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Education Career Guide How to become a teacher.

I want to become a teacher.

If you've said this to yourself before, now is the time to get started. This is your first step to making that dream a reality. We're here to help you learn about the step-by-step process of becoming qualified to teach. Whatever grade or subject that you want to teach, this guide will help you get started. Learn about the degrees, certifications, and classroom time you'll need in order to be prepared to change your life. 

Steps to becoming a teacher.

Step 1: Get a degree.

You might be wondering what education you need to become a teacher, and the answer is pretty straightforward. The first thing you'll need to do to be qualified to become a teacher is to get a bachelor's degree. Each state has its own requirements to become a teacher, but across the country, you do need at least a bachelor's degree to become a teacher.

  • Some states and schools are willing to work with any bachelor's degree, and provide candidates with alternative routes to licensure to qualify them to teach. So if you're making a teacher career change, you might not have to go back to school. For the most part, as long as you have a bachelor's degree, you likely have the option to become a teacher. Plan to work with the school or state board of education where you want to get hired to learn about your options.
  • Teaching older students may be different; some states and schools will require specific majors and degree programs to teach specific subjects to older students. For example, many schools require math teachers to have a degree in math or math teaching. 
  • If you don't already have a bachelor's degree and know you want to become a teacher, WGU offers many degree programs that are perfect for you. These degrees will give you the coursework and education you need to be a good teacher as well as help you prepare for certifications and licensure in your state. WGU also offers degrees for specific teaching paths, including math, to English, to science.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-teaching field, WGU’s post-baccalaureate teacher-preparation or master of arts in teaching programs are the choice for you. These teacher-prep programs qualify you to become licensed in the field of your choice, training you to become a highly qualified teacher.

Learn more about the degree options we offer at WGU:

Elementary Education – B.A.

An online teacher certification program for aspiring elementary...

An online teacher certification program for...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring elementary teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching certification in your state.

  • Time: 60% of grads earned this degree within 36 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this program often include:

  • Aspiring elementary school teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This elementary education degree program includes courses in the foundations of teacher education, instructional planning and presentation, assessment, and classroom management. Core teacher education courses focus on diversity, disciplinary literacy, elementary education methods, and pedagogy. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This online teaching degree program helps you to be eligible for teaching certification in any of the 50 states.

Special Education and Elementary Education (Dual Licensure) – B.A.

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An online teaching degree and teacher...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring K–12 special education teachers. Leads to dual licensure—elementary education teaching license and special education teaching license.

(Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.) If your state offers a single K–12 special education teaching license and you are interested in focusing on teaching students with mild to moderate exceptionalities, consider the B.A. Special Education (Mild to Moderate) online teaching degree. 

  • Time: 62% of grads earned this degree within 3½ years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this online teaching degree often include:

  • Aspiring special ed teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This special education teaching online degree program prepares you to teach students with mild-to-moderate disabilities, with courses in the foundations of teaching, instructional planning and presentation, assessment, and classroom management. Core elementary and special education courses focus on diversity, disciplinary literacy, elementary education methods, and special education topics such as law, assessment, and behavioral management. This program requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. Compare B.A. Special Education (Mild to Moderate)

 

Special Education (Mild to Moderate) – B.A.

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An online teaching degree and teacher...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring K–12 special education teacher. Leads to your teaching license in states that offer a single teaching license in K–12 special education.

This special education bachelor's degree program will help you prepare for an exciting future helping exceptional students. If your state requires—or if you're interested in—dual licensure in both elementary education and K–12 special education, consider the B.A. Special Education (K–12) program.

  • Time: 62% of grads finish similar online teaching degree programs within 3½ years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this special education degree program often include:

  • Aspiring special ed teachers who currently lack a teaching license.
  • Substitute teachers.
  • Career-changers.
  • School paraprofessionals.
  • Others who feel the call to teach.

This online degree program includes coursework and assessments tailor-made for future teachers who are committed to working with students who have mild to moderate learning exceptionalities. It offers deep engagement in serving special education students and leads to your K–12 special education license in states that do not require dual elementary-ed and special-ed licensure. It also includes a preclinical experience with face-to-face observation hours and a Demonstration Teaching component hosted by an experienced teacher and directed by a clinical supervisor.

Compare B.A. Special Education (K–12)

Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) – B.S.

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An online teacher certification program for...

An online teacher certification program for aspiring middle school math teachers. Leads to teaching license in states that have a middle-grades math teaching license.

Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching licensure in your state.

  • Time: 61% of grads earned this degree within 30 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this science teaching degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high math teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for math
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This science teaching degree program includes online courses in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, science, mathematics, pedagogy, science education, field experience, and a teacher performance assessment. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This science teaching degree prepares you to be eligible for a teaching license in any of the 50 states.

Mathematics Education (Secondary) – B.S.

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An online teaching degree and teacher...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle school math teachers and high school math teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 71% of grads earned this degree within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this math teaching degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school math teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for math
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This online math teaching degree program includes courses in the foundations of teaching, general education, mathematics content, math education, instructional planning and presentation, and pedagogy. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This online math teaching degree program helps students become eligible for math teaching certification.

Science Education (Middle Grades) – B.S.

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An online teaching degree and teacher...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle school science teachers. Leads to teaching license in all states that have a middle-grades general science teaching license.

Specific grade levels you are qualified to teach will vary depending on teaching certification in your state.

  • Time: 69% of grads earned this science teaching degree within 36 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Candidates for this online science teaching degree often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or middle school science teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for science
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This science teaching degree program includes coursework in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, science, mathematics, pedagogy, science education, field experience, and a teacher performance assessment. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Science Education (Secondary Chemistry) – B.S.

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An online teaching degree and teacher...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school chemistry teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 71% of grads earned this online chemistry degree within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Candidates for this online chemistry degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school chemistry teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for chemistry
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This chemistry teaching degree program includes online classes in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, general science, mathematics, chemistry, pedagogy, and science education. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. Earn a chemistry degree online and be eligible for a teaching certification.

Teaching, Elementary Education – M.A.

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An online master's of arts in education degree...

An online master's of arts in education degree and teacher certification program for aspiring elementary school teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field.

Leads to a teaching license. Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching certification in your state.

  • Time: 67% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this master's of arts in education degree program often include:

  • Aspiring elementary teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This online teacher's degree includes courses in the foundations of teaching, mathematics content, instructional planning and presentation, elementary education methods, and effective teaching practices. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Teaching, Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) – M.A.

An online teaching master's degree and teacher certification...

An online teaching master's degree and teacher...

An online teaching master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle school math teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish this middle school math teaching degree within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this master's in math education degree often include:

  • Aspiring junior high math teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for math
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This M.A. Teaching program in middle grades math education includes courses in the foundations of teaching, mathematics education, instructional planning and presentation, and pedagogy. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

It differs from the M.A. Teaching, Mathematics Education (Secondary) program in that it does not require courses in upper levels of calculus, including advanced calculus and mathematical modeling. The curriculum of this online math degree is designed to prepare middle school math teachers for success.

Teaching, Mathematics Education (Secondary) – M.A.

An online teaching master's degree and teacher certification...

An online teaching master's degree and teacher...

An online teaching master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle school or high school math teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on the teaching certification in your state.

  • Time: 66% of graduates finish this high school math teaching degree within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this high school math education program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school math teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for math
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This online teaching degree in secondary math education includes courses in the foundations of teaching, mathematics education, instructional planning and presentation, and pedagogy. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

It differs from the M.A. Teaching, Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) program in that it includes courses in upper levels of calculus, including advanced calculus and mathematical modeling. Graduates from this secondary math degree program will be eligible for a teaching license in any of the 50 states.

Teaching, Science Education (Secondary) – M.A.

An online master's teaching degree and teacher certification...

An online master's teaching degree and teacher...

An online master's teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school science teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 69% of graduates finish this secondary science teaching degree within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this high school teaching degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school science teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for science
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This graduate-level secondary science teaching program includes the following areas of coursework: foundations of teaching, science education, pedagogy, field experience, research, and a teacher performance assessment. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. You'll be prepared to teach in middle school or high school settings, based on teaching certification in your state.

Teaching, English Education (Secondary) – M.A.

An online teaching master's degree and teacher certification...

An online teaching master's degree and teacher...

An online teaching master's degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school English teachers who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 74% of graduates finish this online English degree program within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 per 6-month term.

Candidates for this high school English teaching program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high and high school English teachers who currently hold a bachelor's degree but lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for English
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This secondary English MAT program includes courses in the foundations of teaching, instructional planning and presentation, English content, research, and pedagogy. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This online English degree prepares students for teaching certification in any of the 50 states.

Science Education (Secondary Biological Science) – B.S.

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An online teaching degree and teacher...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school biology teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on licensure in your state.

  • Time: 76% of grads earned this online biology degree within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Candidates for this online teaching degree often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school biology teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for biology
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This biology teaching degree program includes online courses in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, general science, mathematics, biology, pedagogy, and science education. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching.

Science Education (Secondary Physics) – B.S.

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An online teaching degree and teacher...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school physics teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching license options in your state.

  • Time: 67% of grads earned this online physics degree within 36 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Candidates for this online teaching degree often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school physics teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for physics
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This physics teaching degree program includes online courses in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, general science, mathematics, physics, pedagogy, and science education. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. Graduates of this online teaching degree program will be eligible for teaching certification.

Science Education (Secondary Earth Science) – B.S.

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An online teaching degree and teacher...

An online teaching degree and teacher certification program for aspiring middle or high school earth science teachers.

Leads to teacher licensure. Specific grade levels will vary depending on teaching license options in your state.

  • Time: 69% of grads earned this middle school teaching and high school teaching degree within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term, plus a one-time fee of $350 to cover the cost of an at-home science lab.

Candidates for this science teaching degree program often include:

  • Aspiring junior high or high school geoscience teachers who currently lack a teaching license
  • Substitute teachers
  • Career-changers with a passion for earth science
  • School paraprofessionals
  • Others who feel the call to teach

This geosciences teaching degree program includes online courses in the following areas: general education, foundations of teaching, general science, mathematics, earth sciences, pedagogy, and science education. It requires in-classroom observation and a term of full-time demonstration teaching. This high school teaching degree program prepares you for teaching licensure in any of the 50 states.

WGU’s Teachers College provides a path for students to become licensed/certified teachers in each U.S. state and territory. In some cases, our program has already been approved for direct licensure/certification in your state. In other cases, you may apply for licensure/certification through reciprocity. Your Enrollment Counselor can give you specific information on your program of interest and how you may ultimately earn a license in your state. Please note that some programs do not have a corresponding license in certain states.

Step 2: Get certified.

Once you've gotten your bachelor's degree, the next step is to get certified. Teachers are required to be licensed and certified in order to get a job. Teacher licensure requirements will vary depending on state laws and may include a number of factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program.
  • Submission of transcripts.
  • Completion and clearance of a background check.
  • Passing of required entrance exams and basic skills tests.

WGU has the following requirements for students to become certified through their programs:

  • Verify a cleared background check. 
  • Pass basic skills, content, and pedagogy exams.
  • Complete preclinical experiences.
  • Complete in-classroom student teaching.
  • Fulfill any other state requirements.

Click on your state below to see a full list of your teacher licensure requirements. Note: Listed requirements are current and are subject to change at any time, even during enrollment.

If you pursue your bachelor's degree at Western Governors University, our faculty and Program Mentors will help you be prepared for licensure at the end of your degree. We help you learn about requirements for your state and prepare you to get certified to teach.

Click here to get full information on background check, exam, and preclinical requirements to be prepared for certification.

Information by state/territory.

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For the most current information about a teaching degree in Alabama, please check the Alabama Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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Institutional Authorization

American Samoa does not regulate distance education. Therefore, approval for WGU to offer distance education programs to students located in American Samoa is not required.

Educational Prerequisites

The American Samoa Department of Education requires prospective educators to complete an American Samoa approved program. Prospective educators may not complete a program that is out-of-state, like at WGU. In addition, educators may not transfer a license from another state using any pathway.

For this reason, WGU’s programs do not meet any of the educational prerequisites for licensure in the field of education in American Samoa. Candidates interested in teaching in American Samoa may consult the American Samoa Department of Education website

Candidates will not be accepted for enrollment in WGU’s education programs if they are seeking a license in American Samoa.

Consumer Complaint Information

Students can refer to this information regarding the complaint process for those attending WGU who reside in American Samoa.

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For the most current information about a teaching degree in Arizona, please check the Arizona Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about a teaching degree in Arkansas, please check the Arkansas Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about a teaching degree in California, please check the California Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in the state of Colorado, please check the Colorado Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Connecticut, please check the Connecticut Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher Delaware, please check the Delaware Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For further details on DC teacher certification requirements, please see the DC Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Florida, please check the Florida Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Georgia, please check the Georgia Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Guam, please check the Guam Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Hawaii, please check the Hawaii Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in Idaho, please check the Idaho Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

 

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in Illinois, please check the Illinois Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Kansas, please check the Kansas Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Kentucky, please check the Kentucky Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Louisiana, please check the Louisiana Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Maine, please check the Maine Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Maryland, please check the Maryland Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in Massachusetts, please check the Massachusetts Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Michigan, please check the Michigan Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Minnesota, please check the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Mississippi, please check the Mississippi Teacher Licensure article in the Student Handbook.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Montana, please check the Montana Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in Nebraska, please check the Nebraska Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in Nevada, please check the Nevada Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in New Hampshire, please check the New Hampshire Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in New Jersey, please check the New Jersey Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in New Mexico, please check the New Mexico Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in New York, please check the New York Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in North Carolina, please check the North Carolina Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in North Dakota, please check the North Dakota Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Oregon, please check the Oregon Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in Pennsylvania, please check the Pennsylvania Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in Puerto Rico, please check the Puerto Rico Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Rhode Island, please check the Rhode Island Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in South Carolina, please check the South Carolina Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in South Dakota, please check the South Dakota Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Tennessee, please check the Tennessee Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Texas please check the Texas Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in Utah, please check the Utah Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Vermont, please check the Vermont Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in the Virgin Islands, please check the Virgin Islands Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Virginia, please check the Virginia Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Washington, please check the Washington Teacher Licensure student handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in West Virginia, please check the West Virginia Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in the state of Wisconsin, please check the Wisconsin Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

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For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Wyoming, please check the Wyoming Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

Step 3: Classroom experience.

Experience inside a classroom is vital to help you prepare to be a teacher and is a requirement for certification in most states. Usually called "student teaching," this experience requires you to work with a current educator as you teach or team-teach a group of students for an extended period of time.

At WGU, student teaching or demonstration teaching is required for completion of your degree. This in-classroom experience is full time and supervised for 12-20 weeks.

As you approach the demonstration teaching portion of your program, a WGU Placement Specialist will work with you to set up your placement. The process of scheduling your DT placement may take up to six months. 

Demonstration teaching may not be waived and prior experience may not be used to satisfy this requirement as you must demonstrate competency in the classroom in order to complete your WGU degree program.

Learn more about the details of demonstration teaching at WGU here.

Get started on your path to teaching today.

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