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Does GPA Matter When Applying for Teaching Jobs?

My friend struggled to get through her general classes. Let’s just say that she didn’t get the straight A’s that she had hoped to get. She asked me, “does GPA matter for teaching jobs?” The simple answer is yes, but here are some things that you should know.

Teacher Education Program

For most teacher education programs, you need a particular GPA to apply for the program. That means that the grades you get in general classes could prevent you from taking teacher education classes. I’ve found that most schools require at least a 2.75, but the exact GPA varies. Find out what GPA you need to apply to the program at your school.

College Graduation

The next reason that GPA matters when it comes to getting teaching jobs is that you may need a particular GPA to apply for graduation. The GPA needed may depend on your cumulative GPA or your GPA in the teacher education program. If they look at your program GPA, they typically want to see a higher GPA.

Teaching License

When applying for licensure, you need to disclose your college GPA. In fact, most states want copies of your college transcripts. The requirements for GPA depends on the state in which you want to teach. Visit the state Department of Education website to find out what GPA you need to get licensed in that state.


And finally, your resume. When you first start applying for teaching jobs, you don’t have a lot of experience to include on your resume. Sure, you may have experience working with kids or volunteer experience. But since you don’t have teaching experience to show, schools want to see your GPA. In this case, your GPA tells schools about some of the non-academic qualities that you have, such as:

  • Persistence
  • Resilience
  • Determination

In fact, if you leave your GPA off of your resume, the school may assume that it wasn’t impressive enough to include. Plan on including your GPA until you have at least 1 teaching job to add to your resume.

How to Improve Your GPA

With the importance of your GPA, you might be worried about how to improve it now. Some of the things that you can do include:

  1. Retake classes that you didn’t do so well in.
  2. Aim to get straight A’s for the rest of college.
  3. Pick the right classes each semester. Don’t overload yourself, so you can focus on your studies.
  4. Go to class, sit near the front, and participate as much as possible.
  5. Find a study strategy that works for you, such as study groups, meeting with your TA, etc.

If you’re wondering whether GPA matters when applying for teaching jobs, it absolutely does. Start working on your GPA now, so you can land a great teaching job after graduation.

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