Become a Teacher/Get Certified

I look back at the curriculum design training I received in the Program in Teacher Preparation; I use it everyday day. I feel like I can really help teachers teach.
Lindsay Clark Bartolone, Class of 1999. Director of Education, Adler Planetarium
Lindsey Clark Bartolone, Class of 1999

Do you aspire to teach? Do you want to add your talents to the enormously important responsibility of educating future generations? Or, are you interested in education policy or want to bring your professional teaching experience and expertise to a career in medicine, law, business, or higher education? The Program in Teacher Preparation (TPP)--known informally on campus as Teacher Prep--offers Princeton students an opportunity for comprehensive professional training along with the liberal arts focus central to a Princeton education. Current Princeton students can earn a bachelor's degree in the department of their choice while earning a professional certificate as a classroom teacher. In addition, alumni are also welcome to return to Princeton to earn their certificate at any time.

TPP is small, flexible, and personalized, so that you can fulfill program requirements along with those of your department. In a given year, approximately 50 students are enrolled in the program. Its staff, all career educators, work with you to individualize coursework to fit your academic interests and schedule. They want you to leave Princeton ready for responsibility and success in or out of a classroom--and if it is to be in a classroom, they want you to be fully prepared.

You can join the program at any time during your time at Princeton-- even as late as the last semester of your senior year. Princeton alumni are also welcomed to complete the program. Some alumni have returned to Princeton to earn their teaching certificate and enter the profession 15-25 years after graduation.