Although there are more similarities among states then there are differences, it is important to realize that the certification process in each state varies. here are different types of certification for teachers. Teacher certification can be placed within three broad categories including traditional certification, alternative certification, and certification reciprocity.  All states require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for any teacher to be certified no matter which method they are certified through. The majority of teachers in the United States fit in this category. They are teachers who have gone through traditional teacher preparation courses in college and earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree within their specific subject area. Many teachers’ education programs require students to maintain a certain grade point average (GPA) before they are admitted in the teacher education program and then they must maintain a certain GPA within their major coursework. This does vary from college to college. Students are often required to keep an on going portfolio of their work throughout college and this is often evaluated by a panel as they near graduation in addition to this. The candidate must take certification tests before the process can be completed once a candidate has earned their bachelor’s degree and been recommended by an institution of higher learning for certification.

How to become certified teacher

Each state sets a minimum score which must be met and many states have multiple tests which have to be passed. Oklahoma for example requires teacher certification candidates to pass the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), the Oklahoma Professional Teachers Exam (OPTE), and then the specific subject level test which they wish to be certified. Although there are differences among states, other states have similar testing requirements. They can submit proper paperwork with their State Department of Education to receive their teacher certificate once the candidate has passed each of these tests. Alternative education embraces people who have earned a degree and worked in another field and for whatever reason they have decided that they want to be a teacher. The first thing an individual has to do is to file the proper paper work with their State Department of Education to be accepted into the alternative certification program. This requires them to plan on getting certified in an area that is most similar to their degree and their previous work experience.  A person who holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science would most likely apply for alternative certification in Physical Education, for example. The candidate has some criteria in which they must meet once the candidate was accepted into the alternative education program. They must first of all pass the same certification tests as a candidate would pass for traditional certification. So the candidate would have to pass the OGET, the OPTE, and the physical education subject matter exam by using the example above in Oklahoma. The alternative certification candidate would also likely have to take some college courses, professional development, or a combination of both to complete the process to become completely certified.