Student Resources

Applying to Professional Education Programs


Congratulations on selecting NAU’s Professional Education Programs (PEP), the first and only nationally accredited institution in the state. NAU graduates are highly sought after for teaching positions by districts throughout Arizona and certified teachers are in high demand in Arizona.

Recent data from the Arizona Department of Education shows, Arizona is currently experiencing a severe teacher shortage. In 2014, 74% of Arizona school districts reported having teacher position openings. Arizona State Retirement System data suggests that 26,122 of the Arizona’s education workforce will be eligible to retire by June 2018 (Arizona Department of Education, 2015).

Professional Education Programs

College of Arts and Letters (Secondary Education: Art, English, French, German, Spanish, History, or Music)
College of Education (Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education)
College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences, Center for Science Teaching and Learning (Secondary Education: Math, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, or Physics)
College of Health and Human Services (Secondary Education: Physical Education)

Professional Education Programs Application Steps

As with all professional programs, there is an additional application and admission process. Please complete the following steps.

Step 1: Admission to NAU

Step 2: Apply to Professional Education Programs (PEP)

  • Check your NAU email frequently, all official correspondence will be sent to this account
    • Look for a message with "PEP Eligible" subject line
    • Follow the instruction in email to initiate your application to PEP
  • NOTE: Before you get started, be aware you will need a Fingerprint Clearance Card IVP #
  • Initiate and submit the online application
    • Your application information is saved and can be completed later
    • Recommended deadline for submission of application
      • All Undergraduate students: Finalize application before 30 units
      • Transfer: Finalize application IMMEDIATELY upon admission to NAU
      • Graduate: Finalize application IMMEDIATELY upon admission to NAU
    • Incomplete applications CANNOT be processed

Step 3: Complete PEP Admission Criteria

Check your To Do List by logging into your Student Center.

To Do List NAU Homepage
Go to MyNAU from the NAU Homepage
To Do List MyNAU Student Center
Go to your To Do List in your MyNAU Student Center
To Do List Finding To Do List
Go to your To Do Item List in LOUIE

What’s Next…

Student Teaching: Information & Application Process

Applying for Graduation

Required Arizona Teacher Certification Exams

Arizona Department of Education: Educator Certification

More questions? Contact your Academic Advisor (see LOUIE)