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Can I become a teacher without a teaching degree?

Do I need a teaching degree? If not, how do I become a teacher?

You do not need a specific degree to become a teacher. You definitely do not need to get a teaching degree from a 4-year college. There are benefits to doing so, but it is not a requirements in any state.

All States require general education teachers to have a bachelor’s degree and to have completed an approved teacher training program with a prescribed number of subject and education credits, as well as supervised practice teaching. Some States also require technology training and the attainment of a minimum grade point average.  There are online and offline colleges that do the teacher training and certification. Most are 1-2 year programs and many include a master's degree. Explore our "Become A Teacher" section for more information on this.

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  • Want to be a Teacher or Educational Administrator? Learn why GCU could be the best place to start! Here's why:
  • Options: Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate education programs, including TESOL, early childhood ed, elementary ed, secondary ed & more.
  • Convenience: Complete courses online, on campus, or a combination of both. We also offer evening classes!
  • Earlier Graduation: Our 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time.
  • Transfer Friendly: We will request your transcripts, evaluate your graduate coursework, and determine your anticipated graduation date within 24 hours.
  • Financial Options: Numerous financing options available, including scholarships for academic achievement.
  • Want to be a Teacher or Educational Administrator? Learn why GCU could be the best place to start! Here's why:
  • Options: Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate education programs, including TESOL, early childhood ed, elementary ed, secondary ed & more.
  • Convenience: Complete courses online, on campus, or a combination of both. We also offer evening classes!
  • Earlier Graduation: Our 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time.
  • Transfer Friendly: We will request your transcripts, evaluate your graduate coursework, and determine your anticipated graduation date within 24 hours.
  • Financial Options: Numerous financing options available, including scholarships for academic achievement.
  • Good for Working Adults
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  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
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  • Transferable Credits
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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  • Partnerships with thousands of companies
  • Alliances with many national industry associations
  • Personalized career guidance
  • Job market research tools to help you explore your career of interest
  • Good for Working Adults
  • Online Programs
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
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  • Ranked as one of the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Founded in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church with the intent to provide a distinctive, Christ-centered college education for men and women. 
  • Its location in Greenville, Illinois, gives students opportunities for outreach, fun, hands-on-learning, and civic engagement.
  • Offers over 50 undergraduate majors as well as adult and graduate programs available online or at partnership locations.
     
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  • Ranked as one of the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Founded in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church with the intent to provide a distinctive, Christ-centered college education for men and women. 
  • Its location in Greenville, Illinois, gives students opportunities for outreach, fun, hands-on-learning, and civic engagement.
  • Offers over 50 undergraduate majors as well as adult and graduate programs available online or at partnership locations.
     
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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