Teacher Certification

Alternate Certification

Graduates of Southwestern University may return to seek teacher certification through our Alternate Certification program.

The Education Department limits the available internships based on the availability of supervising faculty. The Alternate Certification program is available to students seeking secondary certification in approved teaching fields only.

Students interested in obtaining secondary certification through a supervised internship must apply to the department one semester prior to the internship. Students are responsible for establishing their internship placement and notifying the Southwestern University Teacher Certification Officer no later than May 1, prior to the internship year.

An internship represents a year-long commitment and must be done in the school year immediately following graduation from Southwestern. Concurrent enrollment in Education 40-813 during the fall semester and engagement in specified professional development activities throughout the year are required. Supervision will be offered in approved school districts only.