Classroom Pathways Bundle
The Classroom Pathways Bundle is a unique enrollment package for students in the Master of Arts in Teaching or the Master of Science in Education programs who are interested in teacher’s certification in specific states. It consists of two separate and distinct programs: Purdue Global’s Master of Arts in Teaching or the Master of Science in Education with the American Board’s Plus Program.
Students enrolled in the Classroom Pathways Bundle/American Board Plus Program will:
- Build a solid knowledge base of teaching and learning principles and develop professional competencies required of beginning teachers by first completing the Master of Arts in Teaching or the Master of Science in Education.*
- Upon graduation, begin the American Board Plus Program and, once completed, have the opportunity to become a certified teacher in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, or Wisconsin.†
- After successfully completing the Plus Program and passing the American Board examinations, have the opportunity to seek licensure in their home state. Check the American Board website for more information.
The American Board Plus Program does not include courses or student teaching. Rather, it is designed to help students prepare for and pass American Board examinations in fulfillment of state licensure requirements. As a Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Science in Education student, you'll also receive additional Professional Teaching Knowledge (PTK) resources, including workbooks and supplementary quiz banks. American Board program resources and examination costs are included in the price of tuition for Purdue Global's Classroom Pathways Bundle and may be covered by financial aid for those who qualify.
Prior to enrolling in the Classroom Pathways Bundle, prospective students must confirm via email to their Advisor that they acknowledge that the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Master of Science in Education do not lead to certification and understand the certification and eligibility requirements of the American Board. Students and their advisors must contact the American Board advisor to confirm costs, deadlines, additional fees, required approvals, residency, and continuing requirements for certification.
Important note on Tennessee: American Board offers a transitional license in only two county public school systems and one city public school system; it is not approved in the entire state. Licensing is available in the following school systems only: Putnam County Public Schools, Crockett County Public Schools, and Tullahoma City Public Schools.
Pursuing Other Alternative Certification Routes
It is important to examine alternative teacher certification paths based on your state's licensure requirements. You can visit our interactive map and click on the state where you are interested in becoming a teacher for links to your state's certification requirements. We've also summarized some steps to help you identify suitable state alternative certification programs and requirements for certification.
Licensing requirements for teaching grades K through 12 vary by state. In almost every state, you must enroll in a state-approved certification program that may include completing coursework, a supervised teaching internship or student teaching course, and/or passing a subject area and pedagogy exam. If you are interested in becoming a certified teacher and live in a state that is not covered by the Classroom Pathways Bundle, you must independently research and pursue certification in your state. On its own, the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Master of Science in Education will not lead to certification nor will it assist you in becoming a teacher in those states.
Note: Completion of Purdue Global’s Master of Arts in Teaching or the Master of Science in Education is not required in order to pursue a state alternative teacher certification program.