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The Graduate Certificate in Teaching is a rigorous, accelerated pre-professional program leading to initial certification. Students can select from two pathways; Secondary (grades 6-12)/Art (K-12 or 6-12) or Elementary (grades K-8). Students who have a bachelor’s degree and who meet Graduate College admission requirements may enroll in a graduate certificate program that prepares them to qualify for teacher certification from the Idaho State Department of Education. Select credits from certification programs may be applied to a master’s degree program. Advising and review of transcripts will be done by the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies.

Elementary Pathway

Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Elementary Pathway) candidates are required to complete one minor elementary-approved endorsement of at least 20 credits. Some content areas require specific courses within those totals. See an advisor for a list of approved endorsements for Elementary.

Secondary Pathway

Graduate Certificate in Teaching (Secondary Pathway) for secondary/art teacher certification must complete either an approved single endorsement of at least 45-semester credits hours or 67-quarter hours or a 30-credit primary area and one or more supplemental endorsements of at least 20 credits (see list of available approved endorsements below). Some content areas require specific courses within those totals. A degree in a subject may not necessarily include the specific content and courses required for certification

Contact Information

Dr. Julianne Wenner
Graduate Program Coordinator, Elementary Pathway
Phone: (208) 426-1615

Dr. Serena Hicks
Graduate Program Coordinator, Secondary Pathway
Phone: (208) 426-1663

Degree Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Teaching, G.C.

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Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree in an approved subject area, or related discipline, from an accredited institution of higher learning that includes Idaho State Department of Education content requirements.
  3. PRAXIS scores.
  4. Two letters of recommendation, describing your experience working with children or schools.
  5. Letter of Application describing your decision to become a teacher and the goals you hope to achieve.
  6. Educational Technology competency.
  7. Adjudication Statement.
  8. Criminal Background Check.
  9. Admission Interview.

Application Deadlines

Elementary Pathway

Fall Semester: First Friday in February
Spring Semester: Third Friday in September

Secondary Pathway

Summer Session: First Friday in February