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.
Antioch University Seattle in partnership with Kent School District is offering a Route 2 Alternative Route to Teacher Certification (ARTC) Program. This program enables classified staff (Route 2) and district staff with Bachelor’s degrees employed on conditional or emergency certificates (Route 4) to remain in their positions while earning a teacher certification with an Elementary endorsement and add-on endorsement in School Library Media (SLM) or English Language Learners (ELL). To accommodate working professionals, evening classes will be held on site in the Kent School District. During summer quarter, courses will meet during the daytime session. Additionally, some classes will be taught online. Next cohort will begin courses in Summer 2020.
The MA in Teaching degree may be completed for an additional four credits.
Link to WEST-B Alternative exams: https://www.pesb.wa.gov/preparation-programs/assessments/basic-skills-assessment-west-b/west-b-alternatives/
Link to NES Exam information: http://www.west.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/NT102_TestPage.html
While this partnership program is designed to assist Kent School District paraprofessionals to earn teaching credentials, paraeducator candidates from other districts are invited to join the Kent cohort but will not be eligible for ARTC Scholarships.
Successful completion of the program requires the addition of either a School Library Media Endorsement or English Language Learners endorsement, combined with the ARTC program, totaling 52 credits. The MA in Teaching program may be completed for an additional three credits.
Prior credits may be waived, depending on previous coursework and experience, as evidenced in an individualized Teacher Development Plan. Program must be completed within four quarters (12 months) for teacher certification and within five quarters (15 months) for certification and the MA in Teaching degree.
Successful candidates must pass the edTPA.