NAU Teachers' Academy
On January 9, 2017,
Governor Doug Ducey called on the public universities, in partnership with
Community Colleges, to develop “a plan for the design of an Arizona Teacher
Academy” as part of his multi-point plan to improve K-12 education.
Specifically, Governor Ducey cited the issue of student debt as one factor deterring students from choosing
education as a career path, and he expressed his strong commitment to getting
qualified teachers' in Arizona’s classrooms.
NAU responded to
this call and created the NAU Teachers’ Academy, which along with its community college partners,
provides a constructive solution to the teacher shortage by increasing the
pathways to prepare teachers-with low-cost options. Pathways include the expansion of the Grow
Your Own programs and the NAU Teacher Intern Preparation Program for Career
Grow Your Own Partnerships
Our Grow Your Own partnerships prepare future teachers who
are committed to their local communities. These partnerships identify and train future teachers in
communities with teacher shortages. GYO partnerships are created in part due to the program’s location in a
high need area with numerous vacancies in school districts, as well as the
presence of established partnerships with a community college and/or support
from the local school districts.
2017, students enrolling in select Teacher Education programs at the following
sites qualify for inclusion in the NAU Teachers’ Academy:
Eligible Sites and Programs
- Mohave/Kingman- (Bullhead City/Colorado River, Kingman, Lake Havasu)
- Navajo County/Show Low- (Show Low, White River, Chinle, Tuba City, Ft Defiance, Ganado, Kayenta, Keams Canyon)
- South Mountain/Phoenix
Dual Major-Special and Elementary Education
We also have
programs that are attractive to Career Changers because they provide the
flexibility to allow professionals with degrees outside of education to earn
teaching certificates while working as teachers. The NAU Teacher Internship
Preparation Program (TIPP) offers an
innovative certificate program, allowing qualified candidates to complete
requirements for a teaching certificate while they are serving as the paid
teacher-of-record. Individuals with content expertise earn certification while
meeting the needs of the schools. This program is currently available in
Elementary Education and Special Education with plans to expand it to secondary
program offerings this summer. For more information on the TIPP program, visit:
What are the benefits to and expectations of
NAU Teachers’ Academy Scholars?
- Any tuition costs not paid by scholarships or
grants are covered for Academy candidates in exchange for their future
commitment (one year for each year of receiving the NAU Teachers’ Academy
Scholarship), ensuring our teacher candidates can focus on what matters most –
building a brighter future for Arizona.
- Eligibility Criteria for NAU Teachers’ Academy
- Have remaining
tuition costs after all other grants and tuition scholarships have been applied
- Be in Good Academic
- Complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year
- Complete the NAU Teach Grant
and all other required steps for the TEACH Grant
- Accept all eligible
grant aid awarded including the TEACH grant
- Enroll in your classes
as a full-time student for each semester (Fall and Spring) the scholarship is
to be a full-time, teacher in a low-income school for each year you receive
opportunities from master teachers to support Academy scholars in their first
year of teaching.
with Arizona high schools on such initiatives as Educators Rising Arizona to encourage talented young people to
consider serving Arizona’s future as educators.
- Additional professional development activities
during their time in the program at NAU
If you are interested in becoming a member of the NAU Teachers’ Academy and Grow Your Own partnerships, call 800-628-0040, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more and find out if you qualify for tuition assistance, visit nau.edu/COE/TIPP, call 800-628-0040, or e-mail us at email@example.com.
The Academy lays the foundation for a future that ensures we
have outstanding teachers – and enough of them – ready to educate generations
of Arizona children. At NAU, we are bringing the possibility of earning a
teaching degree close to home, opening doors for careers in education and
benefitting the communities that need it the most.