Frequently Asked Questions

Teachers College offers both undergraduate and graduate level teacher preparation programs.Teaching certifications are available in early childhood education (birth-grade 3), elementaryeducation (grades 1-8), bilingual education (grades 1-8), secondary education (grades 6-12) andspecial education (grades K-12).  Upon completion of your chosen teacher preparation program and successful completion of the required NES, you will be certified to teach in Arizona. 

Arizona State University has been training educators since it was founded as a Normal School in the Territory of Arizona in 1886. This strong history in education combined with faculty who are experts in their field has created education programs that not only align with state certification requirements, but prepare students to be successful in the current PreK-12 educational system. Teachers College programs combine teacher preparation, content knowledge courses and extensive clinical experience to prepare students for success.

​You can apply up to one year in advance. We recommend you apply early for best access to scholarships and financial aid.

  • Freshmen, apply here.
  • Transfer students need to apply for university admission.
  • Transfer students who are ready to start the iTeachAZ professional program must complete an additional application and obtain a fingerprint clearance card.


  • Undergraduate application requirements

Undergraduate application requirements
Apply to Arizona State University

iTeachAZ Professional Program requirements: must be completed to progress into junior year/term 5 on major map

  • Complete 60 credit hours of prerequisite coursework at ASU or another institution
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5
  • Obtain a valid Arizona IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Meet with your advisor to complete an Intent to Progress form

Graduate Application Requirements

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution, with a 3.0 GPA
  • Apply to Arizona State University
  • Apply to Arizona State University Graduate College
  • File a copy of the Arizona IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card with the Teachers College Office of Student Services
  • Complete Teachers College Application

In order to be considered for scholarships or financial aid students must submit a Free Application for Financial Aid, or FAFSA. The priority application deadline for admissions and scholarships for fall enrollment is February 1. The priority deadline for spring enrollment is September 15. Late applicants will be considered for university admission and financial aid but ASU programs with higher admission standards will give priority consideration to applications submitted by these deadlines.

You can meet with an advisor anytime you have questions. We recommend that transfer students meet with an advisor at least the semester prior to applying to ASU and that all students planning to start iTeachAZ meet to complete their Intent to Progress form.

Visit the Undergraduate Services web page for contact information.

ASU has partnered with Arizona community colleges for transfer students to provide a smooth transition to the university and ensure transfer of credits. The Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) and ASU Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) programs provide students pathways that outline all the required courses for Teachers College majors.

iTeachAZ is the name of ASU’s undergraduate teacher preparation program. It refers to the junior and senior year of the bachelor degree program where coursework and clinical experiences are integrated to provide pre-service teachers with a theoretically grounded, applied educational experience. Learn more about the benefits of iTeachAZ by watching this video .

What types of clinical experience can I expect in iTeachAZ?

To integrate theory and practice, teacher candidates participate in classroom internships during the first two semesters of the program and a full year of a collaborative teaching experience during the last two semesters. This full year experience is a signature feature of iTeachAZ.

During the full year experience, teacher candidates fully integrate coursework, participate in apprenticeship, and learn within a cohort model while co-teaching in a preK-12 classroom at a partner school. Pedagogy courses are taught in district locations to permit attention to the implementation of research-based practices.



How many hours will I spend interning in PreK-12 classrooms?

During your sophomore year you will participate in 70 hours of service learning in an education related agency.

During your junior year, a minimum of 75 hours each semester will be spent in PreK-12 schools.

Student teaching for most programs consists of two full semesters during your senior year.

How does student teaching work?

Most programs feature a Senior Year Residency; offering two full semesters of student teaching during the senior year. A typical schedule is 4 days a week (7:30 am-4:30 pm) of student teaching and one day per week (8 am-4 pm) of coursework. Courses taken during the Senior Year Residency are held on site in the district that students are student teaching.

Students indicate their placement preference from a list of participating school districts. ASU then pairs the student with a mentor who is selected based on years of teaching, documented success in student achievement and mentoring experience.

Student teaching for some secondary programs is one semester due to the high number of content related courses that students must complete.

Where does the Teachers College place students for internships and student teaching?

The Teachers College currently partners with over 30 school districts in Arizona. Students indicate their placement preference from a list of participating school districts. ASU then pairs the student with a mentor who is selected based on years of teaching, documented success in student achievement, and mentoring experience.

​Teachers College offers multiple teacher preparation programs on each of ASU’s four campuses. 

Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs:

Tempe Campus:  Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Special Education, Secondary Education
West Campus:  Elementary Education, Special Education, Secondary Education
Polytechnic Campus:  Elementary Education, Elementary Education STEM, Special Education, Secondary Education, Physical Education

​ASU provides a cost calculator to determine the cost of tuition, cost of attendance and a financial aid estimator.

To view billing information, current tuition rates and fees click here

There are many scholarships available from both ASU and Teachers College.  ASU scholarship information and a search can be found here

The Teachers College offers scholarships to its students.  More information is available on the Teachers College scholarship website.


Once you start your online application to ASU, you are given an ASURITE User Name and Password to access your My ASU page. Click on My Finances in the left column for detailed information regarding your financial aid package. For more information about financial aid at ASU, go here.

Graduates with a valid Arizona Teacher Certification may teach in other states that have a reciprocity agreement with Arizona.  To learn more about reciprocity agreements, please visit the Department of Education in the state in which you wish to transfer your Arizona teaching certification. 

Educational Studies is a degree designed to prepare students to work with children, youth and adults outside of a formal classroom setting. The degree integrates a variety of service learning internships within four semesters. 

Yes, many Teachers College students are also enrolled in Barrett, The Honors College. With careful planning you can meet the requirements for both colleges in four years.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College graduate education programs are ranked among the top ten percent in US News & World Report.  Our graduate programs serve 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, gifted education, English as a second language, early childhood education or physical education
  • Preparing to lead schools, school districts or other educational organizations
  • Preparing  to become researchers or faculty
  • Preparing for positions in educational research or policy

Meeting dates and times vary with each program but most meet in late afternoons and early evenings.

Time to degree completion varies by the program and site that is selected. General guidelines are provided below:

  • MAC - The master of education and teacher certification programs can be completed in 18 months.
  • InMAC - The master of education and alternative pathway to teacher certification program can be completed in 22 months.
  • Non-certification masters - Students can complete most programs within two years.
  • EdD - Three years of study, beginning with admission during a summer term. Students are admitted once per year with applications accepted in January.
  • MAC
    Yes, for the first three semesters of the program (including summer). The classes are in the evenings. However, you will have an internship requirement of one full day per week for the first three fall and spring semesters of the program and will not be able to work during those hours.  The final semester of the program includes a full-time student teaching experience.
  • InMAC
    A full-time teaching position on the teaching intern certificate is required for the program.
  • Non-certification master degrees
    Yes, classes are scheduled in the evenings.
  • PhD
    No, the PhD programs are designed for full-time students.
  • EdD
    Yes, the program is designed for working professional educators and you must have a position – whether classroom teacher, counselor, administrator or other position – that allows you to implement small-scale change.

In addition to materials traditionally required for face-to-face courses, students enrolled in the online program will need the following items:

  • Computer with broadband connection
    You will need a computer with speakers or headphones in a comfortable place where you can work for long hours without distraction or interruption, with a broadband (high speed) connection to the internet (such as DSL or cable modem services). A dial up connection will not support course content and cannot be used.
  • Microsoft Office
    You will need the Microsoft Office suite in order to create and edit documents for your courses. Office 2003 or later is recommended. If you do not already have Office, it may be purchased at a student discount price through the ASU Computer Store.

Please visit the How to Apply page for details on the application process and general requirements.  Please visit the program pages to learn about the requirements for each program and specific application requirements, which are included in the program guides.  

Every student is required to complete an application through ASU admissions. In this application the student will apply to the program of their choice. ASU admissions provides information on how to apply as well as the minimum requirements that need to be met here.  For information on applying to Teachers College graduate programs, please visit the How to Apply page for details on the application process and general requirements.  Program specific requirements are found in the program guide on the program pages.

Transfer coursework cannot be reviewed until a student is admitted and begins the first semester of study. All coursework must be reviewed by the individual program faculty. Some programs do not accept any transfer coursework. All transfer coursework and credits must meet the policies established by ASU Graduate Education.

The GRE is only required for the following programs:

PhD in Learning, Literacies and Technologies
PhD in Educational Policy and Evaluation  
MEd in Educational Technology (or MAT exam)
MA in Learning Sciences

You may be in the process of completing your Masters degree during the application process for the PhD program.  However, your Masters degree must be awarded prior to starting the PhD program. If you have a Masters degree in a related field, you may count up to 30 credit hours towards the PhD program total hours.  In addition, you may transfer up to 12 additional credit hours that have not been used towards the Masters degree or any previous degree.  All transfer coursework and credits must meet the policies established by ASU Graduate Education.  

MEd in Educational Technology: A score of 153 or above on the current scale (500 or above prior to August 2011) on the verbal section of the GRE or a score of 400 or above on the MAT.

We do not have a minimum GRE score for admission into the PhD programs or the MA in Learning Sciences.

You are required to have a Masters degree before applying to the EdD program. If you have a Masters degree in a related field you can transfer up to 30 credit hours of courses from your degree.

Tuition and fees (resident and non-resident) are charged based on the number of credits a student is enrolled in and are subject to change. Tuition information is available here.

Teachers College offers an alternative pathway to teacher certification through our Induction, Master of Education and Arizona Teacher Certification (InMAC program).  Participants are full time teachers of record on the Teaching Intern Certificate from the Arizona Department of Education while completing classes for the MEd and certification one night a week at the Downtown Phoenix campus. Please visit the InMAC program page for details and requirements.

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