Graduate Alternative Pathway/Elementary Education Certificate

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Approx. program length:

1 year


Credits:

23


Cost per credit:

$540

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Help elementary students succeed

Set children up for success with the skills they’ll need for their educational journeys. Earn a Graduate Alternative Pathway/Elementary Education Certificate. This accelerated certificate program is designed for career changers, those on emergency teaching certifications and others who are seeking preparation for teaching licensure. The focus includes strategies to prepare teacher candidates to be effective classroom teachers and further develop their teaching experience at the elementary level.

As you move through the certificate program, you’ll:

  • Design and implement effective elementary classroom instruction
  • Apply professional ethics to teaching practices
  • Meet the instructional needs of diverse elementary student populations
  • Create innovative strategies and incorporate technology into the classrooms

You can complete your program online in about a year by taking just one course* a time, so you can balance work and life on the path to your graduate certificate. Students who obtain this certificate can go on to pursue licensure in Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

* Courses are one, four, six or 12 weeks long

Course length:

Varies*

* Courses are one, four, six or 12 weeks long


Total credits required:

23


Max. number of waived credits:

3

Requirements and prerequisites

You’ll need 23 credits from a set of required courses to complete this Graduate Alternative Pathway/Elementary Education Certificate program. View additional requirements for licensure.

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Program purpose statement

The Graduate Alternative Pathway/Elementary Education Certificate is a program intended to prepare students with no prior teaching experience for elementary teacher licensure in Arizona. The program includes a clinical component requiring field experiences and student teaching above and beyond program coursework. As state licensure requirements may change frequently, students must contact the Arizona Department of Education to verify current requirements to become a licensed teacher. There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to work as a teacher with any local, state or federal entity.

Licensure requirements

This Arizona program also prepares students to pursue licensure in Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. View your state licensure requirements.

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What sets us apart?

When you choose our Graduate Alternative Pathway/Elementary Education Certificate, you can:

Lock in your tuition

We promise you’ll keep the same affordable tuition until you complete your certificate program. Count on tuition to be as dependable as your education.

Learn on your schedule

Designed to fit into the lives of busy working adults, our Graduate Alternative Pathway/Elementary Education Certificate can be completed one course at a time.

Prepare for licensure

The certificate program is intended for those who are on an emergency certification or have no prior teaching experience and are seeking preparation for teaching licensure.

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Take the next step

It’s time to let your education prepare you for the next phase of your career. You’ve got the will. And, by taking one course at a time toward a Graduate Alternative Pathway/Elementary Education Certificate, you’ve got the way.

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