Can you become a teacher through online classes?


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It is possible to become a teacher through online classes as long as the program meets the licensing or certification standards prescribed in the aspiring teacher's state. In a January 2015 article, The Best Colleges website even ranked the top 10 best online colleges for teacher education.

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Can you become a teacher through online classes?
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The University of Phoenix, an online college, includes a disclosure statement on its "College of Education" Web page advising readers on how the program meets various state requirements. As of 2015, it offers 15 state-approved initial teacher education programs, including Arizona, Florida, Missouri and New Mexico. The school also has advanced degree programs approved in nine states as of 2015, including Arizona, California, Florida and Nevada.

The Western Governors University Teachers College also focuses on online degree programs. On its Web page, the school lists licensure programs and master's programs for already-licensed teachers. The WGU secondary math education program also received a top ranking from the National Council on Teacher Quality in its 2014 review, according to the WGU website.

WGU is listed second on The Best Colleges ranking, just behind Liberty University. Liberty offers more than 24 education programs, according to the list. Northcentral University, the global campus of Colorado State University, Walden University and Kaplan University rounded out the top six online programs in the ranking.

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