Teacher Certification 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.

Check Your State’s Teaching Requirements

If you are interested in becoming a certified teacher and live in a state that is not covered by the Classroom Pathways Bundle, you must independently research and pursue certification in your state. States covered by the Classroom Pathways Bundle include: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. On its own, the Master of Arts in Teaching or the Master of Science in Education 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 the Classroom Pathways Bundle, you may still pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Science in Education. The Master of Arts in Teaching can help boost your knowledge of the secondary education field, while the Master of Science in Education is focused on the K-12 education field. Both degrees can help you develop the professional competencies required of teachers, and 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 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) or the Master of Science in Education (MSE) is not required for pursuing a state alternative certification program. Purdue Global’s MAT and MSE are not accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which may be a requirement for certification or licensure in some states. The MAT and the MSE are 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.