Philosophy of Teaching Statement or Writing Sample for DT Placement

During the placement process, districts sometimes ask for a Philosophy of Teaching Statement or a writing sample when considering accepting a teacher candidate for a placement in their school. Submitting a well-written Philosophy of Teaching Statement or other writing sample provides an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate their passion for teaching and learning, and that they are ready for a formal placement in a school. There are many Philosophy of Teaching examples online that students can review. To get started, students may want to think about the following questions:


  • Why do you want to be a teacher?
  • How do you think student learning occurs?
  • What is your vision for your future classroom?
  • What are your guiding principles of classroom management?
  • What beliefs do you have about teaching students using differentiated instruction?
  • What is your plan to improve your teaching skills and knowledge over the course of your teaching career?

There are many resources on the WGU Career & Professional Development Site to help students prepare professional communications. Students can also contact the WGU Writing Center for assistance. The Writing Center can be found in the student portal on the Student Success tab.




Article Number: 20477, 1504