Become an Arizona Teaching Fellow

Being named an Arizona Teaching Fellow is a special recognition that connects students to the school district where they student teach in a meaningful way with the intention that they will teach in that district after completing the professional preparation program. These fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students subsidize costs related to their school experience, like tuition or cost-of-living expenses.

What makes the fellowship experience different? For one, districts select and interview candidates to name as fellows, and then if a student is selected, they fulfill their student teaching and field experience requirements in that district as part of the district community or the ‘fellows family.’ Secondly, it affords students a step-up as a job seeker in that district and they will be especially recognized for being a fellow.

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Emily Meschter surrounded by the 2019 Arizona Teaching Fellows at the annual scholarship breakfast
Emily Meschter surrounded by the 2019 Arizona Teaching Fellows at the annual scholarship breakfast.


Lilette Elaine Maureen Smith Reaves, Sahuarita School District

“As a Sahuarita Teaching Fellow, I had a wonderful and well-rounded experience with my practicum and student teaching. When I became a fellow, I became a member of a very close community of professionals who truly care about each other’s growth and well-being. I highly recommend the experience.”

Chelsea Shroeder, Flowing Wells School District

"One of the most memorable experiences in the Flowing Wells Fellows Program was building relationships with the other fellows and sharing our experiences in the classroom. Throughout the program, there were many wonderful moments as well as challenges. Being able to share these experiences with the other Flowing Wells Fellows helped me to improve my instructional practice and create a network of support in the district."

Tory Lujan, Marana Unified School District

“The Marana Teaching Fellows Program provided me with the opportunity to gain valuable information and grow as an individual throughout earning my master’s degree in mild to moderate disabilities. Thanks to the knowledge and expertise of the teachers, administrators, support staff, and students in the program, I learned how to be a better teacher inside and outside the classroom.”

Are you committed to making a difference in the lives of Southern Arizona public school students? Applications are accepted December 20 - March 1 each year. Late applications may be considered if spaces are available in the district.

Important information about the application process:

  • The application is straightforward and asks for the following materials to be uploaded: 1) IVP fingerprint clearance card, 2) a statement on teaching and 3) a résumé. Note: Applicants can exit and return before submitting the application (same browser and device required). If an applicant is in the process of getting their IVP fingerprints, they may submit the application without that information and send a copy of the card afterward to Mary Werner.
  • We are aware that for many, this application period coincides with applications for teacher certification programs. Although applicants must be admitted into a teacher certification program to become a Teaching Fellow, it is okay to apply before being admitted into that program. Admittance will be verified by the fellows program before considering eligibility for interviews with a district.

Financial support offered to Arizona Teaching Fellows

If accepted as a fellow, a student will receive the following financial support:

  • A $1,000 stipend as an accepted Arizona Teaching Fellow at the start of the fall semester of professional program coursework at the University of Arizona College of Education.
  • A $1,000 stipend when student teaching begins. This is spring semester for Teach Arizona students and typically spring of senior year for undergraduate teaching majors. For early childhood majors this means the final semester of student teaching.
  • A $400 district stipend at the midpoint of student teaching (timed to disburse the second week of February).
  • A $400 district stipend at completion of student teaching (timed to disburse the last week of May).

Being named an Arizona Teaching Fellow means one is more likely to be hired by that school district after graduation (subject to district decision and openings in the field of expertise). If upon graduation, you accept and begin a teaching position in your district, you will receive additional support, including:

  • A $400 district stipend at completion of the first year of teaching.
  • A $600 district stipend at completion of the second year of teaching.
  • A $1,000 district stipend at completion of the third year of teaching.


As an undergraduate student in the Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or Mild to Moderate Disability program, a fellowship lasts two years, the same amount of time that a student will spend taking professional program classes. As a graduate student in Teach Arizona, a fellowship lasts one year. As a graduate student in the Mild to Moderate program, a fellowship typically lasts two years. Fellows funding continues the first three years of teaching if you are hired by the same district where you participated as an Arizona Teaching Fellow.

Yes, you can be both at the same time, but there is a separate application for the ATA scholarship.