Supporting Teachers Toward a Brighter Future

Abilene Christian University and Education Service Center Region 13 have partnered to offer a unique set of fully online courses for aspiring educators and exclusive pathways for education professionals in Central Texas. From building high school students into remarkable instructors to growing current educators into the next generation of district leaders, ACU and ESC Region 13’s online programs provide individuals with unparalleled opportunities to focus on obtaining their teaching certification, leveling up into a bachelor’s degree, or earning a master’s or doctoral degree to serve in your district.

Abilene Christian University and Education Service Center Region 13 have partnered to offer a unique set of fully online courses for aspiring educators and exclusive pathways for education professionals in Central Texas. From building high school students into remarkable instructors to growing current educators into the next generation of district leaders, ACU and ESC Region 13’s online programs provide individuals with unparalleled opportunities to focus on obtaining their teaching certification, leveling up into a bachelor’s degree, or earning a master’s or doctoral degree to serve in your district.

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ACU knows every student’s journey is unique and we believe everyone can be successful, given the right tools and support. Whether you are hoping to advance in your current field or change to an entirely new one, furthering your education is the first step towards that change. Supported by a faculty of Christian scholars, we prepare undergraduate and graduate students for service and leadership in both their personal and professional lives.

One of America’s Best Colleges

Newsweek 2023

ACU was named one of America’s Top Online Colleges for 2023 by Newsweek. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranked ACU in the top 50 nationally in undergraduate teaching and research. Combine this educational excellence with the flexibility of an online format and it’s easy to understand why earning your degree from ACU Online makes sense.

 

Featured Education Programs

For Aspiring Students

Classroom to Career

As a joint effort between ESC Region 13, Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT), and ACU, the Classroom to Career program meets the needs of your district’s students. Connecting driven students with mentoring faculty members, the Classroom to Career Teaching Track offers students the opportunity to pursue a career in education, become certified teachers, and enter your talent pool of qualified teaching aids upon high school graduation.

Level Up

For Motivated Paraprofessionals

Level Up with a B.S. in Integrated Studies

Dedicated to improving the quality of teachers your school should have, the Level Up program provides paraprofessionals in your school district an opportunity to earn their Texas teacher certification through enrollment in the ACU’s online Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies program during their co-enrollment in ESC Region 13’s Educator Certificate Program. Aimed at helping paraprofessionals connect their goals with their strengths, the Level Up program goes beyond the role of taking online classes individually and offers individual mentorship to expand their own learning and teaching experience.

For Driven Educators

ACU’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Instruction & Learning

The New Teacher Pathway responds to today’s industry challenges through an innovative solution that acquires, prepares, and motivates potential teachers to answer the call toward educating the next generation. Offered as an alternative method, New Teacher Pathway helps selected, predetermined individuals to become newly certified and licensed teachers for future employment at statewide ISDs.

The Grow Your Own Dual Credit Instructor program provides high school teachers with opportunity to obtain the required credentials to serve as the teacher of record at a post-secondary institution offering academic dual credit courses in your district.

For Influential Leaders

Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Organizational Leadership

Recognized as one the best online Ed.D. programs in the country by Fortune, ACU’s online Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership builds scholar-practitioners into tomorrow’s leaders by training today’s district administrators. Focused on enhancing your district admins’ gifts and talents through reflective practice, this program seeks to guide individuals toward finding the meaning and purpose behind their work.

up to $7,000 scholarship
for ESC Region 13 educators

ESC Region 13 Benefits

Online Community

With our online degree programs, you’ll focus on one or two class(es) at a time during each seven-week session. Whether your concerns are time, funding, or scheduling, your dedicated advisor is ready to help you figure out a solution that works for you.

Why ACU?

  • 100% online*
  • No GRE or GMAT requirement
  • Designed for busy working adults
  • Supportive, like-minded community
  • Faculty of Christian scholars and professionals

*Some programs require residency

Tools & Resources

ACU Online students have access to:

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Our team is ready to make sure all of your questions are answered and can even walk you through the application process. Contact Stacey or start your application now.

Stacey HaysStacey Hays
EDD Program Lead, Executive Graduate Admissions Advisor
214-305-9421
stacey.hays@acu.edu

Other Education Programs at ACU

Education Specialist in Organizational Leadership

Education Specialist in Organizational Leadership

Our Education Specialist program is designed to equip professionals who are currently serving in positions of leadership within their organization, or for those seeking leadership roles who are not seeking the credential of a terminal degree, but are looking for a way to differentiate themselves.

Master of Education in Higher Education

Master of Education in Higher Education

The knowledge you’ll gain in our Master of Education in Higher Education program will give you the skills to inspire students, build and nurture programs, grow and retain enrollment and make a positive impact on the livelihood of a higher learning institution.

Certificate in Conflict Management for Educators

Certificate in Conflict Management for Educators

Our graduate Certificate in Conflict Management for Educators program will help you develop the knowledge and skills necessary to help you manage conflict effectively and professionally in the classroom and boardroom while fostering relationships and successfully moving parties to agreement.

WHY GET AN ONLINE DEGREE FROM ACU?

Did you know that Abilene Christian University is among the nation’s best universities? This year, U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best Colleges” list ranked ACU as #2 in “Most Innovative” and #16 in “Best Regional Universities” in the West and #9 in “Learning Communities” nationally. Combine this educational excellence with the flexibility of an online format and it’s easy to understand why earning your degree from ACU Online makes sense. Whether you’re married and juggling work and kids, or a single professional meeting the demands of a growing career, ACU Online can fit into your busy life.