Pursuing a Teaching Career with a GED
The General Educational Development (GED) diploma is designed to ensure that individuals who possess it have the same skills and knowledge as students who have completed high school. As such, the GED is widely accepted by many colleges and universities, and individuals who are able to enter a degree program and meet their state's licensing requirements will be fully qualified for careers as teachers, regardless of whether they earned a GED or a high school diploma.
In order to chart your educational path once you earn your GED, it is important to understand the requirements for a teaching career.
Academic Requirements for Teachers
Academic requirements for teachers can vary based on the age group of the students being taught. The minimum educational requirement for a teaching career in a public institution is an associate's degree. Most positions require individuals to have a bachelor's degree. Public school teachers must also typically go through a licensing process that requires them to demonstrate they have the relevant skills and knowledge to teach at their chosen grade level.
This chart outlines the typical academic requirements to teach in public schools.
|Grade Level||Academic Requirements|
|Preschool Teachers||Associate's or bachelor's degree; licensing requirements vary by state|
|Kindergarten Teachers||Bachelor's degree; teaching license|
|Elementary School Teachers||Bachelor's degree; teaching license|
|Middle School Teachers||Bachelor's degree; teaching license|
|Secondary School Teachers||Bachelor's degree; teaching license|
|Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Teachers||Bachelor's degree; teaching license commonly required|
|Career and Technical Education Teachers||Bachelor's degree; teaching license commonly required|
|Postsecondary Teachers||Doctoral degree; master's degree sufficient for some colleges|
Private School Teachers
It is common for private school teachers to be expected to have a bachelor's degree. They may not need to be licensed, though licensing requirements can vary from school to school.
Getting Into College With a GED
Your GED can get you into college, but you might have to take extra steps to be ready to pursue the degree of your choice. Depending on your score, you might consider starting out in a community college and transferring to another college or university that offers 4-year degrees.
GED Passing Score
If you earned GED scores between 145 and 164 points, you may be expected to take placement tests and may also need to complete remedial courses that prepare you for college-level studies.
GED College Ready
With scores of 165 or higher on the GED tests, you will receive a GED diploma with a College Ready designation. Many postsecondary schools accept this as an indication you are ready for college courses, and you may not be required to take placement tests.
GED College Ready + Credit
The College Ready + Credit designation is given to GED recipients who score 175 or higher on their exams. Many schools consider applicants with this designation to not only be ready for college, but to have already demonstrated college-level knowledge and skills for specific subject areas. They may be awarded up to 1 credit in humanities, 3 credits in mathematics, 3 credits in science and 3 social studies credits with this designation.
Studying for GED Tests
If you're preparing for your GED tests, using this online GED Study Guide could be beneficial. The self-paced video lessons in this course can help you focus on reviewing the subject matter covered on the test, and the quizzes can be used to track your progress. There are also study guides available for each of the four GED test subjects, which are linked to below.