If you think you might want to become a certified teacher, the time to begin preparing for that is while you are still in high school.
You’ll need to keep your GPA up and take classes that will provide you with the background you’re going to need. You should also start thinking about what you would like to teach and what grades you are most interested in. For instance, consider whether you want to teach a single subject, as in high school or multiple subjects, as in elementary school.
Steps to Becoming a Teacher
The following is a quick guide on the simple steps you should take to become a teacher. Of course, every concentration and degree specialty is different, so be sure to talk with your guidance counselor, academic advisor, and your program within teaching education to figure out the specific steps for your degree of interest.
1. Prepare for College & Understand Specific Teaching Requirements
Once you enter college, begin taking courses that will count towards your teaching degree. You’ll need a Bachelors degree in order to continue on for your Masters degree and teaching credential. College is the time that you will really need to focus on the age group you want to teach.
There are different requirements for teaching elementary school and high school students. In addition, you will also want to consider whether you would like to teach special needs children. Teaching special needs children can be an extremely rewarding career choice.
You will need your teaching credential plus additional education and certification before you are allowed to teach in a special needs classroom but it will be worth it when you see the positive way you are able to impact your students lives.
2. Earn your Teaching Degree in Education
There are a number of different choices here, from an Associate’s degree to Bachelor’s degree (most common), and graduate programs such as the Master’s in Education (M.Ed) or Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and a doctorate of education.
If you are unsure, check out our teaching degree finder, or read more about the most popular degrees and specialties here:
- By Education Specialty
- Online Teaching Degrees
- Alternative Certification Degrees
- Adult Education Degrees
- Coaching Degrees
- Counseling Degrees
- Curriculum & Instruction Degrees
- Early Childhood Education Degrees
- Education Administration Degrees
- Elementary Education Degrees
- K-12 Education Degrees
- Special Education Degrees
- By Degree Level
- Online Degrees in Education
- Bachelor's in Education Degrees
- Master's in Education Degrees
- Doctorate in Education Degrees
- By Grade
- Pre-Kindergarten Education Degrees (Pre-K)
- Primary Education Degrees (K-5)
- Secondary Education Degrees (5-8)
- High School Education Degrees (9-12)
3. Build a Specialized Resume that Caters to Your Passion
As soon as you decide that you want to become a certified teacher, you need to sit down with a college career counselor. Your counselor will help ensure that you take the appropriate classes. It’s important that you have a well-rounded education and that your college classes include Math, Science, History, English and Social Studies, or whichever specific educational area you are planning on teaching.
4. Enter your Teaching Career
As a teacher, you’ll enjoy a rich career helping students attain their educational goals. You will play an important role in society by making a positive impact on the lives of future generations. Below you will find specific career writeups that go into more detail on each teaching career.