Teacher-in-Residence Programs in Arizona

Arizona's Teacher-in-Residence programs enable students to complete their certification requirements while working as paid teachers in classroom settings. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kinds of Residency Programs Are Available?

Arizona's Department of Education has approved Teacher-in-Residence programs that allow students with bachelor's degrees to complete the coursework necessary to obtain an Arizona Standard Professional teaching certificate while simultaneously working in the classroom. Some colleges offer tailored Teacher-in-Residence programs. However, students who have completed any educator preparation program approved by the Arizona State Board of Education are eligible to apply for alternative certification.

Residency ProgramsAvailable through approved community colleges, colleges and universities
QualificationsBachelor's degree, fingerprint clearance, exam scores
CourseworkLanguage & literacy development, observation & assessment of typical and atypical behaviors, methods & curriculum development, U.S. & Arizona Constitution, art methods & curriculum development, classroom management, the exceptional learner, emotional disabilities in the classroom
Median Annual Salary (2018) and Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)$57,980 (kindergarten and elementary school teachers), $58,600 (middle school teachers), $60,320 (high school teachers); 7% increase (kindergarten and elementary school teachers), 8% increase (middle and high school teachers)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Do I Need to Do to Become a Teacher-in-Residence?

Students who wish to apply for Arizona's Alternative Teaching Certificate must submit an application and verification letter from an approved alternative certification or education preparation program, as well as transcripts demonstrating a bachelor's degree or higher, a current fingerprint clearance card and exam scores indicating an appropriate level of subject knowledge. Once issued, the certificate is valid for two years with the potential to extend for two more, and it allows the person holding it to work as a teacher while completing their educational requirements.

In addition to the above requirements, colleges offering Teacher-in-Residence programs often request recommendations for a teaching contract from a school district. Students desiring to work in specialized areas may also be expected to complete additional coursework - such as a Structured English Immersion course to work in an English Language Development (ELD) classroom.

What Does a Teacher-in-Residence Program Entail?

Teacher-in-Residence programs typically require around 30-44 credit hours and can include in-person field experiences, internships and student teaching experiences, as well as participation in webinars, blogs and/or formal evaluations.

The coursework for a Teacher-in-Residence program depends on the age group or specialty area in which an aspiring teacher wants to focus - including early childhood, elementary, secondary, arts or special education. Students are likely to encounter coursework in the following subjects that is geared toward the level or specialty they are preparing to teach:

  • Language & literacy development
  • Observation & assessment of typical and atypical behaviors
  • Methods & curriculum development
  • U.S. & Arizona Constitution
  • Art methods & curriculum development
  • Classroom management
  • The exceptional learner
  • Emotional disabilities in the classroom

What Jobs Are Available to Teachers Upon Completion?

Arizona's Teacher-in-Residence programs were partially created to help stem a widespread shortage of teachers in the state. They afford students greater opportunities to find long-term employment in the state or elsewhere. Typically, teachers in Arizona earn about 15 percent less than the national average.

Nationally, kindergarten and elementary school teachers earned a median annual salary of $57,980 in 2018, while middle school teachers earned $58,600 and high school teachers earned $60,320, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Teaching jobs at the kindergarten and elementary level are expected to see job growth of 7%, while employment of middle and high school teachers is expected to increase 8% from 2016-2026 - about the same as the average across industries, the agency reported.

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