FAQ

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 completing 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 this 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 20 hours of weekly in-class time.


Can I take a break from the program?

If necessary, you can petition the UA Graduate College for 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 do the on-site classroom sessions work for the Phoenix/Chandler program?

Face-to-face class sessions meet 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.

Instructors determine the content of class sessions and clearly describe expectations in the syllabus. Class sessions cover topics like modeling of instructional practices, peer microteaching (teaching lesson segments to peers), and other activities.


I already have a secondary teaching 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 an Admissions Counselor if you have any questions or concerns about your eligibility for the program.


What if my degree is not in the area I want to teach?

So 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?

We offer the Teach Arizona Master of Education program at our UA sites in both Phoenix/Chandler and Tucson. The Teach Arizona Master of Education program in Phoenix/Chandler is a hybrid program blending online coursework with face-to-face meetings, while the program offered at our Tucson campus is conducted in a traditional classroom format. You must reside within driving distance of either the Phoenix/Chandler or Tucson classroom sites to enroll, so that you can participate in face-to-face instruction. For more information, please contact an Admissions Counselor.


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