What is teaching?

Teaching is the process by which knowledge or skill is conveyed from an authority on a subject to a student.

What should I look for in an online teaching school?

The best online teaching schools should possess either regional or national accreditation from an accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition, you can often recognize top online teaching schools based on:

  • The school’s name and status
  • The school’s history
  • Teacher credentials
  • Alumni network
In choosing the best online teaching school for you, you should consider the following factors:
  • Admission requirements
  • Residency requirements
  • Class and teaching style
  • Testing methods used
  • Course content and presentation
  • Program length
  • Class size
  • Student-teacher interaction
  • Technology use
  • Tuition and financial aid
  • Transferability of credits
  • Availability of a dedicated administration team and resources

What levels of online teaching programs are available?

The following levels of teaching degree online programs are available:

  • Online Teaching Certificate Programs
  • Online Associates in Teaching
  • Online Bachelor in Teaching
  • Online Masters in Teaching
  • Online PhD in Teaching

How long does it take to get an online teaching degree?

The amount of time it takes a student to earn an accredited online teaching degree depends on the level of teaching degree being pursued and the pace of the student.

Typically, the breakdown is as follows:

  • Online Teaching Certification Programs – 6 months to 1 year
  • Online Teaching Associates Degree – 2 years
  • Online Teaching Bachelor Degree – 4 years
  • Online Teaching Masters – 2 years
  • Online Teaching PhD – 2 to 5 years

What are some examples of online teaching courses?

Curriculum in online teaching degree programs provides both general background knowledge of education and specific, practically applicable skills for effectively teaching any subject matter. Some courses are:

  • Basic Education Philosophy and Principles
    This foundational course examines both classic and contemporary teaching methodologies and the theories behind them.
  • History of Special Education
    This course follows the progression of education specially tailored to students with learning or behavioral conditions that hinder them in learning from a curriculum at the same rate and with the same ease as others.
  • Teaching and Learning Science
    This course provides specific understanding of what it takes to instruct a hard science to students, the issues that a class may face, and how to overcome them.
  • Teaching Methods in Higher Education
    This course offers insight, case studies, and experience in higher education, relating specific methods of lecture, discussion, and writing in college classrooms.
  • Field Experience
    This career-oriented course allows for students to experience an actual classroom setting through student-teaching. This experience will give students a more real understanding of their future work in education and acts as a bridge from studies to application.

What areas of teaching specialization are available?

Top online teacher programs can offer very specialized courses of study, usually divided by subject and level. Some of these specializations include:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Teaching Advanced Math
  • Teaching English and Literature
  • Teaching Math
  • Teaching Science

What can I do with a teaching degree?

Online degrees in teaching provide the skills needed to be a teacher in any subject within the field of education. Students might be working toward any of the following positions:

  • Academic Advisor
  • College Professor
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Principal
  • Private Tutor
  • School Counselor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher

What is a teacher?

A teacher conveys information to students, often in a formal classroom setting.

What does a teacher do?

Teachers instruct a class, create lesson plans, treat problems that students may have, and otherwise must act as authorities on the subject that they teach. Teachers’ day-to-day responsibilities vary considerably depending on the level at which they teach. Elementary school teachers, for example, often must serve as conflict mediators, while college professors on the other hand usually must participate in academic and administrative committee proceedings.

How much does a teacher earn?

Teacher salaries depend on the level of the position in question, as well as on the teacher’s qualifications and the school employing them. Average annual earnings for K-12 teachers range from $47,100 to $51,180, while college professors earn an average of $58,830 annually. Growth in teaching positions is expected at 13%, which is about average for professions nationwide. However, new legislation passed by the current administration may expand the teaching profession.

How do I become a teacher?

Students interested in how to become a teacher need to be clear about what kind of teaching position they have in mind, as qualifications differ greatly. Public school teachers are required to possess graduate degrees in education, and must also obtain and maintain official teaching certification. On the other hand, college professors usually need not have studied education specifically, but generally must hold doctoral degrees.

Teaching Schools (Campus)

School Certificate Associates Bachelors Masters PhD
Arizona State University
1151 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ, 85287
http://www.asu.edu/
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Miami Dade College
300 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL, 33132
http://www.mdc.edu/main/
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Ohio State University-Main Campus
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH, 43210
http://www.osu.edu
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Dudley Beauty College
2031 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC, 20018
http://www.strayer.edu
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University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL, 32816
http://www.ucf.edu/
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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.php
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Michigan State University
100 Library
East Lansing, MI, 48824
http://www.msu.edu
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Liberty University
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA, 24502
http://www.liberty.edu
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University of Washington-Seattle Campus
1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA, 98195
http://www.washington.edu
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New York University
70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY, 10012
http://www.nyu.edu
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Indiana University-Bloomington
107 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN, 47405
http://www.iub.edu
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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
440 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
http://www.umich.edu
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Purdue University-Main Campus
Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, IN, 47907
http://www.purdue.edu
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Walden University
155 Fifth Ave S Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN, 55401
http://www.waldenu.edu
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University of Arizona
1401 E University
Tucson, AZ, 85721
http://www.arizona.edu
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University of California-Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90095
http://www.ucla.edu/
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Rutgers University-New Brunswick
83 Somerset St
New Brunswick, NJ, 8901
http://www.rutgers.edu/
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University of Maryland-College Park
1101 Main Administration BL
College Park, MD, 20742
http://www.umd.edu
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Temple University
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://WWW.TEMPLE.EDU
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California State University-Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA, 92831
http://www.fullerton.edu
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Pima Community College
401 North Bonita Avenue
Tucson, AZ, 85709
http://www.pima.edu
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University of California-Berkeley
Gayley Rd & Stadium Rim Way
Berkeley, CA, 94720
http://www.berkeley.edu
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California State University-Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA, 90840
http://www.csulb.edu
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California State University-Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St
Los Angeles, CA, 91330
http://www.csun.edu
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University of North Texas
Chestnut Ave.
Denton, TX, 76203
http://www.unt.edu
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University of Georgia
125 Cedar St.
Athens, GA, 30602
http://www.uga.edu
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University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
http://www.usc.edu/
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Grand Canyon University
3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ, 85017
http://www.gcu.edu
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Brigham Young University
Main Campus
Provo, UT, 84602
http://www.byu.edu
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North Carolina State University at Raleigh
2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC, 27695
http://www.ncsu.edu
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City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94112
http://www.ccsf.edu
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San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA, 92182
http://www.sdsu.edu
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Virginia Commonwealth University
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA, 23284
http://www.vcu.edu/
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George Mason University
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA, 22030
http://www.gmu.edu
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Capella University
225 South 6th Street 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN, 55402
http://www.capella.edu
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Boston University
One Silber Way
Boston, MA, 2215
http://www.bu.edu
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Wayne State University
656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI, 48202
http://www.wayne.edu
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American Public University System
111 W Congress St
Charles Town, WV, 25414
http://www.apus.edu
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San Jose State University
1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA, 95192
http://www.sjsu.edu
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University of California-Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA, 95616
http://www.ucdavis.edu
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University of Missouri-Columbia
105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO, 65211
http://www.missouri.edu/
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San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94132
http://www.sfsu.edu
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Georgia State University
33 gilmer st
Atlanta, GA, 30303
http://www.gsu.edu
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI, 53201
http://www.uwm.edu
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The University of Tennessee
527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN, 37996
http://www.tennessee.edu
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Troy University
University Avenue
Troy, AL, 36082
http://www.troy.edu
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University of Utah
201 Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
http://www.utah.edu
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St Petersburg College
14025 58th Street North
Clearwater, FL, 33760
http://www.spcollege.edu
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California State University-Sacramento
6000 J St
Sacramento, CA, 95819
http://www.csus.edu
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Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33314
http://www.nova.edu
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University of Nevada-Las Vegas
4505 S Maryland Pky
Las Vegas, NV, 89154
http://www.unlv.edu
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University of Iowa
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA, 52242
http://www.uiowa.edu
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The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX, 78249
http://www.utsa.edu/
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
103 South Bldg Cb 9100
Chapel Hill, NC, 27599
http://www.unc.edu
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West Virginia University
Stewart Hall University Avenue
Morgantown, WV, 26506
http://www.wvu.edu/
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University at Buffalo
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY, 14214
http://www.buffalo.edu
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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Tower Dr
Baton Rouge, LA, 70803
http://www.lsu.edu
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University of South Carolina-Columbia
514 Main St
Columbia, SC, 29208
http://www.sc.edu/
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University of California-San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr
San Diego, CA, 92093
http://www.ucsd.edu
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University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
http://www.pitt.edu
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El Paso Community College
919 Hunter Drive
El Paso, TX, 79915
http://www.epcc.edu
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The University of Texas at Arlington
701 S. Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, TX, 76013
http://WWW.UTA.EDU
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Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Ave
Lake Worth, FL, 33461
http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/
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Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, NM, 87106
http://www.cnm.edu
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Iowa State University
137 Lynn Ave
Ames, IA, 50011
http://www.iastate.edu
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Portland State University
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR, 97201
http://www.pdx.edu
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East Carolina University
East 5th Street
Greenville, NC, 27858
http://www.ecu.edu
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Harvard University
Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA, 2138
http://www.harvard.edu/
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Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA, 2115
http://www.northeastern.edu
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Central Michigan University
1200 S Franklin St # 121
Mount Pleasant, MI, 48859
http://www.cmich.edu
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University of California-Irvine
204 Administration
Irvine, CA, 92697
http://www.uci.edu/
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University of Massachusetts Amherst
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst Center, MA, 1003
http://www.umass.edu
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Washington State University
French Administration Building
Pullman, WA, 99164
http://www.wsu.edu/
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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
660 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK, 73019
http://www.ou.edu
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Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN, 37132
http://www.mtsu.edu
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Kent State University Kent Campus
Campus Center Dr
Kent, OH, 44242
http://www.kent.edu
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University of Connecticut
115 N Eagleville RD
Storrs, CT, 6269
http://www.uconn.edu
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC, 28223
http://www.uncc.edu
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Auburn University Main Campus
Auburn Alabama
Auburn, AL, 36849
http://www.auburn.edu
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University of Pennsylvania
1 College Hall 34th and Spruce Sts
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://www.upenn.edu
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Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI, 49008
http://www.wmich.edu
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Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Dr
Allendale, MI, 49401
http://www.gvsu.edu
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University of Virginia-Main Campus
108 Cocke Hall
Charlottesville, VA, 22904
http://www.virginia.edu/
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Columbia University in the City of New York
116 St and Broadway
New York, NY, 10027
http://www.columbia.edu
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San Antonio College
1300 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX, 78212
http://www.alamo.edu/sac/sacmain/sac.htm
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Central Texas College
6200 West Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX, 76540
http://www.ctcd.edu
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
14th and R St
Lincoln, NE, 68588
http://www.unl.edu/
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The Community College of Baltimore County
7201 Rossville Blvd.
Baltimore, MD, 21237
http://www.ccbcmd.edu
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University of Toledo
2801 W Bancroft
Toledo, OH, 43606
http://www.utoledo.edu/
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Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
107 Whitehurst
Stillwater, OK, 74078
http://www.okstate.edu/
X X X
Weber State University
3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT, 84408
http://www.weber.edu
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University of California-Santa Barbara
552 University Rd
Santa Barbara, CA, 93106
http://www.ucsb.edu
X X X
Owens Community College
30335 Oregon Rd
Perrysburg, OH, 43551
http://www.owens.edu
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University of Oregon
110 Johnson Hall
Eugene, OR, 97403
http://www.uoregon.edu
X X X
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
3801 W Temple Ave
Pomona, CA, 91768
http://www.csupomona.edu
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Oregon State University
1500 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR, 97331
http://oregonstate.edu
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California State University-Fresno
5241 N Maple Ave
Fresno, CA, 93740
http://www.csufresno.edu
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University of Memphis
3675 Alumni Ave
Memphis, TN, 38152
http://www.memphis.edu
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Ball State University
2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN, 47306
http://www.bsu.edu
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