50th Anniversary

Academics at Prescott College

Professional Teacher Preparation - Elementary and Secondary Education Certification

Professional Teacher Preparation - Elementary and Secondary Education Certification

The Prescott College Education and Teacher Preparation program has approval from the state of Arizona to recommend certification in Elementary (K-8) and Secondary (7-12) Education. Requirements for a teaching credential can be earned concurrently while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students master educational principles and apply these in many problem-solving situations during courses, through independent studies, and in a 12-week student teaching assignment. Elementary school educators pursue a broadly based liberal arts, science, and social studies. Secondary school educators will have significant coursework in a subject area typically taught in a public high school.

Students proceed from foundational coursework to practicum experiences to gain the most benefit from application of their knowledge. Teaching experience followed by careful reflection is an essential element in quality teacher education and professional practice. The program encourages students to engage in teaching activities throughout their educational preparation, through teaching internships, volunteer or paid positions in camps and schools, volunteering in adult literacy programs, and tutoring 

The certification competence meets the requirements for a teacher credential in the State of Arizona. To find out whether certification in Arizona is reciprocal in another state, check to see whether that state has an interstate contract with Arizona.  

Limited Residency Bachelor of Arts

Human Development Studies provides relevant and rigorous theoretical and experiential preparations for students interested in advocacy, community-service, and the helping-professions generally. Students pursue courses and internships that provide perspectives on human needs and potential while encouraging personal growth and increasingly sophisticated communication skills. They develop self-awareness and a respect for both human and non-human worlds that fosters integration of the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social, and spiritual aspects of the human personality with an understanding of systems perspectives. This kind of integration often requires a shift in attention beyond modern Western views of human nature.

Although each student is free to design an individualized degree program, many students opt for one of these popular learning paths:

• Holistic Health
• Human Services
• Psychology
• Women’s Studies

Program Components - Limited-Residency Undergraduate

Program Components - Limited-Residency Undergraduate


All incoming Prescott College students are required to participate in New Student Orientation at the beginning of their first semester. During Orientation, you will receive information and experience activities designed to guide you through your specific program.  Orientation is a time during which students and faculty from diverse cultures, different areas of study, and with a variety of expertise can come together to build friendships, exchange ideas, and develop cohorts or informal networks to support you through your distance learning journey.  Students typically come away from Orientation inspired, energized and ready for the next phase of independent scholarship.

Prior Learning Assessment

Prescott College’s commitment to student-centered, experiential learning includes a respect for the adult student’s prior learning, whether that learning occurred in non-college settings, recognized Massive Open Online Courses, or in extended, demanding professional experiences. After the first semester, Limited-Residency Undergraduate students may apply to begin a process in which they document and request assessment of their prior learning in order to earn Prescott College credits. 

Mentored Study

Our mentored study program is the special ingredient that makes our distance program a high-touch, face to face experience that is customizable for each student, and a proven success across the country. Mentors are experts in their field and are vetted by our faculty. You can work with your mentor in your home community, virtually, and even abroad. The mix of mentored studies and online coursework allows you to achieve your educational goals while maintaining your personal schedule.

Life & Career Outcomes

Life & Career Outcomes
  • Elementary Art Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Experiential Education Teacher
  • High School Art Teacher
  • High School English Teacher
  • High School Science Teacher
  • High School Social Studies Teacher

Academic Resources

Academic Resources

Media Center

Students Editing Film in Media Center

The Media Center at Prescott College is a resource available to all students. Our media lab features twelve Mac computers equipped with software such as Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro, in addition to tools for sound editing, photo editing, flyer making and book design. The Media Center is used for classes such as Digital Storytelling, The Documentary, and Newspaper Journalism Practicum, while serving as the headquarters of the Raven Review Newspaper. 

Prescott College Library

Library From Above

The Prescott College Library supports the curriculum with a variety of print and electronic resources. Our library catalog  reflects not only our collection but that of more than 30 other libraries in Yavapai county. A system-wide library card allows borrowers to request books from any library in the county.  Online resources include millions of full-text articles available through our article databases, and over 130,000 e-books available through ebrary.  

More Information