The mission of the Division of Teacher Preparation is to produce teachers and educational leaders with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will positively impact schools. We will achieve this mission because of student engagement with outstanding faculty (some of the best in the world), high-impact research (we know what works in teaching and how children learn), innovative and rigorous curriculum (that will prepare students to teach in a diverse and interconnected world), and rich, embedded experiences in real schools with real students.

People who are interested in becoming teachers, or who have a desire to work in educational fields in some capacity, will find a home in one of our undergraduate programs. Students can choose to become an Arizona teacher in one of our certification programs:

Early Childhood/Special Education – become certified to teach children birth through eight years old and meet the needs of early childhood special education children as well.

Elementary Education – become certified to teach grades 1 through 8.

BLE/ESL – become certified to teach grades 1 through 8 with a special endorsement in teaching Bilingual and English Language Learners

Special Education/Elementary Education – become certified to teach special education for grades K-12 and certified to teach elementary education grades 1-8.

Secondary Education – become certified to teach in grades 7-12 in one of 18 concentrations (including history, English, math, biology, foreign languages, and more)

People who are interested in education, but who may not want to teach in public schools, can take advantage of our Educational Studies Program. This program offers courses in Educational Psychology, Educational Technology, Gaming and Impact, Early Childhood Education, and many more. Students also have experiences in the community as part of their coursework, so that in Educational Studies the Community is the Classroom.


The Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation is committed to scholarship, teaching and service that advances educational knowledge and practice.

The Division academic programs serve graduate students who are experienced educators as well as those new to education including those who are:

  • Preparing to teach
  • Developing specialized expertise in specific areas, including the option to earn Arizona Endorsements in Reading or Mathematics
  • Preparing to lead schools, school districts or other educational organizations
  • Preparing to become researchers or faculty
  • Preparing for positions in educational research or policy

Faculty include researchers who are fellows of national academies as well as clinical faculty recognized for excellence in practice.  Our scholarship examines teaching practices, educational policy, implementation of innovations and searches for solutions to other educational challenges.