What is Teacher Credentialing?

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Teacher credentialing is the process used to determine prospective educators' qualifications to teach. Read this article to learn more about these credentials, find out what it takes to earn them and discover resources to help you meet some of the requirements.

What's a Teaching Credential?

Simply put, teaching credentials are the licenses or certifications required to teach in schools. These can include the initial license or certification you need to teach as well as any additional subject-specific requirements that might be required based on the state where you'd like to teach or the subject you want to focus on.

How Do I Earn Teaching Credentials?

Generally, you get these credentials after earning a bachelor's degree, completing a teacher training program and successfully passing the requisite exams. The exact exams you need to take, and the schooling you need to complete, depend on the state where you're going to work. You can find specific information about the educational requirements for each state on the Teach.org website.

How Can I Prepare for the Credentialing Tests?

You'll do a lot of preparation in your college program, but you have additional study options available to you. Study.com offers courses designed to help aspiring teachers from almost any state pass their licensure exams. These study guides include engaging video lessons and a plethora of self-assessment opportunities you can use to monitor your progress. You can get the help you need on the following exams:

National Credentialing Prep:

Teacher Credentialing Prep by State:

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