Learn How to Become a Teacher

Our children are important, and so is their education. That's why the utmost care is taken to make sure that teachers are qualified before they start teaching. If you've ever wondered, "How long does it take to become a teacher?" or what the requirements to become a teacher are, Teacher World has done your work for you. To learn how to become a teacher, click on any of the links below to learn about teaching requirements for that state.

There are many things you must learn before becoming a teacher. Simply knowing a subject doesn't necessarily make you a good teacher. Teachers need to understand how to motivate students, pass on content knowledge and produce real results. They must also foster each student's individual strengths and apply modern technology in their daily instruction.

Teacher Requirements

Although there are some general requirements to become a teacher, each state has its own standards for teacher certification. States generally require teachers to have the following:

  • A bachelor's degree with some education credits (or even a master's degree in education)
  • Student teaching experience
  • A passing grade on a teaching exam such as the Praxis™
  • A teaching certificate

During your student teaching, you'll work under a master teacher to learn the ropes in the classroom, so that when you become a teacher, you'll have real classroom experience, not just book smarts. Be sure that any teaching program you consider has a student-teaching component, which is usually a requirement for becoming a teacher.

If you hear the calling of a teaching career, find out how to become a teacher in your state by clicking on the links below. Not all programs lead to initial teacher certification.

Click on the links below and find a list of information for each state. Follow step by step instructions and find out how to become a teacher in your state.

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