The events will cover the steps to earning an alternative teacher certification through the American Board, how to become a teacher in Idaho, and answer questions prospective teachers have about the program.
Boise, Idaho (PRWEB) February 28, 2016
Idaho, like most states across the country, is facing a dramatic teacher shortage in the next five years, as baby-boomer teachers are set to retire and enrollment in teachers’ colleges is down. National non-profit the American Board will be hosting two information events in the Boise Public Library this March to introduce their program to those hoping to teach in Idaho, in an effort to fill this gap.
The American Board, also known as the American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) has been operating in the state of Idaho since 2003. In that time, over 1,550 Idaho residents have navigated through the non-profit’s online program to become fully certified to teach in Idaho public schools. The American Board hopes to make more local citizens aware of the program.
The American Board assists career-changers that have a Bachelor’s degree in a subject besides education, or those that have an education degree but are not certified, to earn their teacher certification online. Students of the program have up to one-year to study the online coursework and learn how to teach their preferred subject area and how to manage a classroom. After completing two examinations at a local Pearson VUE testing center, students can then apply for teaching positions with the Idaho State Department of Education.
The average student of the American Board is a professional in their thirties or forties that is ready for a career change. Stay-at-home parents ready to re-join the workforce and recent college graduates are also frequently students of the program. Students have up to one year to complete the program, with the average students certifying in 7-9 months.
The American Board will be hosting two events for prospective teachers across the state on Saturday, March 19, at 11am and 1pm. The information events will be held at the main branch of the Boise Public Library on South Capitol Boulevard, in the William F. Haynes Memorial Auditorium. The auditorium can only seat 200, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat.
Attendees can register for the event online at http://www.abcte.org/abcte-events or call 1-877-669-2228 (Option 1).
The events will cover the steps to earning an alternative teacher certification through the American Board, how to become a teacher in Idaho, and answer questions prospective teachers have about the program. Attendees will also receive an exclusive discount off the cost of the program.
The American Board Spring Information Session:
Boise Public Library – William F. Haynes Memorial Auditorium
715 S. Capitol Boulevard
Boise, Idaho 83705
Sessions at 11am and 1pm (Choose One)
1-877-669-2228 (Option 1)