A Note About Licensure

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 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 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

American College of Education offers four graduate degree programs, four certificate programs, and four course sequences for endorsement that prepare students for licensure eligibility* or the addition of certain content areas to an existing license.

  • Education Specialist in District Level Administration

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership

  • Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching**

  • Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching**

  • Transition to Teaching in Elementary Education**

  • Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education**

  • Certificate in Teaching English Learners***

  • Certificate in Virtual Instruction

  • Bilingual Education Endorsement

  • English as a Second Language Endorsement

  • Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement

  • Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBSI) Endorsement

  • 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.

    Arizona Department of Education

    Arizona Department of Education, State Board of Education

    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 Ed. S. in District Level Administration program is approved by the Indiana Department of Education for the addition of Indiana's District-Level Administrator (P-12) content area to one's existing Indiana teaching license. The addition of Indiana's District-Level Administrator (P-12) content area to one's existing Indiana teaching license requires coursework and testing*.

    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).

    30 East Broad Street, 36th Floor
    Columbus, OH 43215-414
    614-466-6000
    www.OhioHigherEd.org
    Texas Licensure

    Texas Education Agency

    The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program 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.

    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, endorsement, or certification in their state.

    **The Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching and Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching and 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.

    ***Indiana allows the addition of certain content areas to one’s existing Indiana license by taking and passing a Pearson CORE content test. You can access a list of these areas here.