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Graduate Certificate in Secondary/K-12 Teaching

Graduate Certificate in Secondary/K-12 Teaching

The Graduate Certificate in Secondary/K-12 Teaching is a rigorous, accelerated pre-professional program leading to initial certification.  Students who have a bachelor’s degree in the field they wish to teach and who meet Graduate College admission and program requirements may enroll in a Graduate Certificate program that prepares students to qualify for teacher certification from the Idaho State Department of Education, although some of the credits may also 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 (CIFS). Students seeking secondary (6-12) or K-12 (in Art, Music or PE) certification in an approved area must be enrolled in an approved program.

Certification in Secondary and K-12 Education

Candidates for secondary teacher certification must complete either an approved major endorsement of at least 45 credits or a 30 credit major endorsement and one or more minor endorsements of at least 20 credits.  Some content areas require specific courses within those totals.  Idaho State certification requirements can be found at A degree in a subject may not necessarily include the specific content and courses required for certification. The program does not include elementary (K-8) certification or certification in Special Education.

Available Approved Endorsements
Information regarding the required Praxis II exams for each endorsement area can be found at

Amer. Government/Political Science
Art, K-12 or 6-12
Bilingual Education*
Biological Science
Earth Science
English as a New Language* (ENL)
Foreign Language: French
Foreign Language: German
Foreign Language: Spanish
Music, K-12
Natural Science*
Physical Education, K-12
Physical Science*
Social Studies*

* Only minor endorsements possible in these areas; you must also have a major endorsement.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The first Friday of February.  Courses typically start in mid-May each year (Summer term). Regular admission requires meeting all criteria including passing all content courses and tests at the time of application. Provisional admission may be granted if course work or test scores are completed during the spring semester.

Applicants must complete both procedures listed below.

Application Procedures:

An applicant should follow the general application procedures for graduate degree-seeking students on-line at  The link for this program is under “Secondary/K-12 Teaching.”

Admission Requirements: Prior to admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, and the equivalent of 45-semester credit major, or a 30-credit major and at least one 20-credit endorsement, with a minimum 3.00 GPA in the major and minor endorsement fields,
  • a minimum score of 162 on the Core Academic Skills for Educators – Writing examination (available locally at Prometric Testing Center, 208-373-1815),
  • a passing score on the appropriate PRAXIS II examination in major and minor fields – PRAXIS examination information available at: PRAXIS II examinations are administered several times a year.  Passing scores must be received before applicants can be admittedApplicants should take the appropriate PRAXIS II examination(s) no later than January.
  • evidence of technology competency, which could include EDTECH 202; or equivalent course or examination,
  • a Criminal History Check, a completed fingerprint card and a $40 fee for the background check (check or money order ONLY made out to the Idaho Department of Education), must be submitted to the Office of Teacher Education (E722),
  • a brief (1-2 page) essay describing your decision to become a teacher and the personal and professional goals you hope to achieve. A copy of this will be given to the supervisor and cooperating teacher, and
  • two letters of recommendation, describing applicant’s experience working with children or schools.

All PRAXIS test scores must be sent to the Office of Teacher Education.  Once the applicant’s file is complete, the Office of Teacher Education will schedule an interview.  Upon successful completion of the interview, the Graduate Certificate Program Coordinator will make an admission recommendation to the Graduate College.   Meeting the application requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission recommendations will be based upon a review of the student’s transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay and interview. In the case of a recommendation for provisional admission, the Coordinator will also establish the stipulations that must be satisfied in order to be granted regular status.  Admitted students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 and all required courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C.

Certificate Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Secondary/K-12 Teaching
Course Number and Title Credit
Summer ED-CIFS 507 Foundations of American Education  …………………………………….
ED-CIFS 508 Learning and Development of Students  ………………………………….
ED-CIFS 509 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Grades 6-12 ………………..
Fall ED-CIFS 561 Professional Year I  (field experience, can be variable credit) ……………
ED-SPED 550 Teaching Secondary Students with Exceptional Needs ……..…………..
ED-LTCY 544 Content Literacy In Secondary Schools …………….……..……………
Content-specific methods course(s) ……..………………………………………………
Courses may have prerequisites in addition to the admission requirements.
Spring ED-CIFS 550 Seminar On Teaching and Learning ……………………………….…….
ED-CIFS 562 – 566 Professional Year II (16 weeks of student teaching) ………………
Total 34-37

Disclosure Statement:  The program leading to the Graduate Certificate in Secondary/K-12 Teaching is of primary relevance to students interested in the following occupation (Standard Occupational Classification code in parentheses):  Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education (25-2031).  Information on SOC-coded occupations is available at and subsidiary links.  The normal time to complete the certificate requirements is 1 year, the tuition and fees for normal time completion are estimated to be $11,148 (does not include student health insurance), and the typical cost for books and supplies not included in tuition and fees is estimated to be $1,000.  It is very important that interested students consult the graduate program coordinator for clarification of this information, especially the role of the certificate in preparing individuals for employment in specific occupations.


Submit a completed Proposed Plan of Study for a Graduate Certificate and apply for graduation on BroncoWeb before obtaining the recommendation of the Certification Officer for the Boise State University College of Education (using the required certification materials available in the Office of Teacher Education, E722).

 For additional information contact Dr. Phil Kelly (E215) at or 208-426-4977.

Graduate Certificate Information