Professional Licensure

American College of Education offers three degree programs and two certificate programs that lead to professional licensure:

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary
  • Master of Arts in Teaching – Secondary
  • Transition to Teaching in Elementary Education
  • Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education

State-approved programs

These state program approvals make it possible for residents of many other states to become licensed educators and administrators upon completing the ACE programs. However, it is important for you to research whether you may become licensed in a state not listed above. The Programs in Your Region map provides links to all 50 state licensing board websites.

The following states have approved these programs for licensure:

Florida Department of Education Bureau of Educator Certification
Suite 201, Turlington Building
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
800-445-6739
www.fldoe.org/edcert
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is approved for persons applying for an endorsement in Educational Leadership.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777
866-262-6663     
217-782-4321
www.isbe.state.il.us/certification
The English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education course sequences are approved for endorsements in Illinois.

Indiana Department of Education
151 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
317-232-6610
www.doe.in.gov/idoe
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is approved to lead to principal certification in Indiana. The Transition to Teaching certificate programs and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs are approved for initial teacher licensure in Indiana.

Ohio Board of Regents
30 East Broad Street, 36th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-414
614-466-6000
www.OhioHigherEd.org
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is approved for Building Principal Licenses (grades PK-6, grades 4-9, and grades 5-12).

Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas, 78701
512- 463-9734
www.tea.state.tx.us
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is approved to lead to principal certification in Texas.