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How to Become a Teacher
Can you see yourself in the classroom? Us too.
Can you see yourself in the classroom? Us too.

This is how we do it

There are steps to becoming a teacher. They’re straight-forward and totally doable (and free). Let’s go! If you’re not up for these steps yet, no worries. Head over to Explore Teaching, and we’ll get our ducks in a row. 🦆

  • 2,000
    Open teaching positions every year
  • $100
    Minimum financial support for users
  • 20
    KC ambassadors to help you
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    Know where you’re headed, certifiably.

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    To become a teacher, you’ll need to get certified, so review certification requirements up front. For 1-on-1 support, check out our free coaching options.

  2. Choose the program that fits you best.

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    When it comes time to choose a program that will get you certified to teach, use our criteria to compare options. It’s easier to find a match when you know what to look for (and what to avoid).

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    Apply to a program with confidence.

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    To make it easier to keep track of next steps and deadlines, be sure to create an application checklist. (You get fee reimbursements once you’ve submitted.) Read our guides for info on how to prep for testing and which applications are required, if you’re stuck.

  4. Fund your teacher training.

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    Is affordability top of mind? You’ve got options when it comes to funding your training, from work study to loans to scholarships. For the nitty-gritty details, check out our Finances guide.

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Not ready to make the jump?

If you’re quaking in your boots because you aren’t sure teaching is for you, don’t abandon ship! Let’s get you pointed in the right direction.

  • Ask an Expert

    We’ve got expert advice on tap. Sign up for a phone call or texting buddy to get your questions answered 1-on-1.

  • Explore Teaching

    Want to get a better idea of what teachers do day to day? Take a step back and discover what it’s like to teach in Kansas City.

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  • Create a career roadmap.
  • Get 1-on-1 expert advice.
  • Follow how-to guides for getting certified.
  • Access prep program application checklists.
  • Claim fee reimbursements towards application and testing expenses.

We’re always working on something new to help the next generation of great teachers. With an account, you get first dibs!

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