We hear a lot of questions from folks about if they’re eligible to become a teacher, like “can you teach math without a math degree?” or “do you need a teaching degree to teach?” While the traditional path to becoming a teacher is still a common route for educators, obtaining alternative teaching certifications has become increasingly common. In fact, according to the most current data from the National Center for Education Statistics, about 18% of public school teachers entered teaching through an alternative route in the 2015-16 school year. These kinds of non-traditional pathways are an essential aspect of helping school districts fill their teacher vacancies and connect students with high-quality, innovative educators.
But how do you become a teacher if you don’t have a teaching degree? You need a bachelor’s degree, but beyond that, it can be complex. This is because the requirements vary depending upon your credentials, what state you live in, what type of school you want to work in, and more. We created this blog post to answer some of the common questions we hear to help talented math, science, and engineering professionals follow their passion for becoming math teachers without going back to college and earning a second bachelor’s degree.