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The Future Depends on Teachers

As a teacher, you’ll put your energy and creativity to work preparing students to tackle the world’s most difficult challenges, from pandemics to climate change and social justice. Great teachers are innovative and always in demand.

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Make a difference in the lives of young people in Illinois. Join the most purposeful and rewarding career

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How to Get Certified

To become a teacher, you’ll need the earn a bachelor’s degree, complete a teacher prep program, and apply for a professional license. Most states have three main pathways.

Bachelor’s + certification

Earn your teaching certificate and your bachelor’s degree at the same time.

Master’s + certification

Earn your license while advancing your education. Many university certification programs offer master’s degree options.

Certification only

If you already have a degree, explore programs for working adults, career changers and more.

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TEACH is committed to helping individuals who are considering a career in education to navigate the path to certification. Becoming a teacher can seem daunting without an experienced guide, but the rewards and the impact is incomparable. Teaching is the profession upon which all other professions are built, and teachers are necessary for a positive future. TEACH is here to help you start making a difference in the classroom.