Can you get a bachelor's degree online in teaching?

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Can you get a bachelor's degree online in teaching?

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Yes, though there are different pathways to teacher certification and those vary by state. To check into your options, see your state's Department of Education for different ways to become certified, or search your state's requirements at Teach.org.

One way is to earn an education degree in the area in which you want to be certified and to take the state's required certification exams. This is the more common route, according to Teach.org, with around 80% of teachers completing certification via this route. Another is to earn a bachelor's degree in any subject (preferably the one you want to teach) and follow your state's recommendations for obtaining alternative certification (if applicable). Check your local community or state college for teacher education or transfer programs as well.

Although some colleges offer online teaching degrees, per US News and World Report, many have hybrid programs, due to requirements for supervised internships in the classroom. However, according to the Learning Policy Institute, this is changing in the face of COVID 19. Teacher educators are adapting to school closures and online learning in their own programs by allowing education students to view prerecorded education interactions, participate in synchronous online learning, and volunteer for opportunities with local schools and families as a substitute for the in-person component that most students would have experienced in internships prior to COVD 19.

For more information about online bachelor's degrees in teaching, check out this article: Online Bachelor's Degree in Teaching: Program Overviews

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