Pathways to Teaching

About Pathways to Teaching

Pathways to Teaching is a new, innovative College of Education Teacher Preparation Program that seeks to “grow our own” teachers by supporting Tucson-area residents in earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an ESL endorsement. Developed by Marcy Wood, Pathways Program Director, the program is a collaboration between the college’s Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies and Sunnyside Unified School District. Pathways to Teaching offers students an opportunity for their community to invest in them as a future educator for local schools.

Is Pathways For You?

Are you interested in teaching in elementary and middle school?  Do you work for Sunnyside Unified School District? Are you a Desert View High School or Sunnyside High School graduate?  Do you have children or work in the SUSD neighborhood community?

  • Earn a degree in elementary education (K-8) with an ESL endorsement
  • Full tuition covered through a combination of forgivable loans and scholarships (fees not included)
  • Receive a monthly stipend of $1,000
  • Hands-on experience with an experienced teacher in SUSD classrooms
  • UA classes will be held at a SUSD school site
  • Completion timeframe: 17 months (spring, summer, fall, and spring)
  • Graduation in the May of the final spring semester

What People Are Saying

"The paid tuition and monthly stipend allow me to put all my focus and energy into learning and completing my educational goals in becoming a teacher. Through the program, I will be well prepared to start teaching on day one after graduation."
–Suzanne Mendoza, long-term substitute teacher at Liberty Elementary School

"The Pathways to Teaching program offers quality education at the University of Arizona and is building another generation of teachers with the drive and determination to motivate, educate, and innovate Tucson youth. The program is essential for providing Arizona, and more specifically Tucson, with highly qualified teachers for the future."
–Brenda Glass, computer clerk at Lauffer Middle School

"What led me to join the Pathways to Teachers program is the strong community that it’s helping to build for the future. As students in the program, we will be made into a strong and very bonded cohort and will help to pave the way for future teachers."
–Kayla Minjares, Pathways to Teaching student

Pathways In The News

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Pinal Central
Tucson Sentinel

Program Requirements

Pathways to Teaching requires completion of an associate’s degree in elementary education or AGEC-A with 60 transferrable units and UA College of Education elementary education program prerequisites. Meet with an advisor from the College of Education to review completed coursework. An application will be made available to candidates who have met with an advisor in the college.

Get Started

Get started on your application, learn more about financial resources, and follow these steps to apply.

Contact The Pathways Team

Program Developer and Director:
Marcy Wood

Program Coordinator:
Maria Orozco