Instructional Leadership, emphasis: K-12 School Leadership (MEd)
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Financial aid


Find out more about NAU’s financing options for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Loan forgiveness for Arizona teachers

Arizona special education teacher tuition assistance

Tuition assistance

The Arizona Department of Education Exceptional Student Services Professional Learning and Sustainability unit is offering two “grow your own” opportunities for educators in Arizona public schools.

  • The General Education Teacher to Special Education Teacher (GETSET) program provides funding to certified general education teachers who want to pursue a career change to become certified in an area of special education.
  • The Special Education Teacher Tuition Assistance (SETTA) program provides tuition assistance to paraprofessionals that are working to earn a special education teaching certification.

Teacher certification degree programs

NAU’s teacher certification degree programs that qualify for these programs include:

Early Childhood Special Education:

Mild-Moderate Disabilities:


  • The applicant must have been employed by the local education agency for two full school years.
  • The applicant agrees to two full years of teaching in a special education capacity at a public education agency once special education certification is achieved.

Applications for these programs are submitted by the public education agency (i.e., school district). Prospective students meeting the requirements are encouraged to check with the school district where they work to see if they have applied for one or both of these tuition assistance programs. For more information, please visit the Arizona Department of Education.

After graduation

Once you’ve earned your degree there are several financial breaks you can take advantage of as an educator, including grants and loan forgiveness programs.