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Student Opportunities

One-Year Master’s Program
The Master of Education in Teaching and Learning is a one-year master’s program designed for ACU students who will complete a bachelor’s degree in Education. This degree includes a year-long clinical teaching experience and the opportunity to add the Special Education Supplemental Certification to the primary credential.

Presenting Research
Students have opportunities to participate with faculty in presenting research at national and regional, professional conferences. Recent publications and presentations include the following:


  • Resisting Test-Based Grade Retention – Tara Lowe Caruthers (With lead author, Dr. Andrew Huddleston), School Administrator Journal (August 2016)
  • Assessment for the Masses: A Historical Critique of High-Stakes Testing in Reading – Elizabeth Rockwell (With lead author, Dr. Andrew Huddleston), Texas Journal of Literacy Education (Summer 2015)
  • I Skim and Find the Answers: Addressing Search and Destroy in Reading – Tara Lowe (With lead author, Dr. Andrew Huddleston), Reading Teacher Journal, 2014 (Volume 68, Issue 1)


  • Understanding the Decision Making of new Teachers Regarding Literacy Assessment, Instruction and Policy – Hannah Lowry (With lead researcher, Dr. Andrew Huddleston), 2016 Literacy Research Association Conference
  • Musings of Pre-Service Math Teachers – Ali Ryan, Katherine Knox, and Marissa Clark, 2016 CSOTTE Conference: Emerging Scholars Track
  • Meeting Students’ Needs: Assessment Based Instruction in a Field Experience – Rachel Perry, 2016 CSOTTE Conference: Emerging Scholars Track
  • Let’s Get Together: Relearning The Power Of Small Group Instruction In PreK! – Ansley Blume (With Jenn Rogers), 2015 Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children


English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification
All students in the ACU Teacher Education Program are prepared to add the ESL Supplemental Certification to their primary credential. Many districts in Texas require beginning teachers to obtain this credential in the first year of teaching. Our program provides preparation for this credential through EDUC 476 Effective Strategies for English Language Learners which includes an emphasis on law, second language acquisition, English grammar, strategies for differentiation, and strategies for the teaching of reading using the Reading Horizons Workshop. Click here to learn more about the Reading Horizon Workshop.