BECOMING A TEACHER IN ARIZONA

Explore Program, Licensing and Job Outlook Data for 2016

Guide to Becoming a Teacher in Arizona

For aspiring Arizona teachers, ToBecomeATeacher.org has compiled all the information and insights required to make an informed decision about one’s future career.  To begin, there are three critical steps:

1. Choosing a Program: First, you will need to find an education program that supports your budget and your career goals.

  • ToBecomeATeacher.org appreciates just how difficult it can be to find a program that fits your needs and budget. The first step, however, is to ask the right questions along the way. What matters to you most as a student? What specializations do you wish to pursue? Is cost a major consideration? What about the program’s graduation rate or history of job placement for graduates? Asking the right questions and doing ample research upfront will help you find a program that meets your needs.

2. Planning for Licensure in Arizona: To become a teacher in Arizona, you’ll need to complete at least a bachelor’s degree and a teacher preparation program. You will also need to write and pass the appropriate Praxis exams.

3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed an education program and passed the applicable exams, you will be ready to launch your job search and find a teaching job that is right for you.

  • Once again, this is a moment when asking the right questions counts. Are you interested in working in an urban or rural school district? What are your salary and lifestyle expectations? What are your long-term career goals? Throughout the process, it is also important to continue developing your resume, expanding your education by seizing available professional development opportunities and gaining additional teaching experience. The more current you are when you go on the job market, the more likely you will be to secure a job shortly after graduation.

Choosing an Education Program in Arizona

ToBecomeATeacher.org appreciates that choosing the right program can be challenging. To assist you with this task, we have streamlined the process. Using a complex algorithmic tool developed to respond to the specific needs of aspiring teachers, we have reviewed, tested and documented the top education programs available in the State of Arizona for 2015. Our testing criteria include several specific elements that will permit a student to determine which school is the best fit for their path, including total expense, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings, return on investment and much more.

Every school ToBecomeATeacher.org lists below is committed to the pursuit of excellence and has shown exemplary dedication to education of the highest caliber. These programs comprise Arizona’s very best. Find out which ones stand above the rest by reviewing the information posted below.

Grand Canyon University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 21 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 34180
  • Acceptance rate 54.8 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 31874
  • Graduation Rate 30.73 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 18750

Arizona State University-Polytechnic

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 17 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 38180
  • Acceptance rate 74.79 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 31874
  • Graduation Rate 55.05 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 20375

Arizona State University-West

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 14 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 38180
  • Acceptance rate 75.9 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 31874
  • Graduation Rate 55.19 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 20375

Arizona State University-Tempe

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 23 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 39444
  • Acceptance rate 80.23 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 31874
  • Graduation Rate 58.05 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 20375

Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 24 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 39444
  • Acceptance rate 75.7 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 31874
  • Graduation Rate 47.32 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 20375

University of Arizona

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 21 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 41564
  • Acceptance rate 76.92 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 31874
  • Graduation Rate 61.34 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 19000

Arizona Christian University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 13 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 87328
  • Acceptance rate 60.76 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 31874
  • Graduation Rate 49.11 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 22625

Northern Arizona University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 19 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 42028
  • Acceptance rate 91.37 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 31874
  • Graduation Rate 49.2 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 21450

Prescott College

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 9 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 118928
  • Acceptance rate 72.93 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 31874
  • Graduation Rate 40.8 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 25000

Dine College

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 14 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 3220
  • Average state starting salary$ 31874
  • Graduation Rate 3.64 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 0
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Ranking Factors Explained

Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.

How to Become a Teacher in Arizona

There are several ways to become a teacher in Arizona; below, ToBecomeATeacher.org outlines the most common pathways:

  • Pathway 1: The most common pathway is to complete a bachelor’s degree or higher, an education program leading to licensure and the applicable exams (in Arizona, these are known as the Arizona Educator Exams).
  • Pathway 2: Another option is the Teaching Intern Certificate. This pathway permits candidates with at least a bachelor’s degree to gain a full-time teaching position and complete the requirements needed to apply for a provisional teaching license while holding a teaching position.
  • Pathway 3: A third option is to complete a degree in another state with which Arizona has a reciprocal agreement regarding teacher licensure.

What is the job outlook for teaching careers in the State of Arizona?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, Arizona was home to 24,070 elementary teachers, 9,730 middle school teachers, and 13,800 high school teachers. The vast majority of these teachers were employed in approximately 2250 public schools statewide.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the rate of growth for jobs in teaching will reflect the national average over the coming decade, with jobs for high school teachers experiencing the slowest growth and jobs for middle school teachers experiencing the highest growth. Some regions, including the South and the West, will experience higher rates of growth than others due to population surges and/or higher than average retirement rates. As a result, Arizona can expect jobs for teachers to grow slightly faster than the national average over the coming decade.

What resources do teachers have to help them during their careers in Arizona?

  • The Arizona State Department of Education provides detailed information on certification requirements, license renewal and other state educational policies.
  • The Arizona DOE’s website includes a link to the Arizona Education Employment Board—a searchable database of teaching positions across the state.
  • Arizona teachers are represented by the Arizona Education Association (AEA), which formed in the late 19th century when a group of teachers came together to protest the use of outdated textbooks. Ever since, the AEA has been lobbying for better working conditions for all teachers and better learning conditions for students statewide.
  • Arizona educators are also represented by the Arizona Federation of Teachers, a union that advocates on behalf of teachers across the state.
  • The Arizona School Administrators represents school administrators; their website is also a great source of information on education issues in Arizona.
  • Arizona is also home to several education lobby groups, including the Education Coalition of Arizona; their Learning First Alliance website features vital information about how to support student achievement across the state.

 

What online programs are available to potential teachers in the State of Arizona?

Arizona is home to some of the oldest and most well-known online education programs in the nation, with the University of Phoenix leading the way. Its College of Education offers over a dozen degrees, including several leading to licensure. In addition, Arizona State University offers an online bachelor’s degree in educational studies. Northern Arizona University offers degrees in educational technology, early childhood education, educational leadership, and elementary education through its well-established online program.

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