Secondary Education (Teacher Certification)

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Secondary Education (Teacher Certification)

Master's of Education

Secondary Teacher Certification



NNU’s Accelerated Certification in Education Program offers an Idaho Teacher Certification in Secondary Education.  This program is an accelerated program designed for the working adult to obtain teacher certification.



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Classes meet
face-to-face two evenings a week, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Work closely
with faculty mentors in small classes.
have the option to continue on and receive a Masters of Education degree from NNU.

Secondary Education with Teacher Certification

NNU’s Accelerated Teacher Certification in Education (ACE) offers Idaho Teacher Certification in Secondary Education with a Master's of Education degree.  This is an accelerated evening 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 for 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 takes two to three classes in each 8 weeks session. Upon completion of the secondary education program, students will be recommended for certification in grades 6-12 and can complete the last 12 credits online to obtain their Master's in Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Innovation.
New teacher certification classes for Secondary Education start every fall and spring. Earn a teaching certificate in just 16 months, depending on prior credits. Secondary Education students must have a bachelor's degree prior to starting the program. 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.
Candidates interested in pursuing Secondary Teacher Certification do not need to have a degree in their content area.  They do need to meet the content and credit requirements set forth the Idaho State Department of Education, these content credits will need to be taken prior to starting Education courses.  Please contact the ACE Program Coordinator for more information on specific requirements.  The following Secondary content areas are offered at NNU:  American Government, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, English, Health, History, Physical Education, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, and Spanish.
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.
Students enrolled in the Secondary Education Teaching Certification program have the option to continue on and receive a Master of Education degree from NNU's Department of Graduate Education. 

Additional Teaching Endorsements

For those that are already certified to teach, Teaching Endorsements for additional subject areas may be added to an existing Idaho Teaching Certificate at NNU. Candidates will satisfy several requirements in order to obtain additional subject endorsement areas, please see the Endorsement Only page for more information.


Degree Details

Teacher Certification with Master's in Education

Offered On Campus

$500 per credit - See All Tuition & Fee Info

Related Career Paths
Career Avg. Salary
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education


Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education  
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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NNU’s graduate programs are designed for you to achieve your educational goals while working around your career, your family and your other commitments.

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100% of the program can be completed online..


16 months is the approximate time it takes to complete the masters in education degrees. 


The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports 44% higher wages for master’s degree holders in education than for bachelor’s degree holders.


100% of graduates who completed exit surveys report being “highly satisfied” with the
quality of education they have received.