Beginning in the summer of 2018, the Antioch University Seattle School of Education is offering an Alternative Route to Teacher Certification (ARTC) Program in partnership with the Kent School District. This “Grow Your Own” program will enable paraprofessionals and other classified instructional staff in the district to remain in their positions while earning a teacher certification with an Elementary endorsement and an add-on endorsement in either School Library Media (SLM) or English Language Learners (ELL). All classes will be held on site in the Kent School District, and classes scheduled during the school year will be responsive to working professionals. Candidates will be able to earn your certification, endorsement, and master’s degree in one calendar year!
Antioch University Seattle’s School of Education has always been committed to social justice and to promoting diversity and equity in our local schools. The ARTC Program embodies that commitment by partnering with a local school district and working to meet that district’s needs. The program also promotes equity by helping the district’s diverse instructional staff become certified teachers, and working with them to better serve their community.
The ARTC Program is an innovative new initiative that represents a strong partnership between Antioch University and the Kent School District. The program works to meets the needs of the district by promoting a Grow Your Own model in which staff currently working in the district have the opportunity to earn their teacher certification, as well as an endorsement in an area of high need for the district. The program also responds to the needs and schedules of KSD paraeducators, with classes offered on site in Kent at times that are most convenient for district staff. Moreover, the program will contribute to diversifying the teacher workforce in the district, and to building a larger pool of teachers that more closely represent the students that they are serving.
The School of Education has received a large grant from the WA State Professional Educator Standards Board that will substantially offset tuition for students in the program. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to support paraeducators in Kent and to contribute to bringing more people of color and more linguistically diverse individuals into to the teacher workforce.