Secondary Education (Certificate)

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The Secondary Education Certificate allows you to get certified to teach without changing your major. This certificate pepares you to teach grades 6 – 12 in as little as two semesters.

With this certificate you'll make your future more marketable by maximizing your hiring potential in any career and being qualified for the high-demand, secure field of education.

Program locations

  • Polytechnic
  • Tempe
  • West
  • ASU@Lake Havasu
  • ASU@The Gila Valley


This certificate qualifies you for an Arizona educator certification in: 

Secondary Education, 6–12

You may be required to pass exams required by the state. Learn more from the Arizona Department of Education.

This program may also lead to licensure in other states. Learn more


Qualified educators are in high demand. Your future careers could include:

  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Educator in nonschool settings, like nonprofits or science centers

Professional experiences

In this certificate program you'll participate in MLFTC Professional Pathways, our suite of internships and residencies that expose you to more ways of teaching and learning. You'll complete a 12-week internship where you'll work alongside a qualified lead teacher in a 6-12 grade classroom. In your final semester, you will participate in a 15-week student teaching residency.

"I was at ASU studying biochemistry, and it made perfect sense to add the secondary education certification to my major, so I could teach and continue to work in an environment with kids." Alisha Maxwell (BA, SED ’16)

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Paying for college

The cost of attendance varies widely. To get an idea of what you can expect to pay, view ASU’s standard cost of attendance.

There are many ways to reduce your costs, including scholarships and grants just for education students. Explore your options

Admission requirements

You are eligible for the Secondary Education Certificate program if you have:

  • Content knowledge in one of the following areas (demonstrated with 24 credits of course work in your major or a passing score on the appropriate AZ educator exam): biology, business, chemistry, Chinese (Mandarin), earth and space science, economics, English, French, general science, geography, German, history, mathematics, physics, political science, Spanish or theater
  • The ability to obtain a valid Arizona IVP DPS fingerprint clearance card
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • Enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate or a non-degree-seeking graduate student at ASU

Professional licensure

ASU offers programs that lead to professional licensure with the state of Arizona and may allow graduates to be eligible for licensure in other states. Please check the professional licensure list for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to determine if this program meets requirements in your state. Note that not all programs within Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College lead to professional licensure. Contact our enrollment team for more information: