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STEM Teachers are in High Demand

If you have a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects, you should consider becoming a STEM teacher in Arizona. Students across the state need great teachers to help prepare them for the future.

Teachers within STEM fields are in very high demand, especially in the sciences: physical science, chemistry, biology, and physics. Many schools are offering expanded STEM programs due to the high demand for jobs in the technology sector, so job opportunities for STEM teachers are increasing accordingly. You can inspire the next generation of students to pursue great achievements in STEM.

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Career Changers

Professionals in STEM areas who decide to change their career to teaching are typically extremely effective teachers. The life experience, expertise in a STEM subject, and developed world view that career-changers possess gives them a unique perspective on teaching. Even if you did not work professionally in a STEM field, if you are passionate about the subject matter and you enjoy working with children, you’ve already established the foundation you need to become an effective teacher.

The Role of the STEM Teacher

Effective STEM teaching strategies include hands-on experiments, field trips, and other non-conventional approaches that encourage students to explore the real-world applications of the field. Students excel when they are compelled to seek out answers themselves.

Your STEM subject teaching career may also involve coordinating school competitions and coaching students on these events.

Responsibilities of a STEM Teacher

  1. Delivering STEM instruction through project-based learning methods
  2. Teaching approved curriculum with clear objectives for learning
  3. Creating a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and is appropriate to the maturity and interest of the students
  4. Assessing the accomplishment of students by tracking scores and creating progress reports
  5. Building effective relationships with parents and students through regular communication
  6. Teaching students to work collaboratively to solve problems and to think both logically and creatively

Qualities of a Good STEM Teacher

  1. Interested in and knowledgeable about their STEM subject matter
  2. Passionate about teaching and connecting with students
  3. Analytical thinker who is patient and resourceful
  4. Dedicated to continuous learning and staying current in the field
  5. Socially intelligent and culturally proficient
  6. Able to work collaboratively and flexibly with colleagues
  7. Qualified with a bachelors degree and a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Are you ready to learn more about becoming a STEM teacher in Arizona? Apply for free and one of our expert program advisors will contact you to help you develop a personalized path to certification!

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Steps to Becoming a STEM Teacher

The Arizona Teachers program is approved by the state of Arizona to certify teachers in many STEM areas. All you need is a bachelor’s degree in any major with a 2.5 GPA to get started. We will need a completed application and official transcripts to admit you into the program.

Step 1: Training

After being admitted to our program, you will complete innovative, engaging online training, and teacher observations to get you ready for the classroom.

Step 2: Testing

As required by the Arizona Department of Education, you will take and pass your subject knowledge test to become eligible to teach in a STEM classroom. The Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments are administered by NES.

  1. Biology 6-12
  2. Chemistry 6–12
  3. Earth Science 6–12
  4. General Science 6-12
  5. Mathematics 6-12
  6. Mathematics (Middle Grades and Early Secondary)
  7. Middle Grades General Science
  8. Middle Grades Mathematics
  9. Physics 6-12

In order to help our teacher candidates succeed, we have partnered with numerous online test preparation companies that give Arizona Teachers intern’s discounts on state preparation materials should you need it. After you apply, your Program Advisor will be in contact with the test preparation details and any additional resources.

Step 3: Teaching

You will teach for one year, with full pay and full benefits, under the guidance of a Program Supervisor. Your Program Supervisor is an experienced educator, assigned to you by Arizona Teachers, to observe you in the classroom and provide support throughout this first year teaching.

Upon successful completion of your internship year and program requirements, you will become a fully certified teacher. STEM teachers are in very high demand in Arizona. Make a difference in the lives of students in your community by becoming a certified teacher today.

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Texas Teachers currently recognizes these SBEC-approved countries:
  • American Samoa
  • Angulia
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Austrailia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidata/ Tobago
  • Turks and Calcos
  • United Kingdom
  • US Pacific Trust