The traditional route to teaching begins with earning a bachelor’s degree and completing a teacher preparation program. You should choose your major based on the grade level and subject(s) that you want to teach. You may complete your teacher preparation program while earning an undergraduate degree in education, or after earning a degree in a specific subject area.
Already have a bachelor’s degree?
You can explore programs that offer post-baccalaureate certificate options or a master’s degree plus teaching certificate. You will need to check with individual programs to ensure they offer these pathways.
All teacher certification programs include a real world teaching experience, which is often referred to as student teaching or a mentored internship.