Step 1: Submission of Application and Credentials
Teacher applicants are asked to submit the following directly to their school(s) of interest in the Diocese of Monterey:
- Completed application
- Written leadership self-analysis
- College/university transcripts forwarded directly by the college/university to the school(s)
- Verification of current valid California teaching credential or out-of-state equivalent
- Three Applicant Verification and Release Forms
- Three letters of reference
Step 2:Interview, Selection and Hiring
Interview, selection, and hiring will be the responsibility of the School Principal. The successful applicant will be offered employment by the School Principal.
Basic Requirements for Catholic School Teachers of the Diocese of Monterey
Interview, selection and hiring will be the responsibility of the School Principal in consultation with the Pastor (if applicable).
As a professional, the Teacher shall:
- Have completed a BS or BA degree from a recognized college or university
- Have the required ECE units (in the case of a preschool teacher applicant)
- Adhere to the minimum requirements for Religious Education Certification as set forth by the Diocese of Monterey
- Hold a California Teaching Credential or its equivalent from another state
- Have knowledge of or willingness to develop computer skills
- Have a record of effectiveness, or the potential for effectiveness, in realizing the goals of Catholic education
- Be willing to teach in accordance with the doctrine of the Catholic Church
- Be dedicated to the interest of all children—their intellectual as well as their spiritual and moral development
- Be willing to serve as a model in accordance with the “Expectations of Each Person Working in Catholic Schools” (included in this packet).
To be eligible for employment the applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Establish a complete file, including:
- Completed application
- Official transcript(s) of college and university work completed, including degree(s)— production of the original issued by the college/university is required
- Verification of currently valid credential(s)
- College placement folder (if one has been opened)
- Employment Verification and Release Forms
- Personal references
- Leadership Self-Analysis
- Evidence of freedom from active tuberculosis (TB)
- If this application is being submitted for first-time employment as a teacher in California, California law requires that applicant be examined for tuberculosis within 60 days before hire.
- If not the first employment as a teacher, the law requires a tuberculosis examination every four years.
- In either case, documentation of applicant’s most recent TB exam is necessary to complete application file.
- Meet all diocesan employment and professional requirements, as well as all applicable state and federal laws and regulations relating to employment.
- Comply with diocesan fingerprinting requirements: even if applicant possesses a valid California teaching credential, applicant must satisfactorily complete the criminal records check through the State of California (which includes a check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation) before s/he may begin employment.
- Pursuant to the Immigration Reform and Control Act, after employment, persons are required to submit information for Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). The I-9 will be processed at the individual school site.
- Establish qualifications in an interview with the School Administrator.
The following characteristics are the “Expectations of Each Person Working in Catholic Schools:
- understands and accepts the fact that the schools are operated in accordance with the philosophy of Catholic education.
- accepts and supports the ongoing building and living of a Faith Community, not simply as a concept to be taught, but as a reality to be lived in worship, service, and interpersonal relationships.
- has an overall knowledge of the goals of the entire school program and can relate his/her specific expertise to these goals.
- reflects in his/her personal and professional life a commitment to Gospel values and the Christian tradition.
- acknowledges that faith commitment is a free gift of God that is both relational and intellectual.
As part of the application process, teacher candidates are asked to submit written responses to the following:
- Describe your basic “philosophy” of teaching. What are the beliefs that guide your actions as a teacher?
- Why do you wish to teach in a Catholic School? What purpose(s) do you feel Catholic Schools fulfill? What is the contribution you can personally make to a school’s goals?