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How to Become a Teacher

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How to Become a Teacher

Can you see yourself in the classroom? Us too.
Chat with a CoachDownload the Guide

One Career—Many Paths

Like other high-skilled professions, there are key steps to becoming a teacher. The good news? You have several options to get there. We’ll walk you through an overview here, but if you’re looking for a detailed guide to certification—we’ve got you covered over on our Guide to Certification page.


Choose a Path


Choose a Program


Apply to a Program


Find Financial Aid

  1. 1

    Know where you’re headed.

    To become a classroom teacher, you’ll need to earn a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certification. To do that, you have options.

    • Earn your certificate and bachelor’s at the same time. If you don’t have an undergrad degree yet, many colleges offer certificate programs that go along with your degree. Search programs
    • Teach while you earn your certificate. If you already have a degree, you may  be eligible for a paid teaching job while you earn your certification. Learn more.
    • Go for a master’s degree. You can earn a certification as part of a master’s degree program. Search programs.
    Read the Guide to Certification
  2. 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. 3

    Apply to a program with confidence.

    Once you’ve found the right program (you can apply to more than one!), it’s time to apply. You might need to write an essay, submit a resume, take a test or get letters of recommendation. We’ve got guides for all of that!

  4. 4

    Fund your teacher training.

    Are finances top of mind? You’ve got options when it comes to funding your training, from work study to loans to scholarships. We can help.

    • Apply for a $1,000 scholarship
    • Get money back on application fees
    • Search for financial aid

Need help deciding what’s next?

You don’t have to do this alone. Let’s get you pointed in the right direction.
  • Ask an Expert

    Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Sign up for a phone call or email with someone who knows the ropes. It’s free, really popular, and super helpful. 

  • Browse Programs

    If you’re just shopping and dreaming for now, check out the Program Explorer and read profiles of Missouri teaching programs.

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