Teaching Internationally with The American Board
Interested in teaching anywhere in the world? With a Bachelor’s degree and a desire to make a difference, the American Board can help you achieve your dream. International schools frequently seek individuals certified through an American based education program such as ours. Our program offers candidate services, exams, online coursework, practice exams, and more!
To use a teaching certificate from the American Board 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 American Board certification, especially if the school does not have openings.
3. Complete the American Board program.
4. Secure a job in the school of your choice and begin teaching.
American Board, also known as The American Board for 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.
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.
Candidates complete the American Board program at their own pace. On average, candidates take 8-10 months to complete the program.
Choose a subject below to learn more about the requirements to teach that subject:
If you live internationally but are planning to relocate to the United States and want to become a teacher using an American Board certification, we strongly recommend that you contact the Department of Education in the state you will be moving 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 American Board Teaching Certificate mailed to them after completion of the program. The program costs do not include international shipping.
In order to complete your American Board 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.
Teaching Stateside After Teaching Abroad
It is possible to teach in one of the 11 states the American Board certification program is accepted in after teaching abroad with an American Board certification.
HOWEVER, each state has its own requirements on how to earn your temporary teaching license after completing the American Board program. Many states have time limits on how long after completing the American Board 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 American Board certification after teaching abroad.
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 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.
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