How to Become a Teacher

How do I become a teacher? A regularly asked question on the Teachers Forum, this article should tell you all you need to know.
There are a number of ways into teaching, some of which depend on your current situation and qualifications.
Rest assured though, there will be a way into teaching for you, good luck!

This article relates to those wanting to teach in state-maintained schools in England and Wales

Routes into Teaching

To become a teacher you will need QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) this ensures that you have achieved a suitable skill level to become a teacher.

To gain QTS you will need to complete a programme of ITT (Initial Teacher Training) this will involve at least 18 weeks practical experience in a school environment. ITT can be performed through a number of options, one of which should suit everyone with the desire to become a teacher:

Undergraduate Courses

You can train to be a teacher whilst completing a degree through a BEd (Bachelor of Education), BA (Bachelor of Arts) or BSc (Bachelor of Science), the latter two with an included QTS course. The courses normally take 3-4 years full time and the BEd is a popular route for those interested in primary teaching.

Postgraduate Courses

1 year PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education) courses are a popular route, providing a further year of college/university study, focussing specifically on teaching, you are expected to already have a thorough understanding (degree level) of your chosen subject.
PGCE courses will provide a total of 24 weeks (18 for primary) placement in at least 2 schools.

SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) courses provide an alternative to PGCE (though a PGCE qualification may be awarded with some). Favoured by those who have not been in higher education for some time, SCITT is usually the route to take if you are looking for a more classroom based learning experience. SCITT is provided by groups of local Schools and Colleges with skills provided by practising teachers and often tailored towards the local educational needs. (SCITT is not available in all areas and is a competitive route to take). View the Graduate Teacher Training Registry website for further details.

Education Based Training

The GTP (Graduate Teacher Programme) provides a 1 year school based employment programme, tailored for the individual. This is a preferred route by mature people who wish for a career to change but still need to earn whilst they train. Competition is high and places limited. Places can be found through school advertisements, or via a Designated Recommending Body (in England), usually your Local Education Authority.

RTP (Registered Teacher Programme) is available to individuals who have completed 2 years of a degree course. You will need to find employment as an unqualified teacher in a school that is willing to train you on the individual tailored programme. This route allows you to continue to gain your degree level qualification along with your QTS over a 2 year period, whilst earning unqualified teacher's salary.

OTTP (Overseas Trained Teacher Programme) allows qualified teachers from within the EU and some teachers from outside the EU to work in England whilst training for their QTS. Through working in a school a tailored programme provides additional training required to gain QTS. EU teachers may be able to apply for an Assessment Only route to QTS. Visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website or contact the Overseas Trained Teacher Advice Line on 01245 454321 for further details.

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Kieran   Wolverhampton

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

I'm gonna have to post this comment in sections unfortunately because this website keeps saying i'm spam!

Ok so i have been doing alot of hunting around lately and i think i might have some answers to some of your questions because quite frankly t... read more »

Anon   Haverhill

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

I would like to become a teacher, but my Grades are quite low. I do not have a permanent job yet, only a temporary job but I am not sure I will be able to pay for any courses provided or if the Courses are paid for you or not. Could someone help me w... read more »

Teresa Smy   Ipswich

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

I would like to become a primary school teacher and completed a BA Hons degree in Art in 2000 2:2, I have 2 small children, so whats the best route to fit round them?

samantha   London

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Can someone please tell how to become a teacher now and I am not saying that because some people are saying that I should be a teacher.
Please tell me how to be an amazing teacher everyone is expecting me to be a fantastic teacher. Please tell me.
... read more »

samantha   London

Friday, September 14th, 2012

I want to a secondary school teacher because I am really good with other people and I help them when they are stuck with there work.

Anonymous   belfast

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

could someone tell me more about the RTP (Registered Teacher Programme) it says it is available to individuals who have completed 2 years of a degree course, does this inculde completing a foundation degree in early childhood studies (as well as a wo... read more »

Michaella Chamberlain   LEicester

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

I want to become a teacher but have recently had a baby, so i'm going back to college this year to finish my A-levels. I want to know more about learning to become a teacher whilst workin,g as i dont fancy going to uni and being lumbered with a 30,0... read more »

fiona   lincoln

Friday, August 10th, 2012

I am wanting to become a primary school teacher. I am traning still and would like more help.

Anon   -

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

I finished school last year and done Childcare for a year at college, I really want to be a teacher but don't know what route to go down. I don't want to carry on doing Childcare in College because I didn't like it but I want to go to sixth form and ... read more »

kabelo   pritoria

Friday, July 27th, 2012

i am the student of matric i want to become a teacher i need more detail,so please help me ..what can i do,i like guiding children and teaching them

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