For many prospective educators, online teaching programs are a flexible and convenient alternative to on-campus study. Most programs allow students to access assignments, submit papers, and take exams remotely. Quality programs also offer direct access to advisers and other faculty members, while providing guidance as you complete your student-teaching requirements. Many institutions award online teaching degrees at multiple levels to accommodate students with different career plans. The pages below link to our guides for online associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees for teachers.
Aspiring educators can choose from a wide range of degrees and specializations for their online teaching program. In addition to standard elementary, middle, or high school instruction, specialized fields for teaching degree students include leadership and administration, curriculum design, counseling, and special education. This page lists potential areas of study for associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree students. To learn more, visit the pages linked below.
K-12 teachers at public schools, as well as some private schools, must be licensed or certified for their specific grade level in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Licensure or certification generally requires a bachelor's degree or higher, supervised student-teaching, a background check, and a passing score on a licensure or certification exam. However, specific requirements for K-12 teachers vary from state to state. You can use this page to browse the detailed requirements for teaching licensure or certification anywhere in the U.S.
Explore Requirements by State
To become a teacher, you have to meet specific criteria mandated by your state. Browse through each state’s teaching certification and licensure requirements here.