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Event Offers Career Change for Those Interested in Teaching

In a time when people are looking for secure jobs, the teaching profession may be a field to consider even for those who have never studied education. An event in Springfield aims to offer those looking for a career change the opportunity to begin teaching. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence is hosting an event to introduce its teaching certification program to those looking to enter the field of teaching. The program is available to anyone who holds a Bachelor’s degree in any subject other than education, and can be completed within 8-10 months. Mike Holden is with the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence, which is based in Washington, D.C.

“Our program offers people a lot of flexibility and it’s very affordable, it’s under $1,000. So there was definitely this demand where there were a lot of people who wanted to get into the classroom and become teachers, and this gives them an alternate route to do that,” said Holden.

The program is accepted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a route to certification for all school districts and charter schools in the state. The board has already issued nearly 250 teaching certificates in Missouri after only two years, and over 1,000 people are currently working toward receiving their certifications.

The event will last under an hour and will include a presentation and an opportunity to enroll in the program. The sessions will be held at the Doling Family Center on Wednesday at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30pm; they are free and open to the public. For more information on the event or the certification process, visit For KSMU News, I’m Adam Murphy.