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Certificate in Secondary School Teaching

Turn your bachelor's degree into a career in secondary education.

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Arizona Secondary Teaching Degree Online

With a secondary teaching certification, you’ll gain valuable skills needed for a secondary classroom. As a secondary level teacher, you'll get to be a part of some of the most formative years of each student you teach. Enrolling in our teacher preparation program can provide you with the tools you need to excel as an educator.

This Arizona State Board of Education (ASBE)-approved program prepares you to become a secondary school teacher in any 6-12 class in the state. All coursework for the secondary education program is offered online, with extensive hands-on training and classroom simulations, to prepare you to lead with confidence. As part of the secondary teaching certification program, you will fulfill a student teaching internship, paired up with an experienced teacher and field supervisor, who will mentor you through assessments and guide you with individualized coaching sessions while you learn, teach, and earn an income.

If you want to study secondary teaching online and become a transformational middle school teacher or high school teacher in Arizona, this online teaching certification program is for you. Learn about the coursework for our secondary education certification below.



Program Highlights


Courses for the teacher education program are taught online, with hands-on experience and video simulations. If you're ready to lead a secondary classroom in Arizona, this secondary education certification is an excellent place to start. 

ASBE-Approved Curriculum

Online secondary education certification programs are Arizona State Board of Education-approved, leading to an elementary and secondary school teacher certification in Arizona.

Learn and Earn

As a candidate in the secondary teaching certificate program, if you're enrolled as an intern, you can also keep or enter into a full-time contract with a school as the teacher of record.

All Bachelor’s Degrees Welcome

If you have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution, in any subject, you will fulfill this admissions requirement.

Classes Start Every Eight Weeks

You can enroll in this educator preparation program at any point in the year; qualified applicants are accepted every eight weeks.

Fast and Focused

The program typically takes 12 months for certification, and an additional two terms for certification and master’s degree.

Your Path to a Master’s

In this accelerated graduate-level program, you can earn your MAE with only three more classes.



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Frequently Asked Questions


How will this program prepare me to become a teacher?

This educator preparation program gives you an alternative pathway to teacher certification on an intern teaching certificate. The certificate program is for those who already have a bachelor's degree in any field and want to become a secondary teacher in Arizona. In this Arizona secondary teaching certificate program you'll explore best practices in pedagogy, while gaining the skills, knowledge, and disposition that are crucial to confidently entering the profession through:

  • Competencies are aligned with InTASC and ISTE Standards 
  • Support through a consortium of partners that include public, charter and private schools and other related organizations, non-profits, and agencies
  • Research- and evidence-based training to meet the needs of all learners
  • Development of skills to make a lasting impact
  • A structured English immersion model where integrated instruction incorporates English language development (ELD) standards connecting language skills and academic content

Does completion of this program help prepare me for certification as a teacher?

Yes, as a program completer, you will receive a recommendation to receive your certification. For a full list of state certification requirements, visit our Arizona Certification Requirements page.


When does the program begin?

The Arizona teacher certification program runs on eight-week terms and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods.


What scholarship and financial aid options are available?

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.


How long does it take to complete the program?

The Arizona secondary teacher certification is a 30-credit program by itself, and a 39-credit program when obtained concurrently with the MAE in teaching. When the program is followed without interruption, it can be completed in as few as six terms, and in an additional two terms with the concurrent MAE in Teaching.


How is this alternative pathway to a teaching certification different?

Arizona offers a variety of pathways to teaching certification; in order to qualify for this alternative pathway to a teaching certification, you must:

  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Enroll in an Arizona State Board-approved teacher preparation program
  • Complete three semester hours or 45 hours of state-approved structured English immersion training for either the provisional or full SEI endorsement
  • Have passed the US/Arizona Constitution exam or test, and hold a temporary Teaching Intern/Alternative Teaching Certificate


You also must pass an Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment in your chosen subject area and possess a verification letter from your education preparation program. Once you have met the above qualifications and have graduated from the teacher preparation program, your certification will be valid for two years, and may be extended yearly for no more than two consecutive years.

Two additional requirements may be completed within one to three years of completing your secondary certificate of education certification in order to maintain its validity:

  • A college course or the appropriate examination covering the provisions and principles of the Arizona Constitution
  • A college course or the appropriate examination covering the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution

This alternative pathway allows for potential and future Arizona teachers to minimize the work required to turn their existing bachelor’s or higher degree into a teaching certification so that they can begin their teaching career as soon as they possibly can.

Explore the various pathways by visiting the Arizona Department of Education’s Educator Certification webpage.


Is this program taught online, on-campus, or both?

All coursework for the Arizona teacher certification program can be completed online.


Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. We offer an education that is accredited, focused on practical knowledge and skills, connected with diverse faculty and alumni, and aimed at the student experience.

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