The Tucson Unified/UA Teaching Fellows Program

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Want to become a teacher? Arizona Teaching Fellows is for you!

Photo of teacher and studentsThe Tucson Unified School District/Arizona Teaching Fellows is a unique program offered through a partnership between the University of Arizona and TUSD. Students in the program work closely with the TUSD throughout their teacher preparation program, completing most of their fieldwork in our District with one or more mentor teachers, who are dedicated to working with children and adolescents in Southern Arizona.

If you are an energetic person interested in becoming a teacher in TUSD and making a difference in the lives of our students, then this is the program for you!

How do you become an Arizona Teaching Fellow?

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

  1. The first step is to apply to the University of Arizona via the Undergraduate Admissionsapplication.
  2. Once admitted, you will meet with your assignedUA 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. For more information, see the description of process and list of required documents here.
  4. Finally, you will need to apply by March 1 to the Teaching Fellows program, selecting your first and second district of your choice. Application will open no later than January 1. Access your application here.
  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 community college student interested in teaching Early Childhood (grades PreK-3), Elementary Education (K-8), or Special Education (K-12 Mild-Moderate Disabilities)?

  1. The first step is to meet with a UA College of Education advisor. Once ideal term of admittance is determined, you will apply to the University of Arizona via theTransfer 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). For more information, see the process description and list of required documents here.
  3. Finally, you will need to apply by March 1 to the Teaching Fellows program, selecting your first and second district of your choice. Application will open no later than January 1. Access applications here.
  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 Disabilitiesinformation.
  2. Contact Dr. Toni Sparks, Program Director, (sparks2@email.arizona.edu) to discuss the program in more detail.
  3. After meeting with Dr. Sparks, you should apply to theSpecial Education Master of Arts Mild-Moderate DisabilitiesProgram through the UA Graduate Collegesite. 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. Application will open no later than January 1. You can access the application here.
  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 here.
  2. Please contact Teach Arizona via email at teach@email.arizona.edu 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 Application, and select the Master of Arts in Secondary Education,Teach ArizonaProgram. 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. Application will open no later than January 1. You can access the application here.
  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 with exploring the Post-baccalaureate Elementary Education program.
  2. Apply by March 1 to the Teaching Fellows program, selecting your first and second district of your choice. Application will open no later than January 1. You can access the application here.
  3. 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-3)?

  1. Contact Academic Advisor, Mr. Shaun Cahill. Your advisor will assist you with 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. Application will open no later than January 1. You can access the application here.
  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 survey in its entirety. Someone from the college will contact you if the decide to offer this program!

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