Independent schools develop their own criteria for hiring teachers. State certification is not usually required because independent schools hold themselves publicly accountable through accreditation – a process of peer evaluation that certifies that schools meet certain standards of educational quality, fiscal operation, and staff competence as defined by an independent entity. Independent schools welcome applications from recent college graduates (at both the bachelor's and graduate levels), and experienced teachers (from independent schools, public schools, and colleges).
Additionally, independent schools value the professional work experience offered by candidates turning to teaching as a second career. Typically, independent schools begin interviewing and hiring teachers earlier in the year than public schools, with most of the action occurring between February and May in preparation for the next school term.
Factors that influence salaries for independent school teachers include: total years of teaching experience, the number of years employed at the current school, merit and performance, teaching load, and degrees and credits. Additional benefits that vary according to each independent school include health and retirement benefits, tuition remission for children attending the school, and financial support in the area of professional development.