To be certified you must follow a degree plan set up by your university to obtain an education degree. Back in the day, when I was going to school, you had to earn 124 hours to earn your bachelor degree. That generally meant 4 years, but if you go to summer school you could earn up to 12 hours each summer which would decrease the time by a semester. Also, remember that you have to do student teaching, full day, your final semester. Though this will allow you to begin working, most education majors do go back to work on a master degree. Since I did it part time I finished in two years. Remember to look at your state's requirement for certification. In Texas you must take a general education exam and also specialization exams before you can be certified. You are also required to get so many hours of continuation education hours, which most schools will provide you. However, if you are earning your masters, those hours can also go to those CE requirement. It might also be helpful, once you enroll in your university, to go to the counseling center and take a job preference inventory. It can help you decide where you want to go. Good luck with all your future endevors.