Prospective teachers invited to sessions June 22
The Arizona Center for Teacher Preparation is traveling around the state and will be coming to Yuma on Saturday, June 22, to inform prospective educators on what steps are necessary to become a teacher in Arizona.
On March 18, the Arizona State School Board unanimously voted to approve The American Board, who recently launched the Arizona Center for Teacher Preparation, as an official route to Arizona teacher certification. They have been recognized with assisting those interested in education to overcome obstacles in attaining certification and also for helping schools and districts with their struggle to recruit and train teachers.
“Every student deserves to have teachers who are experts in their subject areas, and the Arizona Center for Teacher Preparation provides a rigorous, expedited, and cost-effective route to teacher certification for professionals with undergraduate degrees, especially those in STEM fields,” said Governor Jan Brewer. “I congratulate the Arizona Center as it officially launches its program in Arizona so more can obtain their teacher certification and begin inspiring young minds throughout this great state.”
According to the Vital Signs report, released by Change the Equation in 2012, only 2 percent of fourth graders and 12 percent of eighth-graders had teachers with an undergraduate major in math, and only 33 percent of eighth-graders had teachers with an undergraduate major in science.
“If we want our children to be the best and brightest they can be, then we need to cast a wider net when looking for teachers,” said State Senator John McComish. “Some of the best and brightest potential teachers are trained professionals currently serving in other fields. They have a lot to offer our children in the classroom.”
An informational session will be held in Yuma at the Foothills Branch Library, 13226 S. Frontage Rd., providing information for those looking to change careers, who have recently graduated, veterans, or others with a desire to teach.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with a teacher certification specialist Cisco Valenzuela, explore exam preparation materials, enroll in the Arizona Center program and receive savings on the Arizona Center program.
Sessions, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m., are free and open to the public.
Dates and times are of the session are subject to change. For up to date information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-669-2228.
Visit www.azctp.org for more information.