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Why do TIPP?
- You are helping to meet a critical need in Arizona for teachers
- You can earn a teaching credential while being employed full-time as a teacher
- You are able to distribute your student teaching across your graduate program
- You have the opportunity to directly apply theory from graduate classes into your classroom
- You receive mentorship and support from your school site and NAU
Teacher Intern Preparation Program
Do you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher but wish to teach full-time with salary and benefits?
Are you interested in working as a teacher or have recently been offered a job as a teacher but do not have a teaching credential?
NAU Teacher Intern Preparation Program (TIPP)
TIPP is an alternative pathway offered at NAU to enable a candidate to enter into a teaching contract while completing the requirements for a standard Arizona teaching certificate.
Eligibility criteria and How to Apply
- A completed application for an Alternative Teaching Certificate (see https://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/forms-and-information/certificates/) from the Arizona Department of Education
- Bachelor’s degree or higher
- Minimum grade point average of 3.00 (B) in your undergraduate program of study
- IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card
- Admission to one of the following graduate programs:
- MEd Elementary Education with Certification
- MEd Special Education Mild Moderate Disabilities with Certification
- MEd Early Childhood Special Education with Certification
- MAT Teaching Science with Certification
There were many great things about the TIPP program. I was allowed to be the teacher on record for my ‘student teaching’ year. This was a great learning experience because I had a lot of help along the way. I had a great advisor I could contact at anytime if I needed help or needed resources. My advisor was very knowledgeable and if she could not help me, she would contact someone and find out the solution quickly. – J. Hase
The TIPP program allowed me to keep working in my class with my students where I gained important information and expert support.– M. Novelli
For more information, please see the Arizona Department of Education website regarding the Alternative Teaching Certificate. Arizona Department of Education.