The Alternate Route to Teacher Certification Program (ARTC) Program is designed to support Kent School District paraeducators interested in advancing their careers and becoming certified classroom teachers. Be well-prepared to meet the needs of the diverse students in the Kent community.
This degree is offered by AU Seattle.
Antioch University Seattle, in partnership with Kent School District (KSD), offers two Alternative Route to Teacher Certification (ARTC) programs: The ARTC-MA (Route 2 & Route 4) is a four-to-five quarter program that supports KSD classified instructional staff and conditionally certified teachers with bachelor’s degrees to earn their teaching certificate and Elementary Endorsement, with an additional endorsement in either ELL or School Library Media, as well as an optional master’s degree. The ARTC-BA (Route 1) is a nine-quarter program that supports KSD classified instructional staff with AA degrees who wish to earn their BA, teaching certificate, Elementary Endorsement, and ELL Endorsement. Both the ARTC-MA and ARTC-BA programs are designed to allow students to continue working in the Kent School District while participating in the program. During the school year, classes are held in the evenings on site in the Kent School District in order to accommodate working professionals. Classes meet in the daytime during summer quarters.
The next cohort for both the ARTC-BA and the ARTC-MA programs will begin in Summer 2020.
- Successful completion of the ARTC-MA Program includes an endorsement in either School Library Media Endorsement or English Language Learners. The MA in Teaching may be earned for an additional four credits.
- Successful completion of the ARTC-BA Program requires an English Language Learner Endorsement.
- Some course credits may be waived, depending on previous coursework and experience, as outlined in an individualized Teacher Development Plan.
- All candidates must pass the edTPA in order to receive their teacher certification.
- Complete the online admissions application
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required for the ARTC-MA Program. An associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required for the ARTC-BA Program. Submit official transcripts from the college/university where you received your bachelor’s degree to the Antioch University Seattle Admissions Office. Transcript evaluations are required for all coursework completed outside of the U.S. or Canada (except Quebec). See the Transcript Evaluation section on the International Students webpage for details. For those with degrees from other countries, Antioch can work with you to review your transcript.
- Please submit 1 – 2 paragraphs for each of the following questions:
- Why do you want to be a teacher? What values and practices do you want to prioritize as a teacher? How has your previous work in schools shaped your view of teaching?
- Why do you want to be a teacher in the Kent community? What is your connection to Kent schools, families, and communities?
- Antioch University has an explicit commitment to social justice. What is your understanding of social justice and what do you think the role of social justice in public schools should be?
- Letters of recommendation (2)
- Interview – Applicants may be invited to participate in an interview with program faculty.
- Take the WEST-B exam including Reading, Writing, Mathematics subtests (test codes 095/096/097) or approved WEST-B Alternative Basic Skills exam.
- ARTC-MA only: Pass NES Elementary Education exam: NES Elementary Education Passing Score: 220 on each subtest (I and II: test codes 102/103).
Antioch University offers free, face-to-face and interactive test preparation workshops in Kent. Please contact Julia Daniels for more information about test preparation.
All admission application supporting materials, transcripts, recommendations, essays, etc., should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:
Antioch University Seattle
2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98121
|Cost per Credit||Total Program Credits||Total Tuition Cost**|
|$450||52 or 54 with Masters|
(some credits may be waived)
|$23,400-$24,750 or less**|
|*Quarterly Student Service and Technology fees included in the calculation. See below for more information on each fee.
**This information is provided as an estimate of total tuition, at 2018-19 tuition rates, for each program based on the total number of required credits to complete the degree, and does not include the required Student Services and Technology fees described below.
Please note: Additional fees for all AUS programs may include (but are not necessarily limited to) charges for materials, late registration, enrollment maintenance, parking, graduation, transcripts, tuition payment plan, late payments, late registration, and returned checks.
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Financial Aid & Scholarships
Funded by the Professional Educator Standards Board, $8,000 ARTC Scholarships are available for paraprofessionals from the Kent School District. This is a conditional loan scholarship that is forgiven when the recipient completes two years of successful teaching in Washington State. If you are a Kent district employee and would like to be considered for this opportunity please contact the Office of Admissions for additional details by April 12, 2019.
A majority of AUS students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUS.
For further information, please contact the following:
For questions concerning the overall program, teacher certification, or ELL Endorsement:
Julia Daniels, ARTC Program Coordinator
Dr. Rachel Oppenheim, Director of the School of Education
For questions concerning the School Library Endorsement:
Dr. Christie Kaaland
For questions concerning the admissions process and requirements:
For questions concerning test preparation workshops:
For questions concerning aid:
Contact financial aid: [email protected]
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