Teacher Education Program

Hello CAL Secondary Education Majors,

You must apply to the Teacher Education Program in order to student teach, typically in the first semester of your second year

Please see Admission Criteria for the Teacher Education Program for your major below.

Already met the criteria? Apply to the TEP Program (applications are only accepted September 1-15th, July 1-15th, and February 1-15th).

Teacher Education Program Orientation Presentation

Department Specific Admission Criteria

Art Education

Art Education Admission Criteria

  1. Completion of thirty (30) semester units of coursework at the time of application, including:
    • Foundation English: ENG 101 & 102, or ENG 105 with a minimum cumulative English GPA of 3.0

      If after completing ENG 101 & 102, or 105, the cumulative English GPA is below 3.0, applicant has the option of: 
      • Repeating ENG 101 & 102, or 105 to raise the cumulative English GPA to 3.0 (If you earned a C in ENG 105, you must utilize the second option below due to the University’s course repeat policy)

        OR

      • Completing one or more of the following courses to replace the grade of either ENG 101, 102, or 105 and raise the cumulative English GPA to 3.0: ENG 205, 210, 211, 220, 270, 302, or 310
    • Foundation Math (typically MAT 110, 114, or 155) with a minimum grade of C
    • EDF 200, or acceptable equivalent, with a minimum grade of C
    • Completion of at least three (3) units of content major course work
    • minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all content major coursework
    • Cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
  2. A copy of Fingerprint Clearance Card with an IVP #, submitted to CAL Student Services Center, Riles building 15, second floor Reception Desk
  3. Art Education declared major
  4. Admission to NAU
  5. Completion of the Teacher Education Orientation.

Applications for admission to the Program are accepted between February 1-15, July 1-15 and September 1-15 each year. You are required to apply at least one semester before curriculum and methods education courses are planned. Some program options recommend applying two semesters in advance. 

Apply to the TEP Program

Advisor Contact 

Pamela Stephens
Location: Bldg 37, rm 314
E-mail: Pamela.Stephens@nau.edu

English Secondary Education

English Secondary Education Admission Criteria

  1. Completion of thirty (30) semester units of coursework at the time of application, including:
    • Foundation English: ENG 101 & 102, or ENG 105 with a minimum cumulative English GPA of 3.0.

      If after completing ENG 101 & 102, or 105, the cumulative English GPA is below 3.0, applicant has the option of:
      • Repeating ENG 101 & 102, or 105 to raise the cumulative English GPA to 3.0 (If you earned a C in ENG 105,  you must utilize the second option below due to the University’s course repeat policy)

        OR

      • Completing one or more of the following courses to replace the grade of either ENG 101, 102, or 105 and raise the cumulative English GPA to 3.0: ENG 205, 210, 211, 220, 270, 302, or 310
    • Foundation Math (typically MAT 110, 114, or 155) with a minimum grade of C
    • EDF 200, or acceptable equivalent, with a minimum grade of C
    • Completion of at least three (3) units of content major course work
    • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all content major course work
    • Cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
  2. A copy of Fingerprint Clearance Card with an IVP #, submitted to CAL Student Services Center, Riles building 15, second floor Reception Desk
  3. English Education declared major
  4. Admission to NAU
  5. Completion of the Teacher Education Orientation.

Applications for admission to the Program are accepted between February 1-15, July 1-15 and September 1-15 each year. You are required to apply at least one semester before curriculum and methods education courses are planned. Some program options recommend applying two semesters in advance. 

Apply to the TEP Program.

Advisor contacts

Find out more about the English department's advising hours.

Global Languages & Cultures Secondary Education

Global Languages & Cultures Secondary Education Admission Criteria – Second Languages

  1. Completion of thirty (30) semester units of coursework at the time of application, including:
    • Foundation English: ENG 101 & 102, or ENG 105 with a minimum cumulative English GPA of 3.0

      If after completing ENG 101 & 102, or 105, the cumulative English GPA is below 3.0, applicant has the option of:
      • Repeating ENG 101 & 102, or 105 to raise the cumulative English GPA to 3.0 (If you earned a C in ENG 105,  you must utilize the second option below due to the University’s course repeat policy).

        OR

      • Completing one or more of the following courses to replace the grade of either ENG 101, 102, or 105 and raise the cumulative English GPA to 3.0: ENG 205, 210, 211, 220, 270, 302, or 310
    • Foundation Math (typically MAT 110, 114, or 155) with a minimum grade of C
    • EDF 200, or acceptable equivalent, with a minimum grade of C
    • Completion of at least three (3) units of content major course work
    • A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in all content major course work
    • Cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
  2. A copy of Fingerprint Clearance Card with an IVP #, submitted to CAL Student Services Center, Riles building 15, second floor Reception Desk
  3. French, German, or Spanish Education declared major
  4. Admission to NAU
  5. Completion of the Teacher Education Orientation

Applications for admission to the Program are accepted between February 1-15, July 1-15 and September 1-15 each year. You are required to apply at least one semester before curriculum and methods education courses are planned. Some program options recommend applying two semesters in advance. 

Apply to the TEP Program.

Advisor contact

Karina Collentine
Location: Bldg. 23, rm 208
Phone: 928-523-5019
E-mail: Karina.Collentine@nau.edu

History & Social Studies Secondary Education

History & Social Studies Secondary Education Admission Criteria

  1. Completion of thirty (30) semester units of coursework at the time of application, including:
    • Foundation English: ENG 101 & 102, or ENG 105 with a minimum cumulative English GPA of 3.0

      If after completing ENG 101 & 102, or 105, the cumulative English GPA is below 3.0, applicant has the option of:
      • Repeating ENG 101 & 102, or 105 to raise the cumulative English GPA to 3.0 (If you earned a C in ENG 105,  you must utilize the second option below due to the University’s course repeat policy).

        OR

      • Completing one or more of the following courses to replace the grade of either ENG 101, 102, or 105 and raise the cumulative English GPA to 3.0: ENG 205, 210, 211, 220, 270, 302, or 310
    • Foundation Math (typically MAT 110, 114, or 155) with a minimum grade of C
    • EDF 200, or acceptable equivalent, with a minimum grade of C
    • Completion of at least three (3) units of content major course work
    • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all content major course work
    • Cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
  2. A copy of Fingerprint Clearance Card with an IVP #, submitted to CAL Student Services Center, Riles building 15, second floor Reception Desk
  3. History and Social Studies Educationdeclared major
  4. Admission to NAU
  5. Completion of the Teacher Education Orientation

Applications for admission to the Program are accepted between February 1-15, July 1-15 and September 1-15 each year. You are required to apply at least one semester before curriculum and methods education courses are planned. Some program options recommend applying two semesters in advance. 

Apply to the TEP Program.

Advisor contact

Linda Sargent Wood
Location: Bldg 18, rm 313
Phone: 928-523-6211
E-mail: Linda.Sargent.Wood@nau.edu

Music Education

Music Education Admission Criteria

  1. Completion of thirty (30) semester units of coursework at the time of application, including:
    • Foundation English: ENG 101 & 102, or ENG 105 with a minimum cumulative English GPA of 3.0

      If after completing ENG 101 & 102, or 105, the cumulative English GPA is below 3.0, applicant has the option of:
      • Repeating ENG 101 & 102, or 105 to raise the cumulative English GPA to 3.0 (If you earned a C in ENG 105,  you must utilize the second option below due to the University’s course repeat policy).

        OR
      • Completing one or more of the following courses to replace the grade of either ENG 101, 102, or 105 and raise the cumulative English GPA to 3.0: ENG 205, 210, 211, 220, 270, 302, or 310
    • Foundation Math (typically MAT 110, 114, or 155) with a minimum grade of C
    • MUS 200, or acceptable equivalent, with a minimum grade of C
    • Completion of at least three (3) units of content major course work
    • A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in all content major course work
    • Cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
  2. A copy of Fingerprint Clearance Card with an IVP #, submitted to CAL Student Services Center, Riles building 15, second floor Reception Desk
  3. A declared major in Music Education
  4. Admission to NAU
  5. Completion of the Teacher Education Orientation

Applications for admission to the Program are accepted between February 1-15, July 1-15 and September 1-15 each year. You are required to apply at least one semester before curriculum and methods education courses are planned. Some program options recommend applying two semesters in advance.

Apply to the TEP Program.

Advisor Contact

Rick Stamer
Location: Bldg 37, rm 120D
Phone: 928-523-2606
E-mail: Rick.Stamer@nau.edu

Additional professional educational requirements

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Other Professional Education Requirements

Read more about other Professional Education requirements.
Submit an Electronic Portfolio

You will use Taskstream as part of the grading and tracking of signature assignments you will complete in your program.  Be aware that you will need a subscription to Taskstream. Learn more about Taskstream.

Student Teaching

Apply 1 year in advance (for Fall: September 21- October 12; for Spring: March 21- April 12). During your last semester, you will be in a classroom, applying the skills you have acquired throughout your education program, and supervised and evaluated by various educational professionals and instructors. All pre-requisites must be met before student teaching begins. For more information, contact your advisor in your major.

Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:

  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program
  • NAU GPA must be at least 2.5
  • In all teacher preparation courses:
    • no grade lower than a "C"
    • Art, English, History Education majors: 3.0 GPA in the major
    • Music and Language Education majors: 2.5 GPA in the major
  • Complete all plan requirements
  • All major coursework, with the exception of EDF 200 must be completed within the six years prior to student teaching
  • All candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching

Student Teaching placements:

  • Arizona
  • Out of state (requires 3.0 GPA or higher; by special request)

Arizona Certification requires:

  • 2 Structured English Immersion courses to prepare you to teach those who have limited English proficiency, which are embedded in your major course work.
  • US/AZ constitution: You have three years to complete this requirement, and there are multiple ways to do so.  Please meet with your advisor to determine the best option for you. 
Professional Knowledge Test

To be eligible for certification you must also take and pass the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge test (formerly the Arizona Educator’s Proficiency Assessment Exam (AEPA)).

The APPEL Center, located in the College of Education curriculum library, is a test prep with resources to help you prepare for the test.  As an NAU student you can take practice exams through your NAU email account.  Please take advantage of this service.

Certification Process

Once you complete your program, you will receive an Institutional Recommendation (IR) from NAU.  You will take your IR to the Department of Education along with:

  • A copy of your passing scores of the Professional Knowledge Test
  • Your fingerprint clearance card
  • A required fee