But is an online teaching degree right for you? Well, that depends of several factors.
In what state do you plan to teach?
From state to state there are huge differences in the requirements for teacher certification. Don't take a single class until you understand the pathway to success in your home state.
What is your current level of education?
Are you just starting college? Then you have time to choose the right undergraduate program, possibly look into a double major: Teaching and math, teaching and biology, teaching and Spanish, etc.
Do you already have your bachelors degree? Even your masters?
For you becoming a teacher may involve a major mid-career change, and an alternative pathway to teacher certification.
Ultimately, to bring your expertise to the classroom, you'll have to be certified in your home state.
Where do you live?
If you live next door to a decent college offering course work toward a teaching certificate, your first step might be to have a meeting with one of their guidance counselors.
If you live 50 miles from the nearest college, on the other hand, and their education program seems rather meager at best, then you may want to find a good distance learning program.
What grade level do you see yourself teaching?
If you're great with youngsters, maybe you see yourself as an elementary school teacher. Learn how taking education courses online can put you in the classroom as a fully certified elementary teacher.
Are you an expert in your field?
Are you a scholar in math or science? You might thrive teaching high school. Our public schools also need expert teachers of English, foreign languages, social studies, art, and the humanities. There may be an online program to fit your needs.
Even if you have a degree already, you will need to earn education credits for teacher certification. Maybe you even have a masters degree in your subject area. No matter, you still need those education credits if you want to teach in public schools.
Will you attend school part time?
Many students today must work to make ends meet while taking classes part time. If you think you belong in this category, you need a degree program flexible enough to fit your schedule.
Are you absolutely sure you want to be a teacher?
If you know teaching will be your career, the only decision you must make is how to earn the degree to make it happen.
Avoid taking unnecessary courses. Don't waste time and money commuting to college.
With an online teaching degree, you streamline the process of meeting teacher certification requirements in your home state.
With careful planning and a smart approach, you can earn your online teaching degree in less time and for less money than in a more traditional teacher certification program.
You owe it to yourself to investigate all the options for your future as a certified teacher.
The future of teacher education is online. Create your action plan now, and then start earning credit toward your future.