SHOW LOW — A state-wide effort to bring more teachers into Arizona’s rural classrooms has resulted in a partnership between Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Northland Pioneer College (NPC) to offer NAU’s Teachers Academy this fall in Show Low.
Under the Teachers Academy program, any tuition costs not paid by scholarships or grants are waived in exchange for the student’s future commitment to teach in select Arizona school districts. NAU launched the Teachers Academy last year in response to Governor Doug Ducey’s recognition of Arizona’s shortage of teachers, especially in low-income rural areas.
The Teachers Academy focuses on “Grow Your Own Partnerships” with school districts throughout Navajo and Apache counties. Students in the program often teach in the communities where they grew up, bringing a special perspective to the classroom and a personal commitment to support local students.
Students start by earning their associate degree at NPC. “The Teachers Academy is a perfect continuation of NPC’s transfer Associate of Arts degree programs in early childhood (AAEC) or elementary education (AAEE),” notes Gail Campbell, NPC’s dean of Education and College & Career Preparation programs. “Both include 35 credit hours that meet the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A) requirements and are transferable to all three Arizona public universities. Either the AAEC or AAEE degrees could be the foundation to entry into NAU’s Teachers Academy for those interested in teacher certification in either early childhood or elementary education.”
“Our ‘Grow Your Own’ partnerships enable students to stay in their local communities to complete college, through great community college and NAU partnerships imparting the best teaching practices for high impact in school classrooms,” said NAU President Rita Cheng.
This fall, Teacher Academy students will attend classes at NAU classrooms on NPC’s Show Low – White Mountain Campus. Practicum and student teaching will be completed in local partner schools.
Northland Pioneer College serves the residents of Navajo and Apache counties through four regional campuses and five centers with a variety of educational options for academic, career and technical and personal enrichment. NPC supports each student’s educational goals through affordable tuition, small class sizes and caring, professional instructors. For more information about NPC’s associate degree programs, contact an academic adviser at any of NPC’s nine locations in Navajo and Apache counties, call (800) 266-7845.
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