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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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