About Us

The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (“the American Board”) is a non-partisan non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preparing, certifying, and supporting people who want to improve their communities by becoming a teacher.

The American Board teacher training and certification program is not just a test; it is a program designed to inspire career changers to become a teacher and give them a rigorous and efficient process to achieve their goals.

Did you know…

  • 95% of principals rated our teachers to be as effective or more effective than their peers
  • 95% of principals surveyed would be willing to hire an American Board-certified teacher
  • 23% of American Board candidates are minorities and 32% are pursuing certification in math and science
  • The American Board teacher retention is 85% over the first three years compared to 67% nationwide


The American Board is committed to build communities one teacher at a time.


Every child has a great teacher.


Founded in 2001 via a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the American Board addresses the need for knowledgeable and dedicated teachers in every classroom. We offer a flexible and cost-effective certification program designed for career changers. The American Board opens new pathways into the classroom, helping states, districts and communities meet the needs of their students.

At this time, the following programs are available:

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