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Alternative Certification Programs

Interested in teaching but you don't have an education degree?  Check out these alternative certification programs:

Teach for America- one of the nation's most popular and competitive teacher preparation and placement programs, Teach for America, is particularly seeking high-achieving non-certified candidates who want to have an impact on low-income communities.
-Admissions Program Overview
-2012 Alumni Snapshot
-2012 Corps Profile

     GCC Alum Contact, Kim Walsh,
PowerPoint from Teach for America Info Session

New Teacher Project - The New Teacher Project (TNTP) recruits recent graduates who aren't yet certified as educators, but who possess the skills and knowledge to teach high-need subjects in cities and states across the country: Arizona, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Worth, Georgia, Indianapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington D.C.

MATCH Corps - The MATCH Corps is a one-year Urban Education fellowship program.

Mississippi Teacher Corps - a competitive, alternate-route teaching program serving critical-shortage public school districts throughout Mississippi and culminating in a master's degree in education from the University of Mississippi
     GCC Alum Contact, Josh Smith,

Franco-American Teachers-in-Training Institute - This program (through the University of Akron) is for undergraduate senior-level or graduate students seeking teaching licensure in a variety of secondary education content areas. Participants should have prior French language study, with a proficiency level of at least “intermediate low.”  Visit the link above or click here to view FATITI's flyer for more information.

Memphis Teacher Residency - The MTR Residency program is a Master’s-level degree program for men and women of all ages and training. The MTR combines three aspects of training in order to transform Memphis urban classrooms: Master's in Urban Education, an Internship, and Support.  Applicants do not have to have a degree or training in education.

AUSL Chicago Teacher Residency - The AUSL Chicago Teacher Residency is a paid, full0time, yearlong urgan teacher training program that equips residents with the training, skills, and strategies that wil empower their students to puruse their dreams.  Reisdents train for a year with an experienced mentor teacher and teach in an environment that maximizes their impact.  Following the training year, residents receive a job placement opportunity as a Chicago Public School teacher in an AUSL-managed elementary or high school.  Applicants do not have to have a degree or training in education.

Or check out these databases and resources to find one out of the many other Alternative Certification Programs that will work for you!
PA Teacher Certification Program - Candidates who possess a minimum of a baccalaureate degree related to the area of desired certification may enroll in the Pennsylvania Teacher Intern Program.  This link provides a list of the 37 state-approved programs and additional information.

National Center for Alternative Certification - supplies comprehensive information on alternative certification including state reciprocity.  The ABCTE Program in Pennsylvania is administered through Point Park University.  For a list of PDE- approved ABCTE Instructional I certificates, contact Point Park University or PDE. Coursework may be completed online or on-campus. Candidates must obtain their own 12-week full-time teaching placement.

Troops to Teachers - TTT provides counseling and referral services to military personnel interested in beginning a second career in Pre-K through 12 education. Will help applicants identify certification requirements, programs leading to certification and employment opportunities.

TeachersCount, Pathways to Teaching - TeachersCount lists various 'pathways' to obtain teacher certification.  This site also offers valuable information and resources for teachers.

Education Degree - This resource allows students to find alternative certification programs in every state across the country.  Online programs are also featured.



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