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How many years of college do you need to become a teacher?

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Shelia’s Answer

Depending on the state you live in, each state has its own requirements for teacher certification. It is more beneficial to get a bachelor's degree (4 year program) in education. Participate in a teacher preparation program. You should be able to complete your student teaching experience during your education major. Pass the state's required exam for educators and apply for your teaching certificate.

Whether or not you will need a master's degree depends on where you intend to teach. Having a master's in education can potentially provide a larger salary and potential advancement in your career.
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Paul’s Answer

Four years and the teaching certification to teach in the K-12 system.

For community college and certain university positions it will require a masters degree.

For the higher university and college positions it will require a doctorate degree.
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Alanda’s Answer

Thank you for asking. In real time or right now, each state has been forced to adjust the teaching qualifications because so many teachers are leaving the profession. So this means it's great for you. You didn't list the state you're in therefore I'll give you an example from my state. The Arizona Department of Education has reduced the teaching requirements for teaching. You can enroll in an Alternative teaching program which can range from Teaching/working while you earn your degree, you can work with a program that has the classes you need without working and/or you can enroll in a college or university. They also have incentives for these programs. Some pay a portion of your tuition or tell you they'll cover most of your tuition and you would have to work with them for a number of years.
Do a search and look up alternative teaching programs or learn while you teach. Talk to a counselor, programs are out there.
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Gabriela’s Answer

In simple terms, teacher training usually has a curriculum that spans four years. It is normal that some people may need a little more time to complete all the courses and pass all the necessary exams. In certain cases, these four years can be extended, especially in careers that require very specific knowledge before learning to teach. In addition, there are high-quality institutions that offer study plans designed to be completed in five years or even more.
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