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Educators - Preparation

To work as a high school teacher, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • have at least a bachelor's degree;
  • complete an approved teacher training program;
  • complete a student teacher internship; and
  • pass a state licensing exam.

Education after high school

To work as a public high school teacher, you need at least a bachelor's degree from an approved teacher education program. You also need to complete 24 to 36 hours of college work in the area you wish to teach.


The trend in this field is moving toward teachers having a master's degree in education. This usually involves one additional year of course work beyond a bachelor's degree.

To renew your teaching license, you need to take additional courses in education. Many teachers do this during the summer months.

Private schools may not require a bachelor's degree in education.

On-the-job training

Before graduating from a teacher education program, you work as a student teacher. Student teachers work in high school classrooms with experienced teachers. In the beginning, you observe the teacher and classroom. Later, you teach classes on your own.


Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.