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Eligibility & Benefits

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Teacher Residents
The Arizona Teacher Residency Program is open to aspiring teachers. You are eligible to apply if you have (or will have before the program begins) a bachelor’s degree in any concentration, are legally authorized to work in the U.S., and do not already have an Arizona standard professional elementary teaching credential. To receive funding through the program, you must also be FAFSA eligible.

Learn more about applying to the program.


Teacher Residents

Teacher residents will receive a cost-of-living stipend and healthcare during the year-long apprenticeship, as well as:

  • A master’s degree from NAU. You may be eligible to have your tuition covered by the Arizona Teachers Academy.
  • Extensive preparation under the guidance of an experienced teacher prior to becoming the teacher of record.
  • An opportunity to serve local communities.
  • Access to the AZTR Network, which includes Supervising Teachers, course instructors, your cohort, AZK12 staff, and district and school staff.
  • Professional support after becoming a teacher.
  • Support to pursue your National Board Certification.
  • A full-time job in a partner district starting in the second year of the program

The chart below shows how the Arizona Teacher Residency program works.

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Arizona Teacher Residency 4-year schedule

Year 1

  • Teacher apprenticeship
  • Paired with supervising teacher

Year 2

  • Teacher of record
  • Induction support: observation, feedback and coaching
  • Receive Master’s degree

Year 3

  • Teacher of record
  • Induction support: observation, feedback and coaching
  • National board pre-candidacy encouraged
  • Resident’s continued commitment at partnering district

Year 4

  • Teacher of record
  • National board pre-candidacy encouraged
  • Resident’s continued commitment at partnering district


Ready to take the next step?

Make a difference in the lives of Arizona students by becoming a Teacher Resident.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Eligibility & Benefits

Here are some of our most common questions related to the Teacher Residency Program. For a full list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our FAQ page.

Most applicants will have very little out-of-pocket cost. Arizona residents can apply to the Arizona Teachers Academy to cover their master’s degree tuition at NAU. Funding provided by the Arizona Department of Education will cover other program expenses.

Residents will be expected to pay for their Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card and any required books for courses.

You are eligible to apply for ATA scholarship if you are:

  • Admitted to NAU as an in-state or out-of-state student,
  • Enrolled in an NAU ATA eligible degree program such as the degree program(s) offered through the Arizona Teacher Residency,
  • Eligible for and have a current FAFSA on file with NAU’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA),
  • Willing to commit to the ATA teaching service commitment (for Arizona Teacher Residency participants, this will include two years of teaching in an Arizona public district, public charter, or Bureau of Indian Education school after you complete the two-year eligible degree program).

Your eligibility for the ATA scholarship will be evaluated by OSFA once your ATA Agreement is received. Your account is evaluated after you are registered for courses for the term and tuition and fee charges have been posted to your account.

An ATA scholarship will disburse to pay any remaining tuition and mandatory fees after all other federal, state, and institutional grants and tuition waivers are applied. The ATA scholarship is disbursed approximately 10 days prior to the first day of classes and applied to any remaining tuition and fees charges.

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