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.
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.
Since all professional programs involve fieldwork, all applicants must provide a front and back copy of their Arizona IVP fingerprint clearance card at the time of admission. If you do not have a clearance card, you'll need to obtain one.
All students must have identity verified fingerprint (IVP) clearance in order to obtain certification to teach in Arizona. Applicants to all College of Education professional preparation programs must have their fingerprint clearance completed by the time they apply for admission to the program. Students who fail to receive a fingerprint clearance card will not be enrolled for professional classes.
In order to obtain a fingerprint clearance card, we recommend that you utilize the services of an area business, Fieldprint Arizona. The University of Arizona is not affiliated with this business and is not responsible for any transactions you conduct with this office. You can obtain information, apply for your card, and schedule a fingerprinting appointment here: Fieldprint Website for Fingerprint Clearance Services. Please refer to the instruction guide to ensure you obtain the proper type of card. The nearest location is University Postal located at 1718 E Speedway Blvd.
If you have any questions regarding fingerprinting, please contact Student Services at 520-621-7865.
Early Childhood Education, birth through grade 3: Use our recommendation form to document your 60 hours. Two recommendations are required.
- 30 hours in the Tucson area in public, district schools, grades K-3.
- 30 hours in birth through pre-Kindergarten classrooms, including public and/or private schools, in or out of state. Consultation with your academic advisor is required.
Elementary Education, grades K-8: Use our recommendation form to document your 60 hours. Two recommendations are required.
- 30 hours in the Tucson area in public, district schools.
- 30 hours, including public and/or private schools, in or out of state. Consultation with your academic advisor is required.
Mild-Moderate Disabilities, grades K-12: Use our recommendation form (only one form is required) to document your 60 hours of experience with special needs students in public schools, grades K-12. In addition, you need two original, professional letters of recommendation on the organization's letterhead.
If you need assistance finding a placement for hours in a school setting for any of the above programs, please visit our student opportunities page or talk to your academic advisor for support.
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: 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, elementary-age or younger children, 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 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 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 click here to identify your major advisor. Once you click on their Calendly link, you will be able to schedule a phone or in-person appointment.
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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.