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Education - 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.

Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admissions. See an advisor for details.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

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

What can I do with this certificate?

Career options: Become an elementary school teacher

Academic options:  Continue your education with post-graduate work in education offered at Pima

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Program Requirements 2018-2019


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 250 Introduction to Teaching 3
ESE 251 Educational Psychology 3
ESE 252 Survey of Exceptional Education 3
EDC 254 Classroom Management Elementary 3
EDC 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 Track.  Candidates who are currently teaching full time in an elementary classroom on an intern certificate take the Internship Track.
Field Experiences (Traditional Track)
EDC 267 Traditional Practicum 2
EDC 291 Student Teaching Elementary 8
Subtotal 10
Field Experiences (Internship Track)
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 is not required with an official passing score in the Constitutions of the U.S. and Arizona (Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment).  See program coordinator for additional information.