Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to complete the edTPA Portfolio Assessment? (Georgia only)

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) voted to adopt new Certification Rules on April 10, 2014. One new rule requires teacher candidates who complete student teaching in Fall 2015 or later to earn a passing score on the edTPA before they can become eligible for an induction teaching certificate in Georgia. edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific, student centered multiple measure assessment of teaching. Teacher candidates must prepare an edTPA portfolio assessment during their student teaching clinical experience and submit once they have completed their teaching certification program.

Portfolio Assessment

Everyone getting a Georgia teaching certificate (from and in-state or out of state program) is now required to do an EdTPA portfolio assessment if they have not successfully taught at least a year.  To confirm if your teaching experience counts or not, you will need to connect with the Georgia Professional Standards Board at http://www.gapsc.com/.

What is EdTPA?

EdTPA is a portfolio assessment where students provide authentic evidence of lesson planning, teaching, and assessment with follow up reflections. It is performance-based and subject-specific.  It includes 27 teaching fields for special assessments and there is a handbook available for each subject area.  Each subject area has between 15-18 rubrics that candidates are scored on. Handbooks guide students through the process of creating this portfolio and contains rubrics for scoring. More information can be found at www.edtpa.com.

Candidates will access the handbooks and templates in the portfolio system they use to build their portfolios at the EdTPA site.

The EdTPA has 3 tasks:  Task 1 – Planning, Task 2 – Instruction, Task 3 – Student Assessment and Enrichment.

Task 1– Candidates justify their lesson planning detailing their k-12 students’ development and prior knowledge. Candidates submit lesson plans for 3-5 consecutive lessons along with any supporting materials like handouts and assignments.

Task 2- Candidates video and upload 1-2 unedited clips of their teaching in a classroom. Candidates justify how they create a positive learning environment and how they engage students. Candidates also reflect on their teaching and discuss what they would change based on the video.

Task 3- Candidates will choose one of their student assessments from that teaching time frame, justify it, and analyze student learning.  Work samples and related feedback for 3 students must also be submitted. Candidates will detail plans for next steps of instruction based on this data.

After the candidate completes the tasks, they submit them electronically for evaluation to EdTPA.  This costs $300 for the original scoring. Candidates can retake part or all of the assessment. Retakes cost $100 per task resubmitted.

Students transferring their Florida certificate to Georgia must pass the EdTPA prior to Georgia issuing a GA Teaching Certificate unless you have at least a year of successful teaching experience. To confirm if your teaching experience counts or not, you will need to connect with the Georgia Professional Standards Board at http://www.gapsc.com/.

How to get started

You will register at http://www.edtpa.com/Home.aspx.  In the candidate box you will see how to register, manage your portfolio, and online training.  There is a very informative Getting Started Summary page found at http://www.edtpa.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_GettingStarted.html that walks you through everything step by step.

Important Notes

You will choose “unaffiliated with a teacher prep program” because TeacherReady® doesn’t require you to pass the EdTPA to complete the TeacherReady® program. This is only a requirement for teaching in Georgia.

When the site discusses options for uploading, you will use the Pearson e Portfolio system to upload your portfolios.

Find additional information on the EdTPA website at http://www.edtpa.com .

Here is a link to FAQ on the EdTPA website:  http://www.edtpa.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_FAQ.html

This is an informational message for students planning to work in Georgia. If this does not apply to you or you fulfill the requirements, please disregard.

 

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Sarah Miller at Sarah.Miller@StuderEducation.com

Tatiana Keith at Tatiana.Keith@StuderEducation.com

When do I know I have completed the TeacherReady® Program?

You will have completed the TeacherReady® Program when you have successfully completed all the assignments and field experiences, and have successfully passed the three state certification exams. You will need to send your exam scores and a copy of your final Statement of Eligibility (stating you are “eligible”) to teacherready@studereducation.com in order to complete your certification.

We will file the appropriate paperwork to notify the Florida Department of Education that you have completed the program requirements.

You will need to submit your fingerprints to the FLDOE for a background check to obtain your certification.

Do I receive some form of feedback on my assignments?

Yes. Your instructors will review your completed assignments to make sure that you are on target. On some occasions, your instructors may feel you need to review the assignment and resubmit. Our instructors strive to provide feedback within 48 business hours of your assignment submission.

Are there set dates that my assignments are due?

You will be provided an Assignment Sheet with due dates at the beginning of each lesson.

How long are the lessons in the TeacherReady Program?

The flexibility of the program allows our students complete lessons at varying paces. Each lesson is designed to be completed in 3-4 weeks. The exact length of each lesson varies depending on the content of the instruction.

How does the online learning work?

All of the instruction is delivered through an online eLearning system. You will be provided an Assignment Sheet with due dates at the beginning of each lesson. You will complete the assignments at your own pace within the time frame of the lesson. Assignments will need to be completed in Microsoft Word, saved on your computer, and turned in to the instructors through “drop boxes.”

Do I have to be online at any particular time for instruction?

No. There are no set times that you have to be logged into the learning system to participate. Course information is available to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How do I transfer my Florida Professional Teacher Certification to my state?

Teacher certification in a particular state is transferrable to another state through a process called “reciprocity”. To find out what your state requires from you to transfer Florida Professional Teacher Certification, please visit our State Certification Transfer Map: https://www.teacherready.org/certificate-transfer-map/. From this map, you can contact the Department of Education in your state to find out their state reciprocity requirements. We recommend that you ask your Department of Education this question: “How do I transfer a clear, renewable, professional teaching certificate from Florida to become certified in your state?”

Do you help me find a job when I have finished the program?

Many of the students who complete the TeacherReady Program are hired by the school or school district where they worked to complete their field experiences. We will provide any documentation of participation in the program to help you secure a position with a school district.

The Florida Department of Education has job fairs posted on their web site at http://www.teachinflorida.com/Recruitment/JobFairs/tabid/64/Default.aspx. You can contact the Department of Education in your state for more information about local job fairs.

When districts notify our office of job openings, we post them on the TeacherReady Facebook page and on the TeacherReady Alumni Facebook Group.

We also provide several job search resources to help you find a job in your area.

What subject areas can I become certified in?

A complete list of subject areas for professional certification by the state of Florida can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/subjlist.asp.

What are the critical need subject areas in education?

The critical need subject areas are math,  language arts, science, ESOL, and exceptional student instruction. More information about the critical need subject areas can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/evaluation/teachdata.asp.

Is TeacherReady considered undergraduate or graduate level?

The TeacherReady Program is a graduate level program.

What happens if I move while I am enrolled in the TeacherReady Program?

If you move while you are enrolled in the TeacherReady Program, you will need to resubmit a field placement form with your new school district’s information. We will work with your new school district to establish a mentor teacher for you.

How do I renew my professional certification?

In order to renew your professional certification, you will need to complete coursework or complete professional development as directed by your hiring school district. You can find more information about renewing your teaching certification at http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/cert_renew.asp .

Are there any reasons that you would withdraw me from the program?

You can be withdrawn from the program for the following reasons:

1. Failure to return the required paperwork outlined in your acceptance letter to StuderEducation by the stated deadline.
2. Lack of participation in the program.
3. Failure to make payments or payment arrangements on time.

What happens if I need to withdraw from the program?

The faculty understands that circumstances may arise when you feel that you will not be able to continue with the TeacherReady Program. You will need to notify the program office concerning your intentions to withdraw from the program. A TeacherReady Withdrawal Form can be found under the “Forms” section of the TeacherReady.org web site. There are also opportunities to move to future cohorts to allow for a break in the program when life gets in the way.

What topics of material are covered by the TeacherReady Program?

Each lesson covers a different topic needed to pass the Professional Education Exam.

How do you notify the Florida Department of Education that I have completed the program?

Once you have: 1) completed all your assignments and field experiences and 2) submitted your official exam scores for all three exams to the TeacherReady office, we will submit the required forms to the Florida Certification Office for review. It takes approximately 30 days for the state to complete their certification process.

How do I get a grade?

There are no grades issued to students in the TeacherReady Program. If your financial aid requires a grade for further funding, you will need to contact the Program Director to complete the required paperwork.

Can I do my field placement at Florida Virtual School (FLVS)?

The University of West Florida TeacherReady® Program has an affiliation agreement with the Florida Virtual School to provide students working towards a teaching certification the opportunity to do their field work in a virtual classroom with a virtual mentor.

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is an established leader in developing and providing virtual K-12 education solutions to students all over Florida, the U.S. and the world.

During the field placement with FLVS, the student teacher is led one on one by a certified FLVS Clinical Educator on effective teaching strategies in an online environment; assessment, feedback, and monitoring of student progress.

The FLVS field placement alternative is offered for Florida residents only.

If you are interested in a field placement with FLVS, please contact Kerry.Brown@studereducation.com immediately.

Internships Available for 2017

 
Regular Placement – In-classroom field work required additional to FLVS. 16 weeks, 10 hours per week of teacher/student contact (schedule provided upon enrollment)
Summer Placement – specially designed for students who need to complete the program before the fall. In-classroom field work required additional to FLVS. 7 weeks, 10 hours per week of teacher/student contact (schedule provided upon enrollment)

2017 START DATED AND FINGERPRINTS DEADLINES

Summer 2017 Date Start: May 15 Fingerprints due by: April 7
Fall 2017 Date Start: Aug. 29 Fingerprints due by: July 21
  Date Start: Oct. 17 Fingerprints due by:  Sept. 8
If I’ve been fingerprinted before, do I have to have my fingerprints processed again?

If you have been fingerprinted by the school district where you will be completing your field experiences, you may not need to be fingerprinted, again, for field work. This decision will be made by the local school district.

At the very end of the TeacherReady program, the FLDOE will require additional fingerprinting before they will issue your teaching certificate. You can use LIVESCAN to complete this process, where available. You can also request a fingerprint card from the FLDOE and return it via mail.

How much does it cost for fingerprinting?

Fingerprinting varies with each school district. You will need to contact your local school district to obtain this information.

How much does it cost to take the state certification tests?

The estimated fee for the certification tests are as follows:

  • Subject Area Examination is $200.00
  • General Knowledge Test is $130.00
  • Professional Education Test is $150.00

More information about the price of testing can be found at http://www.fl.nesinc.com/FL_TestFees.asp.

Can I specialize in ESOL or Reading as my subject area?

You can complete the TeacherReady Program earning certification in ESOL.  However, to renew your ESOL certification, you are required to have ESOL coursework. Contact the FLDOE for more information.

Reading requires master’s degree coursework specific to Reading in Florida so you are unable to get Reading Certification with TeacherReady. However, if you hold a certification in another subject area, you can begin completing the 12 Reading Endorsements required by the FLDOE to add Reading to your certification, instead of obtaining a master’s degree in Reading. TeacherReady will fulfill one of the 12 Reading Endorsements.

Do I need to travel to Florida to take my three state certification tests?

Not in most cases. The Florida Department of Education has contracted with Pearson Testing Centers across the United States and on some US overseas military bases to offer the certification tests.

However, not all testing centers issue the FTCE exams.

If you are taking subject area exams for Art, Music, or one of the Foreign Languages, you will only be able take your subject area exam in Florida due to a hands-on component.  A list of testing sites is available at http://www.fl.nesinc.com/FL_TestSites.asp. If you are military personnel or a spouse of military personnel, you can contact the education center on base to determine if you are able to take your test on a military base. This option is only available for those individuals who are employed by or retired from the military and spouses.

Do you make the arrangements for me to take my three state certification tests?

No. You will need to register for the three state certification tests with the Florida Department of Education. Information about these tests, including dates and locations, can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/asp/ftce.

How do I register and prepare for the Florida Teacher Certification Exams?

You can find testing centers and register for the 3 Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCEs) by visiting this link: https://wsr.pearsonvue.com/testtaker/registration/SelectTestCenterProximity/FLDOE/232594.

While the TeacherReady curriculum will cover some of the content in the exams, it is very important that you used independent study materials to prepare for these exams. We have compiled a list of recommended resources for test preparation: https://www.teacherready.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FTCE-Exam-Information-Packet.pdf.

 

 

How do I sign up for these three state certification tests?

To sign up for the state tests, you will need to contact the Florida Department of Education. You can access their web site at http://www.fldoe.org/asp/ftce.

When do I need to take the three state certification tests?

The three state certification exams can be taken at any time during your enrollment in the TeacherReady Program. We recommend that you take the General Knowledge first. The Subject Area Exam is the next test that should be taken. The Professional Education Exam should be taken near the end of the TeacherReady Program as the coursework helps prepare you. We highly recommend study guides for each of the three tests.

Please know that it takes at least 30 days for official test scores to post and an additional 30 for your statement of eligibility to update. These must occur before we can let the FLDOE know you are a TeacherReady® Completer so if you are in a hurry to get your teaching certificate please take this timeframe in account and take your tests accordingly.

What tests do I need to take to become certified?

To earn you professional certification through TeacherReady, you will need to pass the three Florida exams: General Knowledge (GK) test, Subject Area Exam (SAE), and Professional Education (PEd) test. These are computer-based exams taken at local testing centers throughout the United States and on some overseas US Military Bases. If you live near a testing center, we recommend that you:

  • Take the General Knowledge test during Lesson 2.
  • Take the Subject Area Exam at during Lesson 6.
  • Take the Professional Education test after Lesson 7, since TeacherReady curriculum will helps prepare you for this exam.

The most important aspect is to prepare for the exams using recommended study materials and practice tests. If you live a long distance from a testing site or you live overseas, you should consider travel expenses when scheduling the three exams. You may choose to take all the exams within a two-day period. All exams cannot be scheduled for the same day.

You can find out more information about these tests at the FLDOE web site at http://www.fldoe.org/asp/ftce. You can also contact the Office of Assessment for more information. Their contact information can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/testing.

Use the following web address to find the testing center closest to you: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/FL_TestDates.asp

Can I complete the program in less than nine months?

It is possible to fast-track your completion of the program. An average lesson is designed to be complete in 3 – 4 weeks. However, if you successfully complete your coursework with mastery of the concepts, and your tuition is paid for the upcoming lesson, you will be able to move into the next lesson early.

Upon completion of each lesson, you will have access to an enrollment request form for the next lesson. Use this form to request access into your next lesson.

How much time a week do I need to devote to the TeacherReady Program?

It is recommended that you devote eight to ten hours a week to the instructional part of the TeacherReady Program. This allows adequate time to complete the necessary readings, case studies, and assignments. Your field experience schedule will carry additional time requirements.

Do I ever have contact with other students while I’m in the TeacherReady Program?

Yes. You will communicate with fellow classmates through online discussions and emails about information and assignments outlined in the course.

Can I work and participate in the TeacherReady Program?

Yes. The TeacherReady Program was designed for you. Coursework is available to you, online, so that you can access it at any time. You do not need to be logged into the learning system at specific times to view live lectures. You do not have group-work assignments. So, you will not need to schedule around other students.

You will work with a mentor teacher in your local community to complete your require field hours. You will have the flexibility to define a schedule with your mentor that works for both of your schedules. At times, this may require a bit of flexibility in your schedule. If you need help finding scheduling solutions, your Field Placement Adviser is ready to help you.

The final field experience will require that you teach for 5, full, consecutive days in your mentor’s classroom. You should begin planning to arrange for this time with your employer as you near the final lesson and have a feel for when you will complete this activity.

I have taken education courses at another university. Can I substitute some of the work in the TeacherReady Program with this course work?

No. The instruction of the TeacherReady Program must be taken in its entirety. We are unable to substitute previously completed course work with lessons in the TeacherReady instruction.

I’m graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in a few months. Can I start the TeacherReady Program before I graduate?

No. In order to be admitted to the TeacherReady® Program, you must have already completed your Bachelor’s Degree and submit a transcript showing receipt of a Bachelor’s Degree.

How much time does the field experience take? Do I need to be in the classroom every day or every week?

You will spend two to six hours per week in your mentor’s classroom. You will work with your mentor teacher to establish a time to complete these assignments. The final field experience will be teaching five, full, consecutive days in your mentor’s classroom. During this assignment, you will be the teacher of the class for five school days. Your mentor teacher will observe your teaching techniques and provide feedback to the TeacherReady Program Director.

When do I start my field experiences?

If you are completing your field work in your own classroom, you will begin logging your field hours right away.

If TeacherReady is helping you find a mentor, it may take up to 16 weeks to secure your placement. To stay on track with your hours, you should begin volunteering in a local classroom during the first lesson of the program. 45 hours of your 185-hour field requirement can be completed as a volunteer.

In the first lesson, you will complete a volunteer assignment and receive recommendations on how to begin volunteering.

How many field experiences are associated with each lesson?

The number of field experiences varies according to the lesson topic. Some lessons have as little as two field experiences while other lessons have more. We recommend that you review the field experiences at the beginning of each lesson. This will allow you and your mentor teacher to schedule the appropriate times needed to complete these assignments. Even if you do not have a field assignment for the week, you will still spend weekly hours in your mentor’s classroom.

Do you send someone from your office to observe me in the field while I teach?

No. Your mentor teacher will observe your teaching techniques and submit the required forms to our office for review. A Mentor Handbook will be provided to your mentor at the beginning of the program. All the information needed by the mentor teacher, including the required forms, will be provided in the handbook.

Do field experiences have to take place in Florida?

No. You will complete your field experiences with a school in your local community. We will work with your local school district to establish the relationship for you.

What is required of my mentor teacher?

All mentors are required to have the following:

  1. 3 years of teaching experience
  2. A current and valid teaching certificate or a current and valid administrative license
  3. Excellent marks in their own classroom evaluations
  4. Clinical Educator Training (provided for free by TeacherReady)

Your mentor’s responsibilities will vary, based on your current teaching status. If you are:

Completing your field work in your own classroom, your mentor will:

  • Perform a classroom observation during your benchmark assessment, which happens after Lesson 4.
  • Perform a final observation during your last week of field work in Lesson 8.
    • A fellow teacher will need to observe 1 class lesson for each of the 5 days of your culminating experience.
    • An administrator mentor will observe 1 lesson in total out of the 5 days of your culminating experience.
  • Act as a support for you as you develop as a professional teacher.
  • Provide feedback to TeacherReady, based on their observations of your classroom experience.

Completing your field work in your mentor’s classroom, your mentor will:

  • Host you as a student teacher in their classroom.
  • Review your field assignments to assist you in aligning them to the current classroom activities.
  • Connect you with other teachers to observe their classrooms.
  • Perform a classroom observation during your benchmark assessment, which happens after Lesson 4.
  • Perform a final observation during your last week of field work in Lesson 8.
  • Act as a support for you as you develop as a professional teacher.
  • Provide feedback to TeacherReady, based on their observations of your classroom experience.

 

How do I get a mentor teacher?

If you are not currently teaching, you will provide us the contact information for two local school districts, two private/charter school options, and your choice of school, subject, and grade level. A TeacherReady Field Placement Adviser will contact the school district on your behalf to begin seeking a mentor teacher. During this process, you will need work with your Field Placement Adviser to communicate with the school and complete the requirements for establishing a mentor in that school. This may involve paperwork, background checks, online training specific to the school, a discovery meeting, etc.

Our goal is to secure a mentor for you as quickly as we can, but there are many varying factors involved based on location, individual district needs, and your individual needs. Most of our students are placed with their mentor within the first 16 weeks of the program. Until your mentor placement has been established, you will volunteer in a local school. You are required to complete 185 field hours to fulfill your mentorship requirement. 45 of these hours can be volunteer hours. Any field assignments that you must complete, prior to being placed with a mentor can either be completed in you volunteer work or held until you have been placed with a mentor.

If you are currently teaching in a PK-12 institution, and you are teaching your desired subject area and grade level of certification, you will do the field work in your own classroom. You will work with your principal/school administrator to establish a mentor in your school.

Can I use my AmeriCorps benefits to pay for TeacherReady?

Yes. You will need to select the University of West Florida as your school when apply for your benefits. Additionally, you will need to notify our staff of your payment method.

Can I make payments for my TeacherReady courses by credit card?

Yes. You can use the eStore at http://estore.educatorready.com to make your credit card payments online. We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover cards. You can also make your credit card payment by phone. The direct number is 850-432-7051. If you wish for your payment to be automatic each month, please fill out the form on the back of your invoice.

Do you take VA benefits?

TeacherReady is currently in the process of meeting the VA’s requirements to make our program eligible for VA funding.  To continue to assist service members and their spouses, we have created a Military Scholarship that covers half of the tuition cost.  To see if you are an eligible participant of the scholarship, please contact us by email at teacherready@studereducation.com or by phone at 850.898.3949.

How can I defer my student loans while participating in TeacherReady?

Each lending agency has rules and regulations pertaining to deferring student loans while enrolled in a continuing education program. You can submit your loan institution’s deferment form to us, and we will complete the required portion and submit those to your lending agency. Your lending agency will notify you if your request has been approved.

Can I make payment arrangements for my courses?

Yes. Most students pay their tuition in increments of $600 per month. If you are interested in an alternate payment arrangement, please contact the TeacherReady Finance Manager, Katie Tener: Katie.tener@studereducation.com.

There are also funding options available through Sallie Mae SMART Option Loans, Wells Fargo Graduate Loans, and several forms of military/spousal funding assistance. Please contact us for more information on these options: teacherready@studereducation.com

When are payments due?

Because you can move at an accelerated pace, payments for each lesson are due to enroll in that lesson. If you are not accelerating your movement through the program, you will make a payment each month. You will receive a monthly invoice, even if you have made payment to enter a lesson early.

See the chart below, for an explanation of payment due dates:

Tuition Amount Tuition Due (whichever occurs first)
$650 Before Lesson 1 Enrollment
$650 Before Lesson 2 Enrollment or 2nd month
$650 Before Lesson 3 Enrollment or 3rd month
$650 Before Lesson 4 Enrollment or 4th month
$600 Before Lesson 5 Enrollment or 5th month
$600 Before Lesson 6 Enrollment or 6th month
$600 Before Lesson 7 Enrollment or 7th month
$600 Before Lesson 8 Enrollment or 8th month
What tests do I need to take to become certified?

To earn you professional certification through TeacherReady, you will need to pass the three Florida exams: General Knowledge (GK) test, Subject Area Exam (SAE), and Professional Education (PEd) test. These are computer-based exams taken at local testing centers throughout the United States and on some overseas US Military Bases. If you live near a testing center, we recommend that you:

  • Take the General Knowledge test during Lesson 2.
  • Take the Subject Area Exam at during Lesson 6.
  • Take the Professional Education test after Lesson 7, since TeacherReady curriculum will helps prepare you for this exam.

The most important aspect is to prepare for the exams using recommended study materials and practice tests. If you live a long distance from a testing site or you live overseas, you should consider travel expenses when scheduling the three exams. You may choose to take all the exams within a two-day period. All exams cannot be scheduled for the same day.

You can find out more information about these tests at the FLDOE web site at http://www.fldoe.org/asp/ftce. You can also contact the Office of Assessment for more information. Their contact information can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/testing.

Use the following web address to find the testing center closest to you: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/FL_TestDates.asp

How much does the program cost?
  • $4,800.00 Tuition – Payments may be made in eight installments. Students must pay the lesson tuition in advance of the lesson.
  • $200 Administrative Fee – Payments are made in four installments of $50.00 over the first four lessons.
  • Book – $27.00 (if purchased from TeacherReady)
  • Statement of Eligibility (paid to the Florida Department of Education)- $75.00 (Additional cost if certified in multiple subject areas)
  • Fingerprinting – varies per school district
  • Certification Testing – Visit the Florida Department of Education website at http://www.fldoe.org/asp/ftce for current test costs. You will need to take the Professional Knowledge, General Knowledge, and Subject Area Exams. Specific fee and registration information can be found at http://www.fl.nesinc.com/index.asp.
Can I do my field work at a DoDEA school?

Yes you can to your field work at a DoDEA school but there are additional application documents and additional field work required by DoDEA. DoDEA requires a 9 week full time student teaching experience at the end of TeacherReady instead of the one week we normally require.  They also require a special application which can be found on our website under “forms.”  Attached to that application must be a clear background check.  Even if a background check is in the DoDEA computer system, a copy must be physically attached.  Further, if you are currently working at a DoDEA school as a para educator or even a substitute, you must attach a SF-52 leave without pay form for the last 9 weeks of your TeacherReady program experience.  These DoDEA applications and attachments are due in October of each year for the spring semester and April for the following fall semester.    You will need to arrange volunteering until your 9 week placement begins. Most DODEA schools will allow volunteering.

Note: If you want to teach for DODEA you will need to contact their office to determine additional requirements.  In addition to a teaching certificate, credit hours are needed in content for middle school and high school content classes and methods courses for teaching elementary students.  Also, DODEA will not accept student teaching from TeacherReady® because there are no credit hours tied directly to the student teaching.  If you are teaching at another school before applying to DoDEA your experience should prevent this from being an issue for you.  Please contact DODEA directly if you have any questions about applying to teach for them.

How do I apply to the TeacherReady® Program?

To apply to the TeacherReady Program, you will need to submit an application, a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copies are fine)  indicating that a Bachelor’s Degree has been awarded, and an application fee of $30.00. Your information cannot be reviewed for consideration to the program until all information is received by the TeacherReady office.

Do I need to be a United States citizen to participate in the TeacherReady® Program?

An individual who is not a U.S. citizen must meet additional requirements to be eligible for a Florida Professional Teacher Certification:

  1. Have a current, valid US Social Security Number to take the Florida Teacher Certification Exams
  2. Obtain a teaching position in the State of Florida

If you are not a U.S. citizen, and you do not meet these requirements, you may enroll in TeacherReady and will receive a “Certificate of Completion” from the University of West Florida showing your course completion. A “Certificate of Completion” is not considered a teaching certification.

 

How much does it cost to apply for a Statement of Eligibility?

You will need to pay a $75.00 application fee when applying for your Statement of Eligibility. If you would like to become certified in more than one subject area, there will be an additional $75.00 fee per subject area.

How quickly can I expect a response when I send an e-mail or leave a message about a question I have concerning the program?

You will receive a response to all emails or messages within twenty-four hours. If for some reason we don’t respond during that time frame, please make a second contact.

Where do I apply for my Statement of Eligibility?

All U.S. citizen students who participate in the TeacherReady Program are required to apply for a Statement of Eligibility (CG-10) through the Florida Department of Education. This information can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/step5.asp. Once you apply for your CG-10, you must follow up by submitting all of your official transcripts to the FLDOE.

Do I need to apply to the University of West Florida to participate in this program?

No. You do not need to apply to the University of West Florida to participate in the TeacherReady Program. This program is a continuing education program, and the students are not subject to the same requirements as a traditional student. You will apply directly to TeacherReady on www.TeacherReady.org/admissions under “admissions.”

Are you NCATE accredited, and what does this mean for me?

Yes. TeacherReady is NCATE accredited. It is a graduate-level alternative teacher preparation program, designated as an Educator Preparation Institute (EPI). The program is state-approved and nationally accredited as part of the University of West Florida Professional Education unit.

Many states require that teachers complete their teacher education courses through a program that has been reviewed and approved by NCATE or another regional accrediting body.

What other requirements do I need to teach in another state?

We strongly recommend that you contact the other state’s Department of Education directly to find out what other requirements, if any, will need to be met to teach in that state. When you finish TeacherReady, you will have a Florida Professional Teaching certificate.

What if my GPA is under a 2.5?

You can still apply to the TeacherReady program. We will review your transcripts and determine if any conditions can be set for acceptance.

Can I still participate in the program if I live overseas?

Yes. We have many students participating in the TeacherReady Program who are living overseas. You will participate in the program like other students who reside in the USA. In order to complete your field experiences, you will need to work with a local, private, American, international school, or a DoDEA school in your location.  Please note that if you want to do field work at a DoDEA school, there are additional application documents and additional field work required by DoDEA. DoDEA requires an 8-9 week full time student teaching experience at the end of TeacherReady instead of the one week we normally require.  They also require a special application which can be found on our website under “forms.”  Attached to that application must be a clear background check.  Even if a background check is in the DoDEA computer system, a copy must be physically attached.  Further, if you are currently working at a DoDEA school as a para educator or even a substitute, you must attach a SF-52 leave without pay form for the last 8-9 weeks of your TeacherReady program experience.  These DoDEA applications and attachments are due in October of each year for the spring semester and April for the following fall semester. If you apply for DODEA field work you will have to volunteer in a classroom throughout the rest of the TeacherReady® program until time for your 8-9 weeks.  Most DODEA schools will let you volunteer.

Do you work with the Troops to Teachers/Spouse to Teachers program?

Yes. We work with the Troops to Teachers/Spouse to Teachers program. You can access information about these programs at http://www.proudtoserveagain.com. We will provide the Troops to Teachers office with the necessary documentation regarding cost of the TeacherReady Program. You will need to send a request to our office in order to obtain this information.

How long will it take to know if I’m accepted?

Your completed application packet will be reviewed within 48 business hours of submission for acceptance. Upon review, a formal acceptance letter will be sent via email. The acceptance letter will include additional steps that must be completed before the start of the class.

Is there an application fee?

Yes. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee. You will create an account and pay your application/registration fee here: https://www.studergroup.com/create-tr-student-account?orgID=30156. You can also call the office to make a credit card payment over the phone.

Do you need a transcript from all the colleges I attended?

We will need a copy of all transcripts from an institution where a degree was awarded. Your transcripts will need to show your final GPA, the date your degree was awarded, your name, and the name of the institution.

If you have a degree from an institution outside of the United States, you will need to have a course-by-course evaluation completed on your transcripts. We recommend using the World Education Services: http://www.wes.org. The evaluation process can sometime be lengthy. We recommend taking this into consideration when choosing a class session.

Do you need an official transcript from my college?

No. You do not need to send an official transcript to apply for the TeacherReady Program. You can email or fax an unofficial copy to our office as part of the admissions requirements. However, you will need to submit an official copy to the FLDOE after you apply for your Statement of Eligibility.

Can I work and participate in the TeacherReady Program?

Yes. The TeacherReady Program was designed for you. Coursework is available to you, online, so that you can access it at any time. You do not need to be logged into the learning system at specific times to view live lectures. You do not have group-work assignments. So, you will not need to schedule around other students.

You will work with a mentor teacher in your local community to complete your require field hours. You will have the flexibility to define a schedule with your mentor that works for both of your schedules. At times, this may require a bit of flexibility in your schedule. If you need help finding scheduling solutions, your Field Placement Adviser is ready to help you.

The final field experience will require that you teach for 5, full, consecutive days in your mentor’s classroom. You should begin planning to arrange for this time with your employer as you near the final lesson and have a feel for when you will complete this activity.

Do I have to come to the University of West Florida campus for any reason during the TeacherReady Program?

No. All the instruction is delivered online through an eLearning system. There will be no reason for you to come to campus during the TeacherReady Program.

Is financial aid available?

Military Funding Options:

Military personnel and their spouses can receive information about financial aid here: Military Funding & Tuition Assistance Overview

Other Financial Aid Options:

Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan. These are low interest loans designed for continuing education programs. Contact Sallie Mae for more information regarding these loans. You can find out more about this option at https://www.salliemae.com/student-loans/career-training-smart-option-student-loan/. When you are ready to apply, you will need to submit your application over the phone. The School name needed for the application is The University of West Florida – Continuing Education.

Wells Fargo Graduate Loan. Contact Wells Fargo for more information regarding these loans. You can find out more about this option at https://www.wellsfargo.com/student/graduate-loans/private/. The School name needed for the application is The University of West Florida – Continuing Education.

The TeacherReady Program does not qualify for federally funded financial aid such as FAFSA, Pell Grants, or the TEACH Grant.

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