It’s Memorial Day in the US, which means the unofficial start of summer! For some educators, Memorial Day also marks the end of the school year. You may be using this time to go on vacation, get some research in, or earn some extra income. For those that do want to use these next months to earn some extra income, here are some ideas for summer jobs for teachers and other educators.
Note: These are all ideas for those who want summer jobs in education-related fields. We don’t cover the many, many part-time, temporary options that are out there that are not related to teaching.
Summer Jobs for Teachers
If you’re in the classroom during the year and want to keep teaching, you can do so online. We outlined different types of online teaching jobs here. If you’re considering making a transition to a full-time online teaching role, then having some experience will help.
Make sure to check out our own job board for online teaching job opportunities.
Freelance in Instructional Design and Curriculum Development
Many classroom instructors want to get experience in instructional design and curriculum development. Since it can be challenging to fit these extra tasks into a packed academic year, the summer months can be a good time to get experience in these fields in a freelance capacity.
You have many options for this: you can find your own clients (previous employers can be a good place to start). Or if you prefer a quicker way to set up shop and find clients, you can use a platform like Upwork.
Summer camps across the country hire teachers to deliver specialized, short-term curriculum to students. Example summer camps include:
Companies and other organizations will pay educators for your expert opinion. You can start your own consulting practice or you can find companies like TinkerEd who will pay you to test out various edtech ideas.
Start Your Own Education Business
We’ve already alluded to this above, but one good way to bring in extra income during the summer is to start your own business. You can start a business focused on instructional design, curriculum development, teaching, and/or consulting. This may be a good option if you are considering an eventual move outside of the classroom. If you do start your own business, however, keep in mind that it will be challenging to stop your work after the summer ends.
Want more ideas on what kind of education business you can start? Check out our post on business models for learning businesses. More to come on this blog in future posts about getting started with an education business!