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Transition to Teaching – Secondary Certificate

Impact our next generation of leaders – as a high school teacher. If you’re a career-changer interested in becoming a high school teacher, or if you have a teaching background and need to align your credentials with Indiana state requirements, our Transition to Teaching – Secondary Certificate program can help you achieve your goal.

This certificate program is intended for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree. The guiding philosophy of this program is to build upon your existing skills and knowledge. To help you become a confident and effective classroom teacher, you’ll add curriculum, instructional and assessment skill sets to your area of expertise. Blending academic theory with relevant coursework, field experiences and student teaching, our curriculum includes all essential elements required to help you prepare for a career in teaching.

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How to customize your degree

Focus your educational journey even further. By adding one of the following areas of focus, you can better tailor your degree to your career, interests and the skills you want to learn.

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We believe that students and families should be prepared financially for college and understand gainful employment opportunities before starting any program. So we want to ensure you have the information you need to make an informed choice - information like what it will cost, the skills you'll learn through your chosen program, and the types of occupations the program prepares you for.

View this program's gainful employment disclosures.

How to afford your degree

Find out how you may be able to lower your out-of pocket expenses and what options may be available to help you fund your education.

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How to get started

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The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.

The curriculum of the Transition to Teaching – Secondary Certificate consists of 18 credit hours. Admissions and program requirements vary by state. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for state and/or program specific information.

Test-Prep courses are also available.

University of Phoenix is committed to providing the services and support you need to reach your goal of becoming a teacher. Teaching candidates seeking licensure can prepare for certain state-specific proficiency exams by enrolling in our test-prep courses. Brush up on your Math, Science and Reading skills by enrolling in one or all of the courses aligned to the CBEST®, The Praxis Series assessmentTM or TExES TM tests.

CBEST is a registered trademark of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and Pearson Education, Inc.
The Praxis Series is a trademark of Education Testing Service (ETS). This publication is not endorsed or approved by ETS
TExES is a trademark of Texas Education Agency.

How to customize your degree

Focus your educational journey even further. By adding one of the following areas of focus, you can better tailor your degree to your career, interests and the skills you want to learn.

Make your enrollment decision easier with our tuition tool

From finding the right college to finding time for your other work and family responsibilities - we know you have a lot on your mind. That's why we offer the tools you need to better understand your financial commitment and the Finance Advisors who can help you understand your options.

How much will it cost?

Knowing your cost commitment up-front can help you successfully plan for your degree program.

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Cash Plan

Review our Cash Plan, which gives you the option to pay course-by-course as you pursue your education.


Scholarships pay for tuition-related expenses and don't need to be paid back. Your advisor can help you find scholarships that you may be eligible for.

Prior Learning Assessment

Learn about how you can fulfill some credit requirements from prior experience, professional training, licenses, certificates and transcripts from previously attended colleges and institutions.

Federal Financial Aid Plan

Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.

Third-party billing

Under the Third-Party Billing Plan, University of Phoenix directly bills an approved employer for a student's tuition. To find out if your company supports direct bill, speak to your human resources department or one of our advisors.

Need more information?

An advisor can help you review your options and choose the one that’s best for you.

How can I use my Military benefits?

Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.

The Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program

With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.

Montgomery GI Bill

At University of Phoenix, you can apply your Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty, or your Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve benefits to your educational costs.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits. 

Active Duty Spouse Benefits

As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.

Benefits of this degree program

  • Learn from others’ experience

    Our College of Education faculty members have advanced degrees and professional experience in P-12 education with a cumulative average of more than 16 years in the areas they teach. Those who teach initial, teacher-preparation and advanced teacher degree programs also hold current teaching credentials in their home state. Among our faculty are 61 department chairs, 430 principals and 1,800 teachers—all of whom are ready to share proven methods in the classroom to help you succeed in yours.

  • Get personalized assistance for student teaching placement

    Teacher Education Specialists and our Center for Field Placement support our online students preparing for state certification requirements. Campus-based students enjoy one-on-one support from local academic advisors.

  • Demonstrate your mastery of curriculum, instruction and assessment

    As a College of Education student, you'll get a subscription to the TaskStream® e-Portfolio system. This web-based system features state-specific standards, and allows you to develop, then showcase samples of your lesson plans and projects.

  • Keep current in technology skills that speak to today’s learners

    College of Education students and faculty have access to our Technology Resource Library, providing access to lesson plans, tutorials and other resources for the latest teaching technologies. Gain deeper understanding of the tools needed to connect with today's technologically savvy students.

  • Try out new ideas as you learn.

    Our innovative Virtual School is an online tool you can use to apply what your learning in class to a simulated environment for a deeper understanding of “what if?”

TaskStream is a registered trademark of TaskStream LLC.

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