Online Teacher Preparation Programs
An online post-bachelor's teacher preparation program develops your teaching skills and prepares you to teach at the elementary, middle or secondary school level. Learn about program options.
Can I Take a Teacher Preparation Program Online?
Many colleges offer online teacher prep programs. These programs are usually post-baccalaureate certificate programs that allow you to seek certification to teach prior to completing your master's degree. Often, the credits that you earn in these teacher preparation programs are transferable toward a master's degree program in education.
You'll work toward the master's degree during some of these programs. Some programs also offer the opportunity to continue your education after completion of the certificate. For some states, the completion of this program is enough to meet the requirements for licensure.
|Programs||Most programs provide credits transferable to a master's program or as part of a master's program.|
|Coursework||Coursework in education delivery, classroom technology, and special needs is common along with a internship or field experience in teaching.|
|Licensing||Requirements vary by state. Most states require at least a bachelor's degree and some teacher training.|
|Median Salary (2020)||$60,660 (Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers)|
|Job Outlook (2019-2029)||4% growth (Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
What Will This Program Teach Me?
This program allows you to move into a teaching position prior to earning your master's degree. The purpose of these certificate programs is to teach you about education theory and teaching techniques that will be useful in elementary and secondary schools.
Coursework allows you to develop competency as a teacher. You'll spend time learning about education delivery, technology in the classroom, working with special needs children, equality, human development and pedagogy. Along with these subjects, you'll also be trained to assess students and provide special help where needed.
You'll also be required to spend some time interning or earning field experience. Because this program is often offered to working adults or students who have begun teaching, you'll be able to use your current teaching position as field experience. Also, these programs are often offered one course at a time, so professionals can study and continue to work.
How Do I Become Licensed?
All states require public school teachers to be licensed. Many states require at least a bachelor's degree and some teaching training. Along with basic teaching requirements such as math and reading competency, you'll often be expected to show that you can teach satisfactorily over an extended period of time. Some states require you to continue your education to earn your master's degree within a certain amount of time after licensure. Each state has different requirements, so check with your board of education to see what requirements your state has.