Adventist Teacher Certification

For the convenience of all K-12 teachers in Seventh-day Adventist schools, a number of online teacher certification courses (only courses with a "T" in the course number) are offered through Southern Adventist University at a reduced fee of $150 per credit hour. Regular tuition rate applies to all other courses.

BEFORE YOU COMPLETE THE APPLICATION, take this short quiz to help you determine if taking teacher certification courses online is right for you. Click the button below to watch a short video and take the quiz.

To register for Adventist teacher certification classes, please begin by clicking on Step 1 below. You must complete all steps in order to be registered for your classes.


STEP 1. Complete the Application Form

How do I start the process?

CLICK HERE to complete the online application form. For instructions on the application process, CLICK HERE. If you have trouble completing the application, please contact the Graduate Studies Office at (423)236-2964 or After you apply, your application will take approximately 2 business days to be fully processed. When the application has been processed, you will receive an email giving you the necessary information to go on to Steps 2-4. If you have not received an email from us after 2 business days, please feel free to contact us to check on your application.

What courses can I take?

Click here for the complete list of teacher certification courses offered at $150 per credit hour.

If you are enrolled in a degree program, please click here for the list of graduate degree courses offered at full tuition by Southern Adventist University’s School of Education & Psychology.

What about payment?

You are responsible for payment for your courses. The application form will ask you to indicate your employing conference and union. Your conference or union may be billed IF arrangement is made with Southern Adventist University.

STEP 2. Set Up a Southern Student Account

To access online classes and grade information, all students must have a Southern email account. If you have an email and remember your username and password, continue to STEP 3.

If you do not remember your username and password for an existing account, contact Information Services at 423-236-2707.

If you have never taken classes at Southern before, you MUST set up a Southern student account using the student identification number sent to you in the approval notification.

To Create a Student Account

  1. On the Southern website, click My Access.
  2. Click Create Account.
  3. Type your ID number, and then click Next.
  4. Provide all requested information to finish setting up your account.

STEP 3. Register for Classes – Registration opens April 11, 2016

  1. Determine which courses you will take.
  2. Register for courses by signing in with your username and password.
  3. Add the course(s) you wish to take to the cart.
  4. Follow the directions for completing the final registration step.

STEP 4. Log In and Begin the Course

Teacher certification courses will open for you to begin exploring eClass on May 1, 2016. Please contact us at if you log on and do not see your course(s).

Graduate degree courses will open for you to begin working on your course in eClass by June 6, 2016.

STEP 5. Request Your Transcript

Your conference/union may require a transcript of your grades at the end of the semester. It is your responsibility to request a transcript from Southern once your courses are complete.