Online Teacher Certification Graduate Certificate

Are you looking to become a certified elementary or secondary education teacher? Our graduate certificate in teaching is designed for individuals who are already teaching on an Arizona Alternative Teaching Certificate (or equivalent in other states). You’ll receive robust clinical support and guidance from a top-ranked college of education to foster your growth and development as a teacher.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/19/2021


Total classes: 9

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 23

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What is a graduate certificate in teaching?

Arizona State University’s teacher certification graduate certificate is a two-semester program that’s aligned with the Arizona Department of Education requirements for teacher certification in elementary education or secondary education.

Our curriculum provides the necessary coursework and professional experiences a full-time teacher needs to receive an Institutional Recommendation for Arizona teacher certification in elementary education or secondary education. Out-of-state students can check their local state agency to see if the program meets requirements in their area.

The graduate certificate program requires students to be employed as a full-time teacher of record aligned with their certification area (elementary or secondary) on the Alternative Teaching Certificate from the Arizona Department of Education (or out-of-state comparable certificate) before starting the program.

What will I learn in teacher certification courses online?

 

Through this graduate certificate in teaching, you’ll receive robust clinical support and guidance from ASU faculty – experts in the field who are actively engaged in the educational research community. You’ll learn about instructional practice, assessment, content, inclusive teaching practices and more. Prior to starting the program, you’ll need to find employment as a teacher of record in a local school. Then, you’ll take coursework while you work as a full-time teacher. These professional experiences will foster your growth and development as a teacher.

In alignment with national Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Core Teaching Standards, you’ll also demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions of effective teachers in the areas of learner-centered practices, learning design and environment and professional responsibilities.

Is graduate-level teacher certification worth it?

 

Yes! A graduate-level teacher certification is worth it, especially for full-time teachers who want to earn formal certification while working. Our program provides the coursework needed for certification in elementary education or secondary education, and you can opt to return for a full master’s degree.

If you wish to pursue a master’s within three years of completing the program, you have the option to transfer your credits to a Master of Education in elementary education or a Master of Education in secondary education. You’ll benefit from earning a degree at a top-ranked college of education – ranking 7th in graduate elementary education degree programs and 12th in graduate secondary education degree programs according to the U.S. News & World Report.

If you enroll in a program leading to initial teacher certification and commit to teaching in Arizona after graduation, you may be eligible for the Arizona Teachers Academy at ASU tuition scholarship.

Professional licensure and certification

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.

Graduate teacher certification courses

Students in this certificate program take courses specific to either the elementary or secondary education track. Courses include:


Required

Exploration of Education: Child/Adolescent Development and Foundations of Special Education


Required

Instructional Design, Planning and Assessment


Required

Creating Equitable Learning Environment: Decision Making and Action


Required

Apprentice Teaching One


Required

Apprentice Teaching Two


Elementary education track

Instructional Methods for Language and Literacy


Elementary education track

K-8 Mathematics Methods and Assessment


Elementary education track

Integrated Humanities (SS/Arts/ELA) Methods and Assessment


Graduate teacher certification career options

As a student in the online teacher certification program, you’ll already be employed as a full-time teacher of record in elementary or secondary education. This certificate provides you with the coursework and professional experiences necessary to obtain a standard teaching certificate in Arizona (or another state agency if it meets credentialing requirements). Roles your teacher certification can lead to include:

Elementary school teacher

High school teacher

Kindergarten teacher

Middle school teacher

Learn from renowned educators

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Learn from renowned educators

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Graduate teacher certification admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. View the graduate program’s application deadlines.

Please note: This program has an earlier application deadline than other online degrees offered by Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Application requirements

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Study at a #1 college for educational programs

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. ASU is ranked #17 in the world in the subject area of education, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. According to U.S. News & World Report, 2021, our college ranks in the top 15 best online graduate programs in the nation. Our programmatic honors include:

#1


best online master’s in curriculum and instruction.

#1


best online master’s in instructional media.

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best online master’s in educational administration programs.

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best online master's in instructional media programs for the MEd in learning design and technologies.

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