Certification Program FAQ
TEACH-NOW is an approved teacher preparation program required for a full, regular renewable 4-year teaching license in the District of Columbia or a 2-year provisional license which converts to a full renewable license in Arizona. It is not a temporary or alternative license.
Yes. The workload varies but seems to average out to approximately 15 hours a week once candidates become familiar with our learning-to-teach model. The first six months of the TEACH-NOW teacher preparation certificate program are almost exclusively online and meeting times are scheduled by each cohort according to the group’s availability (typically outside of business hours). The last three months of the program require at least 200 hours of actual practice teaching in a classroom with a supervising mentor teacher―completed by teaching a minimum of 4 hours per day, 5 days per week, for 12 weeks (which allows for a couple of absences). For candidates already in the classroom, this requirement can be met through the current teaching job.
We are not able to offer candidates scholarships at this time, although there are many external tuition assistance and educational loan programs which have their own requirements. Unfortunately, we cannot maintain an up-to-date list, but searching for both regional and national transition to teaching programs is a great first step.
Our instructors are hand-selected master educators with many years excelling in the classroom. Our requirements include:
- At least three years of exemplary teaching experience
- Demonstrated proof of student achievement gains
- Formal recognition of expertise via an award or distinction in teaching by a school or district
- Proficiency integrating multiple technologies as part of the learning process
Clinical experiences are embedded throughout the nine-month program. The last three months of the TEACH-NOW teacher preparation certificate program require at least 200 hours of actual practice teaching in a classroom with a supervising mentor teacher―completed by teaching a minimum of 4 hours per day, 5 days per week, for 12 weeks (which allows for a couple of absences). We will work with you in finding a school, initially focusing on any school(s) where you would like to teach. We work directly with the school to help arrange your student teaching experience as well as to ensure that your mentor/supervising teacher is trained in the TEACH-NOW methodology.
For candidates already in the classroom, this requirement can be met through the current teaching job and we will help to identify a mentor who will guide and evaluate you while you are part of the TEACH-NOW teacher certification program.
Each state creates its own requirements for granting teaching licenses (certification) through its Department of Education. You can usually find this information by searching for this office on your state’s website and then looking for their reciprocity guidelines. If they have reciprocity with Washington, DC or Arizona, then it’s just a matter of paperwork.
In any case, we’re happy to work with you to make sure that you’ll be able to teach where you’d like after completing the program!
Yes. Like many other states, Washington, DC, which grants your certification upon completion of TEACH-NOW, requires the PRAXIS tests. Arizona has its own certification tests, which are administered by NES/Pearson. If you will be seeking reciprocity in other states, you may need to take additional standardized tests. We are happy to help you figure out any specific requirements for your desired teaching location.
There’s currently no such thing as a lifetime license. All states require periodic renewal of their teaching licenses, for example, DC, Arizona and California.
- Arizona – valid for six years, renewal information here
- California – valid for five years, renewal information here
- Washington, DC – valid for 4 years, renewal information here
Further details can be found on each state’s relevant website.
Absolutely–many current candidates are living and working abroad. As long as you have a computer with internet access and a webcam, you can complete the TEACH-NOW program.
Yes. You are not required to be a US citizen to apply for a teaching license. However, the license does not act as a visa or green card. You will need to discuss your immigration status with potential employers.
TEACH-NOW is approved by DC’s Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and is included on their list of approved programs. TEACH-NOW is also an approved program leading to a teaching license by the Arizona State Department of Education. We have recently received “Accreditation Eligible” status from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
As an international program and in the spirit of celebrating diversity, no holidays are universally observed. Each cohort and their instructor decide about holidays. There are no penalties for holidays, however arrangements must be made with the instructor and cohort in advance to cover all group and individual activities, as well as to make up virtual class.
There is one program-wide break―winter break―the last 2 weeks of December. Also, due to the timing of clinical practice and school calendars, some cohorts will have summer breaks (approximate summer break if starting in:Nov―3 months; Jan―2 months; and Feb―1 month).
Master’s of Education FAQ
TEACH-NOW Educatore requires $1,000 upfront to enroll; then students may pay the remainder of their tuition in installments of $1,000 per month.
Educatore School of Education is approved by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission and we have recently received “Accreditation Eligible” status from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Classes are held in an online virtual classroom, so being familiar with video chat software is a plus. The projects in the program are designed to sharpen your 21st-century skills. We have full-time tech support for candidates who need it. The result of this is that all candidates will improve their technology skills as they progress through the program. Thus, upon graduation, candidates’ ability to engage their own students in technology that will assist them in learning and attaining new concepts will be significantly deepened.
On average, you will spend approximately 15 hours per week on the MED program. As with all graduate programs, some weeks will require more work than will others. One week might require 12 hours and the following week 18. The variation is a result of the background that candidates bring to particular material. For example, while engaging Research in Education material, if you have a significant research background, you might be able to move more quickly through parts of that Module.