McKendree's Center at Scott AFB offers a Teacher Certification Program that leads to certification to teach at the secondary level. Students must have already completed a Bachelor's degree in any area. Classes meet in the evenings, adjacent to Base, at the Scott Elementary School. The program includes course work in Education, three semesters of classroom experience and a semester of student teaching. In addition, students must pass four tests required by the State of Illinois which consist of:
- Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
- Content Area Test
- Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA),
- Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT)
If a student has any undergraduate deficiencies in the area in which they want to teach, these must be completed before student teaching. This will be determined by a transcript evaluation.
The requirements (29 credit hours) can be completed in 4 semesters. (The 29 credit hours does not include any credit hours for deficiencies). Tuition for courses in the Teacher Certification program is $435/credit hour for the 2013-2014 school year. If you are currently employed in an educational capacity with a school district, inquire about the Educator's Scholarship.
To find out more about this program and to determine if you qualify to participate, please contact Pam Chambers, Assistant Director, McKendree's Center at Scott AFB at 618-256-2006 or email@example.com.