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.

Courses

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

Program locations

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

Credentials

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

Careers

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: biology, business, chemistry, Chinese (Mandarin), earth and space science, economics, English, French, general science, geography, German, history, mathematics, physics, political science, Spanish or theater.

    • Subject area content knowledge needs to be demonstrated by a passing score on the AEPA/NES Subject Knowledge Exam. If an AEPA/NES exam has not been adopted for the requested subject area, then students need 24 semester hours of coursework from an accredited institution in that subject area.
    • Non-degree-seeking graduate students can meet content knowledge requirements if they already have a conferred bachelor's degree with the subject area listed in the degree title.
  • 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: ASUeducation@asu.edu