After teaching in Korea for almost 6 years, I was ready for some change. I wanted to stay in the teaching field, but I wanted more responsibilities and autonomy as a teacher rather than being an assistant teacher all the time.
To get an American teaching license, I have been taking online courses through the Teach-Now Program. This was the most convenient option for me because I wanted to get licensed while living and working in Korea. So far I have been quite satisfied with the quality of the coursework, instructors, and the overall program.
In addition to the online courses, I need to take some Praxis exams to get a license as a Washington D.C. elementary school teacher. I made an account on the ETS Praxis website and registered for three tests that I needed to become an elementary school teacher and one test that I wanted to take in case I wanted to become an ESL teacher in the US.
These are the tests that I will be taking:
- Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5722)
- Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): Grade K-6 (5622)
- Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001, 5002, 5003, 5004, 5005)
- English to Speakers of Other Languages (5362)
*I do not have to take the Reading and Math portion of the Core Academic Skills for Educators test because I can register my high school SAT scores for that requirement. Never knew those old SAT scores could come in handy!
The closest testing center for me was the Dongdaemoon-Seoul Test Center (Prometric Test Center). When I tried to choose the date and time of my exams, I realized that the only available times were on weekdays from 9 am to 6 pm. That made my choice easier because I had to choose a day when I did not have work on a weekday.
Because three of the tests are 2.5 hours long and one test is 5 hours long, I spread out my tests to different dates.
One day in June
9:00-11:30 Core Writing
13:00-15:30 PLT K-6
One day in August
Another day in August
9:00-14:00 Elementary Education
The total came up to over 500 USD, and I paid it with my American credit card… it’s so expensive to become a licensed educator!!