The American Board, a not-for-profit agency dedicated to recruiting and certifying community-based teachers, will host two sessions on Tuesday, July 17, in Hannibal for anyone with a bachelor’s degree who would like to become certified to teach.
Sessions will begin at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Douglass Community Services, 711 Grand Ave. They will be led by Missouri Teacher Certification Specialist Amanda Brown.
Brown reported that the people attending the local sessions will learn what to expect in a career as a teacher and will receive advice on a personalized path to certification.
“Anyone with a bachelor’s degree can become a full-time teacher within a year as long as they plan the right path,” Brown said.
“We are searching for people who have real-life experience and want to apply that experience in the classroom.”
Brown added that the “candidates complete the online self-paced test preparation independently. The average candidate is a full-time employed parent” and can complete the program in eight to 10 months.
“The program allows multiple options for affordability and the cost is less than $2,000,” Brown explained.
“The program is 100 percent endorsed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,” she said. “We are the only nationally-approved teacher certification program.”
The sessions are free, she noted. “Just bring your smile.”
DCS Executive Director Dave Dexheimer explained that although the sessions are not part of the services offered by Douglass Community Services, “we are happy to provide space for the meetings, so those in our community who might want to step up to be able to teach in our schools will have the opportunity.”
To date more than 650 Missouri teachers have earned their certification through the American Board. Brown has personally helped more than 60 Missourians become certified since joining the American Board last year.
Brown may be contacted at email@example.com or (816) 885-9641.
See www.abcte.org for more information on becoming a teacher.