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.

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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.

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