Opportunities for NAU students after earning degrees in education
Clinical, school-based partnerships in Special and Elementary Education are available for students who earned a bachelor’s degree with the Department of Educational Specialties at NAU.
Do you want the knowledge of a first-year teacher right after graduating from your program?
Apply for one of our clinical, school-based partnerships.
Praxis Accordion Closed
What is Praxis?
This is the only Flagstaff school-based program that is specifically designed for special/elementary education dual majors. This three semester-long program is designed to prepare candidates to effectively instruct all learners by focusing on the many similarities as well as the cognitive, behavioral and social differences. Special Education and Elementary Education courses, along with practicum placements, are taught over three semesters. Practicum placements will be completed throughout Flagstaff public schools ranging from preschool to high school. Candidates will spend over 200 hours per semester in the classroom and be closely supported and supervised by the classroom teacher (mentor teacher), and NAU faculty and staff.
Praxis offers you the opportunity to prepare with best teachers, in their own classroom, through a partnership between Northern Arizona University and the Flagstaff Unified School District. This opportunity benefits classroom teachers, students, and you. As a teacher candidate taking a dual-major in special and elementary education, you will earn certification in Mild to Moderate Disabilities after obtaining a passing grade on required tests and meeting all AZ state-certification requirements.
As a candidate, you will work in various levels of inclusive classroom placements, including placements in moderate to severe (low incidence) settings. After the third semester, candidates may choose to complete their student teaching in Flagstaff or in a different school in AZ.
Praxis means “theory to practice.” To apply this philosophy, our instructors place students in actual classrooms, where they teach under the guidance of professional educators. The curriculum covers all required course work leading toward the Arizona state credential certification for elementary (grades 1-8) and special education (grades K-12). This includes mild and moderate disabilities.
- Must be admitted to the COE
- All liberal arts studies and EPS 324 classes should be completed prior to starting this program
- Applications should be submitted two semesters in advance
- Designed for dual majors
Alhambra Accordion Closed
21st Century Schools need well-prepared teachers who use best practices to teach a diverse student body. Enroll in this partnership for the opportunity to learn from and work with the highly effective teachers in the Alhambra Elementary School District. Through guidance, support, and commitment, the teachers, staff, and administration at Alhambra Schools offer NAU students the very best opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Area of study: Special and Elementary Education
Contact information: Claudia.Rodas @nau.edu
- Must be admitted to the COE
- Applications should be submitted in accordance to NAU policy
- Must have a current AZ Finger Print Clearance card
- The program is located at Glendale Community College
- Courses are scheduled either face-to-face or online
- The daytime program meets two days a week
- Practicum hours are required each semester in the Alhambra School District (semester coursework requires practicum hours of 15, 30, or 45 hours)
- Professional development and service hours are assigned.