By: PRLog Releases New State-by-State Guide to Teacher Certification
PR Log - Sep 29, 2011 - Hoboken, New Jersey - For those considering a career in education and teaching, today announced the launch of its State-by-State Guide to Teacher Certification , a new resource that details the initial teacher licensure requirements by state, for all 50 states. The guide features comprehensive information to help those interested in becoming an instructional classroom teacher learn what it takes to earn a preliminary teaching certificate in their state, including the level of degree needed, required standardized tests and credit hour requirements.

For most states, the three main requirements needed for a preliminary or provisional teaching certificate are a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, a passing score on a state teacher exam and/or a Praxis Series exam and successful completion of an approved teacher training program (ATTP). compiled all of the initial teacher licensure requirements for each state, including whether it only accepts a degree earned from an in-state institution or requires a finger print and/or criminal background check. Requirements can vary by state, which is why the Guide is such a convenient resource; it makes the specific information for each state available in one easy to use online reference. In addition to requirements, the Guide also provides the average starting teacher salary by state, as well as the average teacher salary.

While the new guide offers information about initial licensure, it is important to note that additional criteria may eventually be required to qualify for long-term teaching licensure or for a specialized certificate, such as special education certificate, a vocational certificate or a school administrator certificate. To find this type of information, or for educators that are already licensed, consult your state’s department of education.

To further help individuals interested in a career in teaching, has answered many of the commonly asked questions on topics including:

•   Do all teachers need to be certified?
•   What are the main requirements for teacher certification?
•   What is an approved teaching training program?  
•   How can I complete an approved teaching training program?  
•   What kind of teaching license do I need?
•   Does my state honor out-of-state (or online) teaching degrees?  
•   If my education degree doesn’t lead to teacher certification, is it still worth anything?
•   What can I do with a  bachelor’s degree in education  (
•   How can I become a substitute teacher?
•   How much can I expect to earn as a teacher?

The FAQs for State Teacher Certification also provides information on the standardized teaching exams, including the pre-professional skills test and subjects test, and explains the differences between initial/provisional and professional/standard teacher certifications, as well as offers information on alternative certification routes.

Those interested in learning about the teaching requirements in their state or about  education degrees online  ( should visit for more information.

Since 1999, has been successfully connecting prospective students interested in online degree, certification and training programs with a wide selection of online  accredited colleges and universities  ( offers a powerful search engine that indexes thousands of program offerings online, as well as a variety of educational evaluation tools and financial aid resources. offers schools seeking prospective students a low-cost, performance-based method to gain national exposure and increase enrollments in their programs.

Lindsey Mikal
Communications Strategy Group
(303) 433-7020

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