

Resource Sites

Alternative Teaching Opportunities

Peace Corps

 (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, and get vacation time. 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 $8,755 (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:Volunteers who have Perkins loans and follow their lender's guidelines may qualify for a 15 percent loan cancellation for each of their first two years of service and a 20 percent loan cancellation for their third and fourth years of service, for a possible total of 70% cancellation after 4 years of service.  Volunteer service is considered “qualifying employment” for the Dept of Education's Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. See Peace Corps and Repayment of Your Federal Student Loans (PDF) Because the rules that authorize deferment, cancellation and forgiveness are complicated and subject to change, it is best to talk to your lender directly about how this benefit applies to your situation.


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.

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Professional Development: Summer Programs, Seminars and Institues for Teachers

2017 Summer Professional Development Resources

This google document was compiled by the Council of State Social Studies Supervisors provides a listing of social studies professional development opportunities for teachers across the country.

National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program

Selected educators will travel aboard the ships National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour II, and National Geographic Sea Lion on expeditions to regions including the Arctic, British and Irish Isles, Canadian Maritimes, Iceland, the Galapagos, Antarctica and more. While aboard, Fellows will share the importance of geographic literacy with fellow travelers, develop activities to bring back to their classrooms, and have an adventure of a lifetime. December deadline

George Washington Summer Residential Teacher Institute

What: The George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Programs at Mount Vernon are 5-day immersive professional development experiences designed to support K-12 educators who teach about the life, leadership, and legacy of George Washington and the 18th-century world in which he lived.

National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA offers a range of exciting, engaging professional development opportunities for educators including free educator open houses.

Library of Congress: Online Conference for Educators

Each fall the Library of Congress offers a free online conference for educators. Check out what’s currently available.

Stockton University’s Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center

Each semester, the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton University hosts free educator workshops providing teachers with new resource materials to assist with the implementation of the NJ Holocaust and Genocide Studies Mandate.

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

Direct an NEH Summrt Program

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.  

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.

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.

American Institute for Economic Research

The American Institute for Economic Research offers the “Teach-the-Teachers” Initiative, a multi-day program that provides high school teachers of various disciplines with the understanding of economics concepts. Teachers learn numerous instructional strategies and assessment methods as well as how to actively engage students to ensure knowledge retention.

Foundation for Teaching Economics


The Foundation for Teaching Economics offers different residential programsincluding “Economics for Leaders,” a one-week program to provide teachers with lesson plans of simulations and activities, economics content instruction, and a networking opportunity with other teaching professionals. A second program, “Economic History For Leaders,” introduces teachers to interactive teaching strategies that incorporate the actual circumstances of historical periods of study. With EHFL lesson plans, teachers can help their students engage with subject matter by taking a detailed look at the economic considerations of the historical record – in essence, allowing students to ‘re-live’ history by taking an active role in the choices that individuals had to make during key events – rather than just reading or hearing about it. You can also find one-day seminar opportunities, online programs, and lesson plans at:

American Psychology Association


A great site that includes links to workshops, webinars, teaching strategies curricular materials including lesson plans and ideas for activities. It also lists opportunities for continuing education programs (online courses, article-based exams, convention workshops, etc) and a psychology teacher network. You can also find high school psychology outreach grants on the site.

American Bar Association (Washington, D.C.)

A useful site that includes summer institute opportunities for teachers. Also, you can find information on workshops and other events and teacher resources. March Deadline.

National Council for Geographic Education

Excellent site for accessing webinars and other teaching resources,

UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment

Great site for locating curriculum resources, education programs, and classroom materials, 

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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.

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