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Is there one Department of Education Teacher Certification for the whole country?

There is not one Department of Education teacher certification that applies to the entire country. This is a common misconception.

In reality, every state has its own route to become a teacher through each of their own Department of Education teacher certification program. These programs all have certain commonalities. When you are researching how to obtain a teacher certification, going to your state’s Department of Education website is a good first step. Your state’s department of education website will have information on the prerequisite requirements, teacher preparation, and skills examinations you must complete in order to receive your teacher certification.

Often times, starting your research about teacher certification on your state’s Department of Education website can seem like an imposing task. Many of these websites are text heavy and difficult to navigate.

An easier way to begin your research on receiving a teaching certificate is at the website: Certification Map. This website has an interactive map with links to teacher certification information on all fifty states. On the bottom of the state teacher certification pages, you will find a link to that state’s Department of Education teacher certification page. By going to Certification Map before visiting your state’s Department of Education website, you will have an easier time figuring out how to obtain a teaching certificate in your home state.