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