TPS teachers are a mutually cooperative group of independent contractors for whom teaching is a ministry and a business. TPS teachers work hard providing top quality courses and timely effective feedback that have become our mutual hallmarks. We pay our teachers on a per-seat basis, and they enjoy considerable freedom and flexibility in building their own teaching business in the cooperative TPS environment.
Would you like to teach with The Potter’s School? We are always seeking qualified teachers. What do we mean by “qualified”?
- Expert in the subject matter. Expertise may be gained through study, experience or a combination of the two. TPS is happy to work with young teachers or new teachers who have experience or expertise, plus a passion to teach, in the area of study. Specific certifications are not required, but a masters degree (18+ graduate hours in the subject) is required for courses that offer college credit.
- Demonstrated teaching talent, including live instruction and discussion, effective feedback, and evaluation to high academic standards for college preparation. Timely individual feedback and evaluation to globally-recognized college-preparation standards is a primary aspect of teaching with TPS.
- Integrate subject matter expertise with biblical worldview in a coherent academic approach to teaching and evaluation. TPS considers that a biblical worldview and globally-respected high academic standards are compatible and achievable in every subject.
- Strong trinitarian Christian faith with a clear testimony. All teachers must sign our statement of faith. TPS values all people as created equal before God, and respects world cultures past and present. Our teachers must be able to respectfully teach major ideas and viewpoints from an academic perspective that stands on a trinitarian Christian foundation without divisiveness or favoring personal doctrinal, political or cultural preferences.
- Innovative and entrepreneurial. On-line teaching is a rapidly developing field with opportunities for new ideas and applications for invigorating foundational academic content taught and evaluated to established academic standards. TPS contracts with teachers as businesses (sole proprietor or incorporated) in a cooperative partnership, and we also help our teachers to establish and grow their teaching businesses.
Does this sound like you? If so, please provide the following (in .doc, .docx, or pdf format) to [email protected]:
- List of courses for which you would like to be considered to teach. They can be either courses we already offer, or ones we don’t yet offer. If we don’t offer it, please include a brief description of the courses you would like us to consider.
- Brief explanation of your background (education, training, experience) as it pertains to the courses you listed above.
- Please give us a sense of the minimum contracted pay you are seeking (we pay a predetermined rate per student, so this figure is only to help us assess if we have enough contract work to offer, not for negotiation purposes).
- Please let us know your time zone and which days per week you can consider regularly teaching a class between 8 am and 3 pm US ET?
- We may later ask you for recommendations, and you are welcome to include them, but we don’t require them in the initial inquiry.
- Brief Christian testimony and discussion of how you became a Christian, your current walk with Christ, and your current relationship with and involvement in your local church. (Please make this a separate document, and please do not submit other information without it.)
After the initial discussion, we will ask for the following items:
- For new course proposals, we need to see a rough written proposal that includes: description, topics, teaching and evaluation objectives, assignment types and schedule.
- For teachers new to TPS, we will provide you some sample work to evaluate (feedback and grading) for us to review.
- For teachers new to TPS, we will ask you to meet with a currently contracted teacher so you may ask questions and gain an experienced TPS teacher’s perspective prior to making this decision.
We have a high teacher return rate but also healthy growth process, so core course teaching opportunities open fairly regularly but usually start part-time. We concentrate on contracting the next school year in December through mid-February, but we welcome applications anytime. We are always interested in discussing courses we don’t currently offer. Courses and qualifications of particular interest to us right now include:
- Writing and Literature, all levels. Masters level (18+ graduate hours in the subject) required to teach college credit courses.
- Mathematics, all levels. Masters level (18+ graduate hours in the subject) required to teach college credit courses.
- AP Statistics
- Psychology, AP or college credit. Masters level (18+ graduate hours in the subject) required to teach college credit courses.
- AP Human Geography
- Web site design and maintenance using common publisher platforms (e.g., WordPress)
- Computer Programming projects
- Japanese, and other languages we don’t already offer
- Physical Education
- Medical, including Kinesiology, Sports Medicine
- Animal or Veterinary Science
- We’ll consider any course pitched with passion and expertise. 🙂
If you’re ready to teach with us, please let us know!