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Become an English Teacher

You can start a new career as an English teacher in less than one year. With American Board’s online teacher certification program, you study at your own pace to become an English teacher. Study for a new career without debt or leaving your current position.

Whether you are an avid Shakespearean or an experienced editor, our English Language Arts (ELA) program prepares you to command your own classroom in less than a year. Share your passion with future journalists and authors by becoming an English teacher. Your program includes candidate services, exams, online coursework, practice exams, and more!

How to Become an English Teacher

In order to earn an American Board teacher certification in English Language Arts, 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 the American Board.
  3. Pass a standard 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 150 multiple choice questions and a writing component. We suggest you take this exam before your subject area exam.
  5. Pass the American Board English Language Arts 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.

Become an English Teacher in Your State

American Board’s English teacher 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:

*Candidates in Arizona and Ohio should check with the state department of education to learn what subjects are available to them through American Board’s program. Candidates in these states do not take American Board subject exams.

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American Board’s Teacher Certification Program

American Board currently offers two English teacher certification programs: English Language Arts Standard and English Language Arts Premium. Both programs will take the same exams. Read below to learn what is included with these programs.

English Language Arts Standard Certification Program includes the following:

Study Plans: Our study plans are based on best practices 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 American Board 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.

English Language Arts Premium Program

English Language Arts Premium Certification Program includes everything listed above, plus the following additions not offered with the Standard program:

ELA 100 Essential Literary Works Workbook: This workbook consists of 100 CORE works that a candidate would need to know at minimum to pass the ELA exam. The workbook gives you the ability to pace yourself in a structured way and give you a deeper understanding of the works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction being taught in ELA classrooms across the country.

ELA Quizbank: This quiz bank targets the topics that students have missed the most on the actual ELA exam.

The Job Counseling Webinar: This webinar walks you through the job hunting process. From searching for a job right down to the interview, you’ll learn a variety of best practices that will help you land your dream job.

The Job Counseling Workbook: This workbook has various templates to help you format your resume, cover letter, and other documents that will be used to apply for teaching positions. The workbook also provides students with tools to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and advice on how to best present their skills in job interviews.


We are available to answer your questions via email, chat, or phone. Reach out to us with questions and we’ll be happy to help you figure out if our program is the right fit for your needs.

Call 1-877-669-2228 to speak with our Enrollment Team or click the button below to email us.