Jul 19, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 42 
ACE Catalog - Volume 42 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education Certificate

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Master’s Level Certificate

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. 
  2. Apply standards-based, data-driven decision making and integrated differentiated instruction using appropriate technologies and tools to improve the achievement of all students. 
  3. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of assessment and use assessment results to inform instructional decision making. 
  4. Establish well-organized, positively managed, and safe learning environments, and analyze their impact on instructional effectiveness and student achievement. 
  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. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Transition to Teaching certificate in Secondary Education is to prepare students to teach in the secondary classroom settings using effective curriculum design, instructional methods, assessment and classroom management strategies.

Course List (18 Total 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

Please see Certificate in Transition to Teaching/Masters of Arts in Teaching on the Program Specific Academic  policy page.


  • 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.

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