Teacher Certification

Get started on the path to your new teaching career.

As you prepare to start your career as an educator, you will likely need to take and pass a teacher certification exam.

To help you prepare for your exam, check out the free practice tests and other resources below.

Teaching Certification Resources

How to Get a Teaching Certificate

Obtaining a teaching certificate in the United States involves a series of steps to ensure that educators are well-prepared to teach in K-12 schools. The specific requirements can vary from state to state, but here’s a general overview of the process:

  1. Earn a Bachelor’s Degree: Most states require aspiring teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. It’s essential to choose a major that aligns with the subject or grade level you intend to teach.
  2. Complete Teacher Preparation: Enroll in a state-approved teacher preparation program. This can be a traditional university-based program or an alternative route like Teach for America. These programs typically include coursework in pedagogy, classroom management, and student teaching experience.
  3. Pass Required Exams: Most states require prospective teachers to pass a series of exams. The Praxis series is commonly used, including the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) test and Praxis Subject Assessments for specific content areas.
  4. Background Check: Undergo a criminal background check and provide fingerprint clearance. Schools prioritize the safety of students.
  5. Apply for Certification: Submit an application for teacher certification to your state’s education department or board. Be prepared to provide transcripts, exam scores, and proof of completion from your teacher preparation program.
  6. Continuing Education: Many states require teachers to complete continuing education credits to renew their teaching certificate periodically. This ensures that educators stay updated with the latest teaching methods and standards.

It’s crucial to check with your state’s education department for the most accurate and up-to-date information, as certification requirements can vary widely across states. Additionally, some states offer alternative routes to certification for individuals with non-traditional backgrounds or career changers.

By Eric Richter

Eric is the Product Development Manager responsible for developing and updating the Mometrix Teacher Certification and K-12 products. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s of education in Teaching ESOL.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: February 27, 2024