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How to become a Teacher

If you want to become a teacher, you need to complete the following steps:

  • Start by acquiring a bachelor's degree. Elementary school teachers need a degree in elementary education (although pre-school teachers are sometimes able to begin working with an associate's degree while pursuing a bachelor's degree). Those working in upper-level schools should major in a particular subject.
  • Make sure you have honed your communication and listening skills, have a deep passion for learning and teaching, have an innate ability to foster caring relationships and are friendly, organized and ethical.
  • Engage in student teaching as the next step on your journey to becoming a teacher.
  • Next, you will need to get licensed or certified as a teacher to work in schools within the public sector.
  • Finally, keep up on continuing education to maintain employment as a teacher over time.

What skills help Teachers find jobs?

  • Teaching Experience
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Classroom Experience
  • Preschool Experience
  • Mobile Devices
  • Organizational Skills
  • Experience with Children
  • Classroom Management
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership Experience
  • Computer Skills
  • Special Education

Career progression for Teacher

Education levels for Teachers

0%2%4%7%87%Doctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GEDBachelor's Degree

Based on the requirements of Teacher job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience25k28k31k34k37kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Teacher in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Teachers

  • Teaching Certification
  • ESL Certification
  • Child Development Associate Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • Special Education Certification
  • ESOL Certification
  • Infant & Toddler Certification
  • Montessori Certification
  • SIDS Certification
  • Driver's License
  • Professional Educator License
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Teacher

Is a master's degree required to become a teacher?

Although earning a master's is not required, acquiring one will help you keep your position as well as acquire better-paying jobs.

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