Interested in teaching abroad? With a Bachelor’s degree and a desire to make a difference, the American Board can help you achieve your dream. International schools often seek individuals certified through an American based education program such as ours. Our program offers candidate services, exams, online coursework, practice exams and more!
The American Board, also known as The American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), offers a flexible, affordable path to earn your teaching certificate. You can complete our self-paced program online without quitting your job or taking additional college courses.
The American Board is also extremely cost-efficient. Compare the cost of our program (less than $3000 in most cases) to the cost of taking 25-30 credit hours at a state university and it’s no competition.
Plus, we let candidates complete our program at their own pace. On average, our candidates take 8-10 months to complete the program.
To use a teaching certificate from the American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence in a school outside of the United States, candidates will need to complete the following steps:
1. Contact the school you wish to teach at. Confirm that they accept the American Board certification program in the subject area in which you would like to teach.
2. Inquire if the school of your choice will have an opening for you. It’s much better to have this information before you spend 10 months working on your ABCTE certification, especially if the school does not have openings.
3. Complete the ABCTE program.
4. Secure a job in the school of your choice and begin teaching.
It is possible to teach in one of the 11 states the American Board certification program is accepted in after teaching abroad with an ABCTE program.
HOWEVER, each state has its own requirements on how to earn your temporary teaching license after completing the ABCTE program. Many states have time limits on how long after completing the ABCTE program a candidate has to secure their temporary teaching license and begin teaching. Also, keep in mind that not all subject area certifications are accepted in each state.
We highly recommend you contact your state’s department of education for more information on how to teach on an ABCTE certification after teaching abroad.
If you live internationally but are planning to relocate to the United States and want to become a teacher using an ABCTE certification, we strongly recommend that you contact the Department of Education of the state you will be locating to BEFORE beginning the American Board’s program. Each state has different requirements for teaching, especially if your Bachelor’s degree was completed outside of the United States.
Also, please note: Candidates that live abroad will need to pay the shipping cost to have their ABCTE certificate mailed to them after completion of the program. The program costs do not include international shipping.
In order to complete your ABCTE certification, you will need to take and pass a subject area exam and a Professional Knowledge Teaching exam (PTK exam). Both exams must be completed at a Pearson VUE testing center with exams taken on separate dates.
While Pearson VUE does have testing centers abroad, there are not centers in every country or major city outside of the United States. Visit Pearson VUE’s website to find the closest testing center near you.
In order to teach on a U.S. Military base abroad, you will need to be state certified to teach and have experience teaching in an American classroom.
For more information, visit the Department of Defense’s Education Activity website.
We offer certifications in a variety of subjects. Choose a subject below to learn more about the requirements to teach that subject:
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