Teach for America Hopeful

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Teach for America Hopeful

Postby dorinorman » Mon May 19, 2014 6:10 pm

I am beginning my second year of graduate school here in Kentucky this August--getting an English degree with teaching experience, though no certification--and I am starting to look at post-grad teaching opportunities that would also certify me. I've looked at World Teach and Teach for America, but I am very interested in teaching in Alaska, particularly in the rural/bush regions. That's how I came across ATP: doing a little Googling. :) Are there any programs like Teach for America in Alaska? Could I get certified through ATP? Or would I have to go about seeking certification elsewhere and transferring into the state? Just curious. I have another year before I'll graduate! Thank you for any helpful advice :D ~Dori
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Re: Teach for America Hopeful

Postby Johncn » Tue May 20, 2014 1:22 pm

Hello,

There is no official state program like "Teach Form America". They are private non-profit, and are not really active in our state so far as I know.

In addition, there has not been an official "Alternative Certification" program in Alaska since Transition to Teaching (AKT2) closed down:

http://www.eed.state.ak.us/akt2/

The good news is that there is a certificate available for teachers who find a district willing to hire them while enrolled in an approved teacher certification program, assuming that the candidate can complete the program within the two years allowed. As ALWAYS, the best source of accurate information is EED's Teacher Certification website (linked below), not a discussion forum. :mrgreen:

Alaska Teacher Certification Website:
http://www.eed.state.ak.us/TeacherCertification/

Certificate Types:
http://www.eed.state.ak.us/TeacherCerti ... ation.html

Initial Certificate Types:
http://www.eed.state.ak.us/TeacherCertification/initial.html

Initial / Program Enrollment Certificate
http://www.eed.state.ak.us/TeacherCertification/initial.html#ProofofProgramEnrollment

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Details from the Program Enrollment Verification form:

http://www.eed.state.ak.us/TeacherCertification/pdf/Program_Enrollment.pdf

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Hope this helps. Please verify anything you assume about a program or you eligibility with Sondra's staff at EED before making any important life decisions. :shock:

Regards,

John
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Re: Teach for America Hopeful

Postby dorinorman » Fri May 23, 2014 5:02 am

John,

Thanks for the guidance. I appreciate your posting the forms! And yes, I'll be sure to check out the EED website :) Good luck with your own venture to Alaska!

~Dori
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