Elementary Education (Teacher Certification)

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Elementary Education (Teacher Certification)

Elementary Teacher Certification

with Master's of Education



NNU's Accelerated Certification in Education (ACE) Program offers Elementary Education Teacher Certification as part of a Master's of Education (M.Ed).  This accelerated evening program is designed for the working adult to obtain teacher certification. Teacher Education Candidates can achieve Idaho Teacher Certification in as little as 16 months, which includes 12 months for courses with field experience and four months for student teaching.  After student teaching, candidates will complete 12 additional credits in an online format to complete their Master's of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Innovation.


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a teaching certificate in just 16 months.
evening program led by dedicated faculty mentors
A flexible program
that fits your life, allowing you to work and achieve your education goals.

Master's of Education (with Elementary Teacher Certification)

NNU's Accelerated Certification in Education (ACE) Program offers an Idaho Teacher Certification in All Subjects (grades K-8) with one Middle School (5-9) content area, which also leads to a Master's in Education.  The ACE Program is an accelerated program designed for the working adult to obtain teacher certification. This program can be completed in as little as 16 months, which includes 12 months of college courses with field experience and four months for student teaching. Classes are online or on-campus in the evenings, allowing students to work during the day while earning this degree. The typical credit load is 10-14 credits per 16 week semester, with students taking two to three classes in each 8-week session. Elementary Education candidates will also be prepared to teach in a Middle School (5-9) content area.  Upon completion of the elementary program, students will be recommended for teacher certification in All Subjects (grades K-8) and a Middle School (5-9) content area.   

Accelerated Program for Teaching Certification in Elementary Education

New teacher certification classes for Elementary Education start every fall and spring. Earn a teaching certificate in just 16 months, depending on prior credits. Classes meet face-to-face two evenings a week, 5:30–9:30 p.m. This allows candidates to maintain their daytime employment and/or family responsibilities until they begin student teaching. Some daytime hours are required during the program for field experience.
To be recommended for teaching certification by NNU, a candidate must meet the complete requirements of the teacher education program in effect at the time of admission to teacher education and any additional requirements if required by the standards of State or regulatory agencies.
Elementary teacher candidates will need to meet minimum general education courses in addition to the Education courses. Those that need to earn these prerequisite credits, can complete any necessary credits through an online format in conjunction with the Education courses.  After completing student teaching, candidates will take an additional 12 credits online to complete a Master's of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Innovation.




Degree Details

Master of Education

Offered Online

$500 per credit - See All Tuition & Fee Info

Related Career Paths
Career Avg. Salary
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $74,990
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education $47,670
Metropolitan and nonmetropolitan area occupational employment and wage estimates for the Boise area are sourced from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


NNU has prepared me for my future job as a teacher by giving me a really well rounded education. I’ve gotten a ton of field experiences and student teaching, and being a student athlete here has taught me how to communicate and be a part of a team. I think that this education has equipped me to just be a well rounded person and not just a student.

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