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Become a Teacher

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.

  1. 1

    Know where you’re headed.

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    To become a classroom teacher, you’ll need to earn a bachelor’s degree and complete an approved program for teaching certification.

    • 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 right away.
    • Go for a master’s degree. You can earn a certificate as part of a master’s degree program. Search programs.
    Read the Guide to Certification
  2. 2

    Choose the program that fits you best.

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    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 which programs will work best for you.

  3. 3

    Apply to a program with confidence.

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    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! You can also get $100 back after you apply!

  4. 4

    Fund your teacher training.

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

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