Pathways to Teaching Program Partnership with UArizona

Created: Aug 30, 2021 12:30 pm / Updated: Aug 30, 2021 04:30 pm

Pathways to Teaching is a new, innovative College of Education Teacher Preparation Program that seeks to “grow our own” teachers by supporting Tucson-area residents in earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an ESL endorsement. Developed by Marcy Wood, Pathways Program Director, the program is a collaboration between the college’s Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies and Sunnyside Unified School District. Pathways to Teaching offers students an opportunity for their community to invest in them as a future educator for local schools.

UA Pathways 2020 Cohort

Are you interested in teaching in elementary and middle school?  Do you work for Sunnyside Unified School District? 

  • Earn a degree in elementary education (K-8) with an ESL endorsement
  • Full tuition covered through a combination of forgivable loans and scholarships (fees not included)
  • Receive a monthly stipend of $1,000
  • Hands-on experience with an experienced teacher in SUSD classrooms
  • UA classes will be held at a SUSD school site
  • Completion timeframe: 17 months (spring, summer, fall, and spring)
  • Graduation in the May of the final spring semester

Program Requirements

Pathways to Teaching requires completion of an associate’s degree in elementary education or AGEC-A with 60 transferrable units and UA College of Education elementary education program prerequisites. Meet with an advisor from the College of Education to review completed coursework. An application will be made available to candidates who have met with an advisor in the college.

Pathways Program in the News

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Ready to Apply?

Complete the following steps:

1. Contact and meet with a Program Coordinator: 

Maria L Orozco, Assistant Professor of Practice
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2. Schedule an appointment with a College of Education academic advisor. Maria will provide you with the advisor link once you email and confirm your interest in the Pathways to Teaching Program. You will need to send your unofficial transcripts of higher education learning institutions at least 3 days before you meet with the advisor.
3. If necessary, meet with a Pima Community College advisor to register for the prerequisite courses needed before the spring semester begins.
4. Apply for Pathways to Teaching Program and the University of Arizona


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Thank you to the University of Arizona College of Education for this partnership. More information about Pathways can be found on the UArizona's website by clicking HERE.