Customized Teaching Preparation Certificate

Program Description

Fee $1200

This teacher preparation program provides options for students to choose their own courses. All courses are stackable and upon completion may be transferred to one of the master’s degree programs at Acacia University. This university is an approved institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) which allows the university to provide distance learning programs and coursework to students located in states other than Arizona.

    Talk to an admissions counselor about your goals and transfer credits.

    Program Prerequisites and Requirements
    1. Eligible participants must be graduate-level teachers (instructional specialists, administrators, or any other school staff member assigned teaching duties or with access to educational facilities and programs) with current access to classrooms and a school (from grades preK-12, any content area).
    2. Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university – The degree must be verified on official transcripts sent by the awarding institution directly to Acacia University. Mail or secure electronic delivery is accepted. International applicants: Applicants submitting transcripts from non-US institutions must have their transcript evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member agency. This requirement does not apply to international applicants who received a degree from a US college or university.
    3. English language competency – Applicants whose first language is not English and do not have a bachelor’s degree from a university in which instruction is conducted in English must provide evidence of English proficiency. The following are accepted exams and minimum scores required for admission:
      • 60 on the paper-delivered Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT)
      • 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS)
      • 50 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report
      • 100 on the Duolingo English Test
      • 55 on the 4-skill Michigan English Test (MET)
      • 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE)
      • 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)
      • A minimum score on the College Board Accuplacer ESL Exam Series as follows:
        • ESL Language Use: Score of 85
        • ESL Listening: Score of 80
        • ESL Reading: Score of 85
        • ESL Sentence Meaning: Score of 90
        • ESL Writeplacer: Score of 4
        • Comprehensive Score for all exams of 350
      • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam.
      • A minimum B-2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge.
    4. Teaching position or access to classrooms – confirmation of classroom and connectivity attestation through either a signed form or declared via the Classroom and Connectivity Access Attestation section in the website admission form.
      • The Master of Arts in Elementary Education requires access to elementary classrooms.
      • The Master of Arts in Secondary Education requires access to secondary classrooms.
      • The Master of Education in Educational Administration requires a minimum of 2 years of prior successful teaching experience and access to classrooms.
      • The Master of Education in Special Education requires access to Special Education classrooms for implementation of strategies and assignments.
      • The Master of Education in English as a Second Language requires access to classrooms with ESL students.
    5. Ongoing access to computer technology – All Acacia University courses are presented online so each applicant must have a computer and internet access to participate.

    9 Credit Hours

    Customized Teaching Preparation


    1. EDA509 Essential Instructional Strategies
    2. EDC540 Classroom Management
    3. EDC560 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
    4. EDC500 Power Strategies for Effective Teaching
    5. EDC510 Power Strategies for Classroom Assessment
    6. EDC520 Power Strategies for Improving Comprehension
    7. EDC572 Foundations of ESL
    8. EDC577 English Language Learners/Linguistics
    9. EDC535 Reading and Writing
    10. EDC550 Child and Adolescent Development
    11. EDC570 Special Needs Students
    12. EDC578 English Language Learners with Special Needs
    13. EDA559 Education Law
    14. EDA549 Principles of School Leadership and Management
    15. EDA589 Personnel Management and Supervision
    16. EDA569 Education Finance
    17. EDA579 Foundations of Elementary and Secondary Education
    18. EDA599 Principles of Continuous Improvement

    Who Should Enroll
    The English Language Learners Certificate program is designed for graduate level educators who are presently teachers or administrators in a school setting or have regular weekly access to a school and classrooms.
    Next Steps
    If you have explored the website and have other questions, visit the Handbooks and Policies page to download the Catalog and Student Handbook with detailed descriptions of each course in the program.
    We look forward to you joining Acacia University.

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