Secondary Education

Total cost:

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Application due date for April 10, 2023 term: April 7

Estimated time to completion: 13 Months

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This Certificate in Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education program is designed for those who want to be teachers but have a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field. By building a solid foundation in secondary education, it will prepare you for a career in teaching at the secondary level.

in the nation for most master's degrees awarded in education*.

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Key Features of Our Online Degree Programs

  • Flexible Study on your schedule. Our online format allows you to plan your coursework around your life.
  • Hands-on Learning To help you transition to a career in teaching, you’ll complete field experiences/observations throughout the program and end with student teaching. This hands-on experience will make sure you’re ready to teach.
  • State-Approved This certificate is approved to lead to an initial secondary teacher license in Indiana.
  • Transferable If you choose to continue your education, you can apply all the credits earned in this certificate program toward our M.A. in Secondary Teaching and get your degree faster.
  • Accreditation For information about American College of Education's program accreditation, please visit the accreditation page.

A few of the classes you'll take.

  • EDTT5353 Adolescent Development and Learning Process 3 semester credits
  • EDTT5333 Content Specific Methodology 3 semester credits
  • DL5013 The Digital Learner 3 semester credits
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We are, and have always been, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation guarantees that our programs meet certain levels of quality standards.   

A Note About Licensure:

Students who complete certificates that are approved to lead to licensure, endorsement, or certification may be subject to additional requirements for the receipt of initial licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate.

Students are strongly encouraged to check licensure requirements in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate to determine whether they are eligible for licensure, endorsement, or certification.

It is vitally important that students know and be continually aware of the requirements for licensure in their state. State licensing requirements and licensing agency information may be found here.

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Certificate Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education

Total Tuition

18 semester credits
x $235 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$720 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee

$1,000 Student Teaching Fee


Total Program Cost*


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State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

Admission Requirements

Certificate Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

Certificate Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education

  • Bachelor's degree earned in the subject area or related field in which the person wishes to teach.


    Bachelor's degree in any field and proof of passing Indiana state approved content area examination (s) in the subject area the applicant wishes to teach. 

  • Minimum grade point average cumulative 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for full admission
    • or 2.5 and, at least, 5 years of documented professional experience related to the content area in which the applicants seek licensure;
    • or both a bachelor's degree from an accredited postsecondary educational institution and proof of passing Indiana state approved content area examination(s) in the subject area.
  • Applicants must meet the following requirements:

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening, and, Writing.

    • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.
  3. Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit a minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C).


Certificate Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 18 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Literacy Course

(3 semester credits)

This course provides knowledge and skill in understanding the language and literacy process as it applies to teaching in content areas of secondary schools. Focusing on the integration of reading, writing, speaking, and listening, students examine principles of best practice for integrated content-area reading instruction.

Education and Teaching Core Courses

(12 semester credits)

This orientation to secondary teaching provides students a rich perspective on adolescent development, observational strategies and skills, and professionalism and ethics in education. Students increase their understanding and awareness of teacher roles and responsibilities in relation to school climate and culture, certification and evaluation requirements, and educational laws and policy. The course also introduces students to the tools and technologies they will need to successfully complete field experiences integrated throughout their coursework and the student teaching experience.
Students explore the needs and concerns of developing adolescents when part of a caring, respectful, and equitable classroom. This course prepares students to explore adolescent learning and development in terms of prior knowledge, interests, and experiences in and out of school and relationships formed with teachers and peers.
This course focuses on how to teach content effectively in today's secondary schools. Emphasis is on an understanding of content specific methodologies, various learning theories, learning styles, multiple intelligences, and other research-based content delivery strategies to engage students and be effective in teaching adolescent learners. In addition, this course demonstrates how to use effective unit and lesson plan design that incorporates state standards, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, assessment techniques, and data-based decision making to improve teaching and learning.
This course provides students an opportunity to study, reflect on, and develop their skills in instructional methods while applying and practicing these methods in secondary classrooms. Major topics include characteristics of effective, intentional teaching; student diversity and the ways in which teacher understanding of students impacts learning; instructional planning; the creation of effective lessons using a variety of approaches and technologies; classroom management; Response to Instruction (RTI); multiple forms of assessment, and the use of data-based decision making to improve instruction.
This course provides students with the opportunity to apply theory, pedagogy, and best practices in education to understanding the role of the secondary teacher. In this course, students participate in a 15-week (full time) practicum designed to provide the knowledge and experience necessary for teaching in the secondary classroom.  Through an application based learning environment students will apply the skills they have learned throughout their previous coursework and experience firsthand the issues facing schools and classrooms. Topics include educational foundations, philosophy of education, diversity, exceptional needs, classroom management, cultural competencies, as well as lesson planning, implementation and assessment.

Digital Learning and Teaching/Technology Course

(3 semester credits)

This course examines the impact of technology on learning as well as how today's student navigates a media-rich world. Topics include the human-computer interface, technology and the brain, diffusion of innovations, and connectivity through social media. The course considers trends and issues in educational technologies as well as research into the effects of technology on society.

Assessment and Support Courses

This course provides additional support, as needed, for students to successfully complete the first benchmark in the Secondary MAT/T2T. The assessment is the development and implementation of a lesson plan. Students must pass the benchmark to continue in the licensure track. 
This course provides additional support, as needed, for students to successfully complete the second benchmark in the Secondary MAT/T2T program. The assessment is a professional interview which is submitted as a video recording in response to a series of questions focused on professionalism and ethics for classroom teachers. Students must pass the benchmark to continue in the licensure track. 

Non-Licensure Option

Non-Licensure Option Track (for students no longer wishing to be licensed as a teacher. This will be taken instead of student teaching)

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