NAU Teachers Academy
Northern Arizona University supports Arizona’s initiatives to improve education
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 by creating the NAU Teachers Academy along with its community college partners. The NAU Teachers Academy provides a constructive solution to the teacher shortage by increasing the pathways to prepare teachers with low-cost options. Pathways include the expansion of our 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 high-need areas with numerous vacancies in school districts in conjunction with the support of established partnerships with community colleges and/or local school districts.
Eligible sites and programs
Beginning Fall 2017, students enrolling for their first BSED Teacher Education programs in Elementary Education or Special and Elementary Education at the following select sites qualify for inclusion in the NAU Teachers Academy:
- Mohave Community College
- Northland Pioneer College
- Phoenix College
- South Mountain Community College
- Yavapai College (Prescott)
- Eastern Arizona College
- NAU- North Valley
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 the MED Elementary Education with certification. Visit the TIPP web page for more information on becoming a part of this program.
NAU Teachers Academy Criteria:
- Admission to a qualified teacher education program at NAU for your first bachelor’s degree (Elementary Education or Special and Elementary Education) at an eligible site OR enrollment in the TIPP (Teacher Intern Preparation Program) master’s program in Elementary Education with Certification.
- Submission of completed Scholarship Service Agreement (form will be emailed to you by the Office of the Dean upon notification of admission to the specific education program at an eligible site by your academic advisor).
- Submission of the FAFSA for the current academic year.
- Submission of the NAU Teach Grant Application and all other required steps for the TEACH Grant.
- Have remaining tuition and fee costs after all other grants and tuition scholarships have been applied.
- Maintain Good Academic Standing.
- Acceptance of all eligible grant aid awarded including the TEACH grant.
- Enrollment in classes as a full-time student for each semester (Fall and Spring) the scholarship is awarded.
- Stated agreement to be a full-time, teacher in a low-income school for each year of receipt of the NAU Teachers Academy Scholarship per the Scholarship Service Agreement.
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. Other benefits include:
- 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
If you are interested in becoming a member of the NAU Teachers Academy and Grow Your Own partnerships, call 800-628-0040, or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.