If you're applying for a teaching assistant position, it's important to follow all the directions in the job posting. If applicants are asked to provide a cover letter, you'll need to do so.
Spend some time with this part of the application. Your cover letter for a teaching assistant position should highlight your qualifications that match closely with the job description. As well as summarizing your relevant experience and qualifications, you can use your cover letter to share your enthusiasm for the role (and, perhaps, for the educational institution).
Get more insight into how to write an attention-getting cover letter, from what to include to formatting tips. Plus, take a look at sample cover letters for teaching assistants.
What to Include in Your Cover Letter
Begin your cover letter with a salutation and the hiring manager’s name, if you have it. If you don’t have a contact name, it is acceptable to use “Dear Hiring Manager.”
The body of your letter should contain a short introduction: who you are, what you are interested in, and what makes you stand out.
Your second paragraph should highlight a few key assets and qualifications that make you an ideal candidate for the position.
Remember, you aren’t reiterating what is on your resume, just highlighting key points.
Close by thanking the hiring manager for his or her time. You can also mention how you will follow up. The close to your email should be polite and professional. In an email letter, you would include your email address and phone number after your typed name.
Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
Including all the required elements—from salutation to close—in your cover letter is important. Formatting matters, too. But aside from checking off the required elements, in the standard cover letter format, here are some tips to help your cover letter stand out:
- Be relevant: There's not a lot of room in your cover letter, so you'll want to use the space wisely. Aim to highlight your most relevant experience. For a teaching assistant, that's any experience working with children (in the classroom, camp, or elsewhere). That includes volunteer experience and internships.
- Do some research: Reading the job advertisement closely, as well as spending some time online researching the school, can help you tailor your cover letter to the needs of the educational institution. It will make a positive impression on hiring managers if you can find a way to show that you're interested in a teaching assistant role at this particular school (as opposed to any teaching assistant role, in any school that'll hire you).
- Give examples and be interesting: A resume is typically a straightforward, factual document. One might even describe the list of bullet points on the document as a bit boring. In your cover letter, you can share examples and add a bit of color and personality. You can share an example of when you worked with a student successfully, instead of simply noting your job title and role.
- Keep it positive. As you read the job description, you may come across qualifications that you do not have (yet). No need to bring that up in your cover letter! Instead, focus on your best qualities as a candidate. Remember, your goal in this letter is to make a case for your candidacy.
How to Format the Letter or Email
Your cover letter should look professional and be formatted correctly for post or email.
- If you are mailing your letter, it should be formatted like a regular business letter, with your contact information, the date, and the hiring manager’s contact information at the top of the page.
- An email letter should have your name and the job title you are applying for in the subject line.
- As with all job search-related correspondence, proofread carefully. You don’t want your application passed by because of avoidable careless errors.
- Watch your length, too. A cover letter should not exceed a single page.
Teaching Assistant Cover Letter Samples
You can use this cover letter sample as a model. Download the template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online), or read the text version below.
Teaching Assistant Cover Letter Sample (Text Version)
The following are samples of cover letters for a position as a teaching assistant.
Letter Example (Text Version)
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345
April 14, 2021
Seaside Middle School
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321
Dear Mr. Lee,
Please accept my application for the teaching assistant position advertised on Monster. I would like to continue to develop my teaching skills while creating a challenging and fun learning environment for students. The middle school age group is particularly appealing to me, because students are very impressionable, interested in learning, and open to new concepts.
I am very well qualified and would be an asset to the school because of my experience working as a teaching assistant for XYZ School. I have worked with both elementary and middle school teachers, as well as with camp directors to develop curricula that meet the needs of students.
I enjoy tutoring students and helping them build confidence in their ability to achieve, both academically and socially. In addition, I have artistic and computer skills that will be an asset when developing class projects.
Thank you for considering my application. I would appreciate the opportunity to interview and look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Joseph Applicant (signature copy letter)
Teaching Assistant Email Example
Subject: Mary Blue - Assistant Teacher Position
Dear Ms. Pibbs,
I read with interest the job posting for an assistant teacher at ABC Elementary. I am currently employed as the third-grade assistant teacher at The Friend’s School, where I have been for three years. I am interested in the position at your school because of the diversity of your students and teachers. I feel that a larger district would allow me to utilize more of my skills in a more stimulating environment.
As well as my experience with children in the classroom, I am a certified physical therapist, which I feel gives me a broader perspective which I can share with the teacher and students. I have successfully helped my teacher to integrate movement into her classroom, and I believe that the students have benefited from learning to use activity to focus their energies on learning.
I enjoy assisting children daily in the classroom and helping their teacher to implement his or her curriculum. I believe that my experience, as well as my organizational and communication skills, would be an asset to your school.
I have enclosed my resume for your review. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
READ THE JOB POSTING CAREFULLY: Use your cover letter to create your first, best impression with a potential employer by describing how your background and skills closely match the requirements they are looking for in a teaching assistant.
FORMAT CORRECTLY: Your cover letter should include your contact information, an appropriate salutation, an introductory paragraph, a second paragraph that outlines and “sells” your qualifications, and a closing “thank you.”
PROOFREAD: And then proofread again. Your cover letter will be read either by a school principal or teachers who will not be impressed by misspellings, grammatical errors, or typos.