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How to Get Teacher Certification

Each state sets its own requirements for teacher certification. Requirements common to all states are described here.


  • Step 1: Earn a degree Earn at least a Bachelor's degree. Many states also require that teachers hold a Master's degree, or earn one shortly after being hired.
  • TIP: Check with your state's Department of Education about the specific requirements for teacher certification where you live.
  • Step 2: Earn a credential Earn a teaching credential. A credential allows you to teach either a specific grade level or a certain subject matter.
  • Step 3: Earn an endorsement Earn an endorsement if you want to teach a subject in secondary school not covered by your teaching credential. An example would be secondary teacher certification with a math endorsement. You're on the road to a rewarding career.
  • FACT: Teacher's College at Columbia University was founded in 1887.

You Will Need

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Credential
  • Endorsement
  • Department of Education (optional)

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