Master of Arts in
Secondary Teaching

This program is designed for students who have bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields but want to be teachers at the secondary level. By building a solid foundation in secondary education, you’ll earn a master’s degree and be prepared for a career in teaching at the secondary level.

Total cost at ACE

$9,990

(tuition + fees)

Applications due April 5 for April 8, 2019 Term

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Key Features

  • 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 program is approved to lead to an initial secondary teacher certification in Indiana.
  • Accelerated Completion: If you’ve completed the Certificate in Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education, you can apply those credits toward this degree and finish it faster.

For more information about this program, view the College Catalog. You can also ask questions anytime via chat.



Department Chair

Tiffany Hamlett, Ph.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Tiffany Hamlett has worked in higher education for eight years in various educational fields. Her background includes early childhood education, curriculum development, and research methods. In addition, she serves as a reviewer for Social Development and the Southern Early Childhood Association. She is particularly interested in studying developmentally appropriate practice, lifespan development, and constructivist teaching practices.


A Degree You Can Count On

We are, and have always been, regionally 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:

Graduates of programs which 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.

Tuition

M.A. in Secondary Teaching

Total Tuition

34 semester credits x $235 per credit

$7,990

Fees

$50 Application Fee

$850 Technology & Library Fee ($25 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee

$1,000 Student Teaching Fee

$2,000

Total Program Cost*

$9,990

*This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, receipt of scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

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 for the 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.

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, including the enrollment agreement, and 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

M.A. in Secondary Teaching

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned
  • 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 state approved content area examination(s) in the subject area.
  • Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Provide official test results* demonstrating achievement of the following scores on any of these nationally recognized tests:

    • ACT: Minimum Composite score of 24
    • GRE: Minimum Composite score of 301
    • SAT: Minimum Composite score of 1100
    • Scores on tests in different grading scales will be converted to match the present scoring methodology using appropriate converter tools.

      *Official results must include results in reading/verbal and math subtests.

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 a transcript from a secondary school or college/university whose country uses English as a primary means of instruction, including, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.

  3. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper-based or internet-based TOEFL exam.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the paper-based Test (PBT) is 550, and for the internet-based (iBT) Test is 80.

    • Applicants to the Texas M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program must submit scores from the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL An overall score of 80, and a score of 26 on the speaking section is required.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.

Admissions Appeal Process

Applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions. Begin the process by filling out the admissions appeal here.

Courses

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 34 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Teaching/Learning Core Courses

(19 semester credits)

Embracing the value of assessment and evaluation is the first step in improving learner outcomes through datadriven decision-making. This course develops relevant competencies and promotes a healthy balance of utilizing formative and summative assessments, evaluation practices, and data to inform and guide integrated curriculum development and instructional delivery. Assessments can provide facilitators with the knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of diverse learners in a variety of school and organizational settings.
How can those within the community support the established teaching and learning goals set by the school? This course provides a foundation for developing relationships among stakeholders in the school community-students, school, parents, and the community at large-for the express goal of supporting student learning. In addition to examining research findings, students will explore family engagement, mutually beneficial community relationships, and student advocacy. The course culminates with a plan for continuing school improvement and professional growth.
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.
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.
The capstone experience provides an opportunity for students in the M.A.T. in Secondary Education program to demonstrate and document the impact of the knowledge and competencies gained throughout and as a result of the program. In the capstone experience, students select artifacts produced along with or as a result of course application assignments. These artifacts serve as the centerpiece of a culminating project that demonstrates competency in teaching.
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 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.
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.

Digital Learning Courses

(6 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.
This course uses a project-based approach in studying technology in education, best practices for classroom teachers, and strategies for professional development in light of emerging technologies. The course addresses 21st century standards for education, educators' digital presence, cloud computing, and digital ethics.

Research Courses

(3 semester credits)

This course enables students to become informed consumers of educational research and to develop skills that prepare them to carry out action research in their schools and classrooms. An emphasis is placed on providing students with knowledge that they can apply in determining whether particular research findings are relevant to their leadership and instructional practices and to distinguish between trustworthy and non-trustworthy research. Throughout the course, students identify the elements that scientifically-based research and action research share. Emphasis is placed on how research can become a vital and relevant tool for teachers and school leaders.

Literacy Courses

(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.

Curriculum and Instruction Courses

(3 semester credits)

Through classroom application of course content, this course provides students with substantial practical experience as they master and implement preventive and positive classroom management strategies. In addition, students acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge about the relationships between school-wide systems and behavioral development, learning and achievement among students with diverse needs.