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Education Employment Portfolio

Broadly, a portfolio is a collection of works used to show one’s capabilities to others. Thus, from the perspective of the beginning teacher, the portfolio is a tool one can use to market oneself. However, from the perspective of the prospective employer, a portfolio serves as an evaluation tool for identifying the best candidate for a given position. For specific information on how to set up your portfolio, please refer to the Student Education Handbook, in the Education Department.

Interviewing Advice

  • Some administrators may not want to see portfolios
  • Employers typically request and consider most useful the typical screening devices (application, transcript, resume, credential file [letters of recommendation])
  • Portfolios are better received if offered by the prospective teacher (employers rarely request to see them)
  • Optimal time to present portfolio to hiring committee is during follow-up, rather than during the initial interview
  • Portfolios developed through pre-service years is not the one presented as a professional portfolio
  • Pre-service portfolios document professional growth
  • Professional portfolios demonstrate professional competencies
  • Undergraduate portfolios need to be transformed into marketing portfolios (for job search)
  • The amount of time a hiring committee can give to a review of a portfolio is limited
  • Be HIGHLY selective of what is included
  • Provide captions identifying the significance of program when including classroom activities or products
  • Try to tailor your portfolio to the type of school or environment (multi-age classroom, non-graded
    schools, etc.)

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Interview Questions
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