Anytime, anywhere training to prepare, certify military vets, spouses to become teachers
TEACH-NOW, an accredited, innovative online teacher preparation program, marks Veterans Day this month by announcing its new Veterans Initiative, an effort to help vets and their spouses become teachers – wherever they are in the world.
With the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently granting TEACH-NOW eligibility to train VA beneficiaries, veterans and their spouses can receive federal aid to cover tuition: $6,000 to become a certified teacher, and $13,000 to earn a Master’s in Education Degree.
The TEACH-NOW Veterans Initiative will provide needed teachers and veterans needed jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 21 million veterans in the U.S. in 2016, 453,000 were unemployed. Nearly one-third (31 percent) of veterans have at least a bachelor’s degree and 44% of those with bachelor’s degrees are not in the labor force, with 120,000 unemployed. In 2016, between 18 and 23 percent of military spouses were unemployed – more than three times the national average – according to the National Military Family Association and Department of Defense studies respectively.
“We’re thrilled to provide an opportunity to those who served us to pursue their passion for service through a career in education,” said Emily Feistritzer, Founder and CEO of TEACH-NOW. “The TEACH-NOW Veterans Initiative allows today’s veterans and military families to have fulfilling, mission-driven careers anytime, anywhere.”
The Veterans Initiative leverages TEACH-NOW’s collaborative, activities-based, technology-centric online learning program. Small groups of students work together in virtual classrooms, participating in discussion and joint efforts while pursuing educational goals. The Veterans Initiative offers personal support, helping graduates gain licensing and certification in the location where they choose to live and pursue a career.
“The TEACH-NOW Veterans Initiative provides an avenue to help veterans and family members to ‘serve again’ in another essential occupation,” said John Gantz, a senior TEACH-NOW advisor who served as a director of the Defense Department’s Troops and Teachers Program from 1994-2010.
From its inception, TEACH-NOW has trained vets and expects to see the number now grow significantly as a result of its new initiative and its proven popularity.
Kevin Newell, a public high school teacher in Pennsylvania, is a former Army Captain and a West Point graduate. He graduated from TEACH-NOW in 2016, and has become an enthusiastic proponent of the program. “TEACH-NOW is a perfect option for those seeking a flexible way to earn their teaching certificate and gain the help needed to have their license approved wherever they want to teach,” Newell said.
At this time, through TEACH-NOW, veterans and their spouses may choose from three program options:
- A 9-month TEACH-NOW Teacher Preparation program that leads to a teaching certificate recognized all over the world.
- A 12-month Master’s in Education degree program, with the option of earning a teaching certificate during the course of the program.
- A 12-month Master’s in Education degree program with globalization & education research emphasis.
TEACH-NOW programs begin each month throughout the year, except in December. The schedule allows participants to start a degree or training program at several points throughout the year.
TEACH-NOW currently boasts a 94 percent completion rate and 900 graduates and 850 current enrollees in 80 countries around the world.
To learn more about the TEACH-NOW Veterans Initiative, visit http://teach-now.com/veterans.