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As you prepare your application for the ACU Master of Teaching and Learning program, you may have questions very similar to those of other applicants. Below are answers to a list of commonly asked questions.

Master of Education in Teaching and Learning FAQs

I did not attend Abilene Christian University for my undergraduate degree. Can I still apply for the Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning (METL)?

No, only ACU students enrolled in an undergraduate degree that includes teacher certification can apply for the METL program.

Why should I apply for the METL?

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.

What is the length of the program?

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.

What is the timeline for the application process?

1.   You will begin the application process by submitting the  Statement of Intent during your semester enrolled in EDUC 211 Multicultural Perspectives in Education.

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. 

Is there an application fee?

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

What is the minimum GPA needed to apply?

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).

What is the minimum Disposition Review score?

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

Do I need to submit my ACU transcript?

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

What is the cost of the program? 

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

Are courses offered online or residentially?

All METL courses are offered residentially on the ACU campus.

Can I visit with the Program Director or attend an information meeting to learn more about the METL?

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