My Experience With TEACH-NOW

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:

Pros:

  • You have a different teacher for each Module (which varies from a couple weeks to a couple months) – this brings various perspectives and switches things up to make it interesting
  • They walk you through the whole process of getting your credential in one of their three states
  • Most of their teachers are helpful, understanding, and all-around incredible
  • You are placed with a cohort of other students based on the time you begin your program. Your cohort members could be from literally anywhere in the world! It’s so interesting and eye-opening to interact with people from so many different countries. You spend the entire 9-month program with these people and develop close friendships. I have a WhatsApp chat still going with my cohort members even months after our program ended.
  • The platform is easy to use and intuitive (I’ll post a picture below). It’s kinda like a FaceBook for TEACH-NOW members only. You can look at your grades, your assignments, view archived videos from other cohorts, view your checklist of requirements for your state-of-choice, chat with other cohort members, and more.
  • The program is rigorous, but over in 9 months.
  • It’s cheap, and you can pay over time INTEREST FREE!
  • You have the flexibility to attend class from anywhere in the world that has WiFi
  • You can complete your student teaching in your home state

Cons:

  • The program is rigorous, and you only have 9 months.  It starts out fairly easy and slow as you’re getting used to the program and the technology, but by the time you start student teaching, your workload is a little ridiculous.
  • Some mentor teachers and sponsoring school districts are a little skeptical of working with TEACH-NOW for some reason. At least mine was.
  • You have to find your own school district and mentor for student teaching, which usually wouldn’t be a problem, but I had a little trouble since I’m not from the area I live in and I didn’t really know anyone.
  • It’s hard to know who to contact within TEACH-NOW with various questions. It would be helpful if they created a page on their platform that listed contact information for different departments.

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!

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