So… I know what you’re thinking. I thought the same thing.
TEACH-NOW? That’s got to be a scam right? It definitely sounds scammy.
Not only that, but the cost of this 9-month, completely online teacher preparatory program is only $6,000. Most local brick-and-mortar programs I had researched up until that point cost at LEAST $15,000 and took a year and a half to 2 years to complete. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life it’s this: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
So, naturally, I was skeptical. Having a teaching credential after only 9 months and $6,000 and having the flexibility to learn completely online? As a military spouse who had the possibility of moving at any moment, a 100% online program was a must. As a woman who had just paid off over $70,000 in student loan debt from undergraduate and graduate school in a completely different field, paying an extra $20,000 for a simple teaching CREDENTIAL seemed ridiculous. And as someone who had spent 7 years working for a career I ended up hating, 2 more years seemed like a lifetime. So… despite my skepticism, I spent months researching TEACH-NOW. I watched YouTube videos on it, read reviews until my eyes burned, had multiple representatives walk me through the process, looked up their accreditations, and even had my mom do her own research to get a second opinion.
The results? Aside from a silly name and a too-good-to-be-true vibe, TEACH-NOW turned out to be completely legit. So I enrolled.
How it works: TEACH-NOW has accreditations for Washington D.C., Arizona, and (just now added) Hawaii. So when you first apply for your credential at the end of your program, you will apply through one of those 3 states. Once you have gotten your credential through one of those states, you can use your new credential to apply as an out-of-state applicant for a credential in your home state. Every state has different requirements for out-of-state applicants, so make sure you do your research by looking at the Department of Education website for your state.
I began my program in June and ended in February and here’s the scoop on TEACH-NOW as a whole:
Overall, my experience with TEACH-NOW was a very positive one. I enjoyed my teachers – shoutout to Dr. Moser – and loved working with everyone in my cohort. I feel adequately prepared to be a teacher. I’m just waiting for this COVID-19 stuff to clear up so I can take my last Praxis exam, and then submitting all of my stuff to Washington D.C. Then I will, hopefully, be a fully licensed teacher!
If any of you career-changers out there are looking to become a teacher and need the same flexibility that I did, I would be more than happy to walk you through my experience with TEACH-NOW in more detail!
Thanks for tuning in!
Also, here’s a pic of the TEACH-NOW platform. Like I said, super easy to use and very intuitive!