Teacher Certification Requirements


Check Your State’s Teaching Requirements

Click on the state map below to identify your state's teaching and certification requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

If you are interested in becoming a certified teacher and live in a state that is not covered by the Master of Arts in Teaching's Iowa certification track, the Classroom Pathways Bundle, or the ECAP alliance, you must independently research and pursue certification in your state. States covered by our tracks or alliances include: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. On its own, the Master of Arts in Teaching's noncertification track will not lead to certification nor will it assist you in becoming a teacher outside of those states.

If you live in a state not covered by one of our programs, you may still pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching's noncertification track in order to:
1. Boost your knowledge of the secondary education field and develop the professional competencies required of beginning teachers 
2. Potentially benefit from a pay increase if your state pays more to teachers entering the field with a graduate degree. 

We encourage you to find out your state's requirements by clicking on your state in the map below.

Purdue Global cannot recommend students who complete the noncertification track for licensure. Earning a master’s degree could provide you with the background and practical experience to meet nationally recognized standards; however, enrollment in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is not required for pursuing a state alternative certification program. Purdue Global’s MAT is not accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which may be a requirement for certification or licensure in some states. The noncertification track is not state approved for teacher certification or endorsements of any kind, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure, certification, or a pay increase. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.

Arizona

Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. Visit http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.

Maine

Visit www.maine.gov/doe/cert/index.html to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

Iowa

Purdue Global's Master of Arts in Teaching's Iowa certification program is designed to help you develop the necessary professional competencies to teach grades 5 through 12. The Iowa certification track is designed for professionals living in the state of Iowa or close enough to be able to conduct weekly field experiences in an Iowa school. Candidates who successfully complete all program and graduation requirements will be recommended for Iowa licensure. (Note: Graduates who successfully complete all the requirements of the Iowa certification program will be recommended for licensure; however, Purdue Global cannot guarantee a graduate will receive a teaching license.)

Guam

Visit https://sites.google.com/a/gdoe.net/gdoe/teacher-administrator to learn more about teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Maryland

Visit http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/pages/dee/certification/index.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.  

Indiana

Visit www.doe.in.gov/licensing to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Nebraska

Visit www.education.ne.gov/TCERT/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Wisconsin

Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. Visit https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pathways to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Missouri

Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. You can also visit http://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.

Alabama

Visit http://www.alsde.edu/sec/ec/Pages/home.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Alaska

Visit https://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Puerto Rico

Visit http://de.gobierno.pr/soy-maestro/161-soy-maestro/certificacion-de-maestros/311-certificacion-de-maestros-y-otros-requisitos to learn more about teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.  

U.S. Virgin Islands

Visit http://www.vide.vi/general-certification-requirements.html to learn more about teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Wyoming

Visit http://wyomingptsb.com/licensure/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.  

Arkansas

Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. You can also visit http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/educator effectiveness/educator-licensure to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. 

California

Visit www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/teach.html to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Colorado

Visit www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Connecticut

Visit https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Certification/Bureau-of-Certification to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

West Virginia

Visit wvde.state.wv.us/certification/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

Washington

Visit www.k12.wa.us/certification/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

Virginia

Visit www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

Montana

Visit http://opi.mt.gov/Educators/Licensure/Become-a-Licensed-Montana-Educator to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

Kansas

Visit https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Teacher-Licensure-and-Accreditation to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

Kentucky

Purdue Global's Master of Arts in Teaching program is not available in Kentucky. However, you can find more information about state certification requirements at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/course/view.php?id=3

Louisiana

Visit www.teachlouisiana.net/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Mississippi

Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. You can also visit http://www.mdek12.org/OTL/OEL to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.

Minnesota

Visit https://education.mn.gov/MDE/lic/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Michigan

Visit www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-6530_5683_14795---,00.html to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Massachusetts

Visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/licensure/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

Delaware

Visit https://www.doe.k12.de.us/certification to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

North Dakota

Visit www.nd.gov/espb/licensure/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Oklahoma

Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. You can also visit ok.gov/sde/teacher-certification to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.

Ohio

Visit education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Educator-Licensure to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

Oregon

Visit www.oregon.gov/tspc/Pages/index.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are  subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

Florida

Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. You can also visit www.fldoe.org/edcert/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. 

District of Columbia

Visit https://dcps.dc.gov/page/teacher-certification-and-licensing to learn more about teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time-even during enrollment.

Vermont

Visit http://education.vermont.gov/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

North Carolina

Visit www.dpi.state.nc.us/licensure/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

New York

Visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Hawaii

Visit http://www.htsb.org/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Georgia

Visit www.gapsc.com/ProspectiveEducator/ProspectiveEducator.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

Idaho

Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. You can also visit www.sde.idaho.gov/site/teacher_certification/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.

Illinois

Visit https://www.isbe.net/licensure to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

New Mexico

Visit www.ped.state.nm.us/licensure/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

Utah

Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. You can also visit https://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/licensing to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.  

New Jersey

Visit www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/alternate.htm to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

New Hampshire

Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. You can also visit www.education.nh.gov/certification/index.htm to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.  

Nevada

Visit http://nv.gov/education/teachers/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Rhode Island

Visit  www.ride.ri.gov/TeachersAdministrators/EducatorCertification.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.

Pennsylvania

Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. You can also visit http://www.education.pa.gov/Educators/Certification/Pages/default.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.

South Carolina

Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. You can also visit https://ed.sc.gov/educators/certification/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.

Tennessee

Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. Visit https://www.tn.gov/education/licensing.html to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

American Board offers a transitional license in only two (2) county public school systems and one (1) city public school system. Licensing is not approved in the entire state. It is available in the following school systems only.

  • Putnam County Public Schools
  • Crockett County Public Schools
  • Tullahoma City Public Schools

South Dakota

Visit www.doe.sd.gov/oatq/teachercert.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment. 

Texas

Visit https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Certification/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time - even during enrollment.