There are many web sites for aspiring and working teachers. Here are descriptions
and links to some sites we recommend to get you started.
BECOMING A TEACHER
CERTIFICATION & CREDENTIALS
The California Center for Teaching Careers (CalTEACH)
An information site and referral service for those considering or pursuing teaching careers. It contains a referral database for qualified teachers seeking public school employment. It provides resources for prospective teachers, including requirements for obtaining a teaching credential, and information about conventional and alternative teacher preparation programs.
Los Angeles County School District (LAUSD)
A comprehensive support site for those aspiring to become teachers and those who are already teachers, and are seeking online resources. It includes essential information on how to become a teacher, including exams, employment for credential and certified teachers, and financial support.
Bilingual Education Credentialing Alternative (BECA)
The BECA Intern Program is a tuition-free, district sponsored, alternative certification program for the training of elementary bilingual English-Spanish speaking teachers.
National Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse
Read about the basics of licensure and learn the differences between licensure, certification, and accreditation. You can also find information about teacher preparation programs and the various pathways to becoming a teacher. Learn about financial aid and other useful resources.
State Education Agencies
Provides direct links to the Department of Education in each state across the country. Many of the individual State sites contain information about requirements for teacher licensing, certification, and testing requirements.
UK College of Education
A portal for finding certification requirements for the 50 States, with the understanding upfront that each State is continually revising its teacher certification/licensure rules and requirements.
National Education Association (NEA)
America's oldest and largest institution committed to advancing the cause of public education. It sponsors activities, workshops, provides faculty and school support, assists in contract bargaining, and connects educational professionals together. For information on State affiliattes of the NEA, visit:
Teach for America
A teacher recruitment program aimed at recruiting a national corps of outstanding and diverse recent college graduates, of all academic majors. The participants commit to two years of teaching in under-served urban and rural public schools.
Troops to Teachers
A referral assistance and placement service for military personnel interested in beginning a second career in public education as a teacher.
(return to top)
© 2001 Teachers Documentary Project, Inc.