Two options for acquiring teaching certification
Please note: The C-MOST and MAT-S degree programs will be on hiatus during the 2014-2015 academic year. Applications will next be accepted for Fall 2015.
Science teachers are in high demand in the
US. The need for them is expected only to grow over the coming years, making
the pursuit of a science teaching certificate a smart career
move. Note: Certification is granted by the state, not the
university. You will need to complete additional requirements, including:
- an application form
- a fee
- Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments
For more information about these requirements, visit the Arizona Department of Education website.
Graduate certificate in science teaching (C-MOST)
This program grants you a graduate certificate that leads to
Arizona secondary teacher certification in one of the following:
- earth science
- general science
You might also consider enrolling as a dual-degree seeking
student in this program and a master’s degree granting program. Contact your
adviser to discuss this option.
In this program, you will observe and teach in a secondary
classroom while a practicing classroom teacher mentors you.
Courses for this program are offered at the Flagstaff campus
and online. These courses are offered via web conferencing so extended campuses
students and Flagstaff students can meet together.
Learn more about the courses you can enroll in:
Download the science program of study in Word or PDF format
Visit the NAU academic catalog for more information.
In order to be admitted to the C-MOST program, you must
apply both to the program and to the Graduate College.
The deadline to submit your admission materials is three
weeks before the beginning of the fall or spring semester during which you plan
to begin your studies. (View the current registration calendar
for an exact date.) Please be sure to review the application requirements
several months in advance so that you have time to prepare your materials
To apply to the C-MOST program:
1) Download the C-MOST science application in Word or PDF format
2) Contact Sharon Cardenas, the C-MOST adviser, and send her your unofficial transcripts for review:
Associate Director, Faculty
Bldg. 21, Rm. 102
3) Complete your application and submit it by e-mail to Sharon Cardenas or standard mail to:
P.O. Box 5697