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Earn Your Teaching License Through the Transition to Teaching Program Online From the University of Saint Francis

In as little as one year, you can secure your teaching license, even if you earned your bachelor’s degree in a field other than teaching. You can choose whether to pursue a secondary education (5–12) or special education (P–3, K–6, 5–12, or P–12) license.

Plus, the T2T program from the University of Saint Francis puts a premium on quality and affordability. For $12,600 or less, you can earn your teaching license from a regionally and nationally accredited education program.

Founded in 1890, the University of Saint Francis has always been guided by Franciscan Values. We believe our T2T graduates can profoundly impact their classroom as they reverence each student’s unique dignity, encourage a trustful learning community, serve society, and foster peace and justice.

We’ve structured the T2T program to help you balance life and school obligations. USF’s online Virtual Campus has six start dates during the year, and courses are offered in short eight-week sessions, with a 16-week practicum and 16-week clinical internship cementing your learnings.

Graduates of the T2T program will master the 10 Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards:

  • Learner Development
  • Learning Differences
  • Learning Environments
  • Content Knowledge
  • Application of Content
  • Instructional Practice
  • Planning for Instruction
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
  • Leadership and Collaboration

Next start date:

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Why Choose USF’s Transition to Teaching Program Online?

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Institutionally and Programmatically Accredited and Recognized

HLC-NCA: University of Saint Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Indiana Department of Education

CAEP (formerly NCATE): Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

CEC: National Recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children

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Complete In As Few As 12 Months

12 months when starting in summer full-time

16 months when starting in fall or spring

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Values-Based Curriculum

Coursework is collaboration-driven, promotes inclusivity in the classroom, and encourages technological integration.

$525 per credit

(2018–2019 academic year)

Save time—and money—through transfer credits and financial aid.

Find out what you're eligible for.
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Potential Careers

  • Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teacher
  • Career and technical education teacher
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Middle- or high-school teacher
  • Special education teacher

National Median Salary

Secondary School Teacher Occupations


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected New Jobs

Education, Training, and Library Occupations


Projected growth from 2016–2026
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

Meet Your Program Director

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Dr. Dan Torlone
Director of Field Experiences and Director of MAT

“The gulf between the ideal of teaching and the real may be deep. Yet when I recall the words of the eminent philosopher Dr. John Dewey the gulf becomes less daunting and even hopeful: ‘Education is not preparation for life. Education is life.’

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Dr. Mary Riepenhoff
Chair of the Department of Education – Special Education

“USF education majors are provided a variety of opportunities to be successful in the special education setting, including a strong connection to theory and practice, and diverse clinical experiences and service projects. These opportunities allow students to develop and sharpen their knowledge of and skills in communication, instructional strategies, and collaboration.”

T2T Program at a Glance

Core Courses

As part of the 18- to 24-credit core curriculum, you’ll take courses such as:

  • Contemporary Learners in Today’s Classroom*
  • Collaborative Classrooms and Schools*
  • Inclusive Content Assessment
  • Literacy in the Content Areas
  • Methods for Secondary Instruction
  • Responsive Classroom Management
  • Transitional Clinical Internship
  • Transitional Clinical Practicum

*Candidates may be eligible to test out of these prerequisites.

Special Education Courses

If you choose the special education track, you’ll take courses such as:

  • Foundations in Exceptionalities
  • Collaborative Models of Behavior Management
  • Language and Social Skills Topics
  • Reading Methods

Transitional Clinical Practicum and Internship

You’ll finish your program by gaining on-site, real-world experience in a school setting. By applying the knowledge you’ve gained during your coursework, you’ll show that you’re ready for every classroom responsibility asked of you.

Professional Licensure Disclosures

  • All education and special education licensure programs at USF meet requirements for Indiana state licensure
  • If you desire a license from a state other than Indiana, please contact the State Department of Education for that state for clarification on obtaining licensure
  • Relocating to another state during the course of a program could impact whether or not you meet that state’s requirements. Please contact the appropriate licensing agency for professional licensure eligibility requirements.
  • USF students enrolled in teacher education programs are being prepared to test for the Indiana teaching licensure exam. However, students are not required to sit for the Indiana licensure exam to earn the degree.

For more information on professional licensure disclosures, please click here.

Support Services at the University of Saint Francis Help Online Students Like You

Dedicated Success Coach

Each online student at the University of Saint Francis is assigned an experienced success coach. Your coach can assist you with resources to complete class projects, help you get in touch with instructors and staff, and connect you with career services.

SmarThinking Tutoring Service

Need a little extra help? SmarThinking is accessible online and offers video tutorials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Live tutoring or writing sessions are available for any degree program every Sunday through Thursday.

USF Mentoring Program

Find and connect with a USF alumni and receive one-on-one mentoring in your career or program. Create your profile, get matched, schedule meeting times, and attend training workshops. The program is free and completely online.

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“My biggest concern was making sure I was organized for my studies but also that I didn’t let them consume all my time. It has been going well, and I feel that I can break things up, keep up with exercise and stay healthy.”

—Rachel McCullough, USF MAT/T2T Student

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