Students today learn differently.
We think teachers should too.

Our Program

Built for learning from the ground up

We are an online alternative teacher certification program preparing tomorrow’s teachers for tomorrow’s students in tomorrow’s learning world. Teach-Now is designed to be the ideal program for people already in the workforce who want to become innovative, effective teachers in a digital age. We offer an extremely competitively-priced option for candidates who only need a teacher credential as well as master’s degree option in partnership with the University of the Pacific. Effective teaching is our passion and we are intent on helping our candidates change the life outcomes of their students.

Our program is built on a few fundamental principles:


The effective use of technology is at the heart of our program. You will learn to think critically about technology in the classroom and for your personal learning community.


Research demonstrates teachers learn best from other teachers. That’s why our entire program is structured so that you will be learning as much from other candidates as from our instructors.


We don’t use tests and papers for assessment. Your assignments are designed to be immediately useful with students or in your professional development.


No activity can substitute for time spent in a classroom with real students. Our curriculum puts you in schools (real and virtual) from the very first module.

“We start cohorts in our program every month. Why wait?”

Our program consists of eight modules covered over nine months:

Our educational philosophy is to have our candidates learn how we want them to teach. Teach-Now’s learning design is inspired by a model that is increasingly getting attention as the most effective way of teaching in a 21st-century classroom:

learning design diagram

Candidates work through the project-based curriculum on our always-accessible learning platform while sharing their experiences in our virtual classroom. This design is informed by research in cognitive studies and neuroscience that provide insight into how learning actually happens and what educators can do to ensure effectiveness.
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We look for the very best candidates to create the best teachers

One of the fundamental elements of our program is our highly-selective admissions process. Since we emphasize collaboration, it’s critical that all our candidates be top-notch. Here’s what we require:

When you apply using one of the buttons below, your application and transcripts will be reviewed by our Admissions staff and you will be contacted within a week with the result. We will then schedule a Skype interview with qualified applicants to discuss your application and answer any questions you might have about the program!

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Ask us about payment plans and financial aid

We offer two Teach-Now options: teacher certification only and a master’s degree in partnership with the University of the Pacific. Details are below:

Certification Only

  • Teaching certificate from Washington, DC
  • $6000 (minimum initial payment of $1500)
  • 9 months to complete
  • Cohorts start every month
  • Program is completed where you are and no travel to DC is required

Master’s Degree

  • M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from UOP
  • Teaching credential from California
  • $23,800 with traditional financial aid
  • 9 months to complete
  • Cohorts start in fall, spring and summer semesters

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We're not the only ones who think we're amazing

Teach-Now graduates are not only applying their teaching skills at schools around the US and the world, but they are also active in educational circles. Recent graduate Adam Carter, currently teaching in Japan, is one such example. Adam was recently highlighted by Edutopia for his work authoring several influential articles while focusing his own professional development on technology in the classroom. Check out his profile here.

And read through the rest of our testimonials to hear about other candidates’ experiences with the program!

“Teach-Now is a program to help passionate people become highly effective certified teachers. This program is a healthy and productive marriage of technology and innovative teaching and learning practices that I not only can use as part of the program, but also presently in the classroom. The extensive and user friendly resources afford me the opportunity to share teaching practices with fellow educators and better ways to serve my students through collaboration and technology.”

“Every expert has been telling us where education should go, Teach-Now actually delivers. All of the other programs I’ve looked at are tied to the same old technology from ten years ago. Teach-Now uses the latest teaching standards and the latest technology so that you become the digital teaching expert. I have twelve years experience in technology and have actually broadened my knowledge in education and technology through this program.”

“This program is an amazing opportunity for folks who are interested in pursuing a career in education. It is focused on novel ideas, technologies and readiness for the 21st century. It tackles strategies to prepare both the students and educators for the ever-changing world, plus you get a certificate in 9 months. I would highly recommend it if you are thinking about starting an alternative route for certification.”

“I was overjoyed to find Teach-Now, especially after learning that it is the brainchild of Emily Feistritzer, who is the Queen of Teaching Certification in the US. The program is so well organized; I love the modules as I can focus on each theme in succession instead of studying four unrelated subjects at the same time. Teach-Now’s goal is training teachers to use the modern-day tools they need to be successful teachers in today’s schools, so there is a focus on embracing digital technology, which is one of the shortfalls of the other programs I researched. Just to complete my homework assignments I have become competent in using blogs, brain-maps, voice threads, self-produced films and Prezi presentations. It is obvious looking at our current cohort that Teach Now is producing some fine teachers and I think for anyone living abroad, this program is the ideal way to not only become a certified teacher, but to become a confident educator ready to step into any classroom and succeed.”

Also, don’t miss the attention we’re getting from education establishment:
“Education Researcher Moves Into Certification Business” — A Profile on TEACH-NOW Founder Emily Feistritzer

“For-Profits Dominate Market for Online Teacher Prep”

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You've got questions; we've got answers

If you’ve got a question we didn’t answer below, please drop us an email ( or give us a call at (202) 822-8280.

After I complete the program, will I be able to teach in XX state?

Typically, yes!

Each state creates its own requirements for granting teaching licenses (also called certification – same thing) through some office in their department of education. You can typically answer this question directly by searching for your state’s office and looking for their reciprocity guidelines. If they have reciprocity with Washington, DC then it’s just a matter of paperwork.

In any case, we’re happy to work with applicants to make sure they’ll be able to teach where they’d like after completing the program!

Can I continue working full-time while going through Teach-Now?

Yes, the first 6 months of the program are almost exclusively online. The last three months require at least 120 hours of actual teaching a classroom with a mentor teacher. This can also overlap with an actual teaching job for candidates who are already in the classroom.

Do I have to pass any tests in order to get certified?

Yes, but the specific required tests vary state by state. We license teachers in Washington, DC, Arizona and California. Washington, DC requires the Praxis I and II; Arizona requires its own Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA); California requires their own California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and California Subject Examinations for Teacher (CSET).

In addition, some states may have additional or different testing requirements when applying for a reciprocal license. We’re happy to help candidates figure out what specific requirements they have given where they would like to teach.

Do you have scholarships or financial aid available?

We are not able to fund candidates with scholarships at this point, although there are programs out there that you can find that will support career switchers who fulfill certain requirements.

For our masters degree option, traditional financial aid is available in the form of government loans. During the application process, you’ll fill out a FAFSA in order to apply for financial aid.

How does the student teaching requirement work?

Clinical experiences (live and virtual) are embedded throughout the 9-month program; the last 3 months are practice teaching in an actual school. We assist candidates in finding a school–often the same school they are interested in getting a job with–and work directly with the school to make arrangements for practice teaching with a Teach-Now trained mentor.

For candidates already teaching, we work with them to identify a mentor who will guide and evaluate the candidate during the last 3 months of the program.

Is Teach-Now accredited?

Teach-Now has been reviewed and is accredited by DC’s Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and is included on their list of approved programs.

In addition, Teach-Now is a precandidate for NCATE accreditation and we are actively pursuing additional state approvals.

Is this a REAL teaching certificate?


Teach-Now has been reviewed and approved by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, DC. You can see Teach-Now on the list of approved educator licensing programs here. We’re real!!

Graduates of our program are granted licenses in whichever subject area they pursue.

Who teaches it?

Our instructors are hand-selected master educators with many years excelling in the classroom. A few of our requirements are here:

  • More than 5 years of classroom experience
  • Demonstrated student achievement gains
  • Formal recognition of expertise (school or district award)
  • Demonstrated use of multiple technologies in the classroom

If this describes YOU and you’re interested in helping our candidates achieve success in their classrooms, drop us a note!

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About Us

The story of Teach-Now

The world employs 60 million teachers to teach 21st-century skills with 20th-century tools in a 19th-century system. Technology has radically changed the way people live and work, but not how traditional schools teach. Children are digital natives before they step foot in a school and need the appropriate environment to be motivated to learn. Many current teachers do not have these skills and training programs have been slow to bring technology into their preparation. If we want to change life outcomes for students, we need to prepare teachers to think digital who can create ways to educate with smartphones instead of taking them away.

The founder of Teach-Now, Dr. Emily Feistritzer, has been at the epicenter of teacher education and certification since the mid-1980s. She received a multi-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create a clearinghouse for information about alternative certification routes in 2003 and this work has led her to create Teach-Now as an answer to a growing need for an out-of-the-box, technology-based solution for training teachers. In 2011, Dr. Feistritzer met Kunali Sanghvi, an instructional designer and e-learning solutions architect and they set out to create an ideal teacher preparation program and platform.

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