The American Board, also known as The American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), is a non-profit organization dedicated to placing qualified teachers in the classroom. We offer online teaching certifications in a variety of subjects, a much more affordable alternative to going back to school for your Master’s degree. Plus, our program can be completed at your own pace. The average ABCTE student finishes the program in 10 months and many work full-time jobs while completing their teacher certifications.
Want to Become a Teacher? Here’s how to get started:
1. Make sure you meet the American Board’s qualifications. In order to join our program you must:
a. Hold a Bachelor’s degree or be within 6 months of receiving your Bachelor’s degree. Your degree does not need to be in the subject you wish to teach.
b. Pass a background check. This background check will be similar to the background check your state or county’s department of education will conduct on you before you can be employed in a school.
c. Once enrolled you will need to send the American Board your college or university transcripts.
2. Select the subject area you would like to teach from the list below:
3. Or, select the state you would like to teach in below. You can also use the drop down menu on the top bar above to select the state of your choice from any page on our website.
*Arizona: The American Board operates as The Arizona Center for Teacher Preparation (AZCTP) in the state of Arizona. The program is structured differently than other states. To avoid confusion, the Arizona Center for Teacher Preparation requirements, pricing, and other information can be found on a separate website. Please visit AZCTP.org for more information on teacher certification in Arizona.
4. Read through the requirements of the subject area you would like to teach as well as the requirements for your state. Please make note of the following:
a. Not all subjects are offered in every state.
b. Each state has their own regulations on which grades can be taught with an American Board certification. For example, a teacher can teach grades 6-12 on a Biology Certification from the American Board in Florida, but only grades 9-12 in Missouri.
c. Each state has different requirements for becoming a teacher. Some states require that you register with the state’s department of education BEFORE you begin our program while other states require additional certifications and mentorships in order to receive your professional teaching license. We highly recommend you review the teaching requirements for your state from the list above.
d. The state of Missouri has a minimum GPA requirement of 2.5. This GPA is calculated from your Bachelor’s degree. If you hold a higher degree, the GPA of your higher degree and Bachelor’s degree will be averaged together. For more information, see Missouri teaching requirements.
5. At the bottom of each subject page is a link to enroll with that specific program. Click that link to enroll and complete your one-time payment. You will then be able to begin our program.
Click here to read a guide to how the program works, from enrollment to certification.
The American Board offers installment payment plans for those that are unable to pay for the program in full at one time. Payment for the full cost of the program (promotional discounts are not included for payment plans) will be divided and paid in installments. Learn more about installment payment plans here.
Have questions about our program? Call 1-877-669-2228 (option 1) to speak with a representative of the American Board, or email us at email@example.com.