TTC Frequently Asked Questions

Is the TTC certificate equivalent to certification from my own country or another country? 

In most countries teacher certification is done by a government body.  Requirements for certification vary by school and by country.  Even in the US, a university can only provide you with the course of study that would meet the requirements for certification.  Those requirements are then presented to a 'state' certification board.  So, the TTC certificate is not a substitute.  The certificate will be recognition of engagement in training designed specifically for teachers working in the international school setting.  While it is not typically the equivalent of a government-endorsed credential, the certification shows that a person has received additional training for working in the unique international school setting.  Many school heads are familiar with the TTC program and view it as a desirable certification.

One important thing to note is that all TTC courses may be taken for graduate credit.  These credits may be taken course by course or may me applied toward a master’s degree in multidisciplinary studies with SUNY Buffalo in the USA. One requirement is an undergraduate degree in any area, from most countries. With the right combination of courses, these can add up to state certification requirements in several countries. A potential state certificate is embedded in the TTC courses. It is vital that participants interested in earning graduate credit towards the SUNY Masters or for non-degree seeking credit, be accepted into the program BEFORE they begin their TTC course.

I’m a teacher and have a degree in something other than teaching. Can I still get my certificate of international teaching with the TTC?
Yes, if you complete four courses with the TTC, you will be awarded the TTC's Certificate of International School Teaching, and if you complete six courses with the TTC, you will be awarded the TTC's Certificate of Advanced International School Teaching.

What are the benefits of a TTC certificate? How do I get the certificate? How long will it take?
Participants who successfully complete four (4) or six (6) courses will receive the Certificate of International School Teaching or Certificate of Advanced International School Teaching respectively. The certificate will be a recognition of engagement in training designed particularly for teachers working in the international school setting. Taking 2 courses per summer, the TTC's Certificate program can be completed in as early as 2 summers.

Is the certificate recognized as a teacher certification for a state in the US?
No. US teacher certification is granted only by each state and all states have different requirements. You will need to contact that state directly to inquire on the procedure to apply for U.S. teacher certification. With the exception of Virginia, you must be a US citizen.

What is the difference between the TTC and the PTC Curriculum courses (or other TTC/ TLI and PTC courses)?
The PTC Curriculum course focuses primarily on the leadership of the curriculum process.  It provides the big picture, an overview of an effective written curriculum, but then deals with how we get it in place, and monitored.

The TTC/ /TLI’s curriculum course focuses on the specific skills of writing or selecting good learning standards, how to write a good unit plan, how to become more knowledgeable about what to include in a subject area or grade level curriculum, what actual documents are most helpful to teachers and how to write them. This will be a much needed addition to our international schools - actually having teachers who can write curriculum.

When deciding whether to take a PTC vs a TTC/ TLI course, consider whether you will be leading the process for multiple divisions or disciplines, or whether you will be working with one team. Big picture roles, like the principal, should take the PTC courses. Department heads, grade level leaders, and teachers should take the TTC/ TLI courses.
What type of background or degree is required to attend TTC courses? Do you accept people with degrees and work in fields other that education?
The TTC is dedicated to professional development for those currently teaching or are about to teach in international schools.  We do not have a specific program for those who are not yet in teaching, although it is possible to take a Master degree in Multidisciplinary studies through SUNY Buffalo and our program.  One requirement would be an undergraduate degree in any area. All TTC courses are oriented to the international setting and you would need to feel comfortable with that orientation in each course.
I teach at in the US public school system (or I’m retired from the US public school system). I am interested in teaching abroad. Do I qualify for one of your courses?
Our TTC course are geared towards those who are already working in international schools or who are about to enter their first job in one.  Occasionally we have had a teacher from the US or some other country who has only worked in their own national system.  So, yes, you could potentially come, although we do give priority to our member schools as well as those already in an international setting.

Are TTC courses for teachers only? Can principals participate as well?
Yes, our courses are open to teachers and principals. Depending on your needs, please check both the PTC course descriptions and TTC course descriptions. Principals often attend TTC / TLI courses with a team of teachers to support their follow-up work.

Do you offer courses online?  
The TTC does not offer online courses due to our enhanced onsite learning experience, along with reflection and networking to form new relationships between colleagues in the international teaching arena.

Do you offer any tuition discounts for the courses?
The TTC offers a unique discount to faculty of schools who are members of the Principals Training Center (PTC).  Contact your school to inquire on their membership status, or click here to see if you're school is a PTC member.