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Teacher Certification

You MUST fill out a new application each year to be able to register.

Application Deadline for Winter 2024 - December 1, 2023
Registration Deadline for Winter 2024 - January 16. 2024

Application for Summer 2024 Opens March 11

Application Process

*Use the Apply Now button above - select the Adventist Teacher Application
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  • For assistance, contact 423.236.2287 or online@southern.edu.
  • You will receive automated emails outlining the next steps in completing your registration once your application is submitted.


  • You are responsible for paying for your courses.
  • Your employing conference and/or union will be billed only if they have made arrangements with Southern Adventist University.
  • IMPORTANT: You will not be able to register for courses until you sign Southern's  Financial Responsibility Agreement.

Authenticating Your Identity

  • Required for all students who enroll in distance education courses at Southern Adventist University for the first time.
  • Required at time of initial registration for first semester at Southern or in the first semester online courses are taken after the authentication policy was put in place (Fall 2018).
  • If you need to authenticate your identity, you will be notified via email.
  • There are two ways to authenticate your identity: 
    1. In person at Southern Adventist University by obtaining an ID card, or
    2. Online with Southern's secure identity verification partner. For more information, please contact Online Campus @ 423.236.2287.


If you are in the Southern Union, please request your transcript from National Student Clearinghouse. Select the following options when prompted on your request:
  • Who are you sending your transcript to:  Education Organization, Application Service Scholarship
  • Select Organization:  Southern Union Conference of SDA
  • Department:  Office of Education

Further directions can be found on Adventist Edge.

Available Courses

  • A complete list of teacher certification courses offered Summer 2023 can be found in the CourseSchedule.
  • T courses (courses with a T in the course #) are available only to Adventist Teachers.
  • Online Delivery Fee and Tuition is as follows:
    • Southern Union State Conference Teachers - $150/credit hour
    • Southern Union Regional Conference Teachers - $175/credit hour
    • Self-Supporting School Teachers - $175/credit hour
    • Non-Southern Union Conference-Employed Teachers - $175/credit hour
    • All others - $350/credit hour
    • Textbooks and other course materials are not included in tuition for most courses. The student is responsible for the cost of these items. Conferences will not pay textbook and course material fees.
    • Regular tuition rate applies to all other courses.
  • Visit the School of Education and Psychology website for more information on graduate degree courses, i.e. MAT and MSEd courses.