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Accelerated Certification for Teaching (ACT)
ACT is an Accelerated Certification for Teaching Program. ACT provides an accelerated path to teacher certification for those transitioning into a second career, as well as those already serving in the classroom as temporary, emergency or substitute teachers who need to earn a formal teaching credential. The online ACT Program offers you the flexibility to remain in your present career or your classroom while you prepare to fully enter the teaching profession.
ACT is an online certificate program designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree and seek to qualify for state teacher certification. ACT provides an alternative pathway into teaching for individuals who have not completed a teacher preparation curriculum but who have considerable life experiences, career achievements, and academic backgrounds that are relevant for teaching in grades 5 through 12. Wheeling Jesuit University's teacher preparation program is designed to meet the “highly qualified” requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The teacher preparation course content is accredited with the West Virginia Department of Education and the program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and the West Virginia Department of Education.
The online ACT program is aimed at individual eligibility for a West Virginia Teaching Certificate. Through a reciprocity agreement with over 40 states, a West Virginia teaching certificate may be converted to the equivalent teaching certificate in another state. If your state of interest is not West Virginia, you may want to contact that state's Department of Education for more information.
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