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Can I teach without a Teaching Certificate?

Q: Can I become a teacher without a teaching certificate?

No. Teachers are required to be certified by every state, due to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Find your state on the sidebar of our How to Become a Teacher page to see a simple list of basic requirements for becoming a teacher. For the most in-depth and updated list of what is required in your state, however, be sure to contact your state's Department of Education.

In most cases, the basic requirements are:

  • a 4 year bachelor's degree in education
  • a fingerprint clearance check
  • be able to pass a teaching test

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M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Prepare for a career of learning, leading and serving with an online degree from GCU's College of Education!
  • Engage, instruct and inspire students of all ages with one of GCU's many degree focuses.
  • Offering initial teacher preparation options for bachelor's and master's in education.
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  • For over 60 years, GCU has proudly maintained its rich heritage as a prestigious teaching college.
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E-Learning - EdS
  • Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.
  • As a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university, NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business, technology management, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy.
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Ph.D. in Literacy

St. John's is a Catholic Vincentian University that prepares students for personal and professional success in today's global society. Based in New York City, it is a diverse institution with a globally focused curriculum.

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M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential
  • Founded over 60 years ago on the principles of inclusion and social justice.
  • Offers credit for previous life and work experience.
  • Equipped with over 17,000 titles in their library.
  • Has 3 semesters and 6 start dates a year.
  • Located in Pasadena, CA, with instructional sites in Sacramento, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Visalia as well as online options.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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Early Childhood Education (MEd plus Certification) - Online
  • For the 12th consecutive year, Cal U was named one for the best schools in the Northeast by The Princeton Review 
  • Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017
  • Quality Online courses at Cal U have the same objectives, content and learning outcomes as campus-based programs and are taught by the same expert professors.
  • Offers private school amenities at a public school cost. Student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1
  • CAL U online programs complete an annual assessment of student learning to ensure outcomes are focused on your success in career entry, advancement or enhancement!
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