Great teachers are essential to a high-quality public education system. Students in the Arizona Teachers Academy can participate through programs at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona, as well as select programs at Maricopa and Pima Community Colleges. From undergraduate to graduate offerings, student receive a rich educational experience designed to meet traditional students and adults looking for new career opportunities.
As the largest providers of the teacher workforce in the state, Arizona’s three public universities, in coordination with the state’s community colleges, are uniquely positioned to train new teachers for Arizona’s classrooms to provide incentive and increase recruitment of Arizona’s topflight teachers.
“I’m looking for the best and brightest to commit to teach in Arizona’s public schools. If you make this commitment; your education will be paid for, a job will be waiting and you will be free of debt.”
– Governor Doug Ducey, 2017 State of the State Address.
ARIZONA TEACHERS MATTER
Why I Teach
MAGGIE COHEN, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Growing as an Educator
AUSTIN BYERS, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
BRIANA CHANEY, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Graduating Debt Free
GUADALUPE MADRID, NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
A Rewarding Experience
MICHELLE SILVA, NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
Making an Impact
TORY LUJAN, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
VICTORIA ARRENDONDO, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Focused on the Future
HANNA DAY, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity
YOLANDA WHEELINGTON, SHAW MONTESSORI SCHOOL TEACHER
It's a Win-Win
TRACY RENBARGER, WESTERN SKY MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER
A Rewarding Profession
LENNON AUDRAIN, SHEPERD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER
HOW IT WORKS
Gov. Ducey called on the Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona’s public universities and community colleges to create a plan ensuring the next generation of Arizona public school teachers to increase the number of qualified teachers in Arizona’s classrooms. Each university concentrates efforts on specific pathways into the teaching profession – traditional, community-based grow your own and career changers to bring more teachers to Arizona schools that struggle to hire and retain teachers, particularly in low-income and rural areas.
Graduates of the Arizona Teachers Academy who agree to teach in Arizona’s public schools receive a year-for-year scholarship covering their program’s tuition and fees in exchange for their commitment to teach in Arizona after graduation. The Arizona Teachers Academy also addresses the need for its graduates to teach in Title 1 schools or rural and high-need schools throughout the state.
Whether you’re a traditional student enrolling in college after high school, entering teaching as a second profession or changing your career path during your college experience, Arizona needs and values teachers.
IN THE NEWS
Arizona Teachers Academy offers scholarship to bring more highly qualified teachers to K-12 classrooms
Please contact ASU, NAU, UA and the Scottsdale, Pima and Rio Salado Community Colleges for specific information regarding program offerings. For general questions, please call (602) 229-2500 or email Arizonateachersacademy@gmail.com.