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 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:
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.
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!
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:
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If you’ve got a question we didn’t answer below, please drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give us a call at (202) 822-8280.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our instructors are hand-selected master educators with many years excelling in the classroom. A few of our requirements are here:
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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“Let’s change teaching!”
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.