To become a fully certified teacher in a public school, you need to graduate from an approved Teacher Preparation Program (TPP). TPPs arm you with the skills and knowledge to teach in your chosen grade and subject.
Let’s break it down and find the right path for you.
4 Ways to Complete Your Teacher Training
- Complete your educator preparation program as part of earning your bachelor’s degree, reducing total cost and time.
- Great for individuals who decide in high school or early in college that they want to become a teacher.
Not All Programs Are Equal
Remember that states have different TPP certification standards. If your state does not recognize your certification, you won’t be able to get your teaching license. Double-check that your program:
- Is state-approved for where you want to teach.
- Offers a credential in the grade and subject you want to teach.
- (Optional) Is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Find and Compare Programs
Ready to explore some TPPs? Check out our handy National Teacher Preparation Program Finder to search for programs that fit your preferences and budget.
Need help thinking through your options? Get free advice with Talk to a Teacher. Chat with experienced teachers to hear what they did to find the training that worked for them.