This page will serve as your direct communication with the school district. This letter should be generic, so do not mention a district specifically. Do not date it as requests go out much later than when you submit your portfolio. In your application you’ll state your top three district choices, and if your cover letter is generic in nature, it lets the Field Office continue to send your information to your second and third choices if the first one doesn’t work out.
First, you will want to clearly state you are seeking a student teaching placement in their district and why you have chosen to be considered for the school district. Explain why you picked the district as one of your top placement choices (flatter them a bit). In most cases, your reasoning will be the same for your top three choices so you should be able to write it in a generic way. Why are you a good fit for these schools? What makes you better than other applicants? This is an opportunity to show you have done some research on the school’s philosophy or programs that reflect your own goals and interests. Again, be concise. The letter should be no longer than two or three well written paragraphs at most. Include your major and endorsement areas.
Cover Letter Example:
Dear School Administrator,
I am currently working on my _______ degree with an endorsement in _______, and I am seeking a student teaching placement in your school district. I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of children, and my resume provides more details about the experiences I’ve had working with children in the past. I have requested your district because _______, and I feel I have a lot to offer your school district and the students in it. This student teaching experience will allow me the opportunity to connect with students and not only teach content but, also lifelong lessons.
Plan to include:
- Greeting: Dear School Administrator
- Your endorsement area
- Any great experiences you have working with kids
- Why you have chosen this district and/or other particulars of the placement
- Explain what you feel you have to offer the school district and/or students through this experience