Elementary Education - Certification, Master of Education

This degree is designed to prepare you for a successful teaching career in grades 1-8.

You will be provided the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will improve your teaching experience. When you graduate, your advanced degree will put you ahead of the competition in your field.

This terminal master’s degree leads to an Institutional Recommendation for Elementary Teacher Certification in the State of Arizona.

Curriculum includes courses in teaching methods, critiquing teaching approaches, and student teaching experience.

For more class information, visit the academic catalog.

Program Highlights

  • Quick--Finish in 17 months!
  • Convenient—Complete the program in Flagstaff, Phoenix (East Valley and North Valley) or Tucson
  • Blended Learning—A well-designed combination of in-person/online courses and connected field experiences enable expedient program completion
  • Affordable—No “hidden” program fees. Students pay the most affordable graduate tuition in the state!  Financial aid available to those who qualify.
  • Relevant—A standards-based program that satisfies all Arizona Department of Education requirements for initial certification
  • Meaningful—Courses taught by experienced teachers.  Practicum and student teaching field experiences supervised by seasoned professionals.
  • Easy Admission—No GRE required.  Multiple start dates available.

Degree Requirements

To earn this degree, students complete 39 credit hours including a 45-hour practicum and a full semester (80 days) of student teaching.

Who Applies to This Program?

Our students are people seeking a teaching career after earning an undergraduate degree in another field.


Application to the Graduate College and Teacher Education Program can be made immediately online  https://www.applyweb.com/apply/northazg/ or following transcript evaluation.

All MEd with certification students must submit a student teaching application.

Learn More About This Program

This information packet contains many details about this program.  Click on your region of interest below to email lead faculty with specific questions. 

Learn More About Arizona Teacher Certification


Programs of Study

Below is a downloadable Program of Study.  This includes complete set of courses and other work that must be successfully completed before qualifying for a degree, diploma, or certificate.

The program of studies is the agreed-upon plan between you and your faculty advisor on completing program requirements.

It is used as a verification document when you apply for graduation.

Your program of study will depend on the date you started.

Elementary Education - Certification, Master of Education

Academic Catalog Listing

See the NAU Academic Catalog for official details on this degree, including: 

  • Career opportunities for graduates with this degree
  • Admission requirements
  • Course listing
  • Campuses that offer this degree 

Elementary Education - Certification, Master of Education