Teacher Education Program

NAU’s College of Education offers courses in teacher preparation through our teaching and learning and educational specialties areas. In our teaching and learning area, we offer plans in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, and library science. Our educational specialties area offers plans in bilingual and multicultural education, career and technical education, and special education as well as courses in educational technology.

 

Along with learning what to teach and how to teach, you have opportunities to experience increasingly complex assignments in classrooms with master teachers. We consider fieldwork and practicum experiences as integral parts of your professional teaching preparation.

Our teacher education programs lead to preparation and state teaching certification in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, and special education, and some courses lead to special endorsements on state teaching certifications.

Admission to Teacher Education Program

If you are completing teacher certification program, you must apply for admission to our teacher education program. We accept applications at set times each year; contact the College of Education’s Student Services office to obtain an application packet, which indicates the exact application timelines.

 

You must be admitted to the teacher education program in order to take education coursework other than EDF 200 and 301W, EPS 324 and 325, and ESE 380, BME 430 and 331W.

 

Please be aware that the College of Education is a professional college, and all plans under our jurisdiction are controlled by special admission and retention standards. Our faculty members may, under certain circumstances, recommend that a student be removed from a teacher education plan.

 

Also be aware that you must have a grade point average of at least 2.5 in all of your NAU coursework in order to graduate.

 

To be accepted in the teacher education program, you must meet criteria established by our teacher education committee.  The requirements differ by program.  The following is a list of the specific admission criteria for each teacher education program.

Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education–Undergraduate or Post Degree

If you are completing an undergraduate or post degree program in early childhood education, elementary education or special education, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Secondary Education – Undergraduate or Post Degree

If you are completing an undergraduate or post degree program in secondary education, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Masters in Elementary Education with Certification

If you are completing the Masters in Elementary Education with Certification, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Masters in Secondary Education with Certification

If you are completing the Masters in Secondary Education with Certification, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Masters in Special Education with Certification

If you are completing the Masters in Special Education with Certification, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Student Teaching/Internship

In all of our teacher education programs, you are required to complete a student teaching or internship experience. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum is required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher.

 

Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:

NAU assesses a fee of $40 for fieldwork and $85 for each student teaching.  This fee structure may change at any time; advance notice given when possible.

Post-Degree Curricula

If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree but have not prepared for teaching, you may want to consider a post-degree program in elementary, secondary, or special education leading to certification to teach in Arizona. If so, you should seek advisement in the College of Education’s Student Services office.

 

Post degree student’s must apply for and be admitted to NAU’s teacher education program.

 

If you wish to earn state secondary certification, you must have completed an acceptable teaching major in the subject areas normally taught in public secondary schools. In some cases, you may be required to take additional work in your major area after consulting with your subject major advisor.

State Teaching Certifications and Endorsements

In the following paragraphs, the requirements for various state teaching certifications and endorsements are described.

Certifications

After you complete your teacher education program, you must apply to the Arizona Department of Education for certification. NAU issues institutional recommendations for teacher candidates indicating that you have successfully completed the program.  You must pass the professional knowledge and subject knowledge tests of the AEPA for Arizona certification.

 

In Arizona, you may apply for state teaching certification in early childhood, elementary, secondary, special, or vocational education. Early childhood certification is for teaching grades PreK-3rd; elementary certification is for teaching grades K-8; secondary certification is for teaching subjects in grades 7-12; and special education certification is for teaching special education grades K-12.

 

Be aware that you must meet U.S. and Arizona constitution requirements to satisfy Arizona certification requirements.

Endorsements

Endorsements can be added to state teaching certifications. You can add an endorsement when you are initially certified or later.

 

Endorsements are available in reading specialist, early childhood, art, bilingual education, dramatic arts, driver education, English as a second language, gifted education, middle-level teaching (grades 5-9), music, and physical education.