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    ARE you ready for an innovative pathway in becoming a SPS Teacher: 

    teacher and student in the classroomThe Academy for Rising Educators Program (ARE) supports Seattle Public Schools recent high school graduates and paraprofessional employees who would like to become certificated employees in specific, targeted high-needs areas.

    The program includes tuition support and maintenance of employment and benefits throughout the duration of the program.

    “Having experience working in schools made starting out as a new teacher much easier. I observed and participated in different classrooms with a variety of teachers and I built a strong and tested philosophy of education. My maturity and background experience is an asset in my teaching, my work with parents and my work with other teachers and staff.”

    ~ Program Graduate



    All information sessions are completed! If you are interested in learning more about the ARE Pathway(s) Universities and Colleges, please attend the 12/5/2019 ARE presentation at the JSCEE Auditorium 5-7 PM, and RSVP by clicking here.

    If you are interested in ARE and not able to attend an information session, please reach out to Kenderick O. Wilson (K.O.). 

     


    ARE Teachers in the News:

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    Frank Whiten, one of our Class-to-Cert success stories was featured in the Seattle Times.


    Ready to Get Started?

    If you are ready to participate in ARE, please complete the following steps: 


    • Communicate with your supervisor and the teachers with whom you work regarding your intent to apply for the ARE program(s). You will need letters of recommendation from those who have seen your work with students.
    • If you will need financial support outside of the district support, explore the Federal Student Aid website, contact the Financial Aid office at the university/pathway you want to pursue, and the WashBoard connects Washington students of all types with Washington scholarship providers….for FREE.
    • The Washington Student Achievement Council has grants for those who are interested in becoming teachers. Please visit their website for further information
    • If you have foreign transcripts, have them evaluated for equivalency. One agency is Foundation for International Services. 
    • Explore the WEST-B and WEST-E/NES tests (see note below). Consider a WEST-B test preparation session. 

      Check these websites to see if you have taken a WEST-B equivalency test.

    • Apply to the university pathway (described below) that matches your qualifications and desired certification area(s)[THIS ONLY APPLIES FOR PATHWAY 2-5].

     

    Let’s get you started on a pathway that fits your current level of educational attainment:

     

    Pathway 1) IF you are a High School Senior using the Seattle Promise or an SPS Para Educator who does not have a transferable Associate Degree (AA)... Apply here for ARE: Seattle Central College.

     

    Once you complete your AA you will have two schools to choose from to complete your Bachelor’s of Art (BA) and teacher certification: City University: SPED w/K-8 Elementary or ELL w/K-8 Elementary and Seattle University: K-8 Elementary w/ELL.

     

    PLEASE NOTE: For Pathways 2-5 you will need to attempt the WEST-B and apply directly to the pathway of choice program FIRST before being accepted into ARE: Class to Cert. After acceptance into the university/pathway program, Seattle Public Schools will contact you to complete the Classified to Certificated Program Application.

     

    Pathway 2) If you are an SPS Para-Educator and have a transferable Associates Degree than you have two schools to choose from to complete your Bachelor of Art (BA) and teacher certification: City University: SPED w/K-8 Elementary or ELL w/K-8 Elementary and Seattle University: K-8 Elementary w/ELL.Classified staff attend presentation

     

    Pathway 3) If you are an SPS Para-Educator and have a bachelor’s degree and only need your teacher certification than City University: SPED w/K-8 Elementary or ELL w/K-8 Elementary is your ONLY pathway. 

     

    Pathway 4) if you are an SPS Para-Educator and have a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue a Master’s degree and teacher certification you have two options: Seattle Teacher Residency (University of Washington): SPED w/K-8 Elementary or ELL w/K-8 Elementary and University of Washington Special Education High Incidence Program: Special Education w/ reading endorsement option. 

     

    Pathway 5) If you have a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue a Master’s degree and teacher certification you have one option: Seattle Teacher Residency (University of Washington): SPED w/K-8 Elementary or ELL w/K-8 Elementary. 

     

    There are many teacher certification programs in Washington to support Para Educators and students in becoming a teacher. However, the ARE Pathway(s) listed above are the ONLY teacher pathways that SPS will support you financially to complete and with preferred placement upon completion.  

     


    Current Program Options

    ARE Pathways