Become a Teacher: Make it Your New Year's Resolution to Make a Difference; Become a Teacher and Save $100 on Certification Fees in January

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Have you ever thought of changing careers and becoming a teacher? This month, the nationally-respected American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence is offering an extra incentive for talented career changers who enroll in the flexible, affordable, high-quality Passport to Teaching Certification program. Passport to Teaching allows talented career changers to prepare to earn full teacher certification without quitting their jobs and without taking additional college courses. Individuals who enroll in January will save $100 off the Passport to Teaching program fee.

Mid career professionals can bring a subject matter to life for students

As 2007 begins, make it your New Year's resolution to make a difference in your community: become a teacher. Experts predict that America's schools will need more than 2 million teachers in the next decade.

This January, the nonprofit American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (http://www.abcte.org) wants to help talented career changers transition into rewarding teaching careers. ABCTE is offering a $100 savings off of the Passport to Teaching program fee when individuals enroll by January 31, 2007.

"Mid career professionals can bring a subject matter to life for students," said ABCTE President David W. Saba.

Designed specifically to break down the barriers that deter career-changers from pursuing teaching, Passport to Teaching allows individuals to prepare for certification on their own time and at their own pace, using preparation materials available from a variety of sources. Passport to Teaching is funded in part by grants through the U.S. Department of Education.

"ABCTE has worked in partnership with more than 50 school districts and non-profit organizations to recruit more than 3,000 talented career changers to the teaching profession," said Andrew Campanella, ABCTE's senior director of teacher recruitment and communications. "When you enroll in the program in January, you will have enough time to complete the program and have a classroom of your own by next year- or even sooner."

Candidates for Passport to Teaching certification must hold a bachelor's degree in any subject area (or be eligible to earn one within 12 months of enrollment), demonstrate mastery on examinations of subject area and professional teaching knowledge and pass a federal background check. No additional college courses are required, and individuals do not need to quit their current jobs as they prepare to earn certification.

To enroll in the Passport to Teaching program and save $100, enter the code NewYears100 on your online application at http://www.mypass.abcte.org or call 1-877-669-2228 to enroll by telephone.

ABCTE Facts:

  • In an independent survey, 95 percent of principals who have hired ABCTE teachers said those teachers are as effective or more effective than other educators.
  • More than 3,000 individuals have enrolled or have earned certification through Passport to Teaching nationwide.
  • Last year, the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously supports widespread adoption of alternative certification programs, including ABCTE.

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