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How do you become an English language teacher?

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To become an English teacher, obtain a basic high school diploma and a bachelor’s degree, participate in a teacher’s preparation program and pass a state-issued certification exam to get a teaching license or other certification. In some states, you may need to demonstrate knowledge of English in order to teach the subject.

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How do you become an English language teacher?
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Although the requirements for licensing teachers vary widely by state, most states require teachers to obtain bachelor’s degrees and complete teacher preparation programs, sometimes referred to as student teaching. In some states, the student must maintain a minimum grade point average throughout college to qualify for teaching certification. Teachers generally must pass a general teaching certification exam and demonstrate mastery in English.

For students who have bachelor’s degrees but did not take the required courses for teaching licenses, all states offer alternative routes to certification. Some states may even allow the would-be teacher with a bachelor’s degree to begin teaching while taking courses to make up for the shortfall in coursework needed.

Student teaching requires the candidate to work in the field under a certified teacher prior to actually teaching. The number of student teaching hours required varies by state. Notably, some private schools may hire uncertified teachers. Public schools can only hired certified personnel.

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