Getting started

March 19, 2019

Earning a teaching degree for Havasu residents just got easier. ASU Havasu now offers a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a secondary education certificate, said ASU’s faculty member Jenna Lowder.

“Faculty for both programs will be comprised mostly of accomplished Lake Havasu Unified School District teachers and administrators who have demonstrated competence and have earned recognition in their field,” she said.

ASU Havasu has 150 students. At least 10 of those are ready to start taking certificate courses, said campus Director Raymond Van Der Reit, noting there is plenty of room for more. The program is designed for traditional students who attend classes during the day. However, there is growth potential for the certification program to eventually offer evening and Saturday classes.

For those who work full time but are interested in earning a teaching degree, ASU has partnered with Mohave Community College to provide curriculum pathways for transfer to the ASU degree program. MCC offers evening classes for prerequisites for students just getting started in the degree process.

The teacher certification program for elementary education is clinically embedded during a college student’s junior and senior years.

Financing doesn’t need to be a roadblock.

“ASU offers help with financial aid and scholarships,” said Van Der Reit. “You’d be surprised at how much money is available, particularly for teaching.”

Those desiring to teach in a public school must then pass Arizona educator exams, National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments, to be certified to teach in Arizona.

Learn more about obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree at havasu.asu.edu/programs/bae/elementary-education.

Pam Ashley can be reached at 928-453-4237, ext. 230 or pashley@havasunews.com.