MenTeach has been in correspondence with an organization helping people get their teacher certification. Here’s what they’ve told me:
Earn Your Passport to Teaching
A Respected, Efficient and Cost Effective Route to Becoming a Fully Certified Teacher
Take your first step towards pursuing a rewarding teaching career with Passport to Teaching. Offered by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (www.abcte.org), Passport to Teaching is a respected and efficient way to attract more qualified men (and women) to change careers and enter the teaching profession.
With its individualized preparation program, individuals with bachelor’s degrees can earn the Passport to Teaching without necessarily taking additional college courses. To earn certification, individuals must demonstrate mastery on a subject area examination and a professional teaching knowledge examination. Certifications are currently offered in English Language Arts, mathematics, general science, biology, and elementary education. You can earn your Passport to Teaching certification in a couple of months or you can take up to a full year depending on your knowledge base and the time you have to complete the process.
The application fee is only $500. Individuals who apply by May 31, 2005 can receive a $100 savings off of the application fee. Visit www.abcte.org to sign up for a free Introduction Kit so that you can start pursuing your rewarding career today.