Ascension Public Schools is accepting applications for its Teach Ascension Academy, the district’s alternative certification program.

Applications are due by April 4 for the 2016-17 academic year.

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

Tuition for the program 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.

In order to participate, a teacher 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 the selection process.

For more information about the Teach Ascension program, visit apsb.org/TeachAscension. To submit an application, visit apsb.org/ApplyNow.