Ascension Parish Public Schools is accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year for its Teach Ascension Academy, the district’s alternative certification program, through April 4.

Ascension launched the program in 2015 to recruit, train and hire teachers from alternative professions or academic programs. The one-year program includes four weeks of professional development over the summer, placement as a teacher during the school year with weekly professional development and master, mentor and supervising teacher support, a news release said.

Tuition is $4,000, but there are no out-of-pocket expenses for candidates as long as they teach in an Ascension Parish school for two years.

At the minimum, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher as evidenced by an official transcript, have passing scores on PRAXIS I (or equivalent ACT/SAT score) and PRAXIS II (content knowledge) for the designated area in which the teacher will be teaching and be selected into the program after participating in a rigorous selection process.

Visit apsb.org/teachascension for information or apsb.org/applynow to submit an application.