Secondary Education (Certificate)

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The Secondary Education Certificate provides ASU undergraduate students enrolled in non-education degrees the ability to become certified to teach without changing their major.

Students will get the coursework and professional experiences they need in order to obtain state licensure to teach grades 6-12 in Arizona.

Individuals who already have a bachelor's degree may enroll in this program as a non-degree-seeking graduate student, or they may consider the teacher certification graduate certificate online program.


Students can complete this certificate in as little as two semesters. View course list

Program locations

  • Polytechnic
  • Tempe
  • West
  • ASU@Lake Havasu
  • ASU Sync live, remote classes. This option is available to students who live in Arizona, outside of Maricopa County.


Graduates earn an institutional recommendation from ASU that is recognized by the Arizona Department of Education for teacher certification in Secondary Education, 6–12.

To be eligible for secondary certification in Arizona, students must:
     - Pass the appropriate Arizona educator subject knowledge exam, as well as the professional knowledge exam offered through the National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments.
     - Have a conferred bachelor's or master’s degree with the content area listed in the degree title, and receive a passing score on the professional knowledge exam offered through the National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments.

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


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

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

You can learn about the many ways to reduce your costs, including scholarships and grants just for education students such as the Arizona Teachers Academy at ASU tuition scholarship. The ATA scholarship covers your tuition and fees when you complete an initial teacher certification program and fulfill a commitment to teach in Arizona public schools after graduation. Explore your options

Admission requirements

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

  • Content knowledge in one of the following subject areas: art, biology, business, chemistry, dance, earth and space sciences, economics, English, general science, geography, health, history, mathematics, music, physics, physical education, political science/American government, theatre and some foreign languages.
    • Content knowledge needs to be demonstrated by a passing score on the appropriate AEPA/NES exams.
  • The ability to obtain a valid Arizona IVP DPS fingerprint clearance card
  • Enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate or a non-degree-seeking graduate student at ASU
  • A GPA of 2.25 for progression into the final semester of student teaching.

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:

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