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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 earn a four-year teaching degree from a university to become a teacher! There are benefits to doing so, but it is not a requirement in any state.

All states require general education teachers to have earned 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.

Most applicable programs are 1-2 years long, and many include a master's degree. There are both online and offline colleges that can provide the teacher training and certification, and earning your degree from an online college does NOT put you at a disadvantage afterwards.

Do you have more questions? Explore our "Become A Teacher" section for more information on becoming a teacher.

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MED: Curriculum and Instruction: General Education
  • Liberty University provides a worldclass education from a christ-centered worldview
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels
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B.S. in Child Studies
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
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M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies

Online Learning at Concordia University–Portland

If education is your passion, Concordia University-Portland is your university. One of the most respected names in learning today, Concordia offers several fully online Master of Education (MEd) programs—most of which can completed in one year—and a fully online Doctorate of Education (EdD) program. Our graduates stand out with the skills, integrity, and compassion  necessary to meet the ever-changing needs of students today. Together, we're all making an impact in education.

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MS - Teaching and Learning
  • The first and only 100% online, fully accredited public university in the United States
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