Teacher Preparation Certificate

For the Teacher Preparation Certificate (TPC), students prepare for state licensure to teach in public schools through the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) https://www.americanboard.org/  ABCTE offers an online, independent study program that prepares students to become a licensed teacher. ABCTE is a state-approved route to full teacher certification in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Enrollment Options

  • Concurrent certificate with bachelor’s degree: Students may complete ABCTE during their senior year and add a Teacher Preparation Certificate to the BA, BS, or BRS degree.
  • Dual-enrollment: students may complete the requirements for the BRS degree and enroll at another college to complete the requirements for state licensure.

Career Options

A minimum CGPA and completion of the ABCTE program are required to apply for state licensure. The requirements and approved certifications for each state are listed online at americanboard.org.

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher


  • Minimum CGPA of 2.50
  • Senior status


  • 60 contact hours working with children in licensed K–12 school
  • 18 credits of courses below


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