Become a Teacher

How Do I Become a Teacher?

All states require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Education to become a certified teacher. Additionally, some states may require teachers to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching or Masters in Education degree within five (5) years of completion of their initial degree.

Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education
Bachelor’s degree programs in education are traditionally completed within four years at an accredited college/university. These programs provide students with a background in liberal arts as well as a strong foundation in content, pedagogy and practice. There are several options available for those looking to earn a bachelor’s degree in education.

Earning a Master’s Degree in Education
In some states, students are required to have (or be in pursuit of) a master’s degree within five (5) years of receiving their bachelor’s degree in education. Traditional master’s programs take one to two years to complete at an accredited college/university. These programs provide students with highly specialized knowledge and training in a specific content area or field of study. For more information about earning your Masters Degree, visit Master of Arts in Teaching or Masters in Education

Teacher certification requirements vary greatly from state to state. Most states have various levels of certification for teachers based on the age group or subject area they wish to teach. Please see’s state-by-state breakdown to determine the specific requirements needed to get certified in your state.

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In order to obtain your teaching certification, states require the following:

  • Undergraduate Education: Hold a Bachelor’ Degree from an accredited college
  • Teacher Education: Complete a teacher education program from an accredited college/university or undergo a teacher preparation alternative certification program
  • Testing: Most states require the passing of state-specific teacher tests and/or the PRAXIS exam
  • Masters Degree: Most states require teachers to earn their Masters Degree in order to become a certified teacher

Visit your state’s Teacher Certification Requirements for more information

If you’re unsure about whether teaching is right for you, read about some of’s reasons to become a teacher. Take a look at your state’s specific certification requirements: