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Do you possess the passion and knowledge to inform students of our nation’s past? The desire to take students on a journey through ancient Egypt, 14th century China, the Middle Ages, and World War II? Then the American Board’s History program is for you. Your knowledge of both United States and World History will be tested in this program. Your program includes candidate services, exams, online coursework, practice exams, and more!

How It Works

In order to earn an American Board certification in History, 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 125 multiple choice questions and a writing component. We suggest you take this exam before your subject area exam.
  5. Pass the ABCTE History 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.

Teach History in Your State

The American Board History 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:

*The state of Arkansas requires anyone wishing to teach History in secondary grades (high school) to pass the Secondary Social Studies Praxis II exam. Information on the exam can be found here.

The American Board Certification Program

The American Board History 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 an 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.

Additional Books

We base our testing on two very informative books:

Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam and Cracking the AP World History Exam.

Each book contains section quizzes and two sample Advanced Placement exams. The sample Advanced Placement exams are very similar to the U.S. History and World History American Board exams you would take to pass the program.

Students in the American Board History Standard Program will be required to purchase these two books separate from the American Board program. The books can be found on for around $15 each.

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