Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.
As an alternative pathway to a teacher licensure, the Arizona Teaching Intern Program is designed for students enrolled in a Master of Education degree program and who currently have a contract with a district in a high needs area. This program allows eligible students to work in a classroom setting while completing their degree!
Are You Eligible for the AZ Teaching Intern Program?
To be able to take part in the AZ Teaching Intern Program, you must currently be enrolled in one of the following master’s degree programs:
- Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
- Master of Education in Elementary Education
- Master of Education in Secondary Education
- Master of Education in Special Education
Additionally, you must have an official transcript showing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, a current AZ IVP fingerprint clearance card, a full-time contracted teaching position in an area that meets the AZ Teaching Intern Program qualifications and a passing AEPA/NES subject knowledge exam scores.
If you meet the requirements, you have the opportunity to work under contract in a classroom while still in a graduate program. This can be a great way for graduate students to get real experience in a teaching environment to bring with them to the workforce upon graduation. To get more information on how to get involved with the internship program for educators, speak with your university counselor and find out how you can use this resource to pursue your passion for education!
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Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a junior majoring in English literature at GCU.