The challenge of writing a cover letter can intimidate even the most seasoned professional. If you have just received your early childhood education degree, are new to this field or are transitioning from other areas of education, some tips for writing effective cover letters can help make yours stand out from the rest.
To start, include the current date and your address, followed by your email and any phone contact information. Include the type of phone numbers, such as home or cell, after the phone number in parentheses. For example, list your cell phone number as follows: 800-555-5555 (cell). Address the letter to the superintendent of the school. Take the time to research his name as your letter will make a stronger impact if you address it to the right person. Your cover letter should be at least four or five paragraphs long. Include strong, active verbs when noting your expertise, such as “displayed,” “achieved,” “performed” and “pioneered.” Verbs demonstrate your abilities and emphasize your specific skill set to the reader.
The first paragraph should include the type of position you are applying for and how you heard about the job, whether from a friend, on the school website or at another job posting board.
The second paragraph tells your education background, including your student teaching. If you have any specific skills, such as special education or English-language-learner expertise, detail those as well. Specify additional professional education classes.
The third paragraph outlines your work background. If you have limited experience, focus on your accomplishments as a student teacher. Remember to list all volunteer experience.
The fourth paragraph, while optional, explains why you are pursuing the field of early childhood education. This gives your employer a solid idea of why he should hire you. In addition, you should detail the reasons you want to work for this particular district in this paragraph. While these reasons will vary greatly, typical examples might include a commitment to inner city children, love for the neighborhood or specific programs the district offers.
The fifth or last paragraph summarizes your skills. You can include any personal strengths or characteristics that add to your ability to teach, such as responsibility, a love for children and personal initiative. Further emphasize your desire to meet for an interview and the best times to contact you.
End with an appropriate closing, such as “best regards,” “yours in academic excellence” or “in anticipation.”
These specific tips will help you create an effective cover letter for early childhood education that will demonstrate your interests and specific skill set to your potential employer.