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If you're passionate about education, earning an online teaching degree from WGU is a smart and flexible way to achieve your goals. Our online university environment allows you to complete your teaching degree and prepare for online teacher licensure.

WGU’s Teachers College is committed to providing education excellence. We offer challenging online degree programs for current and aspiring educators alike. To ensure that our graduates are equipped to help students learn, both our bachelor’s and master’s degree programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is the premier specialized accrediting body for teacher preparation and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It accredits colleges of education that produce over two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates annually. WGU is proud to be the first online university to receive this esteemed accreditation and national recognition for many of our teaching degrees, including mathematics, elementary education, science, social science, ELL, and technology.

Teacher licensure requirements 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
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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.

 

Requirements by state.

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.
  • Graduation from a teacher preparation program leading to teacher certification in the home state of the program and that is regionally and/or NCATE accredited. Note: Alabama requires a graduation date on the transcript submitted as verification of program completion. WGU students in the MAT programs must graduate prior to becoming eligible for certification in Alabama.
  • Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • Passing scores on the required basic skills exam.
  • Passing scores on all of the required PRAXIS content exams

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

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a state-approved/NCATE-accredited teacher preparation program or current enrollment that will be completed within the first two years of the initial certificate.
  • Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • Passing scores on all of the required PRAXIS content exams and approved basic skills exams.

NOTE: Alaska requires two 3-credit courses for standard certification: Alaska Studies and Multicultural/Cross-Cultural Communication. These requirements must be met at an Alaska institution within the first two years of your initial certification in order to be eligible for standard certification. These courses are NOT offered at WGU.

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

  • A bachelor’s degree or more advanced degree program from an accredited institution.
  • Completion of a teacher preparation program offered by an accredited institution.
  • Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • Passing scores on the required basic skills exams.
  • Passing scores on the required content exams.
  • Completion of the U.S. Constitution and AZ Constitution requirements, either through college coursework in each of these areas or passing scores on the AEPA U.S. Constitution and AZ Constitution exams.

NOTE: The WGU U.S. History and Government assessment can be submitted as evidence of fulfilling the U.S. Constitution requirement. WGU does not cover the AZ Constitution requirement.

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

Before becoming a licensed teacher, you must meet all of Arkansas’ initial teacher certification requirements via completion of an out-of-state preparation program (i.e., reciprocity). Requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree or more advanced degree program from an accredited institution.
  • Completion of a teacher preparation program approved by the Department of Education, leading to teacher certification.
  • Teaching license awarded by another state’s department of education.
  • Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check at the time of the application for certification.
  • Documentation of exam(s) that were required, taken, and passed for the out-of-state license. These requirements may be accepted in lieu of exam(s) required for Arkansas teacher licensure in compatible areas. Please see the Arkansas Certification Exam Requirements and Arkansas Basic Skills Requirements articles.

NOTE: Arkansas requires that all teachers being licensed in early childhood, elementary, middle school area, or secondary social studies must complete a three-hour course in Arkansas history before receiving a standard Arkansas teaching license. This coursework is not offered by WGU and must be taken at a local Arkansas college or university.

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

  • Before becoming a licensed teacher in California, you must meet all of California’s initial CCTC-approved teacher certification program requirements, including:
  • A bachelor’s degree or more advanced degree program at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Completion of a CCTC-approved teacher preparation program.
  • Completion of the required background check resulting in receipt of a Certificate of Clearance from the CCTC.
  • Qualification based on the the CA basic skills requirement.
  • Verify subject matter competence by passing the relevant CSET exams. Please note that WGU's approval with CCTC requires that all WGU students in an initial teacher licensure preparation program who are seeking teacher certification in CA must pass the CSET exams prior to Demonstration Teaching and scores must be posted to the Degree Plan by:
    • June 15th for the September cohort
    • September 15th for the January cohort
  • Passing scores on the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) (Multiple subject credential candidates only, CA BASP students do not take the RICA).
  • Completion of foundational computer technology coursework and Developing English Language Skills coursework (these are included in your WGU coursework).
  • Completion of a course (at least two semester units or three quarter units) on the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution, or passing an exam on the same subject given by a regionally accredited college or university. 
    • NOTE: WGU’s bachelor’s degree programs provide this course, but the post-baccalaureate and MAT programs do not. If you are enrolling into a post-baccalaureate or MAT program, you must provide licensure@wgu.edu with either the official description of the course on your undergraduate transcripts that fulfills this requirement, or with the passing scores on an appropriate exam offered by a local CA college or university.
  • Completion of a course (at least two semester units or three quarter units) in the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution, or passing an exam on the provisions and principles of the US Constitution given by a regionally accredited college or university.

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

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program.
  • Completion of a regionally accredited teacher preparation program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program.
  • Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • Passing the required content exams.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program.
  • Completion of a teacher preparation program that a) is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program and b) prepares one for certification in an area for which CT awards teacher certification.
  • Passing all of the required Praxis content exams and the basic skills exam.
  • Proof of teacher certification awarded by the department of education of the state in which the teacher preparation program is approved. This applies only to Elementary Education and Bachelor of Arts in Special Education programs.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Graduation from a teacher preparation program approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program and that is accredited by NCATE or state-approved according to NCATE standards.
  • Passing scores on an exam meeting the basic skills requirement.
  • Passing scores on all of the required Praxis content exams.

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

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a teacher education program that is a) approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the preparing institution and b) completed at an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • MAJOR REQUIREMENT: A major in the subject area for which the applicant is seeking DC teacher certification.
  • BASIC SKILLS EXAM: Passing scores on the basic skills exam.
  • CONTENT EXAMS: Passing scores on all of the required content exams.
  • BACKGROUND CLEARANCE: Fingerprint clearance resulting from completing the required background.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a state-approved teacher education program offered by a regionally accredited post-secondary institution with a major course of study in the same subject area of the Florida license being sought.
  • Passing scores on the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations in the area of general knowledge (basic skills), as well as subject area knowledge (content) and professional preparation (pedagogy).
  • You must be employed either in a public school or a non-public school and clear a background check run by the employing school system.

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

  •  Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program and is offered by a post-secondary institution, with a major course of study in the same field area of the Georgia certificate being sought.
  • Passing scores on the appropriate Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) for content knowledge and basic skills.
  • Conformance to professional standards of conduct, as verified by background checks, questions on the application form, and an FBI background check upon employment as an educator.
  • Recent study or experience, meaning that the teacher candidate must have completed teacher education coursework or out-of-state teaching experience within the past five years.
  • Completion of coursework “in the identification and education of children who have special educational needs.” This requirement is covered by WGU coursework.
  • Demonstration of computer skills competency (covered by WGU coursework).

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

  • Guam requires all teacher certification candidates take and pass the basic skills exam. You must pass all three sections within the first six months of entering the Foundations of Teaching (FOT) domain at WGU.
  • Passing scores on the applicable content exams.

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

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program offered by an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a teacher preparation program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program and includes student teaching.
  • Recommendation for certification by the preparing college or university.
  • Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • Passing all of the required Praxis content and pedagogy exams.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor's degree program from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Completion of a teacher preparation program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program and that includes student teaching and pre-student teaching field experiences.
  • As part of the BA degree and/or the teacher preparation program, completion of a major or the equivalent in the content area for which teacher certification is sought. Beginning with applications received on or after February 1, 2012, all content-area course work leading to endorsements must have a grade of "C" or higher.
  • Completion of “coursework addressing the psychology of, the identification of, and the methods of instruction for the exceptional child, including without limitation, the learning disabled child.” This requirement is covered by WGU teacher preparation coursework. WGU students complete all coursework with the equivalent of a "B" grade.
  • Passing scores on the required Illinois Certification Testing System Basic Skills Exam. The basic skills exam must have been passed within ten years of the date of application.
  • Completion of the Illinois Teaching Performance Assessment requirement.

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

 

  • WGU Indiana offers bachelor’s, master’s, or post-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs that lead to licensure in the state of Indiana.
  • Below is the standard process for earning your initial teaching license in the state of Indiana through WGU Indiana:
    1. Earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
    2.  Complete a Teacher Prep Program or Master’s Degree (if you already have a bachelor’s degree).
    3. Pass a Background Check.
    4. Pass Basic Skills and Content Exams.
    5. Complete Preclinical Experiences.
    6. Complete a Term of In-Classroom Student Teaching (Demonstration Teaching).
    7. Complete the Required CPR/Heimlich Maneuver Certification and Suicide Prevention Requirement.

For more information, please visit in the Indiana Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program offered by a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Completion of an out-of-state approved/NCATE-accredited teacher education program (see Utah certification requirements).
  • Standard teaching license awarded by another state’s department of education.
  • Completion of a state-approved teacher preparation program.
  • Completion of a required background check.
  • Passing scores on the basic skills test.
  • Passing scores on all of the required content and pedagogy exams.

NOTE: Successful completion of WGU’s program(s) of educator preparation does not qualify you for initial educator licensure by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners until you receive the Standard teaching license, or as applicable, administrators license awarded by Utah’s department of education.

WGU will assist candidates in: understanding the requirements of the Utah licensing board prior to the completion of a WGU program of educator preparation; and contacting the Utah licensing board.

Beginning September 2015, Iowa will require Elementary Education teacher candidates to have at least two different grade levels for preclinical experiences: one primary and one intermediate.

For more information, please visit in the Iowa Teacher Licensure Student Handbook article.

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program offered by a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Completion of teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the preparing program.
  • Standard teaching license awarded by the department of education of the home state of the teacher education program.
  • Cleared background check run through the Kansas State Department of Education at the time of application for certification.
  • Recent study/experience, meaning teacher preparation coursework has been completed or teaching experience acquired within the past six years.
  • Passing scores on all of the required content and pedagogy exams.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s or higher degree program with a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or a GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale for the last sixty (60) hours of undergraduate and graduate credit completed.
  • Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program and that is offered by a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Passing scores on all of the required content and pedagogy exams.
  • Recency of study, meaning the teacher candidate must have completed a teacher education program or six additional hours of graduate coursework no more than five years before applying for certification.

NOTE: Once the above requirements have been met, a Limited One Year Eligibility Certificate may be issued. During the first year of employment, the educator must then complete the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) to become eligible for standard five-year certification.

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

  • Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program.
  • Standard teaching license awarded by the department of education in the home state of the teacher preparation program.
  • A recent study/experience, meaning teacher preparation coursework has been completed or teaching experience acquired within the past five years.
  • Passing scores on the required basic skills exam.
  • Passing scores on the required content and pedagogy exams.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program offered by a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program, and recommendation for certification from the approved program.
  • Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • Completion of a course that covers the teaching of exceptional students in the regular classroom. (This requirement is covered by WGU teacher preparation coursework.)
  • Meet the content coursework requirements for the particular area of certification sought, as outlined in the Chapter 115, Section II of the Department of Education Rules.
  • Passing scores on the basic skills exam.
  • Passing scores on all of the required content and pedagogy exams.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program.
  • Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program.
  • Passing scores on the basic skills exam.
  • Passing scores on all of the required content and pedagogy exams.
  • All certificate holders are required to have 3 semester hours in inclusion of special needs populations. This coursework is part of WGU’s teacher preparation programs.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program.
  • Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program and recommendation for certification from the approved program.
  • Evidence of sound moral character.
  • Passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test.
  • Passing scores on the required subject matter knowledge exam for the certification area sought.

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

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Completion of an elementary or secondary teacher education program that includes student teaching and is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program.
  • Secondary education teacher candidates must have a major or the equivalent in the subject area for which they are seeking certification.
  • Possession of a valid certificate of course completion for First Aid training that includes CPR for both children and adults.
  • Passing scores on the required MTTC basic skills exam.
  • Passing scores on the required MTTC content exams.

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

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree and a major or the equivalent in the area for which the teacher candidate is applying for certification.
  • Completion of an out-of-state approved and regionally accredited teacher education program that is similar in content and scope to a Minnesota teacher education program and which leads to teacher certification in the home state of the preparing institution. The teacher candidate must receive a recommendation for certification from the teacher education program completed.
  • Background clearance from a required background check.
  • Passing scores on the basic skills exam.
  • Passing scores on all of the required Minnesota Teacher Licensure content and pedagogy exams.
  • Completion of a MN state-approved course in Human Relations or verification of completion of an equivalent course. At the bachelor’s level, WGU coursework covers the equivalent for this Human Relations requirement. WGU’s Post-Bacc and MAT programs contain all components except the study of American Indian language, history, government, and culture. These students can either complete and submit the chart as well, with the expectation that they will be required to complete an additional course in American Indian studies within a year of completing their WGU program, or they can complete one of the MN-approved human relations courses prior to applying for initial certification.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in teacher education from a state-approved or NCATE-approved program offered at a regionally/nationally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Passing scores on all of the required content and pedagogy exams.

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

  • Earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Complete a Teacher Prep Program or master’s degree (if you already have a bachelor’s degree).
  • Pass a Background Check.
  • Pass Basic Skills and Content Exams.
  • Complete Preclinical Experiences.
  • Complete a Term of In-Classroom Student Teaching (Demonstration Teaching).

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program offered by an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of an accredited teacher education program, including student teaching, in an area for which Montana offers teacher certification.
  • Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • Secondary education teacher candidates must have at least 40 units of coursework in the area of endorsement. South Broadfield social science students must have 60 units of coursework in the social sciences (history: 25-32 units, political science: 15-20 units, and then 12 additional units spread across sociology, economics, geography, or psychology.)

NOTE: These requirements are covered by WGU’s B.A. degree programs. Students in a post-baccalaureate or MAT program will need to review their undergraduate transcripts to ensure they have met the requirements for coursework in their content area.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program.
  • Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program, and recommendation for certification from the approved program.
  • Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • Fulfillment of both the special education and the human relations training requirements. WGU’s coursework, while not pre-approved by the NE Department of Education, covers these requirements. WGU graduates will need to submit as part of their licensure application packet the course syllabi and a letter of explanation from the Teachers College Certification Officer as verification of completion of the required training.
  • Passing scores on the basic skills exam.
  • Meet the recency of education requirement by applying for certification within five years of completing your teacher preparation program.

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

  • Earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Complete a Teacher Prep Program or Master’s Degree (if you already have a bachelor’s degree).
  • Pass a Background Check. 
  • Pass Basic Skills and Content Exams.
  •  Complete Preclinical Experiences.
  • Complete a Term of In-Classroom Student Teaching (Demonstration Teaching).

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program offered by an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program.
  • Passing scores on the basic skills exam.
  • Passing scores on all of the required content and pedagogy exams.

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

  • Completion of at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. See specific major/course requirements for your area of intended certification.
  • Passing scores on the required Praxis exams.
  • Completion of a teacher preparation program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program.
  • All teacher candidates must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on 4.0 scale in a baccalaureate degree program, higher degree program, or in a state-approved post-baccalaureate certification program with a minimum of 13 semester-hour credits.
  • All teacher candidates must fulfill the physiology and hygiene requirements by presenting evidence of basic military training, OR by completing a course such as biology, health, or nutrition that appears on a regionally accredited 4-year college or university transcript, OR by completing a 35-question True/False test administered in the country office of education. Learn more about the physiology and hygiene requirements here.
  • SUBJECT MATTER REQUIREMENT: All elementary education students must have completed a major in the liberal arts or sciences or a minimum of 60 credits in the liberal arts. All WGU bachelor's students will meet the liberal arts requirements in their WGU program. Master's and post-baccalaureate students must have met this requirement through their undergraduate degree. All secondary education students must complete a minimum of 30 credits in their subject area. All WGU social studies and mathematics students will meet these requirements in their WGU program. Master's and post-baccalaureate students must have met this requirement through their undergraduate degree.

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

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Graduation from an approved teacher education program in another state. The program must be comparable to a NY teacher preparation program and must lead to certification in the home state in which the program is approved. Please note the following:
    • NY requires a graduation date on the transcript that is submitted as verification of program completion. Therefore, WGU students must graduate prior to becoming eligible for certification in New York.
    • A level 2 license from the home state of the preparing institution is only required of those applying for a conditional initial certificate based on at least three years teaching experience in another state. This is not required of WGU graduates.
  • Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • Passing scores on the NY basic skills exam.
  • Passing scores on the NYSTCE content and pedagogy exams.
  • Completion of designated workshops in child abuse identification and school violence intervention and prevention.
  • Completion of the New York Teaching Performance Assessment. New requirement starting May 1, 2014.

In order to obtain a New York teaching license after graduating from a post-baccalaureate or master of arts in teaching program at WGU, New York requires an acceptable undergraduate degree in the core content area or at least 30 semester hours of college-level coursework in the core content area. WGU will evaluate your transcript(s) prior to enrollment, but the New York State Education Department (NYSED) will make the authoritative and final determination about your eligibility for any type of certification. The NYSED may, at its discretion, require graduates of any program to complete additional coursework to become eligible for certification.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program.
  • Completion of a teacher preparation program that is offered by a regionally accredited institution and is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program.
  • Recommendation for certification from the approved program provider.
  • Passing scores on the basic skills exam.
  • Passing scores on all of the required content and pedagogy exams.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program.
  • Completion of an out-of-state approved teacher education program, a major in the content area for which teacher certification is sought, and a recommendation for certification from the approved program/verification of eligibility for certification in the home state of the program.
  • Background clearance resulting from submission of fingerprint cards as part of the certification application.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in all applicable college coursework (includes WGU and other college coursework).
  • Three positive recommendations from supervisors/those familiar with the applicant’s teaching abilities.
  • Passing scores on the basic skills exam.
  • Passing scores on all of the required content and pedagogy exams.
  • A ND Department of Education-approved Native American Studies course must be completed during the two-year validity period of the initial ND teaching license.

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

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program.
  • Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program.
  • Passing scores on the Oklahoma General Education Test (basic skills), as well as the content knowledge and pedagogy Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators (CEOE).
  • All teacher candidates without teaching experience will receive a one-year license and will be required to complete a Resident Teacher Program during their first year of teaching.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree or higher program from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a state-approved teacher education program, and recommendation for certification by the approved program.
  • Passing scores on one of the accepted basic skills exams.
  • Passing scores on the required subject matter examinations and on the ORELA Civil Rights and Equity in the Educational Environment Examination.
  • Fingerprint clearance resulting from completing the required background check.

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

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Completion of a teacher preparation program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program.
  • Clearing all three required background checks.
  • Passing all of the required content exams as well as the basic skills exam.
  • A 3.0 GPA on a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree transcript.
  • Six semester hour credits (or the equivalent) in college-level mathematics.
  • Three semester hour credits in college-level English composition.
  • Three semester hour credits in college-level English/American literature.

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

 

  • Apply for a license in Utah and then apply for a license in Puerto Rico through reciprocity. See Utah Certification Requirements.
  • Possess a bachelor's degree.
  • Complete an accredited teacher education program.
  • Earn passing scores on the Basic Skills ExamPraxis Exams Required for Utah Certification and the Programa de Pruebas para la Certificacion de Maestros (PCMAS).
  • Clear a Puerto Rico Police Department background check within six (6) months of applying for your license, and a background check from any place you have resided during the past five years.
  • Obtain a certificate of good health within six (6) months of applying for your license.
  • Earn a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. All WGU graduates have the equivalent of a 3.0 in their WGU program. However, since the requirement is that the 3.0 GPA be earned in a BA or MA program, those enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program at WGU must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate program in order to be eligible for PR certification. If they do not, then they will need to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching program at WGU, rather than a post-bacc program, in order to fulfill the PR GPA requirement.
  • Complete a course on the education of the exceptional child. This content is included in your WGU program.
  • Complete a U.S. history course. This content is included in your WGU program as part of the liberal arts core of our bachelor's degree programs. Students in post-baccalaureate or MAT programs will need to ensure that they take this required course prior to applying for certification in PR if they have not already done so as part of their undergraduate program.
  • Complete a course on the integration of technology in teaching. This content is included in your WGU program.
  • Complete a course on the history of Puerto Rico. This course is not available at WGU but can be taken at other local or online schools where available.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a state-approved teacher preparation program no more than five years previous to application for teacher certification in Rhode Island.
  • For secondary education teacher candidates, a major or the equivalent in the content area specialization for which certification is sought.
  • Passing the required Praxis exams.

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

  • Completion of a teacher preparation program that is regionally accredited and/or accredited by NCATE and is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program.
  • Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • Passing all of the required content exams and the basic skills exam.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program offered by an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a teacher preparation program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program, and recommendation for certification from the preparing institution.
  • If more than five years have passed since the program completion, then the applicant must provide documentation of six semester hours in the applicant’s field of study from an accredited four-year institution in the five years immediately preceding the date of application.
  • Passing the required content exams.
  • Completion of coursework in Human Relations and South Dakota Indian Studies. A one-year certificate will be granted if all other certification requirements are met except for this coursework, allowing the applicant time to meet the requirements for the five-year certificate. (WGU’s programs cover the human relations component, but not the South Dakota Indian Studies component.)

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

  • Earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Complete a Teacher Prep Program or Master’s Degree (if you already have a bachelor’s degree).
  • Pass a Background Check.
  •  Pass Basic Skills, Content, and Pedagogy Exams.
  •  Complete Preclinical Experiences.
  •  Complete a Term of In-Classroom Student Teaching (Demonstration Teaching).

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

  •  Earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Complete a Teacher Prep Program or Master’s Degree (if you already have a bachelor’s degree).
  • Pass a Background Check.
  •  Pass Basic Skills and Content Exams.
  • Complete Preclinical Experiences.
  •  Complete a Term of In-Classroom Student Teaching (Demonstration Teaching).
  •  Complete the Required CPR/Heimlich Maneuver Certification and Suicide Prevention Requirement.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Recommendation for certification by the Utah college or university where the teacher candidate completed a state-approved teacher preparation program.
  • Completion of the required background check.
  • Passing scores on the required content exams.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree or higher program from a regionally accredited or state-approved college or university and a major, or its equivalent, in the liberal arts and sciences, or in the content area of the endorsement sought.
  • Completion of a teacher education program that includes student teaching and is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program.
  • Recommendation for certification by the teacher certification program.
  • Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • Passing scores on the required basic skills exam.
  • Passing scores on the required subject matter exams.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a state-approved/accredited teacher education program. Those who completed an out-of-state program must also submit their out-of-state teaching certificate.
  • Submission of cleared background checks from every location in which the applicant resided for more than one year.
  • Passing scores on the required basic skills exam.
  • Passing scores on the required subject matter exams.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a state-approved teacher education program, and recommendation for certification by the approved program.
  • Passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA).
  • Passing scores on the required subject matter exams.
  • Completion of technology training and child abuse recognition and intervention training. The technology training is incorporated into WGU’s programs. The child abuse recognition and intervention training can be completed through a free training module.

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

  • Earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Complete a Teacher Prep Program or Master’s Degree (if you already have a bachelor’s degree).
  • Pass a Background Check.
  • Pass Basic Skills and Content Exams.
  • Complete Preclinical Experiences.
  • Complete a Term of In-Classroom Student Teaching (Demonstration Teaching).

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program offered by an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a teacher preparation program that is approved in its home state to lead to teacher certification.
  • Fingerprint clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • For secondary education teacher candidates, a major in the content area specialization for which certification is sought.
  • Passing scores on the basic skills and content exams required for both certification in Wisconsin and certification in the home state of the teacher preparation program.
  • Wisconsin requires teacher candidates to complete coursework in the study of Wisconsin Indian tribes and environmental education, which is not covered by WGU coursework. If you do not meet these requirements, you will still receive a five-year initial educator license with the stipulations that you complete these requirements during that five year period.
  • Phonics coursework is also required in Wisconsin for certification in early childhood and elementary education. (WGU coursework covers this requirement.)

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree or higher program from a regionally or state-accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program, and recommendation for certification by the approved program.
  • Meet the basic skills requirement.
  • Passing scores on the required content exams.
  • Fingerprint clearance resulting from completing the required background check.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 on all college/university coursework attempted.

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

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program offered by an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a regionally or nationally accredited teacher preparation program that is approved in its home state to lead to teacher certification.
  • Recommendation for certification from the preparing college/university.
  • Fingerprint clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • Passing scores on the content exams that are required for certification in the home state of the teacher preparation program.
  • Demonstration of knowledge of the US and WY Constitution requirements, either through coursework or by passing the designated exams administered by the WY Professional Teaching Standards Board. WGU coursework covers the US Constitution requirement, but does NOT cover the WY Constitution requirement.

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

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