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Certification Requirements for all 50 States

Navigating the best route to obtaining teacher certification can be a tough task.

Here are some requirements that must be met before earning Teacher Certification:

1. You must hold a bachelor’s degree. Check with your state, however, as some states now require a Master’s degree. Depending on the state you want to teach in, you may need a minor or major in the field of Education.

2. If you plan on teaching grades 6-12, a bachelor’s degree in the subject you wish to teach in mandatory.

3. You must complete an accredited program that fulfills student teaching requirements with a certain number of hours in the classroom.

4. You will be required to pass state tests, such as the Praxis exam that the state requires to assess teaching and subject matter mastery.

Check below for your state’s specific requirements.

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California
Colorado Connecticut Delaware D.C. Florida
Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana
Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine
Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire
New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota
Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin

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