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 Changers. 

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.

Beginning Fall 2017, students enrolling in select Teacher Education programs at the following sites qualify for inclusion in the NAU Teachers’ Academy:

Eligible Sites and Programs

Elementary Education

  • 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)
  • Prescott
  • South Mountain/Phoenix
  • Thatcher

Dual Major-Special and Elementary Education

  • North Valley/Alhambra 

Programs for Career Changers: NAU Teacher Intern Preparation Program (TIPP) 

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 Scholarship include:
    • Have remaining tuition costs after all other grants and tuition scholarships have been applied
    • Be in Good Academic Standing
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year
    • Complete the NAU Teach Grant Application 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 awarded
    • Agree to be a full-time, teacher in a low-income school for each year you receive this scholarship.
  • Mentorship opportunities from master teachers to support Academy scholars in their first year of teaching.
  • Interact 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

Contact Information

If you are interested in becoming a member of the NAU Teachers’ Academy and Grow Your Own partnerships, call 800-628-0040, or email

To learn more and find out if you qualify for tuition assistance, visit, call 800-628-0040, or e-mail us at


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.