Arizona Teacher Education Programs

(found programs from 18 schools)

AZ Dept of Education:
http://www.ade.state.az.us/
Teacher Certification in AZ:
Arizona Teacher Certification Info

Follow the links below to find schools offering different types of teacher education programs in Arizona. If you are trying to become a teacher, and you plan on working in Arizona, you should definitely take a look at the Department of Education's website. The individual states make a lot of their own decisions about how teachers need to be prepared.

Also, as a rule, you should contact multiple schools if you are seriously considering going back for a degree or certificate in education. There can sometimes be very significant differences in tuition, admissions requirements, and so on, even between schools that you might think are very similar. So, it's always a good idea to contact a number of schools and do a little comparison shopping.

Overview

Arizona is located in the Southwestern United States and has a population of approximately 6.6 million people. The largest city and capital, Phoenix, has a population of 1.6 million people and many of them are employed by the government, Arizona State University and various telecommunications businesses. Popular outdoor activities include mountain biking, hunting and fishing, but there is also downhill skiing, golfing and more. Of course, many urban areas also have great nightlife spots, shopping, museums and art galleries.

Teacher Education in Arizona

There are numerous sources of financial aid specific to Arizona, including the Arizona Community College Scholarship, American Legion Auxiliary Department of Arizona Wilma Hoyal-Maxine Chilton Memorial Scholarship (particularly ideal if you intend to study special education) and an Arizona Private Postsecondary Education Student Financial Assistance Program grant.

Teaching Careers in Arizona

Like many states across the nation, Arizona is currently suffering from a shortage of teachers, which may result in a higher workload, but will likely make it easier to find a job. In order to become a teacher in Arizona you must possess a bachelor's in addition to passing the Basic Skill Test and a Subject Area Competency test. According to 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual income for teachers in Arizona is $43,970; this average varies depending on your education and placement. Post-secondary educators can expect to earn up to $97,000 a year.

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