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What Is a Summer Teacher and How to Become One

Summer Teacher

What Does a Summer Teacher Do?

Summer teachers use their teaching skills and qualifications to teach classes in a summer school or program. These programs target students who want to improve in one or more area of study, often those who were not successful in one or more of their courses during the regular school year and require extra time in the classroom. A summer teacher performs all of the duties of a classroom teacher but typically teaches their entire lesson plan during a 6 to 8 week course. Your responsibilities may include leading classroom activities, one-on-one tutor sessions, and camps.

How to Become a Summer Teacher

The qualifications you need to become a teacher include a bachelor’s or master’s degree as well as certification or licensure in your state. Many schools offer bachelor’s program specializing in various levels of education, although it may be helpful to focus on a specific subject. Schools often offer these positions to teachers who also work during the regular school year. While many of your responsibilities are the same, someone in this role typically teaches their entire lesson plan during a 6 to 8 week course, often through classroom activities, tutor sessions, and camps.

Summer Teacher Job Description Sample

With this Summer Teacher job description sample, you can get a good idea of what employers are looking for when hiring for this position. Remember, every employer is different and each will have unique qualifications when they hire for a Summer Teacher role.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Summer Teacher to lead summer school classes. In this position, you will primarily work with students who have fallen behind in their academic level, which may require you to provide extra help or move at a slower pace. You must also ensure that your students are active and engaged throughout the length of class. Our ideal applicant has prior experience working with students in a similar position. You must also have at least a bachelor's degree in your field and a valid teaching license.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop daily lesson plans
  • Lead lectures and hands-on activities
  • Assign homework and projects to help your students learn the material
  • Administer quizzes and tests to measure their progress
  • Provide extra help to your students when necessary

Requirements and Qualifications

  • At least a bachelor's degree in your field
  • Valid teaching license
  • Teaching experience
  • Strong communication and leadership skills
  • Ability to work on an accelerated schedule