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 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.
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:
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
- 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 the MED Elementary Education with certification. Visit the TIPP web page for more information on becoming a part of this program.
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
Students interested in the NAU Teachers Academy Scholarship must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Completed application, admission and enrollment in their first BSED Teacher Education degree (Elementary Education or Special and Elementary Education) at eligible sites or the MED in Elementary Education with Certification
- 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.
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.