Frequently Asked Questions
When does the next term start?
The program is taught in a cohort style, with a small group of students beginning the program at the same time and ending courses together. New cohorts begin in May of each year.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The Teach Arizona program requires only 1 year of full-time study to complete. During the year, you’ll participate in continuous, half-day practical training experiences to prepare you for the classroom.
How much time should I expect to spend on assignments and practical experience each week?
This will vary for each course and each student. Our general recommendation is that you be prepared to dedicate 10 hours per week to each 3-unit course. This is in addition to the weekly in-class time.
Can I take a break from the program?
If necessary, you can petition the UA Graduate College of a leave of absence. However, you’ll be required to wait until the next calendar year to restart at the same point in the learning sequence as before.
How does the hybrid format work in the Phoenix/Chandler program?
There are face-to-face sessions once a week on Friday during the summer, twice a month on Saturday during the fall, and once a month on Saturday during the spring. In the summer and fall, these sessions are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a one hour lunch break. In the spring, they meet in the morning only, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The other coursework is completed online. The half-day internship occurs each weekday at the school site.
I already have a secondary certificate, but I would like to get a master’s degree. Am I eligible to apply for the program?
No, the program is only designed for students who do not yet have a secondary teaching certificate.
I’ve taken various college social science courses such as psychology, philosophy, anthropology, art history, and religious studies. Do they count as social studies units for the Teach Arizona program?
No, only courses with a prefix of history, political science or economics fulfill the 24-unit threshold for social studies, but we encourage you to talk with a Teach Arizona advisor if you have any questions or concerns about your eligibility.
I don’t have 24 units in one of the eligible social studies areas (history, political science, economics), but I have 24 units in those areas combined. Am I eligible for the program.
Yes, you may be accepted into the program to student teach social studies, but we will place you in a middle school setting for student teaching. Please talk to a Teach Arizona advisor about this option.
What if my degree is not in the area I want to teach?
As long as you have 24 units of credit in the area you'd like to teach, your degree doesn’t necessarily have to be in that field.
Do I need to live in a particular area to participate in this program?
The Phoenix Teach Arizona program is a hybrid model blending online coursework with face-to-face meetings. Student teaching placements occur in school districts within the Phoenix area. You must live within the greater Phoenix area to attend the internship and participate in the face-to-face sessions that are held at the Chandler Community Center.
The Tucson Teach Arizona program is conducted in a traditional classroom format. Student teaching placements occur in school districts within the Tucson area. You must live within the greater Tucson area to attend the internship and participate in face-to-face sessions that are held at Flowing Wells High School.