Become an Arizona Teaching Fellow

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of Southern Arizona public school students?

Arizona Teaching Fellows is a unique program offered through a partnership between the University of Arizona and Southern Arizona school districts. Throughout their teacher preparation program, students in the Arizona Teaching Fellows program work closely with one partnering school district, where they complete all fieldwork with one or more mentor teachers who are also dedicated to working with children and adolescents in Southern Arizona.

Benefits

What are the perks of being an Arizona Teaching Fellow?

If accepted as a fellow, you will receive the following financial support while in the program, as follows:

  • $1,000 stipend after being accepted as an Arizona Teaching Fellow and at the beginning of program coursework at the University of Arizona College of Education
  • $1,000 stipend when you begin student teaching
  • $400 stipend at the midpoint of student teaching
  • $400 stipend at completion of student teaching

If, upon graduation, you accept and begin a teaching position in your district, you will receive additional support, including:

  • $400 stipend at completion of the first year of teaching
  • $600 stipend at completion of the second year of teaching
  • $1,000 stipend at completion of the third year of teaching

Other benefits of the program include working closely with a local school district and community, the opportunity to be hired by that school district after graduation, and enabling children to be successful —now and in the future.

Getting Started

How do you become an Arizona Teaching Fellow?

In the spring prior to beginning a professional program, apply to become an Arizona Teaching Fellow. Access and submit the application by March 1 to begin in the fall. Be sure to select the first and second district of your choice.

Please note: Although a Fingerprint Clearance Card will be required for participation, applicants may apply for the Fellows program while they are in the process of receiving their card.

Are you a…

Are you a high school graduate interested in teaching Early Childhood (grades PreK to 3rd), Elementary Education (K to 8th), or Special Education (K-12th Mild-Moderate Disabilities)?

  1. The first step is to apply to the University of Arizona via the Undergraduate Admissions application. 
  2. Once admitted, you will meet with your assigned UA College of Education advisor. Please notify your advisor of your interest in becoming a Fellow so he/she may answer any questions
  3. Then, you will need to apply to the teacher preparation program of your choice in the spring of your sophomore year, by the 2nd Friday in February, for fall admission. Learn more about the process and required documents. 
  4. Finally, you will need to apply by March 1 to the Teaching Fellows program, selecting the first and second district of your choice. The application will open no later than January 1.
  5. Once you are ADMITTED to a teacher preparation program AND YOU APPLY to the Teaching Fellows Program, the districts will review your application. They will then interview selected applicants, based on their content area and grade level needs. Following the interviews, the districts will select the Fellows for their districts in early spring. 

BACK

Are you a community college student interested in teaching Early Childhood (grades PreK to 3rd), Elementary Education (K to 8th), or Special Education (K-12th Mild-Moderate Disabilities)? ​ 

  1. The first step is to meet with a UA College of Education advisor. Once the ideal term of admittance is determined, you will apply to the University of Arizona via the Transfer Admissions application. 
  2. Then, you will need to apply to the teacher preparation program of your choice (typically in the spring of your sophomore year if you are full-time, by the 2nd Friday in February). Learn more about the process and required documents.
  3. Finally, you will need to apply by March 1 to the Teaching Fellows program, selecting your first and second district of your choice. The application will open no later than January 1. 
  4. Once you are ADMITTED to a teacher preparation program AND YOU APPLY to the Teaching Fellows Program, the districts will review your application. They will then interview selected applicants, based on their content area and grade level needs. Following the interviews, the districts will select the Fellows for their districts in early spring.

Are you a college graduate looking to teach Special Education (grades K-12, Mild-Moderate Disabilities)? 

  1. The first step is to review the Special Education Master of Arts Mild-Moderate Disabilities information. 
  2. Contact Toni Sparks Ph.D., Program Director, to discuss the program in more detail.
  3. After meeting with Dr. Sparks, you should apply to the Special Education Master of Arts Mild-Moderate Disabilities Program through the UA Graduate College. Preference given to students applying for Fall of each academic year before January 31st; applications will continue to be accepted until filled. 
  4. Finally, you will need to apply by March 1 to the Teaching Fellows program, selecting your first and second district of your choice. The application will open no later than January 1.
  5. Once you are ADMITTED to a teacher preparation program AND YOU APPLY to the Teaching Fellows Program, the districts will review your application. They will then interview selected applicants, based on their content area and grade level needs. Following the interviews, the districts will select the Fellows for their districts in early spring. 

Are you a college graduate looking to teach Secondary Education (grades 6-12)? 

  1. Review Teach Arizona program information.
  2. Please contact Teach Arizona and indicate the content area you hope to teach. Please attach scans of your unofficial transcripts for review so that the Graduate Coordinator may evaluate the hours you have earned in your content area and/or make suggestions for additional coursework to support eligibility.
  3. Apply to the University of Arizona through the UA Graduate College, and select the Master of Arts in Secondary Education, Teach Arizona Program. Preference given to students applying by January 31 and applications will continue to be accepted until filled.  Cohorts begin in May of each year.
  4. Apply by March 1 to the Teaching Fellows program, selecting your first and second district of your choice. The application will open no later than January 1.
  5. Once you are ADMITTED to a teacher preparation program AND YOU APPLY to the Teaching Fellows Program, the districts will review your application. They will then interview selected applicants, based on their content area and grade level needs. Following the interviews, the districts will select the Fellows for their districts in early spring. 

Are you a college graduate looking to teach Elementary or Early Childhood (grades K-8)?​

  1. Contact a College of Education Advisor Ms. Letty Molina-Gutierrez (last names A-K) or Mr. Shaun Cahill (last names L-Z). Your advisor will assist you in exploring the Post-baccalaureate Elementary Education program.
  2. Then you will need to apply to the Elementary Education program for the upcoming fall semester.
  3. Apply by March 1 to the Teaching Fellows program, selecting your first and second district of your choice. The application will open no later than January 1.
  4. Once you are ADMITTED to a teacher preparation program AND YOU APPLY to the Teaching Fellows Program, the districts will review your application. They will then interview selected applicants, based on their content area and grade level needs. Following the interviews, the districts will select the Fellows for their districts in early spring.

Are you a college graduate looking to teach in Early Childhood (grades PreK to 3rd)?​

  1. Contact Academic Advisor, Mr. Shaun Cahill. Your advisor will assist you in exploring the Post-baccalaureate Early Childhood program.
  2. Then you will need to apply to the Early Childhood program for the upcoming fall semester. 
  3. Apply by March 1 to the Teaching Fellows program, selecting your first and second district of your choice. The application will open no later than January 1.
  4. Once you are ADMITTED to a teacher preparation program AND YOU APPLY to the Teaching Fellows Program, the districts will review your application. They will then interview selected applicants, based on their content area and grade level needs. Following the interviews, the districts will select the Fellows for their districts in early spring. 

Are you a college graduate interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in Elementary Education?

The University of Arizona College of Education may consider creating a masters-level graduate program with elementary teacher certification (grades K-8).  They need to collect information from interested people in order to develop the structure of such a program. Please give them (and us) your input by completing this application in its entirety. Someone from the college will contact you if the decision is made to offer this program!

Once you are admitted to a teacher preparation program and you apply to the Arizona Teaching Fellows Program, the districts will interview selected applicants and will select the fellows for their districts.​

District partners accepting fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Flowing Wells School District 
Marana Unified School District
Sahuarita Unified School District 
Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District
Tucson Unified School District 

Testimonials

Lilette Elaine Maureen Smith Reaves, Sahuarita School District

“As a Sahuarita Teaching Fellow, I had a wonderful and well-rounded experience with my practicum and student teaching.  When I became a fellow, I became a member of a very close community of professionals who truly care about each other’s growth and well-being. I highly recommend the experience.”

Chelsea Shroeder, Flowing Wells School District

"One of the most memorable experiences in the Flowing Wells Fellows Program was building relationships with the other fellows and sharing our experiences in the classroom. Throughout the program, there were many wonderful moments as well as challenges. Being able to share these experiences with the other Flowing Wells Fellows helped me to improve my instructional practice and create a network of support in the district."

Tory Lujan, Marana Unified School District

“The Marana Teaching Fellows Program provided me with the opportunity to gain valuable information and grow as an individual throughout earning my master’s degree in mild to moderate disabilities. Thanks to the knowledge and expertise of the teachers, administrators, support staff, and students in the program, I learned how to be a better teacher inside and outside the classroom.”

Questions? Contact Us

College of Education, Arizona Teaching Fellows
coe-aztf@email.arizona.edu
520-621-7865
1430 E. 2nd Street
PO Box 210069
Tucson, AZ 85721