This would depend on where you are. I live in Texas and there are two main avenues to becoming a certified teacher. First you can go to college and get an education degree with a certification track. the requirements for this traditional method would vary from state to state. the next method is an Alternative Teacher Certification. This involves an evaluation of your educational background and a placement in a certification area. Then it is set of classes over the course of a year. The initial class is a four week, five day a week course of subjects. this is followed by Saturday classes (Once a month) for the duration of a school year. These Saturday classes are in conjunction with employment as a teacher with a temporary certification. In that time you will work with a mentor (an experienced teacher), spend time observing other teacher in the classroom environment and being observed. there are two certification tests that must be passed, one is a professional general knowledge exam and the last is a certification specific to the subjects you want to be certified in. Once you received the first subject certification you may certify in other areas by simply taking the test for that area of certification.
There are three methods to my knowledge. You can teach grade school, the younger children, if you major in education and get a bachelor's. If you get a minor in education with a major in a certain area (history, mathmatics, biology, psychology, etc.), you can then teach high-school level. To teach any level (mostly high-school and college), you need to get a doctorates.
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