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 classrooms as they revere 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 120-hour field practicum and a 16-week clinical internship (student teaching) as capstone experiences.
HLC-NCA: 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
12 months when starting in summer full time
16 months when starting in fall or spring
Coursework is collaboration-driven, promotes inclusivity in the classroom, and encourages technological integration.
Secondary School Teacher Occupations
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Education, Training, and Library Occupations
Projected growth from 2016–2026
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018
“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.’”
“Special Education is a beautiful calling; a calling that allows educators to work with some of society’s most vulnerable students. With our 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.”
As part of the 18- to 24-credit core curriculum, you’ll take courses such as:
*Candidates may be eligible to test out of these prerequisites.
If you choose the special education track, you’ll take courses such as:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
“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