Do you want to be a "highly qualified" teacher? Please don’t go to the trouble of learning the craft, taking any courses or even doing an internship. Just fire up your browser and open your checkbook as this article explains.
Administered by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence – a group formed by the National Council on Teacher Quality in partnership with the Education Leaders Council – the program [Passport to Teaching] simply requires applicants to hold a bachelor’s degree, complete a background check, pass two computer-based tests, and pay a $500 fee. No coursework or teaching experience of any kind is required.
"Obviously this is a much more time- and cost-effective option," said American Board spokeswoman Kimberly Tulp. "It’s taking advantage of technology and taking advantage of those who are interested in becoming teachers but don’t want to go to a teacher college."
You won’t find me defending most of the education courses I took in college but they were far better preparation for my teaching career than studying from a test prep book and taking a mostly multiple choice test. However, the worst part of Passport to Teaching is that most of the people who receive their "credentials" through this program will wind up in poor, inner city, and rural schools that have difficulty attracting good experienced teachers. The same schools where they will receive the least support in their efforts to learn the art of teaching. Without that support, it’s a safe bet that most Passport to Teaching teachers will not last five years in the profession.