TNTP Academy-Arizona is grounded in a simple premise: Effective teachers can and must close the achievement gap. Teaching in high-poverty school districts presents even the most talented new teacher with unique challenges. Yet few certification programs focus on preparing graduates to be immediately effective in this environment, or are tailored to the needs of career changers making the switch to teaching.
In response, The New Teacher Project (TNTP) developed an intensive, practice-based certification training that builds upon alternate route candidates’ existing content knowledge and life experiences. The rigorous program exposes participants to the realities of classroom teaching and places an explicit focus on high-need schools and subjects. In 2011, TNTP in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education launched this training through TNTP Academy-Arizona.
TNTP Academy-Arizona is operated by the Arizona Teaching Fellows, a program of TNTP, and is part of a national network of TNTP Academy teacher preparation programs dedicated to training excellent teachers who work in high need schools. First launched in 2001, TNTP Academy currently prepares new teachers for licensure in 8 states and the District of Columbia. It is among the first teacher preparation programs in the country to require all teachers to demonstrate their effectiveness in the classroom in order to then be recommended for certification.
In Louisiana, ongoing, state-sponsored research of TNTP’s certification training shows that program graduates consistently outperform both new and experienced teachers in raising student achievement in core subjects. In 2011, the study ranked The New Teacher Project against 17 other teacher preparation providers and awarded the highest possible rating for teacher effectiveness.
TNTP Academy-Arizona is a rigorous, relevant pathway to certification accredited by the Arizona Department of Education and offering key benefits to participants, including:
- Competitive tuition cost—$6,500 with available payment plans;
- Less seat time—Earn certification in one-year;
- Highly exclusive—Work as part of a small group with other AZTF Fellows and Teach For America corps members; and
- Immediately applicable—Evening and Saturday seminars are conducted in-person, twice a month, so that knowledge can be immediately put into practice the very next day in the teaching classroom.
Participants attend TNTP Academy-Arizona seminars, lead by Seminar Leaders, according to subject area assignments and teaching placements. Incoming TNTP Academy-Arizona participants will take and pass an Accuplacer basic math test to show skill proficiency. Participants receive in-person coursework, regular teaching observation, and personalized clinical support to develop the skills necessary to raise student achievement.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements Participants are recommended for the Arizona Department of Education professional teaching certificate. These requirements include:
- Demonstrating a positive impact on student achievement;
- Completing a successful year of teaching as demonstrated by principal evaluation;
- Successfully completing all certification coursework through TNTP Academy-Arizona;
- Arizona Constitution course or appropriate exam;
- US Constitution course or appropriate exam;
- Full Structured English Immersion (SEI) coursework for certification endorsement; and
- Passing all required professional teaching certification exams.
At the end of the first year, participants having earned certification through TNTP Academy-Arizona may potentially apply coursework towards a Master of Education through an AZTF partner institute.
FAQs: Teach For America CMs in TNTP Academy
TFA corps members please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 663-8524 to speak with a TNTP Academy-Arizona enrollment coordinator.