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.
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What skills help Teachers find jobs?

  • Teaching
  • Deaf Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Classroom Experience
  • Classroom Management
  • Behavior Management
  • Preschool Experience
  • Special Education
  • Lesson Planning
  • Tutoring
  • Experience with Children
  • Special Needs
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Career progression for Teacher

Education levels for Teachers

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

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Expected salary by experience

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

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Common qualifications for Teachers

  • Teaching Certification
  • Child Development Associate Certification
  • Special Education Certification
  • Professional Educator License
  • First Aid Certification
  • Educator License With Stipulations
  • Montessori Certification
  • Substitute Teaching Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • TESOL Certification
  • ESL Certification
  • LBS1
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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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