What are Credentials?
Credentials (placement files) contain references, student teaching final evaluation, transcripts, additional information the applicant feels is critical to their job search.
Copies of these documents are mailed, faxed, or emailed, to potential employers.
The applicant must keep their credentials up to date – references should not be more than two (2) years old. Keep transcripts current also.
Who should write a letter of recommendation? Never a relative!
Letters should never be handwritten – typed or computer-generated. Must be SIGNED and DATED!
Your letter of recommendation should come from those who can speak directly to your abilities in the classroom and on working with children. Career-related references, not character references, are most useful to employers.
Limit your recommendations to a maximum of six (6) and a minimum of three (3).
When do schools receive my credentials?
As soon as you see a position you are interested in, you APPLY!
What do I send and in what order?
Use a large 9x12 envelope. Type address or use a computer-generated label – don't handwrite the address.
Be sure to follow exactly how the school district wants you to apply. Many schools are using a total online process, others want hard copies mailed. Supply them what they want and how they want it.