Undergraduate Admission to the College
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We look forward to you joining the University of Arizona College of Education! If you're an undergraduate student interested in a career in education, read on for professional admission information.
Applicants are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to beginning the application process. Call (520) 621-7865 to schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor. In addition, all students are required to have a valid Arizona IVP fingerprint clearance card for professional admission and fieldwork.
Undergraduate applications are due the second Friday of February by 4 p.m. to begin the program in the following fall semester. However, another application window is typically available in May; please contact your advisor for details.
The Elementary Education program also accepts applications due by the second Friday of September to begin the program in the following spring semester.
NOTE: Applications may be considered after the deadline if space is available in courses. See an academic advisor in Student Services to discuss whether this may be an option for you.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize it may be impossible to obtain the required 60 hours in classrooms before your professional admission application. At this time, we do not think it is appropriate for visitors to be in schools.
Because we do not know the duration of the pandemic, we are temporarily replacing the 60-hour requirement with letters of recommendation for admittance to the following programs:
Early Childhood Education (birth-3rd grade), Elementary Education (grades K-8), and Mild-Moderate Disabilities (grades K-12).
If you were able to complete hours prior to school closures, please use the College of Education recommendation form to document them. If you are a teaching assistant in a school, you can ask your supervisor to complete the College of Education recommendation form.
If you plan to apply to a professional teaching program in the next 1-2 semesters, we will instead accept 2 letters of recommendation from the following in place of some or all of your 60 classroom hours:
- Employers (preferred)
- Others who can speak to your previous experience with children, including religious leaders if applicable, families you have babysat for, etc.
Letters from family members, even those who are teachers, will not be accepted.
Letters of recommendation should speak to your experiences and/or ability to work with children; your professionalism; and/or your academic strengths. Letters are to be uploaded with your professional admission application and can be addressed to COE Selection Committee.
If you have questions, please contact your academic advisor.
Deaf Studies (Educational Interpreting): Deaf Studies students do not need volunteer hours; therefore, please do NOT use the recommendation form. You will need two original, professional letters of recommendation on the organization's letterhead. These letters should speak to your ASL abilities and professionalism.
Program applicants are required to demonstrate a strong GPA (minimum 2.5; 3.0 preferred), but all applicants are reviewed holistically and on a case-by-case basis. Demonstrating a strong GPA does not guarantee admission to the program.
- An advising plan must be created and signed with your College of Education academic advisor prior to the program application, to ensure you are on track for meeting programmatic requirements. Call (520) 621-7865 to schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.
- At minimum, students should have foundation math, freshman composition, and at least second-semester language completed prior to program admission. Deaf Studies (Educational Interpreting) applicants must have fourth semester American Sign Language (ASL) completed or in progress at the time of application.
Required Essay Prompt for All Applicants, By Program:
- Elementary and Early Childhood: Teaching and learning change lives in many ways. In the College of Education, teacher preparation programs focus on how education changes lives in socially just and equitable ways. In a 500-750 word essay, explain how education has impacted your life and/or community positively and negatively. Then, discuss how your educational experiences will help you to be a socially just teacher.
- Deaf Studies and Mild-Moderate Disabilities: Describe your experience working with children and/or youth in educational settings that serve young people and why you want to work in your chosen profession. This should be a 500-750 word essay that outlines some of the work you have done with children, including activities you have participated in or directed, and summarizes your overall experiences and motivations for your intended profession (teaching, interpreting, etc.) and the population you wish to work with (the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or children with special needs).
* Additional Essay (Optional; ask your advisor if you are not sure if you should complete this essay): If your grade point average is below the required 2.50 (3.0 preferred; all GPAs considered) and/or you are missing any application requirements, please prepare an essay addressing the circumstances that have affected your GPA/ability to complete all application requirements by the deadline.
Learn more about the Arizona Teachers Academy, which requires an additional application. This funding opportunity provides full-tuition scholarships and access to induction services like instructional coaches and professional development opportunities.
Learn more about the Arizona Teaching Fellows (AzTF) program, which requires an additional application. Program applications are typically accepted for teaching program applicants who are beginning their program in a fall semester.
Learn more about the Indigenous Teacher Education Project (ITEP), which requires additional documents to apply. Program applications are typically accepted every other year for Elementary program applicants who are beginning their program in a fall semester.
We know that transferring may seem challenging, so we want to help make the process as easy as possible. Academic advisors will meet with you along the way to make sure that your transfer is successful. This is especially crucial because most of our programs require an application the February of your sophomore year for fall term professional admission; academic advisors are here to help you prepare for this as well. If you are planning to transfer to the University of Arizona College of Education, please identify your major advisor. You can then click on your advisor’s Calendly link to schedule an appointment.
I’m ready to apply for undergraduate admission!
I've met with an advisor, read the information, and am ready to apply! Please make sure you have all of the above requirements met (this includes your fingerprint clearance requirement) and have met with an academic advisor prior to submitting the online application; document uploads will be required.
(Should you have technical problems, please contact your academic advisor.)
Postbaccalaureate (Elementary only)
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact your College of Education advisor.
Teach Arizona for Secondary Education
Applicants should contact the Teach Arizona office at (520) 621-6993.