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Graduate Certificate in Secondary (6-12)/Art (K-12 OR 6-12) Teaching

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Serena Hicks

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A Graduate Certificate in Teaching class activity. Photo by Carrie Quinney.

Do You Want to Become a Certified Secondary Teacher in Idaho?

The Secondary Graduate Certificate in Teaching is a rigorous, accelerated pre-professional program leading to initial teacher certification. The Secondary Pathway allows students who have a Bachelor’s Degree and who meet Graduate College admission requirements to enroll in this Graduate Certificate program that prepares students to qualify for 6-12 teacher certification from the Idaho State Department of Education. Up to 12 credits from the Graduate Certificate  program may be applied to a Master’s Degree program that requires a separate application. Advising and review of transcripts is conducted by faculty in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies (CIFS).

Secondary candidates must have completed 45 credit hours in an eligible major content area (English or Biology, for example) OR must have completed a 30/20 split between two eligible content areas (Biology and Chemistry, for example). Some content areas require specific courses within those totals. See the list below for eligible endorsement. Please keep in mind that a degree in a subject may not necessarily include the specific content and courses required for certification.

Available Approved Endorsements

  • American Gov./Political Sci.
  • Art, 6-12 or K-12**
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Drama
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Foreign Language: French
  • Foreign Language: German
  • Foreign Language: Spanish
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science*
  • Physical Science*
  • Physics

*Only supplemental endorsements possible in these areas; you must also have a primary 30 credit endorsement at a minimum.

**To obtain an Art K-12 endorsement, you must take an elementary and secondary methods course

Why Choose Boise State Teacher Preparation Programs?

According to the “Best Education School Rankings” for 2020 by U.S. News & World Report, Boise State University’s College of Education is ranked ranked in the top 30 of public universities. When rankings are reorganized according to regional areas, Boise State’s College of Education is in the top 3 for both the Intermountain West and the Northwest. You can read more about this in the Boise State Update article linked here.

What Do Principals Have to Say About Boise State Graduates?

I see confidence. I see preparation. I see focus. I do feel more confident in hiring teachers from Boise State.West Ada Principal
I am thoroughly impressed with Boise State. So many of our teachers came through Boise State and I’ve been nothing but impressed with them. I think that the school as a whole is really doing a nice job of producing quality teachers. In fact, my niece wants to teach and I’m trying to talk her into going to Boise State!Boise Principal
I don’t know that I’ve hired anyone who knew the standards so well already and was able to really do cross-curricular types of lessons. She came in really prepared.Middleton Principal

Graduate Certificate in Teaching – Secondary Pathway Program Details

Program of Study

Secondary Education Graduate Certification Pathway (PDF) visually represents the requirements for completion of the program, along with a list of courses.

Graduate Certificate in Secondary/K-12 Teaching

 Course Number and TitleCredit
SummerED-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
FallED-ESP 550
Teaching Secondary Students with Exceptional Needs
ED-LLC 544
Content Literacy in Secondary Schools
Professional Year I  (field experience, can
be variable credit)
Content-specific methods courses(s)
Course may have prerequisites in addition to the admission requirements



SpringED-CIFS 550 Seminar On Teaching and Learning
ED-CIFS 565 (grades 6-9) or 566 (grades 9-12) Professional Year II (16 weeks of student teaching)


Submit a completed Application for Admission to Candidacy Form 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, 7th floor).

Admission Requirements

Documentation of ALL initial admissions requirements must be included as attachments in Graduate College application:
  1.  APPLY to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
    1. Upload and attach ALL transcripts to Graduate College application.
    2. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office.
    3. 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 primary and at least one 20-credit supplemental endorsement, with a minimum 3.00 GPA in primary and supplemental endorsement fields.
  2. Email coordinator, Dr. Serena Hicks (, for pre-application endorsement transcript review document. Note specific area of endorsement that you are pursuing.
  3. Earn a passing score on the appropriate PRAXIS II examination in primary and supplemental fields – PRAXIS examination information available at:
    1. All PRAXIS test scores must be sent to the Boise State University Office of Teacher Education
    2.  Passing scores must be received before applicants can be admitted. Applicants should take the appropriate PRAXIS II examination(s) no later than January
    3. Passing Praxis score documentation uploaded into Graduate College Application.
  4. Complete a Criminal History Check, a completed fingerprint card and a $27.00 fee (note the new price as of 7/1/18) for the background check (check or money order ONLY made out to the Idaho State Department of Education)
    1. Pick up fingerprinting card in College of Education, Office of Teacher Education (7th floor)
    2. After completion of fingerprinting card, submit to College of Education, Office of Teacher Education (7th floor)
  5. Provide evidence of technology competency, which could include EDTECH 202; or equivalent course or examination.
  6. Provide a letter of intent (1-2 pages) describing your interest in becoming a teacher.
    1. Attached to Graduate College application.
  7.  Include two recommendations describing applicant’s experience with or potential for working with children and/or schools.
    1. Attached to Graduate College application.

In addition to what is listed above, applicants must complete an Admissions Interview. Once your initial Graduate College Application has been processed, you will be contacted about setting up this interview.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

The tables below provide more details about the estimated cost of attendance. A reminder that these are estimates; please check with the Student Financial Services for more detailed information concerning tuition, fees, and financial aid. Learn more about residency requirements using this link to the Office of the Registrar.

Estimated Costs for Pre-Requisite Courses (2018-2019)

CourseCredit HoursCourse Title2018-2019 Cost - Resident2018-2019 Cost - Non-Resident 
EDTECH 2023Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age$350/cr x 3 cr = $1,050$689/cr x 3 cr = $2,067
There is one pre-requisite course for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching - Secondary Pathway: EDTECH 202.

Estimated Cost for Endorsement Courses (2018-2019)

CourseCredit HoursCourse Title2018-2019 Cost - Resident2018-2019 Cost - Non-Resident 
Missing endorsement coursesDependent on your situation -- see advisor for more details.$350/cr $689/cr
Secondary candidates must have completed 45 credit hours in an eligible major content area (English or Biology, for example) OR must have completed a 30/20 split between two eligible content areas (Biology and Chemistry, for example). Some content areas require specific courses within those totals. Therefore, it is possible that candidates may have to take some undergraduate courses to fulfill their endorsement requirements.

Estimated Cost for Core Courses in Graduate Certificate in Teaching - Secondary Pathway (2018-2019)

CourseCredit HoursCourse Title2018-2019 Cost - Resident2018-2019 Cost - Non-Resident
GRAND TOTAL FOR CORE PROGRAM$16,128-$17,472$25,281-$27,642
SUMMER (note that summer rates are the same for both residents and non-residents; based on 2019 rates)
ED-CIFS 5073Foundations of American Education$448/cr x 3 cr = $1,344$448/cr x 3 cr = $1,344
ED-CIFS 5083Learning and Development of Students$448/cr x 3 cr = $1,344$448/cr x 3 cr = $1,344
ED-CIFS 5093Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Grades 6-12$448/cr x 3 cr = $1,344$448/cr x 3 cr = $1,344
TOTAL FOR SUMMER$4,032$4,032
ED-ESP 5503Teaching Secondary Students With Exceptional Needs$448/cr x 3 cr = $1,344$787/cr x 3 cr = $2,361
ED-LLC 5443Content Literacy in Secondary Schools$448/cr x 3 cr = $1,344$787/cr x 3 cr = $2,361
ED-CIFS 5613Professional Year I - Teaching Experience$448/cr x 3 cr = $1,344$787/cr x 3 cr = $2,361
TBD3-6Content-Specific Methods Course (see Advisor for appropriate courses for you) Note that some courses may have prerequisites beyond the admission requirements.$448/cr x 3-6 cr = $1,344-$2,688$787/cr x 3-6 cr = $2,361-$4,722
TOTAL FOR FALL$5,376-$6,720$9,444-$11,805
ED-CIFS 5503Seminar on Teaching and Learning$448/cr x 3 cr = $1,344$787/cr x 3 cr = $2,361
ED-CIFS 565 (grades 6-9) OR ED-CIFS 566 (grades 9-12)12Professional Year II - Teaching Experience II$448/cr x 12 cr = $5,376$787/cr x 12 cr = $9,444
TOTAL FOR SPRING$6,720$11,805
This program is cohorted; courses must be taken in this sequence.

Application Deadline

New cohorts begin each May. The application deadline is December 1st of each year.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

The normal time to complete the certificate’s core program requirements is 1 year (3 semesters); further information concerning the cost of this certificate can be found at this Gainful Employment Disclosure page. It is 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.