Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 11, 2006–With America facing unprecedented teacher shortages in math and science, the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) today announced the launch of Project 5,000, a new initiative to recruit and certify 5,000 new math and science teachers by 2009.
To kick off this initiative, ABCTE will host twelve “Become a Math or Science Teacher” events throughout Florida. ABCTE is hosting these events in cooperation with the following school districts: Orange County, Pasco County, Monroe County Schools and Hernando County. ABCTE is also working with the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium, which consists of 21 member and participating Florida school districts and Argosy University/Tampa.
At the “Become a Math or Science Teacher” events, career changers can participate in informational presentations and meet with ABCTE certification counselors to learn more about teacher certification options. The events are free, and individuals can register to attend at http://www.abcte.org.
According to the National Science Board, America’s classrooms need 240,000 math and science teachers over the next decade. In his State of the Union Address President Bush called for math and science professionals to teach in America’s classrooms.
“Project 5,000 is crucial in order to meet the national need for math and science teachers and to meet the needs of school districts across the country,” said ABCTE President David Saba.
Candidates for Passport to Teaching certification must demonstrate mastery on examinations of subject area and professional teaching knowledge. Examinations are administered in English and candidates must also demonstrate mastery on a written essay component. Individuals with bachelor’s degrees can prepare for certification on their own time and at their own pace, using preparation materials available from a variety of sources. No additional college courses are required.
Passport to Teaching is recognized as a route to state certification in Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Idaho and Utah. Many charter and private schools nationwide also recognize the certification, which is offered in a variety of subject areas. Availability of certification areas and requirements vary by state.
For a list of events, or to register to attend an information session, visit http://www.abcte.org/events or call 1-877-669-2228.