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Check Your State’s Teaching Requirements


Click on the state map below to identify your state's teaching and certification requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time-even during enrollment.


If you are interested in becoming a certified teacher and live in a state that is not covered by the Master of Arts in Teaching's Iowa certification track, the Classroom Pathways Bundle, or the ECAP alliance, you must independently research and pursue certification in your state. States covered by our tracks or alliances include:  Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. On its own, the Master of Arts in Teaching's noncertification track will not lead to certification nor will it assist you in becoming a teacher outside of those states.


If you live in a state not covered by one of our programs, you may still pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching's noncertification track in order to:


1. Boost your knowledge of the secondary education field and develop the professional competencies required of beginning teachers 
2. Potentially benefit from a pay increase if your state pays more to teachers entering the field with a graduate degree. 


Kaplan University makes no representations or warranties as to whether the program meets the specific requirements for any individual state or school system for pay increase purposes. Students must independently research the requirements in their state or school system. We encourage you to find out your state's requirements by clicking on your state in the map below.  

 


Maine

Visit www.maine.gov/doe/cert/index.html to learn more about your state’s teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

Iowa

Kaplan University's Master of Arts in Teaching's Iowa certification program is designed to help you develop the necessary professional competencies to teach grades 5 through 12. The Iowa certification track is designed for professionals living in the state of Iowa or close enough to be able to conduct weekly field experiences in an Iowa school. Candidates who successfully complete all program and graduation requirements will be recommended for Iowa licensure. (Note: Graduates who successfully complete all the requirements of the Iowa certification program will be recommended for licensure; however, Kaplan University cannot guarantee a graduate will receive a teaching license.)

Guam

Visit gcec.guam.gov/certification/ to learn more about teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Maryland

Visit www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/certification/certification_branch/certification_inf/index.html to learn more about your state’s teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.  

Indiana

Visit www.doe.in.gov/licensing to learn more about your state’s teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Nebraska

Visit www.education.ne.gov/TCERT/ to learn more about your state’s teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Wisconsin

Visit tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/educator-licensing to learn more about your state’s teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Missouri

Kaplan University's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. You can also visit http://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.

Alabama

Visit www.alsde.edu/sec/tc/pages/home.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Alaska

Visit education.alaska.gov/TeacherCertification/Certification.html to learn more about your state’s teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Arizona

Kaplan University's Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program—a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org. You can also visit www.azed.gov/educator-certification/alt-path/ to learn more about your state’s teacher licensure requirements.

Puerto Rico

Visit http://de.gobierno.pr/soy-maestro/161-soy-maestro/certificacion-de-maestros/311-certificacion-de-maestros-y-otros-requisitos to learn more about teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.  

U.S. Virgin Islands

Visit www.teachusvi.net/certification.htm to learn more about teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Wyoming

Visit ptsb.state.wy.us/Licensure/BecomingLicensed/tabid/65/Default.aspx to learn more about your state’s teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.  

Arkansas

Kaplan University's  Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org.  You can also visit www.arkansased.org/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/educator-licensure-unit/routes-to-educator-licensure to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. 

California

Visit www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/teach.html to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Colorado

Visit www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof to learn more about your state’s teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Connecticut

Visit www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2613&Q=321230 to learn more about your state’s teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

West Virginia

Visit wvde.state.wv.us/certification/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

Washington

Visit www.k12.wa.us/certification/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

Virginia

Visit www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

Montana

Visit opi.mt.gov/cert/index.html to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

Kansas

Visit http://www.ksde.org/Agency/DivisionofLearningServices/TeacherLicensureandAccreditation.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

Kentucky

Kaplan University's Master of Arts in Teaching program is not available in Kentucky. However, you can find more information about state certification requirements at www.kyepsb.net/certification/

Louisiana

Visit www.teachlouisiana.net/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Mississippi

Kaplan University's  Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org.  You can also visit www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.

Minnesota

Visit education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Licen/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Michigan

Visit www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-6530_5683_14795---,00.html to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Massachusetts

Visit www.doe.mass.edu/educators/e_license.html to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

Delaware

Visit deeds.doe.k12.de.us/certificate/deeds_ia_instruct.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

North Dakota

Visit www.nd.gov/espb/licensure/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Oklahoma

Kaplan University's  Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org.  You can also visit ok.gov/sde/teacher-certification to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.

Ohio

Visit education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Educator-Licensure to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

Oregon

Visit www.oregon.gov/tspc/Pages/index.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are  subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

Florida

Kaplan University's  Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org.  You can also visit www.fldoe.org/edcert/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. 

District of Columbia

Visit osse.dc.gov/service/teacher-licensure to learn more about teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time-even during enrollment.

Vermont

Visit education.vermont.gov/licensing to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

North Carolina

Visit www.dpi.state.nc.us/licensure/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

New York

Visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Hawaii

Visit http://www.htsb.org/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

 

Georgia

Visit www.gapsc.com/ProspectiveEducator/ProspectiveEducator.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

Idaho

Kaplan University's  Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org.  You can also visit www.sde.idaho.gov/site/teacher_certification/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.

Illinois

Visit www.isbe.net/profprep/alternative.htm to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

New Mexico

Visit www.ped.state.nm.us/licensure/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

Utah

Kaplan University's  Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org.  You can also visit www.schools.utah.gov/cert/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.  

New Jersey

Visit www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/alternate.htm to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

New Hampshire

Kaplan University's  Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org.  You can also visit www.education.nh.gov/certification/index.htm to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.  

Nevada

Visit teachers.nv.gov to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Rhode Island

Visit  www.ride.ri.gov/TeachersAdministrators/EducatorCertification.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment.

Pennsylvania

Kaplan University's  Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org.  You can also visitwww.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/teachers%2C_administrators_and_certifications/7199 to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.

South Carolina

Kaplan University's  Classroom Pathways Bundle combines our Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum with the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence (American Board) Plus+ Program-a state-approved route to teacher certification available to students in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah. Fill out the student information form and an Admissions Advisor can provide you with more information, or visit the American Board website at abcte.org.  You can also visit ed.sc.gov/agency/se/Educator-Services/Licensure/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements.

Tennessee

Visit www.state.tn.us/education/lic/ to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

South Dakota

Visit www.doe.sd.gov/oatq/teachercert.aspx to learn more about your state's teacher licensure requirements. Please note that requirements listed are subject to change at any time—even during enrollment. 

Texas

For potential Master of Arts in Teaching students who reside in Texas, the Education Career Alternatives Program (ECAP) offers a state-approved route to teacher certification at all levels, including K-12, special education, bilingual education, and more. Kaplan University's alliance with ECAP offers students in Texas special opportunities to save time and money on their ECAP.  To learn more about ECAP, visit www.ecapteach.com.