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For Immediate Release: 22 January 2010
Pearson VUE PR Contact: Adam Gaber

ABCTE and Pearson VUE Introduce “New Year, New Career” Promotion

ABCTE is offering a $150 discount to aspiring teachers who enroll in its teaching certification program during the month of January.

Bloomington, Minn., January 22, 2010 — During the month of January, the non-profit American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) is offering aspiring teachers the opportunity to save $150 as they get started toward their new career. Those who enroll in the ABCTE teaching certification program during the month of January will receive a $150 discount. The program normally costs $975 for most certifications. ABCTE exams can be taken at more than 200 Pearson Professional Centers around the country.

Founded in 2001, ABCTE is a non-profit organization, dedicated to recruiting, preparing, certifying and supporting dedicated professionals to improve student achievement through quality teaching. The organization offers an innovative, online teacher preparation and certification program for highly knowledgeable individuals who want to change careers and become a teacher. The program includes over 250 hours of content and pedagogy to ensure teachers are ready to help increase student achievement.

ABCTE has issued over 2,000 certifications to date, with a focus on mid-career professionals. ABCTE offers certification in ten subjects including the high-need areas of math, science and special education. The program is currently accepted by nine states for public schools: Florida, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Utah. Many charter schools and private schools in other parts of the country also accept ABCTE certification.

“The New Year signals a time for new beginnings and for many people, that includes a new career. But for those considering a career change, saving money is also important. Our program is already very affordable compared to most of the alternatives and this $150 discount makes it even more accessible,” said ABCTE COO Bonnie Zuckerman.

“Pearson values the role educators play in shaping our future,” said Robert Whelan, president and chief executive officer, Pearson VUE. “That’s why we’re proud to support ABCTE in its effort to recruit mid-career professionals to the important field of teaching.”

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in 165 countries. Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group.

For more information on ABCTE, call 877-669-2228 or visit www.abcte.org.

Last updated 2010-01-22