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How to Become a Teacher
Can you see yourself in the classroom? Us too.
How to Become a Teacher
Can you see yourself in the classroom? Us too.
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    Teaching positions available between 2014 and 2024
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  • 90+
    Application checklists to get you into a teaching program
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  • 5
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This is how we do it.

Like other high-skilled professions, there are steps to becoming a teacher. If you’re not up for these steps yet, no worries. Head over to Explore Teaching, to get your ducks in a row. 🦆

Learn how to become a teacher in your region.

We’ve partnered with state education agencies and local organizations in five regions to expedite your journey to the classroom.

  • Colorado

    Colorado offers a unique experience for educators who want to make a difference in the classroom. Learn what it takes to become a teacher here.

  • Connecticut

    Teachers in Connecticut are part of a diverse, interconnected, culturally rich community. Learn what it takes to become a teacher here.

  • Dallas-Fort Worth

    Dallas-Fort Worth school districts are innovators in education policy and excellent teaching. Learn how to become a teacher here.

  • Houston

    Houston is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse metropolitan areas in the U.S. Learn how you can become a teacher here.

  • Kansas City

    The Kansas City region boasts some of the most unique and diverse school models in the nation. Learn what it takes to become a teacher here.

  • North Carolina

    Teachers are sought after in North Carolina. Learn how you can join talented colleagues committed to empowering and enriching the lives of all students.

Don’t see your region? Let us know. In the meantime, you can still learn about certification requirements, explore our national program database and search for scholarships. 

  1. Know where you’re headed, certifiably.

    To become a teacher, you’ll need to get certified, so review certification requirements up front. For 1-on-1 support, check out our free coaching options. 

  2. Choose the program that fits you best.

    When it comes time to choose a program that will get you certified to teach, use our criteria to compare options. It’s easier to find a match when you know what to look for (and what to avoid).

  3. Apply to a program with confidence.

    To make it easier to keep track of next steps and deadlines, be sure to create an application checklist.

  4. Fund your teacher training.

    Is affordability top of mind? You’ve got options when it comes to funding your training, from work study to loans to scholarships.

Not ready to make the jump?

If you’re quaking in your boots because you aren’t sure teaching is for you, don’t abandon ship! We know this is a big decision, so let’s get you pointed in the right direction.

  • Explore Teaching

    Want to get a better idea of what teachers do day to day? Take a few minutes to discover what it’s like to teach.

  • Get Advice

    Got questions? We have expert advice on tap. Sign up for a phone call or texting buddy to get your questions answered 1-on-1 by a current teacher.

  • Check Your Fit

    Now that we have answered your questions, take a 5-minute quiz to see if teaching is the right career for you. You’ll get concrete next steps straight out of the gate.

Not sure if teaching is right for you? Talk to a teacher to learn more about the opportunities and challenges of the career.