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.