About ACT Certified Educator

The Only ACT Certification Created for Educators

ACT Certified Educator classes have moved to online for the 2020-21 school year.

Certification Process

Registration and Security Check

First, participants register for the courses that interest them the most. ACT's Security Department then conducts a simple
background check on each participant.

Course and Exam Completion

Upon security approval, candidates participate in the courses they had registered for. Participants must successfully complete the course and meet the scoring benchmarks for the corresponding exams.

Results Communication

Pass/Fail results are communicated to participants. Participants who pass all required exams earn their credentials (electronic badges), when applicable*. Participants with a Fail result are given the opportunity to retest in an effort to earn a Passing result.

*Successful completion of ACT Certified Educator Basics course and exam is a prerequisite for any subject-specific badges issued.

How do you earn badges?

Basics Successful completion of Basics Certification exam only earns Basics badge. 
English Successful completion of BOTH Reading Qualification and Reading Certification exams, in conjunction with successful completion of Basics Certification exam, earns Reading badge. 
Reading
Successful completion of BOTH Reading Qualification and Reading Certification exams, in conjunction with successful completion of Basics Certification exam, earns Reading badge. 
Writing
Successful completion of Writing Certification exam, in conjunction with successful completion of Basics Certification exam, earns Writing badge. 
Math Successful completion of BOTH Math Qualification and Math Certification exams, in conjunction with successful completion of Basics Certification exam, earns Math badge. 
Science Successful completion of BOTH Science Qualification and Certification exams, in conjunction with successful completion of Basics Certification exam, earns Science badge. 

Without the Basics Certification, no other credentialing is possible. See Retest Policy and Schedule.

Course Descriptions

The ACT Basics course provides the foundational information, resources, and strategies educators need to ensure their students are adequately prepared to take the ACT test. The professional learning course will provide opportunities to acquire a deep understanding of ACT test preparation and to develop the skills necessary to achieve certification in ACE subject-specific training courses. Attendees will also learn how to use the many tools provided by ACT, including ACT score reports, the ACT website, ACT College and Career Readiness Standards, and The Official ACT Prep Guide.

Includes:

  • Purposes and Benefits of the ACT Test
  • National curriculum survey
  • CCRS/Benchmarks
  • The ACT application process
  • Accommodations
  • Fee Waivers
  • Test-taking strategies

Why Take It?

  • Enhance the ability to offer students sound, well-informed advice
  • Discover evidence-based instructional techniques for test preparation
  • Learn what you need to know to plan ACT prep courses
  • Required to receive certification in other subject areas
  • Foundational materials for subject-specific courses

The ACT Certified Educator Reading course provides candidates with the information necessary to provide effecting Reading test preparation instruction, identify and recommend Reading test strategies, and understand Reading test structure and content. This course is highly interactive and experiential. Discover and explore the different strategies applicable to students of different abilities and reading speeds. Exercises completed in this course allow candidates to know what it feels like to be a pressed-for-time student who needs to get a good score.

Includes:

  • Helping readers learn smart strategies to get more questions right more quickly and manage limited time effectively
  • Discovering which approaches work best for which types of student
  • Understanding Reading test Reporting Categories
  • Analyzing Reading test items to determine what is being measured
  • Practical, logical, and easy-to-understand approaches to each type of question
  • Examining ways to embed Reading test prep into high school curriculum

Why Take It?

  • Acquire practical skills to pass on to your students
  • Gain insights into the skills the test assesses and how you can help your students develop those skills
  • Become more effective in improving key skills required for  

The ACT Certified Educator Writing course provides participants with a set of techniques, exercises, and resources to strengthen ACT Writing test preparation, identify and recommend strategies, and understand test structure and content. This course offers a systematic and supportive process for helping students improve their writing skills and boost performance on the ACT Writing section.

Includes:

  • Understanding What the ACT Writing Test Requires of Students
  • Thorough Analysis and Application of the ACT Writing Rubric
  • Exploration of Many Strategies for Thesis Writing, Outlining, Evidence-generating, and Multiple Perspective engagement
  • Guidance on Writing Time Management and Revision Strategy

Why Take It?

  • Gain the skills to give your students a wide array of tactics and strategies for in a highly pressurized aspect of the ACT
  • Learn a well-defined, logical, systematic method for teaching students how to go from prompt to completion with as little stress as possible

The ACT Certified Educator English course provides candidates with the information necessary to facilitate effective preparation for the ACT English test, identify and recommend test-preparation and test-taking strategies, and understand test structure and content.

Includes:

  • English content from Career and College Readiness Standards (CCRS).
  • Item Analysis: What skills does each item measure?
  • Coaching skills and remediation for improving
  • English performance

Why Take It?

  • Know what ACT English is really looking for
    • What is typically tested
    • What is typically not tested
  • Learn how to thoroughly analyze student practice tests
  • Learn how to replace fear of the unknown with practical question-by-question techniques

The content of the ACT Certified Educator Math course provides candidates with the information necessary to provide effective ACT Math test preparation, identify and recommend test-taking strategies, and understand test structure and content. This course is highly focused on using a variety of techniques—applicable to different types and levels of student— to solve ACT math problems.

Includes:

  • Structure of the Math ACT Test
  • Initial Student Assessment
  • Skills, vocab, symbols, formulas, and real-life settings on the Math ACT
  • Using a Calculator
  • Practicing with Authentic Math ACT Tests
  • Tips and Memorizations

Why Take It?

  • Comprehensive review of math coaching techniques
  • Tools for teaching students of all levels
  • Understand how each aspect of ACT math can be integrated into the general math curriculum
  • Analyze Math test items and discern student misconceptions

The ACT Certified Educator Science course provides candidates with the information necessary to facilitate effective ACT Science test preparation, identify and recommend test-taking strategies, and understand test structure and content. This course is highly interactive and practical and provides an opportunity to share ideas and teaching techniques with colleagues.

Includes:

  • Teaching students how to:
    • Interpret
    • Analyze
    • Reason
    • Solve Problems
  • Interpretation of Data
  • Scientific Investigation
  • Evaluation of Models (Inferences and Experimental Results)

Why Take It?

  • Learn how to tackle the hardest aspects for students:
    • Reading speed
    • Time limits
  • Help students learn key skills:
    • Draw a conclusion based on data or identify data that support a conclusion
    • Compare competing interpretations of a data set and determine which is best supported by evidence and reason
    • Perform interpolations and extrapolations using data from a table or graph
    • Identify whether or not a cause-and-effect relationship exists between two variables
    • Interpret data presented in graphs and tables (including identifying trends, independent and dependent variables, and units and scales)
    • Recognize the origin of data presented in a graph or table
  • Proven strategies to maximize scoring at all levels

Meet Our Instructors

Glenn Simon

Glenn Simon is the president of SIMON Test Prep, a boutique ACT/SAT tutoring firm serving families on Chicago’s North Shore. Glenn’s instructional and administrative experience at the high school and graduate levels enables him to design curriculum, differentiated lessons, and assessments that support all students’ success.

As a Certified Trainer in the ACT Certified Educator program, Glenn brings a comprehensive understanding of the ACT assessment framework and the role standardized assessments play in the college admission process. He has served as an item developer for ACT, Inc. and has worked extensively with adult learners as an Adjunct Professor of Secondary Education at National-Louis University.

Glenn earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Juris Doctorate from the Northwestern University School of Law. After practicing law in Chicago, Glenn returned to Northwestern to earn his Master of Science in Education and Social Policy, later obtaining a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Roosevelt University.

Cody Eadie

Cody Eadie has a BA in English, an M.A.in English, and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education. He is a National Board Certified English teacher at Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he has worked for eight years.     

His course curriculum includes Accelerated English, AP Language and Composition, and Dual Credit World Literature.  Additionally, he oversees the AP Capstone program, and serves as the Chair of the English Department.    

Cody began tutoring for the ACT five years ago and has enjoyed great success in that aspect.  In this role, his aim is to extend that success to everyone he meets.     

Mike Bergin

Mike Bergin has spent the better part of the last three decades exploring as many aspects of testing and preparation as possible. Starting as a teacher and tutor, Mike has served as a business owner, product developer, non-profit founder, author, blogger, and podcaster--often all at the same time--while continuing to teach, train, and learn.   

Mike began his test prep career with Kaplan Test Prep, first as a teacher, then a manager, then finally Center Director for a large block of counties in the NY Metro region. He was recruited by Huntington Learning Centers in 2000 to revamp the organization's test prep curriculum. After 9 years as Director of Exam Prep for HLC, Mike moved to Rochester, NY and founded Chariot Learning, which helps students across upstate New York and the world with tests, school, and life.  

What else does Mike do on a daily basis?  

Lastly, Mike is the co-author of the Amazon bestseller Crash and Learn: Lessons in Business. and publisher of 10,000 Birds, the world’s favorite birding blog.

Renee Hartley

Renee' Hartley is an ACT Account Executive who serves K-12 schools and districts. Renee' provides support to schools and districts with their ACT and WorkKeys goals, markets ACT programs and resources, and communicates ACT research through various events. 

Prior to joining ACT, Renee' was previously a middle and high school district supervisor, LDOE STEM Program Consultant, Master Teacher, high school math teacher, and owner of an ACT Prep tutoring company. 

She has a Bachelor’s in Secondary Mathematics Education and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Nicholls State University.  

Jonathan Martin

Jonathan E. Martin is the Program Director at ACT for the ACT Certified Educator program. He became a full-time consultant and professional development provider to schools in 2012, after 15 years as a school principal and ten as a teacher of high school Social Studies and English.

Since 2017, he has worked at ACT developing and delivering professional learning programs in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), formative and summative assessment, rigorous and relevant instruction, and college preparatory curriculum design.  

In 2019, Routledge Press published Jonathan’s first book, Reinventing Crediting for Competency-Based Education.  

He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MA in School Leadership from the University of San Francisco.  

Dr. Bryan Williams

Dr. Bryan Williams is an educator with 30+ years in K12 education. He currently is a part of the ACT Professional Learning team. His roles in education included being a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and district level director with a focus on curriculum, instruction and assessment.

In his role as Director of Assessment his focus was to make data available to those who should use it, in a format they could understand and use, and assist in creating next steps in making the data of value and actionable. Since coming to ACT, Bryan’s work has focused on developing K12 PD and workshops related to all ACT K12 products. His knowledge and experience of the K12 setting is very helpful in his work with schools and districts.

He holds an MA in Education Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and an Ed.D. in Education Administration from St. Louis University.  

Jason Derby

Jason Derby has tutored all five ACT subjects since 2016 in Dubuque, IA and the tri-state area with his company, Jason Derby ACT Prep. In 2019, he became one of the first six people in the country to earn ACT Certification in all six areas (Basics, English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing). He also is a full-time Math and Test Prep teacher at Cuba City High School, a small public school in southwest Wisconsin.

He graduated from Loras College, where he studied Biochemistry and Psychology.

Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas is a Senior Assessment Designer at ACT, Inc. With over 19 years teaching experiences and 6 years at ACT, Jay is uniquely suited to his role.

Jay’s research at ACT includes work on learning progressions in science as well as validating learning and assessment using cognitive labs with Eyetracking and think alouds. He has also worked on using Machine Learning for scoring NGSS-based science items that has resulted in a pending patent. Additionally, Jay worked on the revisions to the GAC curriculum which were based on the ACT Holistic Framework.

Jay holds a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from Miami University, and BS/BA/BA degrees from Kent State University.

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