"I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." -Albert Einstein

Of all the professions to choose, perhaps none is more impactful than teaching. Whether you teach preschool children, high schoolers, or adults, you are shaping lives and changing the world one person at a time.

A teaching career is both rewarding and challenging, but sometimes the most daunting task is obtaining your teaching certificate and finding a permanent position in a school district that fits your personality. Teaching Jobs HQ is designed to help you find the teacher certification requirements for each state and provide multiple resources for finding the right position in the right location.

Ready to begin your teaching job search and learn about certification? Start with one of the categories on the right: Teacher Certification, Teaching Jobs, or Guide to Getting a Teaching Job.

Teacher Certification

The information and links below are provided to help you learn about teacher certification requirements for each state. All 50 states require some sort of certification and/or license to teach as a career, but the requirements for obtaining each vary from state to state. Most states handle certification through their respective state department of education, but some states also have an education commission that handles some aspect of certification/licensure.  Also, be aware that some states offer certification/license reciprocity with other states.

Most states require some sort of teacher preparation program as part of an undergraduate college degree. If you're just starting out and haven't completed your college degree yet, make sure the education programs you're interested in are approved programs for the states you wish to teach in. Once you have your college degree, you'll also typically be required to pass one or more teacher certification exams, depending upon the state you plan to teach in.

State Teacher Certification/License Requirements:

Alabama                   Missouri

Alaska                      Nebraska

Arizona                    Nevada

Arkansas                  New Hampshire

California                 New Jersey

Colorado                  New Mexico

Connecticut              New York

Delaware                  North Carolina

Florida                      North Dakota

Georgia                    Ohio

Hawaii                     Oklahoma

Idaho                        Oregon

Illinois                      Pennsylvania

Indiana                     Rhode Island

Iowa                        South Carolina

Kansas                     South Dakota

Kentucky                 Tennessee

Louisiana                 Texas

Maine                       Utah

Maryland                  Vermont

Massachusetts          Virginia

Michigan                  Washington

Minnesota                West Virginia

Mississippi               Wisconsin

Montana                   Wyoming