Services for Non-Credentialed Teachers & Those exploring the profession Offers a Path to Becoming a Teacher

Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Teacher

You will need a teaching certificate to teach in public schools (some states call it a license—but it’s the same thing). Depending on your starting point and your state, your path may be very different from another future teacher’s path. We break down the key steps you’ll take no matter where or what you want to teach.

1-On-1 Coaching

Becoming a teacher is a process that comes with a lot of questions. There’s no better way to get answers than to speak with a coach in one of our featured regions.

Expert Career Coaching Advice Tailored Just for You

Helping You Achieve Success!

TEACH coaches are certified teachers. They blazed their own trails to the classroom, and can help you determine the best path for you based on where you are now and where you want to be.

With a coach, you can walk through what it takes to become a teacher and get all your questions answered. There are a lot of things to consider:

  • How do I get certified to teach?
  • What subjects/grades can I get certified in?
  • Which educator preparation program is right for me?

Get custom advice for your situation, so you can take the next step in your journey with confidence.

Speak with TEACH Colorado coaches about choosing a program and getting certified in Colorado.

Speak with TEACH Connecticut coaches about choosing a program and getting certified in Connecticut.

Speak with TeachDFW coaches about preparation programs in Texas.

Speak with TEACH for Houston coaches about getting certified to teach in Texas.

Speak with TEACH Kansas City coaches about paths to certification in Kansas or Missouri.

Speak with TeachNC coaches about getting licensed to teach in North Carolina.

How This Service Works

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Explore Teaching

I’m curious about the job, the students, the salary and the career path—all of it!

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Understand Certification

I want to know the requirements for a teaching license.

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Choose a Program

There are so many teacher prep programs. Which one will work best for me?

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Get Resources

I’m looking for resources on financial aid, testing and submitting a stellar application.


Over the past nine years as a public educator one thing I have found is that teaching is never boring. Each day brings exciting opportunities and challenges. Each class brings new students with different education, language, and home experiences. And each year allows for a chance to try a new learning strategy, classroom design, or parent communication idea.
Natalie Peterson

I talk to my students about my past. I talk about how my family lived in apartments just like them. I talk about how we moved around so much when I was a kid. I talk about how I was the first one in my family to own a house. Many times the kids think that teachers always have it together, that our home lives were nothing like theirs. When I talk about my life and tell them that education was how I changed my life, you can see light bulbs go off. I talk about how they can do this too.
Kara Davis

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