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Alternative International Teacher Certification

I currently reside in China and have a BA in Linguistic Sciences from University of the sacred heart in Milan and am currently teaching Kindergarten at an international school. I would like to be able to teach elementary and middle school with a proper teaching license, which would allow me to teach at international schools all over the world.

I am interested in pursuing teaching licensing and qualifications, as well as earning a master’s in teaching K-6. My problem is although I am an American citizen and have social security, I do not have residency anywhere as I have never lived in the US. 

As all of my education has been earned in Italy, I am not quite sure if I am even eligible to attend courses in the US or if my grades would convert sufficiently.

Thirdly, because my BA is not in Education, I am not sure I would even be able to pursue a Master’s in Education. Perhaps I would have to add extra classes?

I am struggling to find the solution to these problems and hope you can help me clarify on this or maybe provide sources for me to do further research.

Many thanks


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Hi jclaire89, By “proper teaching license” do you mean teacher ceritification in the United States? I’m not familiar with one universal teaching license but perhaps you mean that an international school would recognize USA teacher certification as valid proof of your skills to teach abroad. First, the good news! Even though you did not earn a bachelor’s in education, you can still move on to earning your master’s and become a ceritified teacher through alternative teacher certification programs. Now, the complicated part—teacher certitification is state-mandated in the US. Therefore you would need to follow your home state’s requirements which usually… Read more » is a consumer group that publishes online college rankings and online university ratings along the dimensions that matter most to online students themselves: affordability and credibility. Our mission:

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