American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence

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  1. FutureFLTeacher

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    Has anyone utilized this company to get certified? It looks as if they provide some great study guides and practice tests...I figure at this rate if I can't pass the state SAE perhaps this is a better route for me. (A bit costly, but if the end result is me passing...that's what matters...)

    Wanted to see if anyone else had used them or is debating on it...here is a link to their site http://www.abcte.org

    Thanks! :D
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Much depends, I suppose, on whether you actually already teach. Try Googling using "abcte"; there's a mix of reactions.
     
  4. FutureFLTeacher

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    I checked out the various reactions to the ABCTE...it seems as if they are 50/50. I don't see what the difference is between utilizing the ABCTE method versus taking the state's subject area exam. In either case, if your someone like me making a career change, your not going to have the teaching background in the first place. That seems to be most folks problem with the ABCTE version of credentialing, that the people getting licensed by them will have no teaching background. Same thing applies to someone taking a SAE with no teaching experience. One educator stated it best saying that these tests are HOW someone gets credentialed and it really doesn't matter because that's not the same thing as actually getting hired to teach. Just because you have the credentials doesn't mean you'll get a teaching position.
     
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    True. Since you're making the career change in a state that actually does have an undergrad education major, it could make sense for you to do a more traditional program for the sake of the techniques and other information you'll learn and the contacts you'll make.
     
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    The only downside to going the traditional route would having to go back to school for two to three years while working full time. I've spoke with a credentialing specialist in our county office who said that once career changers are hired on in our area, the county provides them with the necessary courses needed to integrate themselves into teaching. I'm between a rock and a hard place, to try and go back to school would not only be time consuming, but costly. With already have a bachelors degree and still paying student loans off on it, the financial issue of returning school rears it's ugly head as well.
     
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    I was waiting to comment on this until I finished my ABCTE certification. I did it & loved it. It was so much less frustrating than the county's alternative certification program, and cheaper and faster than taking the many education classes I would need. But, I already had teaching experience coming in, and I work in a district that offers a good orientation program for new teachers, which covered most of the topics I would have studied in the classes.

    In short, i recommend ABCTE
     
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    ABCTE

    I'm using ABCTE as a path to alternative certification as well. I'm studying for the English Language Arts exam.
     
  9. clairedee

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    Have you taken your tests yet? I'm studying for this also!
     

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