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Pictured above: Meet Diane Nutbrown, Ph.D., ABCTE 2020 graduate and chemistry/physics teacher for The Neighborhood Academy.

Transfer Your Professional Skills to a Teaching Career

Point Park University is the only Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)-recognized institution in Pennsylvania that offers an American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) program.

ABCTE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to putting qualified professionals in the classroom through a state-approved alternative teacher certification program.

All candidates in Point Park's ABCTE Program must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university prior to initiating the ABCTE program.


American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence

The PDE has implemented a procedure for candidates holding the ABCTE certificate issued by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence to obtain an Instructional I certificate in the following content areas:

  • NEW: PreK through 4th Grade
  • Secondary Education Grades 7-12 
    • Biology 
    • Chemistry 
    • English 
    • Mathematics 
    • Physics 
    • Science 

Get Started

For more information, visit the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence/Pennsylvania and follow the ABCTE Program Process steps below.

Additional Resources


Required 60 Days of Teaching Start Dates – Important

The following is a chart showing the required 60 days of teaching start dates for the ABCTE program.

Start Dates
2020-21

All Information and TTP Submitted No Later Than 11:59 p.m. on These Dates
2020-21

August 31 August 14
October 5 September 18
November 2 October 16
December 7 November 20
January 4 December 18
February 1 January 15
March 1 February 12

We offer seven different start dates for the required 60 days mentoring during the academic year. Candidates need to complete all steps in Phases 1 and 2 before moving to Phase 3. As soon as the candidate receives their Temporary Teaching Permit, the candidate is required to start the mentoring on the next available date. The Temporary Teaching Permit is valid for one year and cannot be renewed. 


ABCTE Program Process 

The flowchart below lists the steps and actions that must be taken in order to complete the ABCTE mentoring process through Point Park University.

Learn more about the ABCTE program at Point Park and have all your questions answered by sending an email to Mrs. Beverina-Moore (Lecturer and Director of Student Placements) at dmoore@pointpark.edu requesting an invitation to an upcoming Zoom Informational Meeting.

The following table explains the 15 steps to complete the ABCTE program at Point Park University.
Steps
Person Responsible
Actions

PHASE 1

1. Visit Americanboard.org and register.


Candidate

Complete this Verification of Registration for American Board Certification form and submit to Mrs. Beverina-Moore.

2. Pass the Professional Teaching Knowledge (PTK) Exam and one content exam.

  • NEW: PreK through 4th Grade
  • Secondary Education Grades 7-12 
    • Biology 
    • Chemistry 
    • English 
    • Mathematics 
    • Physics 
    • Science 

Candidate

Submit American Board Scores and Certificate to Mrs. Beverina-Moore.

3. Apply online to Point Park University.

  • After you pass the American Board Exams

OR

Email copies of your post-secondary transcripts to gradadmission@pointpark.edu. If you do not have copies of your transcripts available, please contact the issuing institutions and request that they send official transcripts to gradadmission@pointpark.edu, preferably electronically.

Email your American Board scores and certificate to Mrs. Denise Beverina-Moore.

Candidate

  • Select the Graduate and Doctorate Application.
  • Before beginning your application, you will need to set up an account by providing a valid email address and creating a password.
  • When asked for type of program, select Graduate.
  • When asked to indicate type of student, select Nondegree.
  • When asked to indicate what you plan to study, select 

    Professional Development Graduate Study (grades 7-12)

    or

    Professional Development Graduate PreK-Grade 4.

 

PHASE 2

4. After being admitted, register for two online graduate classes at Point Park University. Transfer credits are not approved for the ABCTE Program.

Lynn Ribar, Office of Graduate Admission

Mrs. Beverina-Moore, Director of Student Placements, School of Education

Candidates are required to successfully complete two of the eight-week online graduate courses listed below and earn a 3.0 GPA:

PreK-4 AND Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)

  • Special Education 534 - Differentiated Instructional Practices in the Inclusive Classroom

PreK-4 

  • EDUC 515 - Foundations of Literacy and Writing

Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)

  • EDUC 530 - Instructional Methods

After you register for the courses with Mrs. Beverina-Moore or Lynn Ribar, submit the information in Schoology Professional Development Step 4.

5. Pass American Board exams.

Candidate

Submit American Board scores and certificate in Schoology Professional Development Step 5.

6. Complete the Statement of Financial Responsibility form.

Candidate

 

Submit Statement of Financial Responsiblity form in Schoology Professional Development Step 6

7. Request approval for your 60-day teaching placement and include:

  • Name of the school and school district
  • Teaching schedule
  • School district calendar

Candidate

 

Candidate will acquire his or her own placement. (The placement must consist of at least 60 days of full-time, full-day teaching in the candidate's certification area. Part-time and cyber school placements are not acceptable.)

Review the chart above for the approved start dates and dates when documents are due.

Submit to Schoology Professional Development Step 7:

  • Name of the school and school district
  • Teaching schedule
  • School district calendar

8. Complete Placement Verification form including School District Official’s signature.

Candidate

Submit approved Placement Verification form to Schoology Professional Development Step 8.

9. Apply for new clearances.

Candidate

 

Submit:

10. Complete Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania training.

Candidate Submit certificate - Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania to Schoology Professional Development Step 10.

 

PHASE 3

 

11. Upon successful completion of Phases 1 and 2, candidates are required to gain permission via email from Mrs. Beverina-Moore, to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the Temporary Teaching Permit (TTP).

Learn more: TIMS FAQ page

Candidate with required permission from Mrs. Beverina-Moore

 

In order to apply for the TTP, a candidate must supply the following to PDE:

Submit the ABCTE application addendum in Schoology Professional Development Step 11.

Review the chart above for the approved start dates and dates which documents are due.

12. Using your TIMS username and password access your Temporary Teaching Permit (TTP).

Candidate

Submit your TTP to Schoology Professional Development Step 12.

13. Mentoring Process Begins

Review the chart above for the approved start dates and dates which documents are due.

Mrs. Beverina-Moore

  • University supervisor assigned
  • Mentoring starts on the next available date
  • Begin 60 days of full-time, full-day teaching in certification area
  • Maintain attendance card

14. Mentoring Requirements

 

Candidate

 

Complete 60 days of full-time, full-day teaching in certification area.

Assignments submitted in Schoology ABCTE mentoring:

  • Daily lesson plans as required by your school
  • Final attendance card with last teaching date approved by University Supervisor
  • One lesson plan submitted prior to each of the four required observations
  • One reflection submitted following each observation
  • Complete four seminar assignments
  • Compile professional portfolio

 

PHASE 4

 

15. Upon completion of Phase 3, candidate applies through TIMS for Instructional 1 Certification.

Learn more: TIMS FAQ page

Navigating the Teacher Information Management System Video:

Candidate

 

TIMS

Directions for Applying for Instructional I Certification

2020-2021 Academic Year 60-Day Mentoring

Allegheny County - $4,500
Outside of Allegheny County - $6,000
  • ABCTE Mentoring for Secondary Teacher Certification (EDUC 695)

  • ABCTE Mentoring for PreK-4th Grade Teacher Certification (EDUC 627)

Graduate Tuition and Fees 

Please see our Tuition and Costs page for the most recent information regarding online graduate education tuition per credit.

Students enrolled in the ABCTE Program are not eligible for funds administered through the University since the program does not meet the criteria for eligibility for federal, state or private sources of funding. This includes the following: University funds, PHEAA state grant funds, Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP), Direct Student Loans (DL) and any private student loan program.

Payment

The University offers a Tuition Payment Plan that ABCTE Program students may consider. Students who do not make satisfactory arrangements to pay tuition and other charges will be assessed non-refundable late fees until such time that all charges are paid in full. In addition, all academic transcripts and records will not be released until all charges are paid in full.

The Office of Student Accounts is primarily responsible for billing, payment plans, employer reimbursement, third party billing, collections and student refunds.

For information on payment plans, contact the Office of Student Accounts at studentaccounts@pointpark.edu.