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From teaching basic science and making multiplication fun to classifying nouns, verbs and adjectives, elementary teachers build the foundation for a lifetime of student success. If you have a gift for working with younger students, the American Board’s Elementary Education program is the right fit for you. Your program includes candidate services, exams, online coursework, practice exams and more.

REQUIREMENTS TO EARN YOUR CERTIFICATION

In order to earn an ABCTE certification in Elementary Education, you will need to meet the following requirements:

1. Hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

2. Submit your official college or university transcripts to ABCTE.

3. Pass a national background check.

4. Pass the Professional Teaching Knowledge exam (PTK). This exam will be taken on a computer and must be completed at a Pearson VUE testing center. The exam will consist of 100 multiple choice questions and a writing component. We suggest you take this exam before your subject area exam.

5. Pass the ABCTE Elementary Education exam. This exam will be taken on a computer and must be completed at a Pearson VUE testing center. We suggest taking this exam after you complete your PTK exam.

THE AMERICAN BOARD CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

The American Board Elementary Education Plus certification program includes the following:

Study Plans: Our study plans are based on bestpractices and recommendations from students that have already completed our program.

Prepare to Teach Workshops: Familiarize yourself with teaching concepts and practices using online lessons, video case studies, and printable resources.

Online Refresher Course: Explore over 300 pages of material, dedicating more time to topics that need intense review and breezing through what you already know.

Practice Exams: Practice in the same format as the real test on more than 300 sample questions. These include full-length tests, topic quizzes, timed and untimed modes, and complete explanations of the answers.

Exams: Take exams when you are ready, according to your own schedule. Testing is available year-round at Pearson VUE centers, Monday-Saturday.

PTK Workbook: Did you know you need to learn one hundred different standards in order to pass the ABCTE Professional Teaching Knowledge (PTK) exam? We’ve designed a one hundred page workbook to help maximize studying for the PTK exam. It provides a concrete way to navigate and learn the exam’s standards.

PTK Quiz Bank I: This quiz bank focuses on the topics that students have the most difficulty with on the actual exam. This tool is designed so that candidates can avoid test pitfalls and succeed the first time they test.

PTK Quiz Bank II: A perfect complement to Quiz Bank I, this study resource ensures that candidates will also focus on the remaining topics that must be mastered in order to pass the PTK exam.

TEACH ELEMENTARY EDUCATION IN YOUR STATE

The American Board Elementary Education certification is currently offered in the following states. Click a state below to learn of the specific requirements to become a teacher in that state:

Arkansas
Florida*
Idaho*
Missouri
New Hampshire
Tennessee*
Utah
Private Schools
Teach Internationally

*Florida, Idaho, and Tennessee ABCTE students can also add a Reading Endorsement Certification to their Elementary Education Certification. This program will help you teach students how to read, a crucial skill for teachers of young students. Learn more about the Reading Endorsement Certification here


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