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What is the quickest way to earn a teaching credential if you already have a bachelors degree?

Asked by Dog (24435 points ) May 2nd, 2012

I am hoping to work as a high school teacher in a private school in California. I have a degree in biomedical illustration and majored in biology as well. I would like to teach as soon as possible and really cannot afford to go back to a university for another long stint.

Is there a way to get the credential without huge expense? I would make a fantastic teacher. :D

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marinelife's avatar

Here is the CA government website on getting credentialed as a teacher in California.

janbb's avatar

In NJ, they have a program called alternate route in which people start teaching and are mentored to get their certification. My nephew participated in a program in Oakland which was intensive summer training followed by placement in an “inner-city” school He is now teaching at a private school in Palo Alto.

muppetish's avatar

This link provides some interesting options for those seeking to get credentials quickly (and some for those with financial need.) I do not personally have experience with these, nor do I know anyone who has followed this path. Another option is to become a substitute teacher while you work on your credential. It will give you field experience, too.

Hooray for teachers!

keobooks's avatar

Call your State’s “DOE” (Department of Education) if you already have a bachelor’s degree in certain fields (especially math, science or English) many states have programs where you can start teaching right away and get your credentials on the job. Florida had a program like this. In fact, in the elementary school I worked in, I was the most experienced teacher hired that year – and I was a first year!

sarahsugs's avatar

If you are teaching in a private school you are not legally required to have a teaching credential. Private schools can hire whomever they please according to their own criteria.

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