TechCrunch article English teacher certification is becoming a major priority for teachers in the United States and elsewhere.
In 2017, the Department of Education awarded over 100,000 teachers certification in the state of California.
In January, the state announced that they would also award the same certification to students who are pursuing a certificate or diploma in the same subject area.
However, many teachers have a difficult time finding and securing certification, and many teachers are not able to find certified English instructors that match their skills and interests.
The US Department of Labor, in conjunction with the Association of Certified Teachers, is working to increase the number of certified teachers and to expand the range of English teaching options.
The certification process is not easy to obtain, and it requires extensive training and experience in the field.
This guide outlines what you need to know to get certified as an English teacher.
The most common questions asked of English teachers include: How long should I expect to stay in the profession?
What is my certification level?
What qualifications do I need?
Are there different levels of certification?
Does a certificate provide a license to teach?
What are the different levels?
What should I do when I need a certificate?
The US government has set up an Office of Admissions for English Teachers (OATH), which will help prepare English teachers for licensure.
The Office of Admission is a public-private partnership that will be responsible for evaluating candidates for licensures in California, Washington, Colorado, Texas, and New York.
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is working with the Office of Accreditation and Accreditation Services (AASAS) to provide information on various requirements for licensured teachers in these states.
The requirements for certification vary from state to state, and there are different types of certifications that can be used to fulfill certain requirements.
For example, some teachers can be certified in the areas of English as a Second Language (ESL), advanced professional level (APL), or advanced professional teacher credential (APT).
Other certification levels may be used in lieu of a certification.
What are required courses to be completed?
Most teachers have one or more courses they need to take before becoming certified, which include the required introductory course and a pre-certification course.
There are many different types and levels of courses that can qualify for certification.
For instance, students who complete an APL course, but don’t have a certificate, are not considered certified.
However the state recognizes courses in other subjects that can fulfill the certification requirements, such as Advanced Placement (AP), IB, and International Baccalaureate (IBT).
The state also recognizes courses that are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which is a nonprofit organization that certifies college programs.
The HLC also certifies other types of college programs, such Aspire International Education (AI), Career Learning Institute (CLI), and National College Board.
How do I apply for certification?
It is very important to make sure you are prepared for licensuring in order to find a certified teacher.
You should prepare to answer the following questions: Are you a current full-time teaching position?
Are you willing to work for a contract position with a school that pays you a salary?
Are the school and school district in your state and district making public records available to you?
Are your records being made public?
If yes, how?
Are they available to the public?
Do you have a resume and other information about the job?
Are any of your work history reports public?
Does the school provide online interviews to applicants?
Do your work experience reports reflect your teaching experience?
Do any of the following apply to you?: Are you interested in becoming a certified ESL teacher?
Do they offer a certification program?
Do the teachers you apply to teach in your school have a bachelor’s degree?
Are applicants to the school offering the certifications you are interested in?
Do their applications include a recommendation letter from a parent or guardian?
Are transcripts for any previous teaching experience that you are looking for?
Do transcripts from the previous school you are working for indicate that you have been certified?
If no, can you provide a list of your previous teaching experiences?
Do students who apply to the program have a record of successful completion of a course in the subject area?
If so, is that a record that is publicly available?
Is the school’s website available to students and teachers who apply?
Are all of the students and/or teachers who applied to the job offered online interviews?
If not, are you willing and able to provide these information?
Is it true that you will have a hard time finding qualified teachers in your area?
Is there a current online program offering a certification in your subject area and a current list of qualified teachers available to teachers who wish to apply?
Does your school offer a career development program for teachers?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are eligible to apply to be a certified, paid English teacher