The short answer is yes—as long as you can pass a state test in the content area you want to teach, you are likely eligible for a teacher preparation program and certification in that subject.
The longer answer depends on the amount of coursework and experience you have in the subject you want to teach.
You will typically show you’re eligible to teach a subject based on:
- Significant coursework in your subject. This usually means you have at least 15 undergraduate credits in your teaching field, even if you do not have a degree in that field.
- Passing scores on a content area assessment. In all cases, you must pass a rigorous test covering the content you want to teach before you receive a teaching certification.
If you do not have significant coursework in the subject you want to teach, you may still be eligible for many teacher preparation programs based on passing the content area test prior to applying for the program. During your program, you may need to take additional subject matter courses as well. Check out our Eligibility Guide for more information.