Teacher Certification Programs

Undergraduate Certification Programs

Early Childhood Education

Who should apply?
Undergraduate students who want to teach PreK-3 and are interested in guiding the development of young children ages birth through 8.

What is included in the program?
Teaching foundations, advanced courses, methods courses, and student teaching in both preschool and K - 3 classrooms.

What grade level will you be teaching?
PreK-3.

What is the completion timeframe?
4 years with full-time course load. This includes two years of general education and two years of professional program.

Elementary Education with bilingual endorsement

Who should apply?
Undergraduate students who are interested in teaching K-8 and have a high level of proficiency in the Spanish language, as well as a strong lower-division background in language arts, math, science, social studies, and the arts.

What is included in the program?
Teaching foundations, teaching methods, and student teaching.  In your first semester of the program, you will take a semester of foundation courses on campus. Then, during semesters two and three, your courses are offered at a local elementary school and include extensive classroom-based field experiences in bilingual and/or dual language classrooms. Semester four is student teaching in bilingual and/or dual language classrooms.

What grade level will you be teaching?
K-8 in bilingual and/or dual language classrooms, with a particular emphasis on elementary grades. Students are also qualified to teach in a traditional classroom with English language learners despite having the bilingual endorsement. In order to teach middle school grades, the state requires that you pass a middle school grades subject knowledge exam in the content area you wish to teach. Therefore, additional content knowledge is encouraged if students are interested in becoming certified in grades 5-9.

What is the completion timeframe?
4 years with full-time course load. This includes two years of general education and two years of professional program.

Elementary Education with English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement

Who should apply?
Undergraduate students who are interested in teaching K-8, particularly to students whose first language is not English. Students should have strong lower-division background in language arts, math, science, social studies, and the arts.

What is included in the program?
Teaching foundations, academic concentration, teaching methods, and student teaching. In the first semester you take foundations courses on campus. Then, during semesters two and three, your courses are offered at a local elementary school and include extensive classroom-based field experiences in English Language Learner (ELL) classrooms. Semester four is student teaching in ELL classrooms.

What grade level will you be teaching?
K-8 in ELL classrooms, with a particular emphasis on elementary grades. In order to teach middle school grades, the state requires that you pass a middle school grades subject knowledge exam in the content area you wish to teach. Therefore, additional content knowledge is encouraged if students are interested in becoming certified in grades 5-9.

What is the completion timeframe?
4 years with full-time course load. This includes two years of general education and two years of professional program.

Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Who should apply?
Undergraduate students who are interested in working with students with mild to moderate disabilities in the areas of learning disabilities, mental retardation, and emotional/behavioral disorders.

What is included in the program?
Three semesters of coursework, one semester supervised internship designed to prepare special education teachers to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in K-12 settings.

What grade level will you be teaching?
K-12.

What is the completion timeframe?
4 years with full-time course load. This includes two years of general education, two years of professional program, and one semester of supervised internship.

Graduate Certification Programs

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education

Who should apply?
Teachers interested in working with children with varying degrees of hearing loss as well as across multiple educational placements.

What is included in the program?
This is an online program that prepares teachers with Arizona certification to teach students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

What grade level will you be teaching?
Birth-12.

Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Who should apply?
Students with a bachelor’s degree in any field of study, though applicants who do not hold a current teaching certificate may be required to complete some additional coursework.

What is included in the program?
A 38-unit master’s program that is designed to prepare you to teach students with mild-to-moderate disabilities. There is not a thesis requirement.

What grade level will you be teaching?
K-12.

Severe and Multiple Disabilities

Who should apply?
Teachers interested in teaching students with severe and multiple disabilities, especially in general education settings.

What is included in the program?
Teachers with Arizona certification will be prepared to teach students with severe and multiple physical and cognitive disabilities.

What grade level will you be teaching?
K-12.

Teach Arizona (Teaching & Teacher Education)

Who should apply?
Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree and are interested in teaching math, physics, chemistry, biology, sciences, Spanish, English, French, American Sign Language, Mandarin, political science, economics, or history in a secondary education setting.

What is included in the program?
Full-time classroom study followed by full-time field experience, which allows students to immediately apply what they have learned in their graduate courses to their secondary school classrooms.

What grade level will you be teaching?
6-12.

What is the completion timeframe?
12 months.

Visual Impairment

Who should apply?
Students with a bachelor's degree in education or a related field, such as rehabilitation counseling, sociology, or psychology.

What is included in the program?
A graduate-level program that lead to one of two specializations: 1) TVI, or teaching children who are visually impaired, or 2) Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments.

What grade level will you be teaching?
Birth-12.