How to Become a Teacher

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What Do I Need to Become A Teacher?

The answer is simple enough-- you need a teaching degree. When you set out to learn how to become a school teacher, you'll want to start by finding out the degree needed to become a teacher in your own state. Rules vary, so it's important to do your research.

You can start to figure out how to become a teacher by contacting the schools below to request information.

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There's more detail down below on the various paths to becoming a teacher, but the short story is that if you don't yet have a Bachelors degree, you should check out the Bachelors in Education programs, because you aren't eligible for the other kinds.

If you do have a Bachelors degree, then check out Alternative Certification / Post-Baccalaureate programs (if you want to get your teaching career started quickly) or Masters in Education programs (if you don't mind going back to school full-time to get your degree).

In either case, you should also spend some time finding out more about how to become a teacher in your state by looking on the Department of Education website of the state you want to teach in.

Show me all the ways I can earn the degree needed to be a teacher....

As a rule, you should try to contact multiple schools when you're looking for a teaching degree program. As with many other things, the way to find the best teaching degree is to spend some time shopping around. There are very meaningful differences between the programs in terms of cost, admissions requirements, and other characteristics.

Request program details from the schools below on your route to becoming a teacher.

So How Do I Become a Teacher?

Despite the huge variety of teaching certification programs out there, there are a few universal elements to entering the teaching field. The first is that you need some basic schooling before becoming a teacher. This can be either a traditional Bachelors Degree in Education program, or it can be an Alternative / Post-Baccalaureate or Masters program designed for people who figured out later in life that they wanted to be teachers.

After you're done with getting the specific degree needed to be a teacher in your state, you'll need to prove that you were paying attention in class. If you want to teach in public schools, you'll need to be certified by the state you intend to teach in. This usually involves a test like the PRAXIS exam. Your initial teaching certification typically qualifies you to teach for a number of years (3-5 is common), during which you will have to reach additional milestones (take more tests, get more schooling) to achieve your permanent certification.

The bottom line is that each state has a different answer to the question of how to become a teacher, so you should plan to spend some time looking through the state Department of Education website in your state before you enroll in a teaching degree program. In many states, you can get a teaching job with no official certification at all, provided that you go enroll in a certification program. This typically happens in "high needs" subjects and locations, and is determined by the state/local education authorities, so it's worth checking with your state Department of Education as well as the local school districts.

On a related note, if you think you want to become a teacher, you might want to talk to the local school districts about volunteering in a school, or taking a non-teaching job just to see what the environment's like, and what the job of a teacher really entails. This can also be a good way to get a foot in the door for future teaching job openings in that school.