Wednesday, July 17, 2013
As highlighted in the organization Change the Equation’s 2012 South Carolina Vital Signs report, only 35 percent of the state’s eighth graders have a math teacher who majored in the subject they teach.
Only 38 percent of eighth graders have a science teacher who majored in the subject they teach.
This summer the American Board, a teacher certification nonprofit, is aiming to alleviate this issue in South Carolina by helping career-changing professionals bring their experience and expertise to local classrooms.
Accepted by the South Carolina Department of Education in 2007, the American Board assists career-changers, subject area experts, recent college graduates, and others with a Bachelor’s degree to earn full teacher certification.
The American Board certifies teachers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, including Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, in addition to English Language Arts.
For community members who wish to make a difference in the classroom, the American Board provides an affordable, accessible, and accelerated route to teaching. The program is offered online, and candidates can work at their own pace and on their own time.
The American Board will be hosting informational sessions this July and August, including on July 25 at the Moncks Corner Depot at 4 and 6 p.m.
A local representative will provide materials and answer questions about how to become a certified teacher in South Carolina. RSVP at http://www.abcte.org/drupal/teach/events.