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The American Board, also known as The American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), is a non-profit organization dedicated to placing qualified teachers in classrooms. We offer an alternate teaching certification program that is a much more affordable and flexible alternative to going back to school for your Master’s degree.

We offer certification in the following subjects:

Biology
Chemistry
Elementary Education
English Language Arts (ELA)
General Science
History
Mathematics
Physics
Reading Endorsement
Special Education

And the following states:

Arizona*
Florida
Idaho
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Utah
Private Schools
Teach Internationally

The average American Board student completes the program in 7-10 months. 96% of our students that complete the program and see it through from enrollment to testing, pass with their certification.

WHY CHOOSE THE AMERICAN BOARD?

The American Board is a self-paced, self-guided program. This allows you to study for our exams on your own time instead of following a strict class schedule. In fact, many of our students work full-time jobs while completing our program.

The majority of our students are “career changers,” those that began their careers in a field outside of education and would now like to serve in the classroom. We also work with those fresh out of college and former educators that took a break (perhaps to raise their children) and are now ready to teach again.

Our certification program is also much less expensive than going back to school for your Master’s degree. We offer certification for less than $3000 in most states.*

The American Board does not have a campus. Instead, you study for your exams wherever you would like and test at your local Pearson VUE testing center. This allows our students flexibility to complete our program from anywhere, even outside of the United States!

QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE AMERICAN BOARD

The American Board was founded in 2001 via a grant from the federal Department of Education.

The American Board is a non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

We operate in 11 states and offer certification in 10 subject areas.

We are headquartered in Washington, D.C. with a satellite office in Atlanta, Georgia.

We work directly with state legislators and education departments to ensure our students will be qualified to teach after they receive their certification.

23% of American Board students are minorities.

32% of our students are pursuing certification in math and science.

The average retention rate of our teachers is 85% over the first three years of teaching. The national retention rate is 67%.

In a recent survey, 95% of public school principals surveyed rated our teachers to be as effective as or more effective than their peers.

REQUIREMENTS

The requirements to become a student with the American Board are as follows:

  1. Hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher
  2. Submit your official college or university transcripts to ABCTE
  3. Pass a national background check

LEARN MORE

Click a state or subject area above to learn more about our program.

Read answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Or call 1-877-669-2228 (option 1) to speak with a representative and learn more about the American Board.

*The American Board operates as the Arizona Center for Teacher Preparation in the state of Arizona. The state of Arizona’s certification is structured differently and therefore has different pricing. See the AZCTP website to learn more.

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