While certification requirements for teachers vary according to state, all states require aspiring teachers to complete a general teaching certification exam, as well as a content-specific test for the particular subject she wants to teach. The National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards offers. However, this certification only serves to complement a state teacher certification but not replace it, according to Teach.org.
To pursue a teaching career, aspiring teachers should first obtain a bachelor's degree. Those who plan on teaching elementary levels should major in education and take on other minor subjects. On the other hand, those who are planning to teach in high school will have to major in the subject they wish to teach and then take on additional courses in education, according to Study.com.
Teaching certifications and requirements generally include a bachelor's degree, completion of a teacher preparation program and obtaining a state or national certification. Many states require student teaching experience and/or mentoring for the first year of teaching to become eligible for certification. Other pre-certification requirements for teaching may also include background checks and confirmation of U.S. citizenship.
The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) is a certification program that aims to inspire people working in other careers to become teachers. The ABCTE is accepted in some states as a route towards obtaining a full state certification.