A non-profit, education organization is looking to recruit teachers-to-be through their teacher certification program. The American Board is offering a certification program to anyone with a Bachelor’s degree, and a minimum 2.5 GPA, interested in becoming a teacher in Missouri. The sessions are four times a week at various locations throughout the state.

Teacher Certification Specialist Kimberly Polk says the program is an opportunity for those who would like to pursue a teaching career, but might not have the financial means to do so. “Sessions are usually on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings; in libraries, community centers, city halls,” Polk said. “We also host sessions on Saturdays, usually in the morning or early afternoon every week.” Sessions typically last between 30 minutes to an hour.

Polk says the program takes eight to ten months to complete in order to become fully certified. “You will be considered a highly qualified and certified teacher in Missouri once the program is complete,” Polk said. “Anyone can register at any time to get their certification.”  There is no semester or deadline; Polk says it’s up to the applicant to decide when they’re ready to start the program.

For more information on how to sign up for the program, visit the American Board’s website at www.abcte.org


AUDIO: Mary Farucci reports. (1:00)