About Teacher Certification

Purdue Global's Master of Arts in Teaching program could be your path to teacher certification.

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Follow your passion to change lives. Prepare online to become a teacher.

Qualified teachers are expected to be in demand. Your talent can make the difference.

As America's leadership in science, technology, and business faces global competition, improving our education system is paramount. There's a projected demand for teachers with the background and experience to inspire students and prepare them to compete on the world stage.*

If you're looking to change career paths and become a teacher, Purdue Global's Master of Arts in Teaching’s Iowa certification and noncertification tracks let you pursue your passion to teach online, without disrupting your current responsibilities at home, work, or in the military.

Facilitation

We offer a pathway to certification through the Iowa certification track and alternative pathways to certification through our alliance with the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board).

Accessibility

Our online education platform offers you the flexibility to study and access your courses at a time that works for you.

Quality Education

School of Education faculty members all possess doctorate degrees and help ensure that the curriculum is relevant and up-to-date. We are also one of the first institutions-and the first online participant-committed to Operation Educate the Educators, which encourages educators to develop school cultures that are supportive of military families.

The Master of Arts in Teaching offers an online pathway to teaching.

Each state or territory has unique requirements for becoming a teacher; all require aspiring teachers to:

  • Have a bachelor's degree
  • Complete a teacher preparation program
  • Pass one or more certification exams
  • Complete a background check

Most states also require student teaching experience or some type of face-to-face field experience in the classroom.

These requirements are generally standard across states; however, some states may have additional or unique requirements. You must independently research the licensing requirements in any state in which you intend to seek licensure.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Iowa Certification Track

Our Master of Arts in Teaching's Iowa certification track is for students who live in Iowa or in close enough proximity to conduct weekly field experiences at an Iowa school. After students successfully complete the Iowa certification track, they will be recommended for Iowa licensure.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Noncertification Track

The noncertification track is designed to provide you with an understanding of secondary teaching practices. Thanks to the American Board alliance―upon completion of the program you may be eligible to seek alternative certification in 13 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. While this track will not lead to teacher certification on its own and is not required to pursue a state alternative certification program, it complements the American Board program by developing your competencies in secondary education at the master's level.    

If you're interested in teaching outside of the 13 states listed above or Iowa, you must independently research and pursue certification in your state. 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 in those states.§

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, www.bls.gov/ooh/Education-Training-and-Library/Kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm; Middle School Teachers, www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/middle-school-teachers.htm; High School Teachers, www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

This program meets the educational requirements to obtain licensure as a teacher in Iowa. Students who successfully complete the Iowa certification track will be recommended to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for licensure; however, Purdue Global cannot guarantee a graduate will receive a teaching license. Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements for any other states or occupations. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.

Purdue Global cannot recommend students who complete the noncertification track for licensure. Licensing requirements for teaching grades 5-12 vary by state. 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 program 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 or certification. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.

§Prior to enrolling in the Classroom Pathways Bundle, students must confirm they are eligible for a state alternative certification program. Students must confirm costs, deadlines, additional fees, required approvals, residency, and continuing requirements with American Board (ABCTE.org). Important note on Tennessee: American Board offers a transitional license in only two county public school systems and one city public school system; it is not approved in the entire state. Licensing is available in the following school systems only: Putnam County Public Schools, Crockett County Public Schools, and Tullahoma City Public Schools.