Secondary Education Certificate


The Secondary Education Certificate concentration prepares students who wish to teach students enrolled in sixth through twelfth grades. The aim of this program is that students will:

  • develop a strong content background in an area of specialization (2nd BIS area).  Recommended areas for specialization include: biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, business, English, foreign language (Chinese, French, German, Spanish), social studies areas (economics, geography, history, political science).
  • focus on developing the requisite teaching knowledge and abilities to successfully teach middle or high school students.
  • integrate teacher preparation with your academic specialization.
  • receive an institutional recommendation (IR) and apply for the secondary education teaching certificate in Arizona.

The State Press news video explains the secondary education certificate. Since the production of this video, the Arizona Department of Education has changed secondary education from grades 7-12 to grades 6-12 (middle grade and high school teacher certification).



  • Students are required to meet with an advisor with the Teachers College to determine an appropriate timeline for completing all courses and requirements.
  • Students must have a 2.5 CUM GPA
  • Students must obtain DPS, Identity Verified Print (IVP), Fingerprint Clearance Card.
  • Students must pass appropriate Teacher Certification Exams (based on area of specialization).  See Teachers College advisor to determine appropriate exam:
  • Students must submit the online form (Intent to Progress Form) notifying Teachers College when student is ready to begin upper division course work and internship experience.
  • After submitting the intent to progress form, you will be invited to attend an orientation to learn about program policies, clinical experience requirements.  You cannot enroll in courses until attending this mandatory meeting.

 Core 30 hours minimum

BLE 220 Foundations of Structured English Immersion (3)

RDG 323 Literacy Processes in Content Areas (3) Co-requisite: clinical experience

SED 322 Classroom Leadership in Secondary Schools (3) Co-requisite: clinical experience

SPE 417 Inclusion Practices at the Secondary Level (3) Co-requisite: clinical experience

TEL 311 Instruction and Management in the Inclusive Classroom (3) Co-requisite: clinical experience

Methods Course (based on area of specialization – see advisor for appropriate course selection (3) Co-requisite: clinical experience

 Clinical Experience

SED 478 Student Teaching in Secondary School (8-12) (Required)  – full-time student teaching for the entire semester, following your mentor teacher’s contracted hours.

SED 496 Clinical Experience III  (Required) Students are required to complete a minimum of one semester of field experience which includes one full day per week in a grade 6-12 classroom.

Upper division education courses require co-enrollment in a clinical experience internship. Students who choose to complete the program over more than two semesters will be required to complete an additional clinical experience course for every semester they are enrolled in upper-division courses.  See advisor for program pathway options.

Methods Course (based on area of specialization – see advisor for appropriate course selection (3) Co-requisite: clinical experience

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.






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