How to Become a Teacher
You will need at least a four year degree to become a teacher. Depending on your major and the grade level you want to teach, this four year degree should meet the first requirement to become a teacher. If your four year degree is in another content area, you may have additional requirements.
Many of the University System of Georgia teacher preparation institutions offer four-year programs and graduate programs leading to initial certification.
If you have an undergraduate degree, but not in Education and want to teach now or in the future, you can still prepare to become a teacher. Many of our institutions offer post-baccalaureate programs and Master of Arts in Teaching for those who do not have a teaching degree.
Our University System of Georgia teacher preparation programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the National Council for Accreditation of Colleges of Teacher Education (NCATE).
After you finish your teacher preparation program, you will need to obtain a teaching certificate. The official teacher licensing body in Georgia is the Professional Standards Commission. The Georgia Professional Standards Commission offers different types and levels of certification, routes to certification and rules and procedures for applying for certification.