Jun 12, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 19 
ACE Catalog - Volume 19 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education Certificate

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Certificate Description

The Transition to Teaching (T2T) program in Secondary Education prepares candidates to meet the changing needs of today’s grade 5-12 adolescent students. Candidates learn how to structure core content classes, utilize best practices, incorporate digital tools into the learning environment, and differentiate instruction for diverse learners. The graduate certificate program leads to an initial secondary teacher license in Indiana. Students who do not reside in Indiana should determine requirements for applying the Indiana initial license for teacher licensure in their state of residence. All courses in this program can be applied to a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching at American College of Education.

Certificate Outcomes

  1. Design and deliver instruction that is responsive to student diversity and differences and promotes high achievement for all students. (I, III, VII)
  2. Apply standards-based, data-driven decision making and integrated differentiated instruction using appropriate technologies and tools to improve the achievement of all students. (VI, VII)
  3. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of assessment, and use assessment results to inform instructional decision making. (I)
  4. Establish well-organized, positively managed, and safe learning environments, and analyze their impact on instructional effectiveness and student achievement. (IV, VII)
  5. Use knowledge of scientifically based research to plan and deliver instruction in content areas, including reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, fine arts, health, wellness, and physical education, for the purpose of improving the achievement of all students. (II)

Course List (18 semester credits)

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)

Additional Information for Initial Teaching Licensure Programs

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  • This program is designed to prepare students for eligibility for initial teacher licensure.
  • This program has been approved as meeting the initial teacher licensure requirements in the state of Indiana.
  • Check availability in your state on the Programs by State section of the ACE website [http://www.ace.edu/admissions/programs-by-state].
  • State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration or supervision must also document as least three full years of full-time educational experience in a P-12 setting, which must include at least one full year of full-time P-12 classroom teaching experience. Current requirements may be found at [www.alsde.edu].

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