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8 Classes Required
$525 Cost Per Credit Hour
12–20 Mo. Time to Completion
100% Online Licensure Program

Earn Your Teaching License; Choose From Three Tracks

USF’s online Transition to Teaching (T2T) program is your accelerated path to a teaching license, even if your bachelor’s degree is in another field. Pursue a licence in special education, elementary education, or secondary education.

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T2T Special Education

Create challenging and developmentally appropriate learning experiences as you make an impact in one of education’s highest-need areas. Choose to focus on students with mild or intense needs.

Student Grade Level: P–3, K–6, 5–12, or P–12

Courses:

Mild Intervention

  • Collaborative Models of Behavior Management
  • Diverse Learners in Today’s Classrooms
  • Inclusive Content Assessment
  • Language and Social Skills Topics
  • Literacy for All Learners
  • Methods and Practicum in Mild Intervention
  • Reading Methods
  • Teaching Internship

Intense Intervention

  • Collaborative Models of Behavior Management
  • Diverse Learners in Today’s Classrooms
  • Functional Curriculum/Assistive Technology
  • Inclusive Content Assessment
  • Language and Social Skills Topics
  • Practicum in Intense Intervention
  • Reading Methods
  • Teaching Internship

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T2T Elementary Education

Make a difference early in a child’s life—help young learners expand their knowledge and shape their futures. Meet the needs of each student’s learning style in unique and meaningful ways.

Student Grade Level: K–6

Courses:

  • Collaborative Classrooms and Schools
  • Diverse Learners in Today’s Classrooms
  • Elementary Clinical Internship
  • Elementary Clinical Practicum
  • English Language and Social Studies Methods for Elementary Education
  • Inclusive Content Assessment
  • Literacy for All Learners
  • Math and Science Methods for Elementary Education
  • Reading Methods
  • Responsive Classroom Management

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T2T Middle Level/Secondary Education

Develop an inclusive environment in middle school and high school classrooms that enables each learner to engage in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving, ensuring long-lasting student success.

Student Grade Level: 5–12

Courses:

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

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Combining Convenience and Quality

Taught by experienced online instructors, the T2T program is structured 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 8-week sessions, with a 120-hour field practicum and a 16-week clinical internship (student teaching) as capstone experiences.

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

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

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.

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 to gain 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.

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  • Accredited by the Indiana Department of Education, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Why Choose USF’s Online T2T Program?

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Institutionally and Programmatically Accredited and Recognized

HLC-NCA: The University of Saint Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), 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 15 Months

15–18 months when starting in summer full time

16–20 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

(2021–2022 academic year)

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

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Potential Careers

  • Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Middle or high school teacher
  • Special education teacher

National Median Salary

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

$50,790

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Projected New Jobs

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

512,900

Projected growth from 2018 to 2028
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019


Meet Your Program Directors

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Brittany Straub
Director of T2T - Secondary Education and Assistant Professor

“Teaching is more than a responsibility to teach content; rather, it is an opportunity to mentor young minds as they learn about themselves and continuously grow into contributing members of society. It is an important calling and a blessing to serve others, society, and God through education. At USF, teacher candidates learn the necessary skills to educate and empower students.”

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Juanita Oberley
Director of Special Education and Assistant Professor

“Special Education is a beautiful calling that allows educators to work with some of society’s most vulnerable students. With Franciscan values as our guide, USF Special Education majors are provided the tools and clinical practice to make a difference in the lives of students.”

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Cayla Wise, M.A.
Director of T2T - Elementary Education and Assistant Professor

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” —Robert Frost

“Elementary Education is more than a career, it is a path for those who are passionate about working with children. Seeing the lightbulb in a child’s mind ignite is unmeasurable. USF education programs provide our candidates with the necessary tools, skills, and experiences to become successful, life-long educators. At USF we champion our learners; those we teach and our candidate’s future students.”


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 alumnus 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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