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

Graduates of programs and completers of 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 live or intend to teach or administrate.

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.

Professional Licensure for Teaching and Other Fields

American College of Education offers five graduate degree programs, five certificate programs, and sequences for licensure eligibility or the addition of certain content areas to an existing license*.

State-Approved Licensure or Endorsement Programs

The following state agencies have approved the listed programs as preparing students for licensure or the addition of certain content areas to an existing license in their state. Visit the Certification listing page to learn more about the requirements for licensure or endorsements in your state.

Arizona Department of Education

Arizona Department of Education, State Board of Education

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program offered by American College of Education is approved by the Arizona Department of Education as leading to an Arizona Standard Professional Principal PreK-12 certificate.

The Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching program is approved by the Arizona Department of Education, State Board of Education as leading to an Arizona Standard Professional Elementary-Grades K-8 certificate.

Arizona has other teaching certificate requirements, including but not limited to the passage of a subject knowledge test and receipt of a fingerprint verification card. You can access a list of these requirements here.

Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
602-542-5393
http://www.azed.gov/adeinfo/contact/
Florida Licensure

Florida Department of Education Bureau of Educator Certification

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program offered by American College of Education has been approved by the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Certification as a preparatory program for persons applying for Certification in Educational Leadership to be eligible to receive certification as a school principal in Florida

Bureau of Educator Certification
Suite 1514, Turlington Building, 325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400 
800-245-0505
www.fldoe.org/edcert
Illinois Licensure

Illinois State Board of Education

The Illinois State Board of Education has approved specific courses and sequences as meeting the coursework requirements for an endorsement to an Illinois professional educator license in the areas of Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, Learning Behavior Specialist 1, and Early Childhood Special Education.

100 N. 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777
866-262-6663
http://www.isbe.net/licensure/
Indiana Licensure

Indiana Department of Education, State Board of Education

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program offered by American College of Education is approved by the Indiana State Board of Education as a preparatory program for persons applying for the addition of the Building Level Administrator (P-12) content area to their license.

The Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching and Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching and the Certificate in Transition to Teaching (T2T) graduate programs are approved by the Indiana Department of Education for an initial teacher license, with the T2T graduate certificate programs leading to an initial elementary generalist teacher license and initial secondary teacher license in Indiana.

The certificate in Teaching English Learners is approved by the Indiana Department of Education for the addition of the English Learners content area to one’s existing Indiana teaching license. The addition of English learners’ content to one’s existing Indiana teaching license requires coursework and testing.

The certificate in Virtual Instruction is approved by the Indiana Department of Education. Certificate outcomes are designed to meet Indiana’s standards for the addition of the Virtual Instruction content area to an existing Indiana license.

115 West Washington Street
Suite 600
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
317-232-6610
www.in.gov/bpe
Ohio Licensure

Ohio Department of Higher Education

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program offered by American College of Education is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as a preparatory program for persons applying for Ohio Building Principal Licenses (grades PK-6, grades 4-9, and grades 5-12).

The M.Ed. in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education program, and the M.Ed. in Teaching English Learners program and the Certificate in Teaching English Learners offered by American College of Education is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as leading to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) K-12 endorsement.

30 East Broad Street, 36th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-414
614-466-6000
www.OhioHigherEd.org
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New Jersey Department of Education, State Board of Education

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program offered by American College of Education has been licensed by the State of New Jersey, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education as a preparatory program for candidates to apply for the Principal Certificate of Eligibility endorsement in New Jersey.

New Jersey Department of Education
1 John Fitch Plaza
10th Floor, PO Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625-0542
609-292-4310
https://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/
Texas Licensure

Texas Education Agency

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program and the Certificate in Texas Educational Leadership offered by American College of Education is approved by the Texas Education Agency as a preparatory program leading to an administrator/building principal certification in Texas.

William B. Travis Building
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin,TX 78701 
512-463-9734
www.tea.state.tx.us

*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.