Master of Education in Teaching and Learning
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No, only ACU students enrolled in an undergraduate degree that includes teacher certification can apply for the METL program.

The fifth-year Initial Certification track allows you to begin graduate-level courses in your final undergraduate semester at ACU. You will participate in a year-long clinical teaching placement in high-needs schools and classrooms, and you will leave equipped to meet the needs of diverse student populations.

In the program, you will complete your bachelor’s and master’s degrees within a total of five years. Students will be classified as a graduate student for 12 – 15 months.

1.   You will begin the application process by submitting the  Statement of Intent during your semester enrolled in EDUC 211 Introduction to Education: Culture and Contexts.

2.  You will formally apply to the METL during the fall semester, one year prior to matriculation. You will provide:

  • A completed application to the Fifth-Year Master’s in Teaching and Learning Degree sequence
  • A statement of purpose and philosophy (maximum of two pages with 12-point font, double-spaced) addressing one’s motivation for pursuing the degree and describing one’s current philosophy of education.

3.  You will then complete an  Office of Graduate Programs application during the fall semester of your senior year to begin taking graduate-level courses the following spring while completing your undergraduate coursework for May graduation.

Applications will be due on the second to last Friday in November with notification of acceptance prior to the spring semester.

Yes, the $65 application fee can be paid within your application portal.

The minimum GPA is a 3.0 overall and a 3.0 in the content field. Candidates must have earned no grade lower than a B in any undergraduate professional education courses (EDUC, READ, EACH, SPED).

Candidates must have no score below a 3 on the Dispositions Review. The review should be completed by 3 ACU faculty members:

  • 2 from the School of Education and 1 from the
    content area department for middle school, high school and all-levels
    applicants or
  • 3 from the School of Education for all other applicants

No, the Office of Graduate Programs will have access to your ACU transcript.

Please click here for pricing and billing information for the METL.

All METL courses are offered residentially on the ACU campus.

Absolutely! Please contact Dr. Andrew Huddleston at for information meeting dates or to schedule an in-office appointment.