American Board information session set for Oct. 19 in Independence

A new report ranks Missouri in the top 15 of best states for teachers to work based on 16 different measures of teacher-friendliness.

The study by WalletHub shows individuals who want to become an educator in Missouri are choosing a promising and rewarding career and the American Board, a national nonprofit, makes it possible to become a teacher in time for the next academic year.

It’s common for many busy parents as well as full-time professionals and recent college graduates to not have the funds or time to go back to school. That’s why the American Board created an online and self-paced certification program. This alternative route to certification is an ideal fit for anyone looking to get into the education field on a flexible timeline at nearly one-third the price of a graduate degree.

“Our program is a great fit for professionals who always wanted to teach or want to take what they learned from years in a different career to benefit students in a classroom,” said Executive Director Lisa Howell. “Principals appreciate our candidates because they normally have real-life experience in the subjects they teach.”

Individuals interested in earning a teacher certification can learn more about the American Board's program by attending a free information session. The American Board will hold an informational meeting in Independence on Oct. 19. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Trails West Branch Library at 11401 E. 23rd Street South.

The American Board does not have a physical campus, allowing teachers-to-be the freedom to study anywhere in the world and even work full-time while earning certification. On average, candidates take seven to ten months to earn their certification with some students completing the program in as little as two months.

 – Karl Zinke