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

Program Coordinator: Sara Hagenah,

The Graduate Certificate in Secondary/Art Teaching is a rigorous, accelerated graduate program leading to initial certification. Students who have a bachelor’s degree and who meet Graduate College admission requirements may enroll in this Graduate Certificate program that prepares students to qualify for teacher certification from the Idaho State Department of Education. Select credits from certification program may be applied to a master’s degree program that requires separate application to desired master’s program after completion of certification program. Advising and review of transcripts is conducted by faculty in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies (CIFS).

Candidates for secondary/art teacher certification must complete either an approved single endorsement of at least 45-semester credit hours or 67-quarter credit hours or a 30-credit primary endorsement 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. Current Idaho State certification course requirements can be found at the Rules Governing Uniformity, State Board of Education Rules. 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
Earth Science
Foreign Language: French
Foreign Language: German
Foreign Language: Spanish
Natural Science*
Physical Science*

*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.

Certification Program Checklist

 Graduate Certificate in Secondary/K-12 Teaching
SemesterCourse Number and TitleCredit
SummerED-CIFS 507 Foundations of American Education3
ED-CIFS 508 Learning and Development of Students 3
ED-CIFS 509 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Grades 6-123
FallED-ESP 550 Teaching Secondary Students with Exceptional Needs3
ED-LLC 544 Content Literacy In Secondary Schools3
ED-CIFS 561 Professional Year I 3
Content-specific methods course(s)
Courses may have prerequisites in addition to the admission requirements
SpringED-CIFS 550 Seminar on Teaching and Learning3
ED-CIFS 565 (grades 6-9) or 566 (grades 9-12) Professional Year II (16 weeks of student teaching) 12

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, 7th floor).

Admission Requirements
Documentation of ALL admission 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.

  • a. 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.

  • 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 primary and at least one 20-credit supplemental endorsement, with a minimum 3.00 GPA in primary and supplemental endorsement fields.
  • b. Email coordinator, Sara Hagenah, for pre-application endorsement transcript review document. Note specific area of endorsement that you are pursuing.

3. Passing score on the appropriate PRAXIS II examination in primary and supplemental fields – PRAXIS examination information available at:

  • a. All PRAXIS test scores must be sent to the Boise State University Office of Teacher Education
  • b. Passing scores must be received before applicants can be admitted. Applicants should take the appropriate PRAXIS II examination(s) no later than January
  • c. Passing Praxis score documentation uploaded into Graduate College Application.

4. Criminal History Check, a completed fingerprint card and a $32.00 fee for the background check (check or money order ONLY made out to the Idaho State Department of Education)

  • a. Pick up fingerprinting card in College of Education, Office of Teacher Education (7th floor)
  • b. After completion of fingerprinting card, submit to College of Education, Office of Teacher Education (7th floor)

5. Evidence of technology competency, which could include EDTECH 202; or equivalent course or examination.

6. A letter of intent (1-2 pages) describing your interest in becoming a teacher.

  • a. Attached to Graduate College application.

7. Two letters of recommendation, describing applicant’s experience working with children and/or schools.

  • a. Attached to Graduate College application.

Application Deadline
The application deadline is the first Friday of February.
New cohorts begin in summer only.

Disclosure Statement
The normal time to complete the certificate requirements is 1 year; the tuition and fees for normal time completion can be found at (does not include student health insurance). 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. Gainful Employment Disclosure can be found HERE.