If you want to become an elementary school teacher in Arizona, this program is for you.
Alliant International University’s Arizona State Board of Education (ASBE)-approved program prepares you to teach grades Pre-K/T-K - 8 within the state of Arizona. The coursework is offered online with an extensive hands-on training component. As part of this program, you will fulfill a teaching internship while paired up with a university mentor and a field supervisor—an experienced teacher who will provide mentorship through assessments and guidance through individualized coaching sessions. This means that you will be guided while you learn, teach, and earn an income.
Learn and Earn
This program offers all of the benefits of online coursework while you get the experience—and income—of teaching in the classroom while you complete the program.
Graduate-level Program, Master’s Degree Option
Not only is this a graduate-level program, you can also earn your master’s degree—a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Teaching—concurrently with only three additional courses.
All Bachelor’s Degrees Welcome
While a bachelor’s degree is required for this program, any subject or major will be accepted. As long as you have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution, it will fulfill this admissions requirement.
Get Your Certification in 12 Months, Your Master’s in 4 More
This program is designed with a time to completion of 12 months for your certification, and a total of 16.5 months for your certification and concurrent master’s degree.
Alliant is committed to being your partner through your teacher-preparation education, as you formally enter the teaching profession, and as you continue to grow in your career. Our no cost In-Service Academy (ISA) will support your ongoing professional development for two years after completing your program.
Classes Starting Every 8 Weeks
You can enroll in this program at any point in the year. Qualified applicants will continue to be accepted into the program every 8 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will this program prepare me to become a teacher?
Alliant’s ASBE-accredited program provides an alternative pathway to teacher certification for full-time teachers on an intern teaching certificate. This program is for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in any field and want to become licensed to teach grades Pre-K/T-K - 8.
The program underscores best practices in pedagogy, while providing candidates with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that are crucial to confidently enter the teaching profession, and provides:
- InTASC aligned competencies
- Support through a Consortium of Partners including public, charter and private schools as well as other related organizations, non-profits, and agencies
- Research- and Evidence-Based Learning to meet the needs of all learners
- Skills needed to make a global impact
What is the career outlook for graduates of the Arizona Elementary Teacher Certification program?
The career prospects for those wishing to become a teacher are strong, because the nation’s population continues to rise at a relatively steady rate. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the growth percentages are 8% for high school education, 8% for middle school education, and 7% for elementary education, which represents a job pool of over 3,000,000 positions in the U.S. today, and another 200,000 added between now and 2026. So, this is a rather large workforce for graduates of the Arizona Teacher Certification programs to enter into.
Does completion of this program prepare me for my certification as a teacher?
Yes, you will graduate prepared to receive your certification.
For a full list of state certification requirements, visit our Arizona Certification Requirements page.
When does the Arizona Elementary Teacher Certification program start?
The Arizona Elementary Teacher Certification program runs on 8-week terms and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
How long does it take to complete this program?
The Arizona Elementary Teacher Certification is a 30-credit program by itself, and a 39-credit program when obtained concurrently with the MAE in Teaching. This program can be completed in 1 year for just the certification, and in 16.5 months with the concurrent MAE in Teaching.
Why would I want or need a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Teaching?
A larger breadth and depth of knowledge, increased pay, and a wider range of career-advancement opportunities are some reasons to pursue a Master of Arts in Education in Teaching. On average, the BLS estimates that an elementary educator’s pay by 10% above their baseline salary when in possession of an MAE in Teaching. For Arizona teachers, this means an average increase of $4,000 to $5,000 per year.
Additionally, the career-advancement options for Arizona elementary educators with an MAE are greater than they are for those who do not possess this degree. Also per the BLS, for those with the master’s degree, other career options include becoming a counselor, librarian, materials creator, or even entering a classroom at a higher educational level. And while many of the advancement opportunities for elementary educators have different responsibilities and pathways, the MAE is foundational for success in these advanced careers.
What is an Alternative Pathway to Teaching Certification—how is this pathway different?
Arizona offers alternative pathways to teacher certification. In order to qualify for this alternative pathway to a teaching certification, you must:
- Hold at least a bachelor’s degree;
- Enroll in an Arizona State Board-approved teacher preparation program, of which this is one; and
- Complete 3 semester hours or 45 clock hours of state-approved Structured English Immersion training for either the provisional or full SEI endorsement.
You also must pass an Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment in your chosen subject knowledge area and possess a verification letter from your education preparation program.
Once you have met the above qualifications and are graduated from the teacher preparation program, your certification will be valid for two years, and may be extended yearly for no more than two consecutive years.
There are two additional requirements, but they may be completed within 1-3 years of completing your certification in order to maintain its validity. They are:
- A college course or the appropriate examination covering the provisions and principles of the Arizona Constitution.
- A college course or the appropriate examination covering the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution.
This alternative pathway allows for potential and future Arizona teachers to minimize the work required to turn their existing bachelor’s or higher degree into a teaching certification so that they can begin their teaching career as soon as they possibly can.
For more information, you can explore the various pathways by visiting the Arizona Department of Education’s Educator Certification webpage.
What is the modality of this program?
All coursework for the Arizona Elementary Teacher Certification program can be completed online and on your time, allowing you to tailor your education to your schedule.
Degree Campus Locations
The MAE in Education with a PPS Credential in School Psychology is only offered as an online program. Explore our online programs below.
Secondary Teacher Certification
The Secondary Teacher Certification will allow you to become the teacher-of-record in any Arizona classroom serving grades 7-12. If you want to learn more about how you can help Arizona’s kids, and about the program, follow the link below.
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