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Elementary Certification

Post-Degree Certificate

Prepare for Arizona General Education Elementary (grades K-8) teacher certification with this post-degree program. Courses emphasize professional teaching standards, technology, data literacy, diversity and current teaching theory, and include supervised and include a supervised and directed internship.

Conditional Enrollment Program: You will be eligible to enroll in EDC/ESE courses once you have completed the requirement listed in Program Admissions and the Department has authorized your enrollment. See the program director or advisor for more information.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

 Online Option: This program can be completed entirely online (excluding Field Experience).


Desert Vista Campus and Online

Contact Information

Division of Education & Biomedical Programs
Dean: 520.206.5105
Program Office: 520.206.5144


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages. Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Elementary School Teacher $40,014

Program Requirements 2020-2021

Required Core Courses

Must be completed with grades of C or higher. Field experience must be completed with grades of B or higher. A program GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
EDC/ESE 250 Introduction to Teaching 3
EDC/ESE 251 Educational Psychology 3
EDC/ESE 252 Survey of Exceptional Education 3
EDC 254 Classroom Management: Elementary 3
EDC/ESE 257 21st Century Learning 3
Subtotal 15
Methods Courses
EDC 270 Elementary Methods: English Language Arts 3
EDC 271 Elementary Methods: Math 3
EDC 272 Elementary Methods: Reading/Phonics 3
EDC 273 Elementary Methods: Science/Social Studies 3
EDC 274 Elementary Methods: Instruction Across the Curriculum 3
Subtotal 15
Candidates who are not currently teaching in an elementary classroom take the Traditional Pathway.  Candidates who are currently teaching full time in an elementary classroom on an intern certificate take the Internship Pathway.
Field Experiences (Traditional Pathway)
EDC 267 Traditional Practicum 2
EDC 291 Student Teaching Elementary 8
Subtotal 10
Field Experiences (Internship Pathway)
EDC 266 Internship Practicum 2
EDC 291A Student Teaching I: Elementary 4
EDC 291B Student Teaching II: Elementary 4
Subtotal 10

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation

Course # Course Title Credits
EDC 286 Structured English Immersion Methods 3
POS 210 * National and State Constitutions 0-3
Subtotal 3-6
Total 43-48

* This course will be waived with an official passing score in the Constitutions of the U.S. and Arizona AEPA (Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment.) See program coordinator for additional information.

Conditional Program/Major Codes: CRDELM/9ELM

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