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Become a Science Teacher

You can become a science teacher with American Board’s online teacher certification program. Open enrollment means you can start training to become a science teacher anytime. From astronomy to thermodynamics, American Board’s science teacher certification program was crafted to be thorough, flexible and affordable for you. Enroll today and make the universe come to life in your own classroom in less than a year. Your program includes candidate services, exams, online coursework, practice exams, and more!

How to Become a Science Teacher

In order to earn science teacher certification with American Board, 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 145 multiple choice questions and a writing component. We suggest you take this exam before your subject area exam.
  5. Pass the American Board General Science 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 a Science Teacher in Your State

American Board’s Science 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:

*In Idaho, candidates who are seeking a Natural Science endorsement must choose biology, physics, or chemistry on their American Board application and pass that selected single subject science assessment in addition to American Board general science assessment and PTK assessment.  Candidates are advised to take the American Board single-subject science exam and the PTK before taking the American Board general science assessment in order to obtain a natural science endorsement. Idaho candidates will not be able to teach on a natural science endorsement alone; the endorsement must be in addition to a single-subject science certificate. Call us at 1-877-669-2228 for more information.

**To teach physics, you will be required to complete a separate certification program, also offered by the American Board. A physics certification is not required to teach any other sciences, meaning you can just take the physics certification without the general science certification if you would only like to teach physics. Learn more about our physics certification program here.


***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.

Science Teacher Certification Program

American Board’s Science Teacher 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.

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